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The week that was from Owatonna People's Press
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The following is a summary of some of the stories that ran in the most recent editions of the Owatonna People’s Press.

The People’s Press is delivered to print subscribers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Each day also has an e-edition (a digital replica of the print edition) online, and an extra e-edition comes out each Friday.

Each edition contains the latest news, sports, opinion, community info, obituaries and more from the Owatonna area. Subscribers can also access the latest content online at

Here’s a sample of the news from the last week.

Growing and grafting in Medford

As you pull into the driveway of Merton Valley Farm in rural Medford, the cottonwood seeds blow past all sides of the car, giving the illusion of traveling through the stars at hyper-speed.

The farm is a few miles outside of town but the owners say they’re often told it’s worth the drive to see the serene slice of Americana.

Power of the Purse

The annual Power of the Purse event returned in full force at the Owatonna Country Club after taking to a virtual platform over the last two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is the only fundraiser the Women United host each year to support the Imagination Library, which funds the postage for the free books provided by the program.

Mixed Roots inaugural scholarship

Anora Vang and Nyagam Wal each received a $1,000 scholarship and a Mixed Roots art piece created by the founder of the scholarship program and Mixed Roots Foundation.

“They embrace their diversity in the school and want to make sure they make a difference,” said OHS Principal Kory Kath. “They’ve been great assets to the school and support the school as a whole. In return I think they’ve added to others’ education.”

Band festival set to return

After canceling the festival in 2020 and asking spectators to join virtually last year, the Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival is returning in full force on Saturday, with 10 area marching bands participating.

“We’re finally getting back to normal, and we are really excited,” Festival President Leslea Patridge said. “We will have the full parade route back, and spectators will be welcome. It’s going to be a great day.”


Check out the latest game and feature stories from the spring sports season for Owatonna, Medford, Blooming Prairie and NRHEG teams. Teams and individuals are wrapping up their seasons, with some making state appearances.


Summarized above are just a handful of the stories featured in the last week of the People’s Press. Readers can find several more locally reported news and sports stories, plus community news and calendar, columns and letters, obituaries, photos and more in the newspapers and on the website.

All content is fully accessible to subscribers via print and online.