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The effluent pipe that drains into the Straight River from Medford's Wastewater Treatment Plant dumped biosolids into the Straight River in April 2020, prompting an investigation and fine from the MPCA.
The City of Medford received a $5,100 fine for two spills that occurred in 2020 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with an additional directive to begin fixing the city's wastewater problems immediately. "The spill in April was from a check valve malfunction," said Jed Peterson,...
Willie Peterson lines up his shot as Bob Wilke looks on. Wilke and Peterson were part of a small crew of billiards players Friday afternoon at the senior center.
Now that things are beginning to open up and normalize with the vaccines becoming more and more available, some residents are looking to get out and have some much-needed fun. With some restrictions still in place, Owatonna Park and Rec provides just that for area seniors. Some of the activities...
More people than ever before are packing guns in Steele County, with a record number of permits to carry issued in 2020. Sheriff Lon Thiele said his office issued 918 permits to carry last year, more than double the total for 2019. He said last year's total was the highest ever issued by his office...
Freshman Samantha Bogen, sophomore Ezra Oien and senior Grace Wolfe share a moment together during a recent hockey game. Bogen and Oien proved to be big assets for the team on offense this season, coming up with 75 points for the Huskies.
While the team may not be heading to state this season, the Owatonna girls hockey team still has a bright future ahead of them, and this is in large part due to the young talent currently on the team. Out of the 27 players on the team’s roster, 17 are either freshmen or sophomores, and they already...
Seven wrestlers from three area high schools qualified for this week’s Minnesota State High School League Wrestling Championships. Above, Westfield’s Tyler Archer lifts his Blue Earth Area opponent off the mat during his 3-2 win by decision at the state individual preliminary competition on Saturday, Mar. 20.
Seven area wrestlers will be representing three Steele County schools this week in the state individual wrestling tournament in the Twin Cities. Tyler Archer of Blooming Prairie’s Westfield, Tommy Elwood, Josiah Hedensten and Brennon Hoffman from Medford and Cael Robb, Landen Johnson and Matt...
The future of the historic Daniel S. Piper House has recently been a matter of contention for some in the city of Medford and a developer who has purchased the property and looks to demolish the house in favor of building storage units.
After a developer purchased the property where the historic Daniel S. Piper House sits on Medford’s southern edge, the city council informed the developer,  Brad Price of Right Size Storage, to take his plans to the city’s Planning and Zoning board. Price’s original vision involved demolishing the...
Nolan Baker installs a new computer for a local business recently. Baker has turned a few heads as the junior in high school has been operating his own LLC computer company for the past year. He juggles school work in between working on computers for commercial and residential.
As Nolan Baker works his magic on computers and other technological systems, he surprises many people when they find out how old he is. He has become known as the teenage computer whiz as the junior in high school has been operating his own LLC computer company, Baker Tech Services, for the past...
Steele County will soon have a full-time emergency management director. The County Board has approved turning the part-time position into full time after the upcoming retirement of current director Mike Johnson. For years, Johnson has split his time between the county’s emergency management and as...
There's a new superintendent coming to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) Public Schools and his name is Michael Meihak. The current principal at Faribault Middle School was approved as the next superintendent by the school board at its meeting on Monday, Mar. 15. School Board Chair...
While Huskies star Evan Dushek is defending in this photo, it’s his shooting ability that’s perhaps most noteworthy. The junior recently scored his 1,000th point of his career, a milestone only achieved by seven other Owatonna players.
During the March 8 Owatonna boys basketball game against Northfield, junior Evan Dushek accomplished what only seven other players in team history had before him. He scored his 1,000th point as a Huskie. “It's super cool,” Dushek said. “Obviously living here my whole life and growing up here, it's...

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