OWATONNA — As visitors have come to expect, the Beer Garden inside the Steele County Free Fair will have beers for every taste and a variety of music — including rock, country, and swing — for every listening palate this week.
OWATONNA — Owatonna’s Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum hosted a visitor from England last month: Jim Goddard, chairman of Care Leavers Association UK, spent roughly a week exploring the grounds and listening to stories from those who know the place best.
OWATONNA — Owatonna’s summer concerts-in-the-park series, 11@7, will close out this Thursday with Scott Jasmin, who has not previously played this venue.
OWATONNA — Female farmers of southern Minnesota will be in the spotlight with August’s featured exhibition at the Owatonna Arts Center.
OWATONNA — Winter State Entertainment, the production company operated by Owatonna’s Hamid and Camille Torabpour, is going to war, the Korean War.
OWATONNA — Local jazz aficionados can listen — or even play a few numbers — Sunday at the Steele County History Center during the Steele County Historical Society’s Jazz Jam.
LITOMYSL — As it has for nearly a half-century, Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Litomysl celebrated traditions — past and present — with a festival Sunday.
OWATONNA — Sarah Friesen and Courtney Bremer were crowned champions of Owatonna Sings in the 26-and-older and 15-25 categories, respectively, by a three-judge panel Saturday.
OWATONNA—JRD & The Big Mistake, a classic country band that—despite only forming in March—has been selling out gigs in the Twin Cities, will bring their act to Owatonna for the summer’s final Downtown Thursday next week.
OWATONNA—Sharon Stark loved the arts, she was an adroit baker, and she knew how to throw a magnificent party, so there was no better way to remember her life and legacy than for numerous members of the local arts community to gather for a feast, listen to music, and enjoy the company of one …
OWATONNA — Bri Ulrich, India Enter, and Caroline Nelson, who all excelled musically at Owatonna High School and are continuing their pursuits in college, will perform in concert Saturday at the Owatonna Arts Center.
OWATONNA—Let’s Smile’s first foray into holding a comedy fundraiser last summer was so successful than the local non-profit is offering another edition Friday, this time featuring a pair of Twin Cities-based comedians, John DeBoer and Miss Shannan Paul.
OWATONNA—Crazy Days 2019 next week will have a soundtrack running through much of it, as music is being emphasized like never before.
OWATONNA — Owatonna’s arts community will celebrate the life and legacy of Sharon Stark Thursday, as well as officially launch the Sharon Stark Forever Fund.
OWATONNA — Luke Berkley, who, among his accomplishments, was named the Hemp Family Prize recipient at Luther College for the 2019-2020 academic term, is back in his hometown of Owatonna for the summer, and he’ll perform a concert Sunday night at the Owatonna Arts Center.
MEDFORD — Medford will go under the sea this weekend for “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a Medford Community Education summer theater production.
OWATONNA — Sunday’s 33rd-annual Extravaganza in the Village of Yesteryear will meld popular returning favorites, such as rope-making, clothes-washing demonstrations, and classic games, with new additions, like beekeepers and a petting zoo.
OWATONNA — Nearly two-dozen local children are receiving expert acting and storytelling instruction this week during a theater camp, and they’ll show off what they’ve learned Friday afternoon with an “informance” for an audience.
OWATONNA — As part of Owatonna Hospital’s 10th anniversary celebration this year, the medical center called for art by local artists, and a number of those pieces are now on display for this season of Healing Arts, which officially opened Tuesday and runs through the end of October.
OWATONNA — The summer’s next edition of Downtown Thursday will be this week, and, among the highlights, Travis Thamert — who was born and reared in Owatonna — will perform in the green space at 215 N. Cedar at 5:30 p.m.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The community of Blooming Prairie once again swelled to well above its normal size Thursday, drawings thousands and thousands of people for the city’s “Old Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration.
OWATONNA — The Owatonna Arts Center will feature two exhibits this month: “Crochet in Transition, Animal Paintings,” by Malia Wiley, and a selection of Sharon Stark’s signature jackets and shoes.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — After severe storms washed out several events on Independence Day 2018, organizers are hopeful for better weather next week during Blooming Prairie’s annual “Old Fashioned Fourth of July.”
Owatonna was represented with aplomb at Miss Minnesota last week, where Owatonna High School alumna Alyssa Crum was first runner-up, and Whitni Minton, a rising senior at OHS, was second runner-up for Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen.
NEW RICHLAND — After performances in Orlando in 2015 and San Diego in 2017, the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva marching band will take the field in San Antonio this December during the Alamo Bowl.
ELLENDALE — Ellendale Days 2019 will feature, among other highlights, a lineup of speakers who will discuss critical aspects of the city’s history, including a goldmine, a nightclub, and a tool company.
OWATONNA — Thursday’s 11@7 concert in Central Park will shine a spotlight on symphony orchestra ensembles, including a wind quartet, a violin duo, and harpists Abigail Hansen and Isabel Troe.
OWATONNA — More than a dozen high school marching bands from around the state paraded through the streets of Owatonna Saturday during the 10th annual Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival, and while all the bands are appreciated, naturally the most-rousing ovations are reserved for the hometow…
OWATONNA — While the summer sun blazes outside this month, local theater aficionados can be transported to a Caribbean island with the Little Theatre of Owatonna’s production of “Once on this Island.”
OWATONNA — This year’s Harry Wenger Marching Band festival will have a new entry among the dozen marching bands: Lakes International Language Academy.
OWATONNA — The Owatonna Community Band, which dates back to 1977 and still has active founding members, will play the 11@7 Central Park concert series multiple times this summer, and the first of those shows is Thursday.
OWATONNA — “Lapham Rising,” a movie that has been filming in Owatonna for the past few weeks and features actors Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, and Ashley Benson, is nearing completion.
OWATONNA — The Owatonna Arts Center will conduct an official dedication of the John Idstrom bronze collection from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, and the public is invited to the event.
OWATONNA — “Contemporary Realism: Works from the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art” will be featured this month in the Owatonna Arts Center.
OWATONNA — Though Owatonna High School seniors won’t officially graduate until commencement June 9, the annual Graduation Concert is this Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church.
OWATONNA — The 12th edition of Smokin’ in Steele, Owatonna’s annual blues and barbecue festival, will boast a superb lineup of musical acts next weekend, including Sarah Grace, who captured America’s attention on her way to the semi-finals of “The Voice” singing competition.
OWATONNA — Winter State Entertainment’s Hamid Torabpour has made it his mission to bring talented individuals to Owatonna and Steele County with his production company, and he’s delivering on that promise yet again, with actors Frank Langella and Ashley Benson currently in town to film the m…
OWATONNA — The first class of the Owatonna Music Hall of Fame was celebrated Tuesday night before and during the annual Owatonna High School Pops Concert.
OWATONNA — Blooming Prairie fifth graders in the Owatonna Arts Center’s spring enrichment class put finishing touches on their clay pieces Monday night during their final meeting.
OWATONNA — In addition to performances by Owatonna High School’s bands, choirs, and orchestras, Tuesday’s Pops Concert will also include recognition of the inaugural class of Owatonna Music Hall of Fame members.
OWATONNA — Prior to his show at the Music Space Friday night, musician Walter Salas-Humara dropped by Owatonna Middle School Friday afternoon for the first installment of the school’s “Live on the Learning Stairs.”
OWATONNA — Owatonna High School’s bands, choirs, and orchestras will deliver a night of popular favorites Tuesday during the annual Pops Concert.
OWATONNA — Local residents who saw musician Bucky Covington — a top-10 finisher during season five of “American Idol” — driving around town in a classic Dodge late Monday night needn’t be perplexed: Covington was in Owatonna to shoot a video for his song, “Driving in the Dark,” which will al…
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — There was perhaps nowhere better for Blooming Prairie music students to take a trip this spring than the “Music City” itself, Nashville, and, indeed, it was “one of the best trips we’ve had,” said Ross Reishus, the band instructor.
OWATONNA — As part of a national tour to promote his latest album, “Walterio,” Walter Salas-Humara will perform Friday at The Music Space of Owatonnna.
MEDFORD — “Oz,” Medford’s spring play, is truly a student production, directed by sophomore Roberta Domstrand and populated by a tight-knit cast who in addition to acting also perform any and all other duties associated with mounting a play.
OWATONNA — Before Bri Ulrich departs Owatonna to major in piano performance — on a scholarship — this fall at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, she’ll deliver her senior recital Friday at St. John Lutheran Church.
OWATONNA — Songs in Saturday’s concert, “When There’s Good to be Done,” at the Owatonna Arts Center by the folk duo Curtis and Loretta are based on interviews with unsung heroes, including two — Peter Razor and Harvey Ronglien — who grew up in Owatonna at the Minnesota State Public School Or…