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Three Steele County educators are finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Kim Goblirsch and Sara Markham, both teachers at Medford Public Schools, and Jessica Wagner, teacher at Owatonna Public Schools, have been chosen among 75 finalists for the state competition. An independent panel of...
Community Pathways Vice-President Joe Grant loads a prepackaged box of food into the back of a vehicle. Distribution was limited to two households per vehicle. He was one of about 25 volunteers, including law enforcement personnel, to help distribute the food.
Volunteers braved the cold weather Thursday to distribute 1,200 boxes of food to area residents in need. And they did it faster than organizers had planned. "We ran out of food a little before 1 p.m.," said Andi Arnold, outreach and grant director for Community Pathways. The event was scheduled to...
Sr. Sgt. Bill Youngquist of the sheriff’s office has been named “Peace Officer of the Year” by the Exchange Club of Steele County.
The Exchange Club of Steele County named Sr. Sgt. Bill Youngquist of the Steele County Sheriff’s Office as “Peace Officer of the Year” during its regular meeting on Friday. Youngquist began his career in law enforcement in 1997 as a patrol officer with the sheriff’s office.  Today, he supervises...
The impact of unusual winter storms slamming Texas is going to be felt locally through higher utility bills. While area residents had reliable power to stay safe and warm during the recent stretch of unseasonably cold weather, natural gas prices dramatically spiked the past week due to national...
Bobbie Bruns, left, her sister Maggie and the Blooming Prairie girls basketball team have developed a close bond due to playing together for the past few years. The Bruns sisters have been playing together on varsity for the past four years, but this will be their last season playing together since Maggie will graduate this spring.
Sisters Maggie and Bobbie Bruns have been playing basketball together for most of their lives yet their bond with their Blooming Prairie teammates might be just as strong. The Awesome Blossoms’ strong bond started early. Four of the five starters are seniors, so they all grew up playing together....
Owatonna junior Ava Hess said she was completely surprised when she learned she’d been nominated for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Award, which recognizes high school juniors who are model citizens in their communities, who are active in fine arts and/or athletic...
The Blooming Prairie City Council unanimously approved an annexation agreement with Blooming Prairie Township, bringing 1.35 acres into the city limits. The property will be used as the site of a future Dollar General store. Before the annexation was discussed by the council, a public hearing was...
Benedictine employees Heidi Jirele, left, and Tanya Amundson celebrate with balloons and cookies as the facility achieved a five-star rating, the highest offered in the industry. It is the first time Benedictine, formerly known as KODA Living, has achieved such a milestone.
For Lisa Kern, achieving a five-star rating is a milestone that is especially gratifying. Kern has been with the same care center organization that has gone through many changes over her 28-year career and never before has reached a five-star status. That’s until last week. The Benedictine Living...
The home of Daniel Reese family in Owatonna was extensively damaged by fire on Feb.11.
Daniel Reese was working in his home office in Owatonna late Thursday morning when his wife, Sandra, texted him to come over to another part of the house immediately. He thought maybe there were some deer in the back yard like often happens, but Sandra was hearing strange noises coming from the...
Even though COVID-19 has curtailed business at the State Capitol, Gene Dornink of Hayfield has begun his legislative career in the Minnesota Senate. On Thursday, Dornink’s 12-year-old son, Josiah, joined him on the Senate floor to learn about his dad’s new job as a senator. Dornink earned the District 27 Senate seat after defeating veteran Sen. Dan Sparks of Austin in last fall’s election.
For freshman Sen. Gene Dornink, inexperience isn’t keeping him from staying active and getting to work in the Minnesota Senate. Only a month into the legislative session, Dornink, R-Hayfield, has authored 11 bills and co-authored several others. And Dornink is paying particular attention to his own...

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