Friday, June 5, 2020


Third grade was represented at last Thursday's Teacher Appreciation Parade by Kristin Romeo, Alli Schmidt, Becky Johnson and Angie Avery.
It was bumper-to-bumper appreciation between Blooming Prairie teachers and students on a beautiful Thursday night. Vehicles completely encircled a square block that includes the school and its playground. The appreciation parade started at 5:30 p.m. and lasted until 7 p.m. Students and teachers...
Customer service is the ultimate at the Blooming Prairie Branch Library. With Gov. Tim Walz's executive order to close certain establishments because of the coronavirus, it meant that the Blooming Prairie Library, a branch of the Owatonna Public Library, was closed. A few weeks ago, the governor...
The Steele County Blades hockey team is proud to announce that veteran goaltender Niilo Ventelä has signed a professional contract with Osby IK of the Swedish HockeyTvåan  Ventela, from Säkylä, Finland. He wrapped up his second season in between the Blades’ pipes.   In his two seasons with the...
Cindy LaBathe of Cindy’s Tailoring in Owatonna puts in extra time assembling all of the straps for the shield project that has benefited all of Steele County.
Over the past two months, several people have been working quietly behind the scenes to create the shields for healthcare workers and first responders in Steele County. One of them is Cindy LaBathe, who owns Cindy’s Tailoring in Owatonna. In between her regular work, LaBathe assembles all of the...
A popular Blooming Prairie 4th of July event is the open house at the BP Fire Department. Firefighters take out their antique truck and give rides to kids and adults.
There will be no public Fourth of July celebration in Blooming Prairie this summer. BP's Fourth of July committee and the executive board of the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously last week to cancel the 2020 summer celebration because of the threat of the coronavirus. The...
One of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in southeastern Minnesota has been canceled.
Blooming Prairie has decided to cancel its Fourth of July celebration for this summer. On Wednesday night, the Fourth of July committee as well as the Chamber’s Executive committee decided to forgo the city’s annual Fourth Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of both committees...
Awesome Blossoms senior athletes thought they had "something special" as they were set to embark on the 2020 spring sports season. That something special, burning inside the senior athletes from the baseball, softball and track teams will never be unleashed as the season was cancelled by the...
The message was brief but hurtful. The Minnesota State High School League made this announcement on April 23, 2020: “Minnesota State High School League spring athletics and fine arts have been cancelled for the remainder of their seasons." The announcement continued: "With this cancellation, all...
Corn planting in the southeastern counties of Steele, Dodge, Rice, Freeborn and Mower is far ahead of the pace of last year, farmers and University of Minnesota Extension officials report. With ideal planting conditions, farmers were able to nearly complete corn planting by early this week. They...
“It's hard to believe, and I never thought I would get to this age," says Eleanor Harms, currently a resident of the Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. Harms, who has lived most of her life in Blooming Prairie, will turn 100 on May 28. "I have my phone," Harms responds when asked how...


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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