Thursday, January 27, 2022

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One of the favorite parts about my job is interviewing athletes right after a big game. Watching the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat unfold before your eyes and finding out where everything went right or went wrong is a privilege. I’ve seen my fair share of tears, whether they be happy or...
This Goldfield, Ariz., sheriff poses for a photo before participating in a gunfight, reenacted from the 1880s. The gunfight is a regular happening at the Goldfield Ghost Town.  Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Many Blooming Prairie residents have made Mesa their winter home. Some are located in other spots on the Arizona map. Judy and I recently had a chance to sample some Arizona life. It brought to life many of the colorful scenes my uncle Ray shared with my mother through the Arizona Highways...
Publisher Rick Bussler accepts a plaque from the Owatonna Chamber’s ambassadors Thursday morning recognizing the newspaper’s office located in Owatonna. The main office for the Times remains in Blooming Prairie. Staff photo by Kay Fate
The temperatures may be bone-chilling outside, but a warm reception at the Owatonna office of the Steele County Times kept things from being icy inside. Our staff hosted the ambassadors from the Owatonna Chamber as they provided us with a warm welcome for opening an office in Owatonna. Besides the...
Lyle Bohlman of Owatonna has the book on longevity with a somewhat unusual combination—trapping, digging graves and oh yes, marriage.  Staff photo by Rick Bussler
When it comes to longevity, I think Lyle Bohlman of Owatonna could write a book. I’ll try my best to capture a slice of it in this column. The 88-year-old has been trapping wildlife for 78 years, been married 68 years, been digging graves for 58 years and served as janitor of his church for only 47...
Brett Valliant is one of four organists who produce some beautiful music at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona. The console of the Mighty Wurlitzer is presented on an 8000-pound rotating hydraulic elevator.  Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
How many readers out there like to combine some tasty pizza with some of their favorite musical tunes? Take a trip to Mesa, Arizona and you will find another wonder of the world. It's called Organ Stop Pizza and it combines your favorite pizza choices with some music you love. My wife, Judy, and I...
For many Vikings fans, the firing of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman brought a sigh of relief. Personally, I am a fan of the Vikings’ move to bring a fresh start to the organization and appreciate owner Zygi Wilf finally putting his foot down and letting the Vikings fanbase...
An HBO crew came to Blooming Prairie on Dec. 14 to begin piecing together a three-hour documentary on Lois Riess, the woman who murdered her husband outside of Blooming Prairie and a woman in Florida. Staff photo by Kay Fate
Lights blazing, cameras rolling and sound equipment adjusting. It may have looked a bit like Hollywood in early December in the downtown area of Blooming Prairie, especially at the Steele County Times. Our small office was crammed with more cameras, lights and sound equipment than I’ve seen in...
Over the past six months, I have had the pleasure of meeting and writing about countless of talented young athletes in Steele County and all of them have one thing in common: an influential coach. The most critical time in an athlete’s career is the period of adolescence where kids learn to love...
Most of us have enjoyed that highly smart calendar-clock-camera-email-SMS-social media lifeline affectionately known as our smartphone. We can’t seem to navigate through our lives without it. I have a teenager at home who I am convinced is addicted to her phone. It never ceases to amaze me how much...
If you are a football fan, there is a good chance that you have heard of John Madden. The legendary Super Bowl-winning coach, sportscaster and NFL video game icon was one of football’s most beloved figures and arguably one of the reasons I am working in the field I am today. Madden was born in...

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