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The return of The Bullet: Steele County Free Fair brings back the human cannonball

OWATONNA — For years, a booming sound echoed throughout the fairgrounds twice a day. When it went off, people stopped in their tracks and w… Read more

Owatonna man charged with forcing boy to perform sex acts

OWATONNA — An Owatonna man has entered a preliminary not guilty plea on criminal sexual conduct charges for forcing a boy to have sex with … Read more

The sounds of music fill Owatonna Saturday morning during Wenger marching band festival

OWATONNA — More than a dozen high school marching bands from around the state paraded through the streets of Owatonna Saturday during the 1… Read more

Waseca man gets 60 day in jail, probation for fall 2016 rape

A Waseca man was sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for five years May 24 in Blue Earth County District Court after rapin… Read more

Medford residents, visitors take to the streets for Straight River Days Parade

MEDFORD — The streets of Medford were filled — both the streets themselves and lining the sides — Friday night during the annual Straight R… Read more

Sports

OHS grad Alec Holcomb to conduct baseball clinic in July

Owatonna graduate, and current Division I pitcher at North Dakota State University, Alec Holcomb, will be teaming up with current college t… Read more

PROVEN ACES: Owatonna boasts deep stable of players, looks to turn things around as season kicks into gear

The results have been a mixed bag thus far, but one thing is for sure, the Aces amateur baseball team has depth. Read more

Owatonna Legion fends off Rochester Mayo, 3-2

Sam Henson came up big in his first start of the season and fellow lefty, Willie VonRuden, continued to baffle Big Nine Conference hitters … Read more

Community

Today in History - June 17

Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year. Read more

Advocates for Developmental Disabilities of Steele County announces scholarship recipients

STEELE — Advocates for Developmental Disabilities of Steele County presented three $500 scholarships this May to Isaiah Chavis of Medford, … Read more

Arkema Inc. present scholarship to Blooming Prairie High School senior

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Riley Millam, a graduating senior at Blooming Prairie High School, is the recipient of the annual Arkema Blooming Prairi… Read more

Opinion

MARK DOMEIER: How can public schools attract and retain?

As the summer is upon us and schools are released for the year, many different types of people take a big breath and sigh in contentment. T… Read more

KIM SCHAUFENBUEL: How do we grow at United Way?

In the seasons of United Way we have just completed the Grant-Making Season; and we are just about to begin the Fundraising Season. There a… Read more

CLAIRE LACANNE: High hay prices should encourage you to scout your alfalfa

Hay prices are currently high in Minnesota, which should give farmers even more incentive to scout their alfalfa fields this year. Right no… Read more

Obituaries

Elizabeth 'Betty' Anderson

Elizabeth 'Betty' Anderson 1918–2019 Owatonna—Elizabeth "Betty" Anderson, age 100, passed away on June 14, 2019. She was born on Dec. 22, 1… Read more

Michael Ervin Albertson

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Albert 'Cob' Kath

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