Monday, September 27, 2021

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When Ken Esplan landed in Quang TrI province in Vietnam in July 1969, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Sitting at a table, assigning newly arrived soldiers to their posts, was his next-door neighbor from Blooming Prairie. “He was just typing away, with two fingers, and didn’t look up when I got to the...
Community members and kids cheer following a ribbon-cutting for the newly finished inclusive playground and Miracle Field located at Manthey Park in Owatonna. Missy Ahrens, center left, and Amanda Gislason, center right, spearheaded the grassroots effort that made their dream for the new playground and field a reality. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS BALDWIN
Cars lined the parking lot and spilled over into the street as kids and families poured into Manthey Park last Monday to play together. Kids tore through the park and played together just before settling down to listen to several speakers during the inclusive playground and Miracle Field opening...
With a big smile and a firm grip on the halter, Jacey Herron, 8, of Owatonna, walks her calf around the yard during the annual Cow Camp at Clover Glen Farms near Claremont on July 20. Several other kids are in the background leading their calves to get familiar with them.
Glenn Johnson will be the first to admit he thought his wife was nuts when she suggested they host a Cow Camp for children on their Steele County dairy farm. “It was a chaotic mess the first couple years,” Johnson said with a chuckle. Thirteen years later, the Johnsons, who operate Clover Glen...
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...

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