Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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The Mid-American Renegade Sprint Non Wing Traditionals made their second of three scheduled appearances at Chateau Speedway in Lansing Friday.  The field put on a caution-free night of racing in both heats and in the feature. With five of the top 10 winningest drivers in the various Renegade series...
Eighty years after it was built, Gus’ Station is looking better than ever – and can still draw a crowd. The tiny gas station that once sat on U.S. Hwy. 30 in Ellendale is once again the guest of honor at the 7th Annual Gus’ Station car show and fundraiser this weekend at the Steele County...
Out in the wild, less than 10% of monarch butterfly eggs hatch into an adult butterfly compared to the 90% lucky enough to be cared for by Kathy Van Ommeren of Owatonna. Van Ommeren said she has assisted more than 10,000 monarch butterflies hatch over the past 20 years – 700 so far this summer,...
Rev. Jim Starasinich of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna shows off the new mosaic created for his parish by Owatonna native Michael Sweere. The mosaic was dedicated in June.
Looking back on his childhood years of growing up at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna, Michael Sweere always remembers being in awe of the stained glass windows. Little did he know some 40 years later, he would be sharing his own artwork with the parish. And he has his late mother to thank...
SUBMITTED PHOTO:  Fairchild the Gopher, the official mascot of the Minnesota State Fair, hugs Dick Reinhardt at a past fair. Reinhardt worked at the State Fair for 60-plus years and volunteered at the Steele County Free Fair for decades. He died last week at 95.
Jerry Hammer knows Minnesota lost a fair giant last week following the death of Richard Reinhardt of Owatonna. He was 95. As general manager of the Minnesota State Fair, Hammer said there aren’t many people who match Reinhardt’s passion for fairs. Reinhardt worked for the State Fair for 60 plus...
It took the Blooming Prairie City Council only 26 minutes in a closed session Monday night at the City Government Center to resolve a performance evaluation appeal to the state by Police Chief Greg Skillestad. Skillestad was appealing a performance review of him done a year ago by City...
FILE PHOTO  Former standout Huskies football player Jason Williamson has medically retired from the University of Minnesota’s Gophers football program. He was the workhorse running back behind back-to-back state championships for Owatonna in 2017 and 2018.
Gophers redshirt-sophomore Jason Williamson, who was the workhorse running back of Owatonna's back-to-back state titles in 2017 and 2018, has left the University of Minnesota’s program after medically retiring.The NCAA has granted Minnesota's 2018 Mr. Football a Medical Exemption, which is also...
FILE PHOTO Farmers State Bank of Blooming Prairie has been sold to MBT Bank in Forest City, Iowa. The Austin branch and Citizens State Bank of Hayfield, with branches in Hayfield, Dodge Center and Mantorville, have also been acquired.
A century-plus tradition is about to come to an end in Blooming Prairie. Farmers and Merchants State Bank has been sold to an Iowa financial institution, bringing an end to 117 years of family ownership of the independent bank. The sale also includes F&M’s Austin branch and Citizens State Bank...
STAFF PHOTO BY RICK BUSSLER  Steele County Safe and Drug-Free Coalition Coordinator Mackenzie Snow loves attending community events to talk with young people and their parents about the risks of underage drinking, tobacco and drug use.
Mackenzie Snow plans to talk with young people – early, often and openly– about the risks of underage drinking, tobacco use and drugs. It’s her mission as coordinator of the Steele County Safe and Drug-Free Coalition. “Most kids aren’t drinking,” said Snow. “It’s not the norm. But that’s not to say...
Carl and Denise Wieman of Owatonna have been riding for multiple sclerosis for the past 20 years. And this year will be no different. They are hitting the roads in August to raise more money for MS.
What do a love for motorcycling and a passion to raise funds for a worthy cause yield? In the case of an Owatonna couple, more than $80,000 over two decades. Carl and Denise Wieman have been riding their motorcycle for multiple sclerosis for the past 20 years. And this year will be no different....

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