Thursday, April 15, 2021

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It’s been tough year for law enforcement.   Since the COVID-19 shutdown last spring, our deputies have dealt with an alarming increase in mental health cases – multiple suicides, suicidal threats, domestic assaults, child abuse cases, and more. The cumulative stress of multiple incidents like this...
By all accounts this has been an extraordinary year with little to no cheer filling our lives. The cheer-o-meter has been running on low, perhaps even non-existent, for most of the year. With a worldwide pandemic followed by great social unrest to a remarkable election that divided our country,...
The Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball and the St. Paul Saints of the Minor Leagues have tied the knot, creating a double-edged attraction for baseball fans in the Upper Midwest. It was rumored a few weeks ago and officially announced last week that the St. Paul Saints will be leaving...
As I witnessed the eyes of young children light up with excitement last week during the county’s Shop with a Cop program at the Target store in Owatonna, which is always gratifying to see, I also learned more about the dark side of how COVID-19 is ravaging our country. Victoria Edwards of the...
The holiday wouldn’t be the same without a freshly cut Christmas tree. I love the smell of having a fresh tree in the house and being able to touch something real. Artificial trees just have never quite had the same effect on me. It has become a holiday tradition for our family to venture out to a...
Trucking is his life. Craig Mowers, brother-in-law of columnist Howard Lestrud, is a very dedicated truck driver. Lestrud had the opportunity to sample the life of a truck driver by riding with him on his delivery of agricultural products recently. He stands by his best friend, a Peterbilt.
It's where the rubber hits the road. That's the life of a truck driver. "It's a nice day for a drive," says Craig Mowers of Albert Lea as he begins another long day as a truck driver. It just so happens that Craig is my brother-in-law and drives truck for a living. Within my early days of...
My mind wandered in many directions (more so than normal) last week as I sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. My mother asked each of us what we were most thankful for over the past year. For the first time ever, thankfulness centered on something that has become a common household word...
As a youngster, one of my favorite holiday traditions was Christmas caroling at the senior apartment buildings in my hometown. It always made me feel good when I saw the twinkle in the eyes of senior citizens, including my grandfather, as they listened to members of our 4-H club sing holiday carols...
Now that I am finally retiring from a busy newspaper career of nearly 60 years, I am taking time to reflect on the many columns I have written the past six years for the Steele County Times. My column is called Reflections. That's just what it is: reflections on communities, people, farming,...
Veteran journalist Howard Lestrud covers the state football championship game featuring the Blossoms of Blooming Prairie last November at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Howard always had a camera and notebook in hand to cover events going on around the area. He is retiring after suffering a minor stroke.
For almost six years our readers have enjoyed the benefit of a veteran community journalist covering Blooming Prairie and other areas of Steele County. Whenever I needed something to be covered, I could always count on Howard Lestrud to be there. His work ethic is unmatched as no one I have ever...

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

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