Thursday, April 15, 2021

Opinions

It really is fun to reflect back on my six years as a busy staff writer for the Steele County Times. As a young lad, I remember my parents having a subscription to the Blooming Prairie Times, a weekly newspaper. I also remember them having subscriptions to two daily newspapers, the Austin Daily...
It’s the curse of the postal service. That’s what I am fighting once again with the U.S. Post Office, the agency that I rely on to deliver this newspaper each week to our readers. We have been experiencing unusually long delays in recent weeks with some of our readers getting their newspaper. For...
Yes, it's finally time to retire and time to take care of the health of one Mr. Howard Lestrud. I have retired before from my newspaper career but was coaxed out of retirement by the current owner/publisher Rick Bussler of the Steele County Times. Alan Van Ormer, had fallen on an icy day and...
The Pumpkins in the Prairie guys include Jeff Peach of Owatonna, left, and his son, Dan Peach of Blooming Prairie of B to Z Hardware.
Let’s face it, 2020 hasn’t exactly brought a lot of joy to people for a variety of reasons. First it was a devastating fire followed by a deadly pandemic that has swept across America and wreaked havoc on Main Streets. But you wouldn’t have guessed any of those problems on Halloween night along...
Blooming Prairie Schools Superintendent Chris Staloch finds a spot on his office wall for a special plaque presented him by the United Way of Steele County.
Blooming Prairie School District Superintendent Chris Staloch always seems to be coming up with the right words. "With Living United being our motivator, we are always bringing people together to help others," Staloch says. Staloch, in his second year as superintendent of schools at Blooming...
What a marathon! That’s about the best way to describe the remarkable career of a sports icon that became a household name with Minnesotans for decades. Sid Hartman, who will likely go down as putting together the longest career in the newspaper and radio professions ever, died Oct. 18 at the age...
We are fortunate in southern Minnesota to be treated to some breathtaking colors of autumn caused by a phenomenon that affects the normal green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs. Why do the fall colors emerge? They are a wonder of nature. Rains and wind will chase the colors away but...
It's being referred to as the forgotten epidemic— dementia. I have taken more interest in this public health crisis in recent months after having a family member diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. I have also interviewed some local families about how Alzheimer’s has impacted their...
Sam Cox, 5, of Owatonna finds apples awesome to the core at the Johnson Apple Orchard in rural Steele County.
A sign at the end of Gary and Judy Johnson’s driveway perhaps captures it best. The sign reads: “Applelovers Lane.” If you love apples, the Johnson Apple Orchard in rural Steele County is the place to be. For almost 30 years the Johnsons have been delighting area residents with fresh apples at...
This cuckoo clock hails from Germany and hangs on Rick’s living room wall.
Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo… After a longer than anticipated break, I have found myself living in a cuckoo world again. That statement alone is wide open for many different interpretations and realities, especially after the year we have been living this year. But I’m not talking about politics...

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

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