OWATONNA — Paintings by local artists George Sierakowski and Pam Mikeworth will be featured this month in the Owatonna Arts Center gallery, and the public can learn more about these works — and the artists behind them — during a special reception Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
DODGE COUNTY — Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said this week that his office was justified last month in confiscating a memory card from the camera of a Dodge County journalist at the scene of a 7-year-old’s drowning.
OWATONNA — With the eve of the 2018 Steele County Free Fair on the horizon, there will be one vital player missing from the game. Sharon Stark, who dedicated 55 years to the fair, died after a short battle with cancer in April. She was 80 years old.
NEW YORK (AP) — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," according to court papers his lawyers filed Friday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the months before unleashing a hail of bullets into a Las Vegas concert crowd, Stephen Paddock burned through more than $1.5 million, became obsessed with guns and increasingly unstable, and distanced himself from his girlfriend and family, according to an investigative r…
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — One of Paul Manafort’s tax preparers admitted Friday that she helped disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a loan in order to reduce the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax burden.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records Friday as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.
BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it is poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with its latest trade threat.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday.
HAYFIELD TOWNSHIP — Two drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in rural Dodge County, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel efficient and less polluting, a major rollback already being challenged in the courts by California and other states.
OWATONNA — Two days after the Owatonna Police Department confirmed an unknown man had chased a group of children on the northeast side of town, law enforcement discredited a new rumor that has been circulating on social media and prompting fear in the surrounding communities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said Thursday.
OWATONNA — More than $2.8 million was raised over the weekend for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the 14th annual Federated Challenge, officials with the Owatonna-based Federated Insurance announced this week.
OWATONNA — While libraries are known for being quiet, the Owatonna Public Library was filled by the cacophony of an instrument petting zoo Thursday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums.
NORTH MANKATO — On a Friday afternoon in late June, the Roadhouse 169 in North Mankato was starting to get busy — until the sewer backed up.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his view that all life is sacred and there is no justification for state-sponsored …
HONOLULU (AP) — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead returned Wednesday to Hawaii for analysis and identification. The U.S. military believes the bones are those of U.S. servicemen and potentially servicemen from other United Nation…
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more options to buy cheaper, short-term health insurance under a new Trump administration rule, but there’s no guarantee the plans will cover pre-existing conditions or provide benefits like coverage of prescription drugs.
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Some of the bunnies bumbled. Some of rabbits raced. And all of about 25 hopped through an agility course at the Stearns County Fair last month.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced on Wednesday that a horse in Pine City, Minn., has contracted the West Nile virus, marking the first equine case in Minnesota in 2018.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump’s contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for “sanctuary citie…
Many kinds of crops are grown in Minnesota — corn and soybeans, of course, also wheat, sugar beets, flax and oats, to name a few of the most popular. Rye is one crop that we hardly grow at all anymore, but it’s starting to mount a comeback because it makes some fine young whiskey.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Union leaders representing Minnesota corrections workers called for more prison officers and changes to inmate discipline rules following the death of a prison guard last month.
OWATONNA — An Owatonna woman who is facing felony child endangerment charges for allegedly telling two of her adopted children to beat up her third child with a bat and her husband were in Steele County District Court Wednesday where they voluntarily gave up their parental rights of all thre…
OWATONNA — For last four years, Naomi Jirele of Owatonna has enjoyed instructing a barn quilt workshop through various community education programs around Southern Minnesota.
FARIBAULT — A request by the City of Medford to hook up to Faribault wastewater treatment plant received generally favorable reviews from the city council on Tuesday, though Faribault councilors want more information from their southern neighbors before making any final decisions.
OWATONNA — While Thursday’s concert in the park featuring Owatonna’s own Noah DeKam and Logan Johnson — part of the 11@7 Concert Series — is more than enough of a draw on its own, Central Park and the 100 and 200 blocks of Cedar Avenue will also play host to many artists, food purveyors, and…
MEDFORD — The Medford school board gained a new member Monday, as Whitney Winkels was appointed to replace Gary Wiersma, who resigned his seat during the board’s June meeting.
OWATONNA — The 20th edition of CulturFest this September will be the last in Owatonna, unless some individual, group, or entity picks up the proverbial baton.
OWATONNA — With school starting in about a month, the Salvation Army in Owatonna wants to ensure that all Steele County students have a good start.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Department of Health and Human Services official told senators Tuesday that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be dangerous for children. But some of the government’s top immigration officials used a Senate hearing to largely def…
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook set off a firestorm Tuesday, announcing that it had uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics and by extension the upcoming midterm elections.
OWATONNA — A Level 3 sex offender who was convicted of engaging in sexual contact with two 15-year-old girls on separate occasions in moving to Owatonna, according to the Owatonna Police Department.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has spoken with the National Rifle Association about downloadable directions others want to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns, adding that the idea “doesn’t seem to make much sense!”
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican political groups might be waiting to see which Democrat emerges in an Aug. 14 primary in the race for governor, but campaign finance reports released Tuesday make clear that Democratic organizations believe former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be the GOP nominee.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss, disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians, telling The Associated Press he is livid that he was kept in …
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unnerving fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump declared Monday he would have “no problem” shutting down the federal government this fall if Congress won’t come up with more money for border security.
Laddie, an elderly toy poodle, lost a leg in a car accident. Her kidneys are failing. Her prior owner had loved her but was forced to give Laddie up when she entered a nursing home. No one knows how long Laddie has left to live.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two titans of the casino industry are racing to cash in on the newly created U.S. sports betting market, taking steps to expand their footprint and strengthen their positions as more states approve necessary regulations and people become more interested in legally gambling o…
OWATONNA – A concerning incident over the weekend has elicited fear in the Owatonna Facebook community as well as leading the Owatonna Police Department to issue a Public Safety Bulletin.
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for 15,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state.