Thursday, August 6, 2020


The Barefoot Winos blast out some blues music in downtown Owatonna last Thursday. The band is one of seven featured acts set to perform for the 7 at 7 concert series at Central Park in Owatonna this summer.
As the COVID-19 pandemic wore its way into the early months of summer, Jerry Besser was a little worried the annual 11 at 7 concert series held at Central Park in Owatonna might be at stake. “With everyone shut in because of COVID, I said we need to get something going,” he recalled. “We downsized...
Staff Sgt. Dan Wieman of Owatonna, a 19-year veteran of the U.S. Army, leads a special salute to veterans Friday night at the Chateau Speedway in Lansing. Wieman’s brother, Matt, is an avid racer at the Chateau.
It was a full night Friday night at Chateau Speedway as they rolled out night five of racing action in this abbreviated 2020 season in Lansing. The night’s program, sponsored by Zumbrota Ford, featured a salute to veterans.  Representing the veterans was Staff Sgt. Dan Wieman of Owatonna, a 19-year...
Becky Paulson of Blooming Prairie is a dedicated flower gardener. Just go by her residence on 3rd Street SE and you will be amazed at the different colored flowers she has in her yard.
Becky Paulson loves to share her flower gardening successes with her neighbors and passers by at her residence at 133 SE 3rd St. in Blooming Prairie. Paulson, who is now retired, says she picked up a love for flower gardening from her mother many years ago. When her mother passed away, Paulson's...
Wayne Busho has been known as the bicycle repair guy for the past 41 years in Owatonna. He retired from Straight River Sports on Friday.
There’s a good chance that anybody who has needed a bicycle repair in Owatonna over the past four decades has had the hands of one person doing the repairs and allowing for a smooth ride. For 41 years, Wayne Busho’s name has been synonymous with bicycle repair and service. Last Friday the legendary...
The Steele County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on County Road 17 about 5 miles northwest of Owatonna.The crash happened around 2 p.m. Initial reports indicate a motorcycle collided with a dump truck in the 3600 block of 52nd Ave. NW. The roadway is currently closed...
Sheriff’s deputy Caleb Buck welcomes his new partner, Willow, to Steele County. The crime fighting duo will train together beginning in September for 10 weeks before hitting the roads to protect and serve residents in the county. This is the sheriff office’s first K-9 team in about six years.
It has been a bittersweet past week for Steele County sheriff’s deputy Caleb Buck. On Monday just days after he welcomed a new police dog to the family, he was forced to put down one of his own dogs because of a kidney problem. Buck’s attention will now be focused on his newest addition to the...
Granddaughters Sophia Schiller and Alexandra Herget read for Ken Schiller's Quilt of Valor presentation. Schiller served in the U.S. Army.
Heather and Tony Schiller of rural Blooming Prairie recently hosted a special event involving Heather's father, Timothy Bass and her father-in-law, Kenneth Schiller. U.S. Army veterans Tim Bass and Ken Schiller received Quilts of Valor from a local Blooming Prairie quilting group. The quilting...
Dave and Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie were the feature winners at the Chateau Speedway on Aug. 9, 1986. The raceway remembered Dave Noble, a long-time racing competitor, Friday night. Dave died last week at 86.
There was a bit of a somber moment at the beginning of the Chateau racing last Friday night as it was announced that one of the original members of the Chateau Speedway Hall of Fame, which was started last year, had passed away during the week.  Three-time track champion Dave Noble of Blooming...
Dancing is Sonya Kirkman's favorite pastime. She can be found on many boulevards near her apartment in Blooming Prairie. "It makes me feel better,” Sonya says about her music.
Who is that middle-aged woman dancing on a public stage in Blooming Prairie? Many people, residents and non-residents alike, may have wondered who that woman is, the woman who finds her stage to be the parking lot between Casey's and the Goette food stand. This woman, identified as Sonya Kirkman,...
After a brief closing on Thursday, the Casey’s Store in Blooming Prairie has reopened again. Casey’s closed mid-day on Thursday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, the store has been cleaned and reopened again Friday morning. A reminder to everyone that the governor’s...


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