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Howard belongs in bubble wrap

"Howard, what are you going to break next?"

Leaning on readers to strengthen the paper

As we head into a new year, it’s a good time to take a look at how we can change things up.

A gift that makes cleaning a breeze

I’m sure most people are busy checking out and playing with the new toys and gadgets they received for Christmas.

Blessed are the peacemakers

It’s been tough year for law enforcement.  

Finding peace and hope in a life of uncertainty

By all accounts this has been an extraordinary year with little to no cheer filling our lives.

St. Paul Saints will be feeder team for Twins

The Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball and the St.

Salvation Army shines hope in a dark world

As I witnessed the eyes of young children light up with excitement last week during the county’s Shop with a Cop prog

Deck the house with a real tree

The holiday wouldn’t be the same without a freshly cut Christmas tree.

‘It's a nice day for a drive’

It's where the rubber hits the road. That's the life of a truck driver.

You provide me with an attitude of gratitude

My mind wandered in many directions (more so than normal) last week as I sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with my fam

Depressed and isolated for some this Thanksgiving

As a youngster, one of my favorite holiday traditions was Christmas caroling at the senior apartment buildings in my

It's fun to reflect on words written about BP and its citizenry

Now that I am finally retiring from a busy newspaper career of nearly 60 years, I am taking time to reflect on the ma

Losing a great community journalist

For almost six years our readers have enjoyed the benefit of a veteran community journalist covering Blooming Prairie

These rank as my top stories, top columns

It really is fun to reflect back on my six years as a busy staff writer for the Steele County Times.

Fighting the curse of the postal service

It’s the curse of the postal service.

It is finally time to retire

Yes, it's finally time to retire and time to take care of the health of one Mr. Howard Lestrud.

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