Sunday, March 18, 2018


Kevin Walsh of rural Ellendale grew three giant pumpkins this year with the top two weighing in at 1,480 and 1,440 pounds. He earned honors at two contests in Iowa and Stillwater this fall. He is sitting on the pumpkin that was chosen as the ugliest pumpkin in one of the contests.
Kevin Walsh didn’t need to search very far or long for the great pumpkin this Halloween. He found it right in his rural Ellendale back yard. In fact, he stumbled across three giants of pumpkins weighing 1,480, 1,440 and 1,300 pounds each. The largest one brought him ninth place and a $300 cash...
Calvin Chambers assisted other volunteers Friday with building the house that his family will live in later this year. The house, which is located on Glendale Street in Owatonna, is being constructed through Habitat for Humanity of Steele-Waseca area. Chambers and his wife, Dessa, and their four children will enjoy the house once it’s completed.
Behind the backdrop of a beautiful fall day, 17 volunteers donated their sweat and talents to help build the latest Habitat for Humanity home in Steele County Friday. With hammers pounding and siding being cut to size, there were volunteers everywhere—inside and outside the home under construction...
 Alonso Hernandez has been a familiar face at the Steele County Food Shelf in Owatonna. A special spaghetti supper and silent auction are planned as a fundraiser for Hernandez from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Owatonna Eagles Club. Hernandez is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant on Oct. 24 from his son, Ashley.
He's a man who has helped many Steele County residents over the years. Now, it's time for the Steele County community to help Alonso Hernandez in his battle to improve his health, deteriorated by two malfunctioning kidneys. */ A spaghetti supper and silent auction will be held from 4-7 p.m....
 Worlein Funeral Home of Austin and Bloooming Prairie has unveiled The Empty Chair to pay tribute to veterans and their families. The chairs are placed at funeral services to honor a departed veteran.
Veterans are to be remembered with honor, believes the staff of Worlein Funeral Home of Blooming Prairie and Austin. Just two weeks ago, The Empty Chair, made its debut at funeral services at First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie for military veteran Joe Wurst of Blooming Prairie.  The Empty...
Blooming Prairie youngsters eager to expand their knowledge about keeping safe.
*/ Learning about fire safety can never start too young as evidenced by Blooming Prairie youngsters eager to expand their knowledge about keeping safe. On Thursday morning, three kindergarten classes toured the Blooming Prairie Fire Station and received fire prevention tips from firefighters Mike...
Carl Barber of Blooming Prairie has been a popular visitor to Central Park when he brings his two colorful parrots to entertain a crowd that gathers around him.
We have often heard the refrain, “Polly, want a cracker?” Well, now if you visit Central Park in Blooming Prairie on any afternoon, you may hear the refrain, “Holly, want a cracker?” Holly is Blooming Prairie resident Carl Barber’s beautifully colored Macaw parrot. Macaws are long-tailed, often...
Sisters Diedre Rahn, Kay Zellmer and Nancy Horn were searching for the name of their loved one honored at the Field of Flags in Blooming Prairie. The local cancer group put up 250 pink flags near Highway 218.
It was a record year for the Paint Blooming Prairie Pink event in 2017. With a sea of pink around town and various weekend activities, the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group cracked a new record of more than $60,000.  The crown was placed on all of the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group's benefit auctions...
Ole and Lena’s has been dishing up tater tot hot dish on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair for 12 years. Joining in the fun are owners Renae and Dave Jeno and their grandson, Tucker Jeno, and friend Stacy Burton, all of Owatonna.
Ole and Lena are often the butt of Scandinavian American jokes, especially in the Midwest. But there’s no joking around when it comes to Ole and Lena at the Minnesota State Fair. For 12 years, Ole and Lena’s food trailer located outside the Midway by the horse barn has been dishing up hot dish on a...
The opening of the Steele County Free Fair included Berlyn Staska performing on his bugle during the flag raising ceremony. The ceremony also featured color guards from around the county, as well as patriotic songs from the Knights of Columbus chorus. The fair ended Sunday night after more than 300,000 peopled attended during the six-day extravaganza.
After a couple gloomy and rainy days in the middle of fair week, Mother Nature showered fair officials with a gorgeous weekend to help boost attendance over the 300,000 mark.  Fair officials estimated this year’s attendance at 300,717, a 7 percent increase over 2016. The fair set a record...
A Steele County couple is hitting the back roads of Minnesota and Wisconsin to raise money to aid in the cure for a crippling disease. Carl and Denise Wieman of Owatonna took part in the 32nd Annual Multiple Sclerosis River Road Run this past weekend. The run was a motorcycle tour that ventured...


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