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Owatonna police officers assaulted while responding to call, charges filed

An Owatonna police officer sustained minor injuries after responding to call that a Clarkfield man would not leave a residence, court docum… Read more

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Detention Center staff shortage prompts operational change

A decrease in staff and inmates at the Detention Center has prompted Steele County to consolidate its operations at the facility. Read more

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Straight River Days returns with 50th anniversary bash

After a long year, Medford is ready to get out and celebrate with a party that has been 50 years in the making. Read more

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Cannon River's sustainable farming group celebrates day for local growers

An initiative to celebrate local growers, producers and consumers will soon come to the area. Read more

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Owatonna High School graduation rate remains steady

Area schools saw their graduation rates remain steady or increase slightly, according to the 2020 graduation data released by the state Thu… Read more

Community

PEOPLE'S POETRY: Cheerful Charlie Downs

I observed a man today, Read more

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A preview of Medford Straight River Days: 2021 edition

After a COVID-19 cancellation of the 2020 Medford Straight Days, the celebration continues this year beginning this Thursday, June 17. A fu… Read more

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PARK AND REC: For the love of parks

A little over a year ago people began swarming to the parks and trails as an outlet to enjoy being outside and seeing something other than … Read more

Sports

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Owatonna track and field sends three to state with strong Section 1AA showing

Numerous athletes from the Owatonna boys and girls track and field teams competed during the Section 1AA finals meet Saturday afternoon at … Read more

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Beyer, Stork headline OPP All-Area baseball and softball teams

The 2021 spring high school sports season seemingly passed by in a flash. Athletes returned to the diamonds, fields, tracks and golf course… Read more

Numerous Owatonna track and field athletes advance to the finals of the Section 1AA meet

The Section 1AA boys and girls track meets got underway on Thursday afternoon at Lakeville South High School and the Owatonna Huskies saw n… Read more

Opinion

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Saving democracy and giving voters a real voice

I love America and I assume you do too. Part of what I love about it, is that while we didn’t invent democracy, we created the best version… Read more

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Saving democracy and giving voters a real voice

I love America and I assume you do too. Part of what I love about it, is that while we didn’t invent democracy, we created the best version… Read more

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Community support of children can change outcomes

On Tuesday night, I attended the “Raise our Standards” presentation held at the Owatonna Country Club. There were two presenters who covere… Read more