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Police seek help from public in stolen firearm investigation

The Owatonna Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the male subject in the photos below regarding a stolen firearm. Read more

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Churches continue to provide free meals to those in need of food, faith

If you happen to enter Trinity Lutheran Church on any Thursday evening, you’d be met with the smells of a hot, home cooked meal. Read more

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Nonprofits invited to attend UWSC Community Connector series

The United Way of Steele County is kicking off a four-part seminar series next month for nonprofit organizations to learn about how to stic… Read more

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Staffing shortages continue to put stress on area jails

Facing the challenge of hiring for a strenuous job in the middle of a labor shortage, local correctional facilities have seen applications … Read more

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Firefighters respond to house fire, no injuries

The Owatonna Fire Department responded to a structure fire Thursday in the 2100 block of Saint Paul Road Northeast. Read more

Community

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Adult Winter Reading Program begins at Owatonna Public Library

The Owatonna Public Library is kicking off their annual Winter Book Bingo in Adult Services! Read more

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TODD HALE: Interesting stories of Grandpa's Acres and Echo Heights

The other day I was having a conversation with a group and one of them referred to “Grandpa’s Acres”. Younger readers might be confused as … Read more

Submit WOA nominations by Friday

Friday, Feb. 3 is the last day to submit your nominations for Owatonna Business Women's 51st Woman of Achievement Event! Our categories are… Read more

Sports

NRHEG wrestling clinches conference win over Triton

The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva wrestling team went on the road to face Triton Thursday. The Panthers picked up some big wins on… Read more

Awesome Blossoms fall on the road against USC

The Blooming Prairie boys basketball team went on the road to face United South Central on Thursday. The Awesome Blossoms dropped to 5-10 o… Read more

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Abby Vetsch checks off major milestone in Huskies blowout victory

Owatonna senior defenseman Abby Vetsch is now officially one of very few of her kind. Read more

Opinion

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PASTOR'S PERSPECTIVE: February – the short month

For being the short month, February sure is a full month: this year it begins with “Groundhog’s Day” on the 2nd , “Valentine’s Day” on the … Read more

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SEN. TINA SMITH: Reflect on the good done in Washington

In the face of relentless breaking news cycles, it’s often difficult to step back and reflect on the big stuff. As we take stock at the beg… Read more

PEOPLE"S POETRY: Arthritic Joints

I got a damp chill from the winter rain, Read more