Friday, June 5, 2020


A Dodge County cop killer will be moved to a lower-risk prison after action taken April 14 by a Parole Review Board consisting of the state’s corrections commissioner and others. Andrew Salinas, 56, will be moved to an unknown medium-security prison, according to the Department of Corrections. He...
Humility is the middle name of two Blooming Prairie High School basketball coaches who were recently honored as Section 1A Coaches of the Year. John Bruns earned the award in coaching the Awesome Blossom girls to a 21-6 record, and Nate Piller earned the same award, coaching the Awesome Blossom...
Max, Carter and Madeline Sorensen keep their social distance from the Easter Bunny as he waves and passes by during an Easter parade Saturday in Blooming Prairie. Because of the governor’s stay-at-home order, this year’s Easter Egg Hunt was called off and a parade was put on in its place by the Women of Today. The bunny was escorted by Extreme Pressure Washers.
The coronavirus COVID-19 caused the Blooming Prairie annual Easter Egg Hunt to be cancelled this year. That didn't stop the event's sponsor, Women of Today, with coming up with a novel idea. "Let's have an Easter parade," suggested event chair Mandy Doocy. With the help of some volunteers, Women of...
Here's a few of the homemade protective masks Nancy Peterson of Blooming Prairie has made. She has made nearly 200 of the masks, with many going to the Prairie Manor Care Center and others to family members and friends.
"It is something I can do to help," explains Blooming Prairie woman Nancy Peterson, telling why she has made nearly 200 sanitary masks. She strongly supports keeping people safe and protected. Some of those masks have gone to Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, and others have gone to...
"I love my job because everyone is happy to see me at the door," says the owner of one of the widest smiles in Blooming Prairie. Owner of that effervescent smile is none other than Jackie Vorlicek, owner in her own right, of Prairie Home Floral, Decor & Gifts of Blooming Prairie. Vorlicek has...
Despite a spike in deaths statewide from the coronavirus pandemic, southeastern Minnesota continues to be spared of any COVID-19 deaths. Minnesota hit a daily high of 11 deaths on April 9—the highest one-day total in the state since the pandemic started. There have been 69 confirmed cases in Steele...
Sometime late in 1928 the Wisconsin Syndicate established a reliable partnership within the Blooming Prairie community. In late 1929 they began to build a large still on a farm site six miles west of Blooming Prairie where a previous large still had been raided. The location close to Highway 30 and...
A judge extends congratulations to Mariah Miller of rural Austin after she showed the grand champion junior heifer at the Minnesota State Fair last summer. After battling a couple brain surgeries and a long road to recovery over the past year and a half, Miller is getting back to a normal life again.
Life has been filled with challenges over the past few years for a rural Austin teenager that she has even surprised herself with what she has been able to accomplish in light of those challenges. Mariah Miller, a junior at Albert Lea High School, has been fighting hydrocephalus and as a result has...
Trinity Lutheran Church of Owatonna provides food for area families in need. Darlene Blong, left, of Owatonna Head Start picks up food to deliver to families from Trinity food program coordinator Nancy Keller Friday at Trinity.
They’ve been forced to switch up their routine slightly, but members of Trinity Lutheran Church are still providing food for area families through the coronavirus crisis. Trinity operates Husky Pantry and Wildcat Pantry, both opportunities to feed area families in need. Nancy Keller is the...
The Chellin sisters chalk a bright and colorful inspirational message of hope on their driveway in Owatonna. The artists include, from left: Mia, Lorelei and Eva. They won $50 in Chamber Bucks for their efforts.
For a 13-year-old Owatonna girl and her sisters, it was all about delivering a message of hope in the midst of a life storm that has crippled the nation in many ways. Eva, Lorelei and Mia Chellin chalked the word “Hope” along with a heart under it on their driveway at 306 Woodland Dr. on March 27...


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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