You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to…

CulturFest began in 1999 with a group of individuals that wanted to make a difference in our ever changing community. At that time as well as today – the community of Owatonna continues to change, for example our public school system serves over 20 languages today. CulturFest is a committee …


For students in the Blooming Prairie school district, the big day came Thursday. Friday’s the day for students in both Medford and Owatonna. Students in the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva school districts had their early out on Wednesday.

Freedom is never free. That is the message of Memorial Day, a message that none of us can afford to forget. And yet, we fear that we may have lost sight of what this holiday weekend is all about. It is easy to understand how we could forget.

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