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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — More than 100 people gathered at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club Monday afternoon for a potluck luncheon after the city’s annual parade and memorial service to honor and remember area veterans.

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STEELE COUNTY — When ordained minister Joyce Parker was looking for a way to stay active in ministry, she came across the Bible verse, Matthew 25:36: “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

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OWATONNA — Problem apartment residents — renters dealing drugs, damaging property, committing domestic violence — can have a big impact on their community.

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OWATONNA — Soon, individuals settled in lawn chairs and sprawled on blankets will color Central Park as the community comes together for the 11@7 Central Park concert series.

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OWATONNA — Nearly a dozen residents attended a public hearing Tuesday evening to question the Steele County Board of Commissioners’ intent to establish an economic development authority and the benefit such an organization would have in the county.

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OWATONNA — After facing increased costs in a competitive market, Semcac made the decision to end services at one of the Head Start Facilities in Owatonna.

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Unemployment rates fell across the region in April with some places seeing its lowest jobless figures since late last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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OWATONNA — The two primary candidates for the state Senate seat in district 24 have wasted no time filing papers to make their campaigns official.

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OWATONNA — If Laurie Matejcek had a dollar for every time she heard the sentence “I can’t even draw a stick figure,” she would be a wealthy woman.

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OWATONNA — Two days after the Bartosch family home was destroyed in a fire, Jeff Bartosch said he’s still in shock as he evaluates what happens next.

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OWATONNA — Local legislators say they’re pleased with many of the bills passed in the 2016 legislative session but are disappointed that several top priorities remained unmet after both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature adjourned for the year.

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NEW RICHLAND — Over the course of the semester, the FACS classroom of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School has been transformed into a Stock Exchange off of Wall Street where students whisper strategies about buying and selling stocks.

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