Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Gerry Gunderson, of Owatonna, rings the bell at Hy-Vee Grocery store in one of his dozen shifts as he volunteers his time. Staff photo by Anna Segner
With less volunteers ringing bells near the red kettles in local store fronts, Steele County’s Salvation Army has raised much less money than it has in past years. This year, Black Friday donations to the Red Kettle campaign only amounted to about one-third of funds raised last year. In 2014 Black...
Ann Weedman (right) cheers as she is crowned the 2015 Blooming Prairie Scrooge. Staff photo by James Knoop
The air was fresh and crisp. Main street lights and decorations were hung and on display, and music filled the air as Blooming Prairie community members gathered to celebrate Christmas in their hometown last Friday. Running from mid-afternoon to late evening, guests had their pick of the crop when...
Hometown Pizza & BBQ, located at 301 East Fifth Avenue in Ellendale, opened in late September and serves a variety of pizzas, BBQ platters and other meals.
Hometown Pizza & BBQ, in Ellendale, is a family-owned restaurant that offers a family-friendly atmosphere for its guests.  The restaurant opened in late September and offers its namesake pizza and barbecue platters, in addition to pastas, sides, sandwiches and more. Located at 301 East Fifth...
Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet played tunes from their album “When There’s Good to be Done” at the Owatonna Arts Center on Nov. 21.
The Owatonna Arts Center was crowded on Nov. 21 for the Twin Cities-based folk artists Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet’s debut performance of their new album “When There’s Good to be Done.”  “This whole album is about real people that have gone through huge obstacles,” said Loretta about the...
74 year-old Jeanette Raichle is up for National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Award. She teaches several water aerobics classes at the Owatonna Fitness Center throughout the week.
Seventy-four-year-old Jeanette Raichle is up for National Aerobics Instructor of the Year award. She swears by the importance of fitness, and she is walking, swimming, dancing and hiking proof of the long-term benefits of an active lifestyle.  “Not bad for 74, huh?” said Jeanette Raichle after...
Dr. John Henry (retired) serves slices of turkey during the annual Thanksgiving Day meal at the Owatonna VFW.
Last year, it was estimated that more than 1,100 people packed into the Owatonna VFW on Thanksgiving Day. This year, that number was easily reached and possibly surpassed as family members enjoyed a turkey meal. “It is normal to have a lot of people,” said Jim Gasner of Owatonna, who along with his...
A Level III Community Notification meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 3, at the Steele County History Center in Owatonna. Sean Patrick McKee, 30, has been convicted of a criminal sexual conduct and will be residing in the vicinity of 44th Avenue and U.S. Highway 14 East in Owatonna, according to...
Blooming Prairie High School received a donation of 40 flags from the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club and its membership at the BPHS on Thursday morning. From left to right are Blooming Prairie High School Principal John Worke, Gary Thorson, Tom Walters and Doug Johnson. They are holding one of the flags that will soon be displayed in BPHS classrooms.
Blooming Prairie High School is now home to 40 more flags, thanks to a generous donation from the Booming Prairie Servicemen’s Club and its membership.  Last Thursday, Gary Thorson, Tom Walters and Doug Johnson, on behalf of the Servicemen’s Club and its members, presented 40 American flags to...
Anca Sima poses next to her portrait “Butterfly of Rio,” painted by Barbara Porwit.
Everyone in the room gasped out of admiration when the black cloak that covered the painting was shed and the portrait of Anca Sima was revealed at the Owatonna Hospital through the Healing Arts Program reception on Nov. 17.  The portrait, painted by Barbara Porwit, is colorful, full of life and a...
The Owatonna Police Department is investigating several incidents involving thefts from commercial business locations that resulted in the loss of construction equipment, trailers, a skid steer and a semi-tractor. There were also attempted thefts of an ATV and an ATM machine. According to reports,...

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