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OWATONNA — What arguably could have been some of the busiest days of the Christmas season, the Hometown Holiday Weekend once again brought a little something for Steele Countians — and visitors — late last week.

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OWATONNA — A minor’s foot was run over by a float Thursday evening during the Lighted Holiday Parade, according to an incident report from the Owatonna Police Department. Police say that the mother told officers she and her daughter had just finished handing out candy, and the girl was runni…

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OWATONNA — When Floyd Piepho first returned from service at the end of World War II, he admits that he never talked much about his time in the Pacific theater.

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OWATONNA — For nearly three decades, the Festival of Trees has helped serve as a kick-off to the local holiday season. Aside from moving the celebration date back by two weeks, the annual fundraiser for Advocates for Developmental Disabilities is being guided under new leadership.

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OWATONNA — When asked about the upcoming Christmas in the Village celebration, MaryAnne Higgins had an almost endless list of activities happening this weekend in the Village of Yesteryear — wagon rides, carolers, lefse making, arts and crafts, a pump organ, “Santa in the main cabin, Mrs. Cl…

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MEDFORD — An audit of the Medford Public School’s financial statements from the previous fiscal year came back clean, according to a report given by CliftonLarsonAllen at Monday’s school board meeting. Two representatives from the independent auditing firm were present to talk with officials…

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — They arrived just before the second winter storm of the week, sirens blaring and voices raised as the Blooming Prairie High School football team turned down Main Street in the middle of a police and fire department escort. Players had left town hopeful earlier that morning…

MINNEAPOLIS — Athletes the size of Gabe Hagen, all 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds of him, typically find a home on the offensive line, especially on teams playing in the state’s second-smallest high school classification.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Buoyed by the nearly unstoppable quarterback-receiver combination of Kaden Thomas and Gabe Hagen, the No. 2-ranked Blooming Prairie football team pulled away in the second half and defeated No.1 BOLD, 41-15, in the Class A state championship game on Friday.

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OWATONNA — Hussein Osman was brought on by the Owatonna Public Schools in October to take over the role of Somali bilingual liaison after his predecessor — who had been with the district for roughly a decade — moved on from the position. Osman is now also coming in at a time when the title o…

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STEELE COUNTY — Assessment officials with the county have an important task: to keep the jurisdiction’s tax rolls fair and equitable. In order to do so, the assessors must stay on top of any property changes that occur such as a new construction, improvements, updates, and demolitions.

FARIBAULT — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is celebrating a decade-long partnership with Faribault’s Cheese Cave that has brought new members and donors to the nonprofit community organization.

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — With only a couple days left to train, Turkey Day enthusiasts in Blooming Prairie are gearing up to raise money for the town’s youth club at the 8th annual Gobble Wobble Fun Run and Walk.

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