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Jobless rate dips slightly over most of region in July, DEED reports

Unemployment was down slightly across the region from June to July, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Em… Read more

Owatonna school district welcomes new employees Monday

OWATONNA — The Owatonna school district welcomed new staff members Monday with a literal bang, as a drum corps of Owatonna students perform… Read more

NRHEG completes wildflowers project

NEW RICHLAND — Dan Sorum, agriculture teacher at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School, and students in his summer education c… Read more

Closing the fair: SCFF staff reports successful week with increased numbers across the grounds

OWATONNA — The new poster is up and the online tracker is ticking: there are 364 days until the next Steele County Free Fair. Read more

DHS denies service to South Country Health Alliance

OWATONNA — Steele County will seek mediation with the state after the Minnesota Department of Human Services rejected a proposal to provide… Read more



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Big Nine, Section 1-AA cross country deep with talent

One of the first opportunities for Owatonna to measure up to the rest of the Big Nine Conference, as well as some Section 1-AA, foes is com… Read more

THE RISE OF THE TIGERS: In just 12 months, Medford volleyball program as elevated to unseen status

Sometimes all it takes is one class; one group of special athletes; one astonishing postseason run and one town starving for a winner. Read more



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Today in History - Aug. 20

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2019. There are 133 days left in the year. Read more

Owatonna teacher named finalist for 2019 National History Teacher of the Year

NEW YORK — Scott Noet, a middle school social studies teacher at Owatonna Public Schools in Owatonna, Minnesota, has been named one of ten … Read more


SCOTT CODY: Keto diet may have to be ‘dirty’ when traveling

Are you starting or doing a keto diet? We may need to talk. If you don’t know what a “keto diet” is then I will briefly explain: A diet tha… Read more

AL BATT: The case of the purloined Craftsman combination wrench — 5/16 open end and 11/32 box end

It was back before I’d ever uttered the words, “Back in my day.” Read more

READERS WRITE: Medford appreciated inclusion in fair

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Rose Cecelia Wallner

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Clarence O. Swanson

Clarence O. Swanson 1933–2019 Sauk Rapids—Clarence O. Swanson, age 85, of Sauk Rapids, MN and formerly of Elysian, MN, passed away Wednesda… Read more

Mary Jane Behrns

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