OWATONNA — An Owatonna woman faces a felony charge after she allegedly stole a Iowa woman's debit card and made more than $300 worth of purchases in Owatonna this week.
Popular horsemen and women will be included in this year’s induction into the Equine Hall of Fame, which will take place at the Steele County Free Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Suzanne (Quimby) Klukas and Carl and Ethel Quimby will be recognized for their support and involvement in the equine world in Steele County.
NORTHFIELD — Police and campus security are looking for a St. Olaf student who disappeared days before the school’s commencement ceremony.Senior Ellen Goerss, 22, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was last seen Thursday afternoon somewhere in Northfield, said school spokesman David Gonnerman.Her family was in Northfield Friday, he said, and reported the Ytterboe Hall resident missing. Sister Greta Goerss said the family had Goerss’ cell phone, but had little other information.“We don’t know anything,” she said.An on-campus commencement ceremony for St. Olaf’s class of 2009 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but Gonnerman said Goerss was not cleared to graduate prior to her disappearance. He would not comment on the circumstances of that decision.
It is amazing how I can be in my office all day and as the day progresses I can tell what the weather is doing outside. (gloomy, windy, overcast, sunny, humid or snowing) I know I have a window in my office, but let me go on... It's all in the spirit of the people who pass through these doors each day. And that same spirit helps everyone else around the center. I have people in my office every day with things that are weighing very heavily on their minds. I have also seen someone come through the door, engaged in some form and that person who was 'weighed down' with a busy schedule, numerous doctors appointments, worry, concern, or sorrow, be distracted just long enough to have a moment of joy.
This coming Saturday, ZCBJ (Zapadni Cesko-Bratrske Jednoty), Owatonna Lodge 127 will celebrate its 100th birthday. The celebration comes on the very date that the lodge was chartered in 1902. There were 26 insured chartered members. The first officers of the lodge were Josef A. Stransky, president; Rosalie Spinier, vice president; F.M. Smrz , recording secretary; Joe F. Martinek, financial secretary; and Frantisek Meixner, treasurer. Meetings were held in the Auditorium Hall on North Cedar in Owatonna until 1939 when the members built their own lodge hall 2 1/2 miles southwest of Owatonna. The hall was built with a great deal of volunteer labor and the funds for the materials were raised by the ladies who provided the food for a fund raising banquet. As of Dec. 31, 1902, there were 32 members with $27,000 of insurance in force. The Lodge assets amounted to $31.80. Josef Stransky, first president, was a delegate to the lodge convention in Omaha, Neb., in 1901. Josef and Agnes raised five sons and one daughter including William, Joseph, Emil, Anton, Fred and Olga (Mrs. Valdimore Kasper). This was a 100 percent ZCBJ family. Son William was secretary for many years without pay. Most of the officers received no compensation. On Feb. 1, 1967, the Blooming Prairie Lodge Litomysl #83 was organized. Litomysl's first officers were Jan Vanous-Kalcu, president; Josef Subart, vice president; Anton Wencl, secretary; Alois Prokopec, inner guard; Vend Horsky, outer guard; and trustees were Josef Subart, Frank Ruzek and Josef Betlach.