Monday, September 27, 2021

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Cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Carol Dischinger of Owatonna has found that to be true during her two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. Added on top of that is her daughter's 10-year battle with breast and colon cancer. "A lot of people think cancer is a death sentence," said...
Owatonna firefighters Arik Brase, left, and Charlie Seykora stand next to a wreath, which has been added temporarily to the permanent memorial for fallen firefighter Victor Buckingham. He was killed in the line of duty in September 1985 while responding to a fire call.
Veteran firefighter Todd Ulrich recalls the toll that losing a partner can cause the rest of the fire department. In September 1985, Ulrich was a young firefighter, only three years on at the time, when a fire alarm call went out on the south end of Owatonna. Ulrich and his fellow firefighters...
Laura Resler will be retiring as executive director of the Owatonna Foundation later this month. An Open House to celebrate Resler’s retirement will be held from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Owatonna Foundation office.
Those who work with Laura Resler, executive director of the Owatonna Foundation, describe her as very disciplined, diplomatic and caring. Traits and qualities, they say, will be missed when Resler retires later this month. “Dealing with trustees can be like herding cats,” said David Einhaus, past...
Eunice Coughlin would be proud. The fundraising event she started 20 years ago with family members – and a handmade quilt for a grand prize – passed the million-dollar mark last weekend. Coughlin’s first event raised $1,700 to donate to the annual Eagle’s Cancer Telethon, held in Rochester. It was...
Despite a slight downturn in attendance at this year’s Steele County Free Fair, the fair set record gross receipts, fair officials announced. The overall attendance was estimated at 303,091, which is about 6% less than the attendance in 2019. The 2019 fair’s attendance was 322,437. The record...
Chrystal Gasner knows the pain of losing someone to suicide. And like so many others, she is working to raise awareness about and to prevent suicide.  Now the scholarship coordinator for the Open Arms Suicide Prevention Program in Owatonna, Gasner said she lost her great grandfather and a high...
Head Coach Miles Otstot updates Quinn VanMaldeghem of her mile pace early in the race.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
It’s not every day that a high school coach can say a definitive leader on the team is an eighth-grade athlete, especially not one who qualified for the state in their first year of competition. Bursting onto the scene as a NRHEG seventh-grader during the 2020 season, Quinn VanMaldeghem did just...
Blooming Prairie defeated Hayfield 57-6 Friday, with most of the points coming in the first half. After Hayfield led 6-0 in the first quarter, the Awesome Blossoms rang up six touchdowns in the second quarter to make the score 42-6. Drew Kittelson had a big night for the Awesome Blossoms, passing...
The Owatonna Huskies suffered their first loss in the season opener against a very tough Rochester Mayo Spartans team. The tone of the game was set early, as the Spartans leaped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a long touchdown run. After a Huskies punt on the ensuing drive, the Spartans capitalized on...
Members of the Grass family of Owatonna were honored Saturday night for the contributions of the late Jim Grass during the Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. Family members include, from left: Buz and Cea Grass, Lindsay and Jake Grass with their four children Kaylee, Madeline, Lydia and Jeremiah, Kim Glover and Julie Grass and John Grass Jr.  Staff photo by Rick Bussler
Something was noticeably different at this year’s Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction. For the first time in its 42-year history, Jim Grass of Owatonna wasn’t involved in the auction. He died in July at the age of 91. But auction organizers didn’t let Grass’ contributions go unnoticed....

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