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OWATONNA — Mathiowetz Construction, the prime contractor on I-35, has completed the clay grade sub cut and sand hauling for the new road base. C.S. McCrossan, a sub-contractor has completed driving pile for the new south bridge abutment on the Interstate 35 bridge over the Canadian Pacific r…

OWATONNA — The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) will host author Bob Showers for a presentation on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Wenger Room of the History Center.

UPDATE, 12:58 a.m.: The Republican-endorsed Brian Daniels is the confirmed winner in state House District 24B following a tight race with incumbent DFLer Patti Fritz. 

UPDATE Nov. 5, 3:02 p.m.: The Steele County auditor's office has updated its numbers after a precinct's votes were uploaded twice. The updated figures are: Okerberg—2,672; Swenson—2,548; Prestegard—995; Truelson—826; Radke—491.

OWATONNA — About 600 absentee ballots have been distributed or filled out in person with 11 days to go until Election Day, according to Steele County Auditor Laura Ihrke.

Most of the state House candidates in and around Steele County supported a pledge request from A Greater Minnesota, an agriculture advocacy organization, that asked them to back policies favorable to farmers.

If transportation issues take hold in the upcoming state legislative session, the debate may hinge on a single factor.

The local candidates in the state House race provided differing views of teacher tenure and the role of education unions in Minnesota.

The Steele County Free Fair and primary elections come together this year on August 12. Since the state primary date was changed, it could prove to be a reoccurring overlap of events — and could be known, perhaps, as “Ultra Tuesday.”

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Multiple races have contested primary elections this year, and Steele County voters have the chance to vote on candidates for federal, state and county offices on Tuesday.

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After failing to garner a GOP endorsement for the U.S. Senate race, former Medford resident Phillip Parrish isn’t finished yet.

OWATONNA — Though John Petersburg won’t be the state representative for District 24A until Jan. 8, he is already preparing for his first year in St. Paul.

Incumbent Patti Fritz ultimately took the District 24B seat handily — garnering nearly 57 percent of the vote, according to final results posted at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday on the Secretary of State website.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — In three uncontested city races, the city of Blooming Prairie welcomes Mayor H. Peterson and council members Tara Gimbel and Mary Kittelson back to the council chambers.

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OWATONNA — Though he said he had come to Owatonna on Wednesday simply to say “thank you” to the employees of Cedar Valley Services, U.S. Congressman Tim Walz quickly turned to a more political message — a message of compromise on the federal deficit.

OWATONNA — Minnesota First District Congressman Tim Walz stood Tuesday with the parents of an openly gay soldier who died in Afghanistan and said he’s opposed to a proposed Minnesota constitution amendment banning same-sex marriage.

OWATONNA — Until either Vicki Jensen or Vern Swedin replaces him next year, area state Sen. Mike Parry plans to keep on working.