Saturday, March 17, 2018


The feedlot controversy in Dodge County appears to be sparking again, but this time in a different township. A lawsuit has been filed in Dodge County District Court involving a proposed feedlot in Ripley Township located on the southern end of the county next to Westfield Township where the...
Rick Ellingson, organizer of the TASAR Explorer Scout Troop 007, was given special recognition at a SWAT competition for Explorers in Chandler, AZ last month. Fellow Blooming Prairie officer Dan Peach gives Ellingson a plaque of appreciation following the competition in Arizona.
The founder of Explorer Scout Post 007, Rick Ellingson, was speechless when honored by current TASAR Post 007 Explorers following competition in Chandler, Ariz., last month. Ellingson, a part-time officer with Janesville and Blooming Prairie police departments, was recognized for his 30 years of...
Blooming Prairie Youth Club unit coordinator Kelli Naatz and staff member Alicia Ptacek do some planning for the upcoming Rib Fest in June. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Leadership comes in different commodities, and Kelli Naatz, 24, of Blooming Prairie, is one of those untapped leaders. Naatz, a 2012 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School, was recently named unit coordinator of the Blooming Prairie Youth Club. She succeeds Marcy Sundine. “I never envisioned...
Owatonna athletes (back row, left to right) Zach Mensink, Ben Stelter, Braeden Meier, Peyton Robb, Jacob Dub, Terrell Conner, Tucker Alstead, (front row) Margo Achterkirch, Jamie Davison, Sophie Amundson, Kenna West, Sarah Spears,Sydney Schultz and Jenna Zeman stand for a photo after signing their Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Friends and family gathered to view as 14 Owatonna student-athletes took turns putting pen to paper and signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 7. at a ceremony in the school’s commons area.  Owatonna Director of Activities Ryan Swanson said the school’s largest class in his...
Logan Pleschourt, a sophomore at Medford High School who is battling cancer,  will be attending the Super Bowl in Minneapolis with his family. Pleschourt, left, also attended the Jan. 14 playoff game between Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints with his brother Anthony Lique.
Medford’s Logan Pleschourt and his older brother, Anthony Lique, were attending the Minnesota Vikings’ divisional-round playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium when a surprise visitor came to ask him a question.  The visitor, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,...
Jason House has taken over as general manager of House Chevrolet in Owatonna. His parents, Julie and Greg House, purchased the business last February. Until joining the family business, the younger House had a corporate job with Hendrick Automotive in Virginia.
Sometimes misfortunes have a way of producing life-changing experiences for people. Jason House, who took over as executive general manager of his family’s business, House Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Owatonna, in December, found that out earlier last year.  House’s parents, Julie and Greg,...
Logan Pleschourt, middle, is surrounded by love with his stepfather, Shannon Lique and mother, Heather Lique.
Logan Pleschourt and his family may have experienced their own “Christmas Miracle.” On Oct. 4, the Medford High School sophomore was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the past four months, he has underwent intense chemotherapy treatments and, amazingly, doctors no longer see any cancer in his...
Laurie Running is the director of Advocates for Developmental Disabilities of Steele County. Her organization is holding a Festival of Trees fundraiser on Nov. 17 to benefit people throughout Steele County suffering from developmental disabilities.
Devastation overcame Laurie Running when she found out her oldest daughter was developmentally disabled more than 30 years ago.  Her daughter, Natalie, was 1 year old at the time when they received the diagnosis that she was severely globally developmentally delayed at a Twin Cities hospital. She...
The polls will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 7
"We need people to get out and vote for the betterment of education," says Barry Olson, superintendent of Blooming School District 756. The polls will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 7 with three referendum items on the ballot. Four school...
Because of wet weather conditions, the corn harvest timeline has been pushed back. Here, crews of Ingvalson Farms harvest a field just north of Blooming Prairie in Steele County. A light snowfall on Thursday night kept the farmers out of the corn fields on Friday, further delaying an already prolonged harvest season.
Southern Minnesota farmers had a good reason to be grumpy after a light dusting of snow struck overnight last Thursday. The snow forced Blooming Prairie area farmers to stay out of the corn fields on Friday because of wet conditions. "The snow causes the combines to get plugged up," said Jerry...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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