Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Included in last week’s record number of awards given to the Steele County Times was one that the newspaper has never achieved before. I was fortunate enough to win the press photographer’s portfolio for a variety of photos taken throughout the year. This is an especially difficult award to win...
Public health worker Karen Fountaine works at a drive-thru vaccination clinic on Jan. 19 at the Steele County Public Works Building in Owatonna. During the clinic, she utilized the sheriff’s new emergency operations trailer.
Public officials are often criticized, sometimes justifiably and other times not, for spending excessively and not using public tax dollars wisely. But that’s far from the case with a recent situation in Steele County. Back in December, Sheriff Lon Thiele unveiled a new emergency trailer to replace...
Two of the greatest Major League Baseball sluggers, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves, left, and Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins at right, got together for a home run hitting contest at Metropolitan Stadium in 1974, one month after Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record (714).
Baseball has always been my favorite sport and former Major Leaguer Hank (Hammerin' Hank) was one of two American heroes I idolized. The other star is Willie (Sey Hey) Mays of the Giants. Aaron, who played all but two years of his career with the Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves, died last...
The nation's 43rd president, George W. Bush, delivered a 21-minute address at his inauguration in 2005. He was sworn in for his second term.
It was four American president inaugurals ago but one I will never forget. As an online newspaper editor in 2005 for a large newspaper group, I was fortunate enough to be sent to Washington, D. C. to cover the inauguration of President George W. Bush. This Week newspaper editor Tad Johnson and I...
Christmas may be a distant memory for most, but a story surfaced this past week from the recent holiday season that will surely warm your hearts. I know it did mine. I received a call from Diane, a grandmother in Owatonna who shared the story of what happened to two of her teenage grandchildren,...
It's a unanimous opinion. Becky Noble, executive director of the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of Blooming Prairie's finest. Becky recently announced that she is retiring from a position she has held for the past 20 years. It is said to be a part-time position but Becky has...
For months, well okay maybe years, I have experienced this nagging feeling that one of my closets at home had taken over my life.  I have a closet next to my home office that has become the dumping ground for everything that seems to come into my house. It measures small in size at only about 4...
"Howard, what are you going to break next?" That is an honest question posed by a good friend of mine, Billy Noble of Blooming Prairie. Fighting his own health issues, Billy still has concerns for others and their challenges. Hearing of my GREAT FALL (on Dec. 9), Billy called me to share his...
As we head into a new year, it’s a good time to take a look at how we can change things up. The new year always brings with it the hope for fulfillment, promise, surprise, joy and success. I am certain 2021 will bring us much more happiness and peace than 2020 did. In recent weeks, our readers have...
I’m sure most people are busy checking out and playing with the new toys and gadgets they received for Christmas. I know I am. One of the gifts that ended up under the Christmas tree with my name on it this year and intrigued me the most out of everything I received was a Robot Roomba, or in more...

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411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917
507-583-4431

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