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OWATONNA — About a year and a half ago, all Amanda Gislason could think about was how in the world they would even start getting the word out about a specific dream for the entire community.

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HOPE — Commuters on Interstate 35 may have noticed a cloud of black smoke rising from the eastern side of the freeway Wednesday evening, the result of a car catching fire at the Straight River Rest Area outside of Hope.

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OWATONNA — The Polar Vortex of February 2019 is still fresh on the minds of many Midwesterns, especially for those in Steele County who experienced the unbelievable cold temperatures sandwiched between record-breaking snow falls.

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OWATONNA — A handful of former Owatonna high school students, who are now spread out across the Midwest, received letters last week forgiving a part of their student loan debt through the Gisle A. & Eva M. Johnson Loan Repayment Program.

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OWATONNA — School district officials and state legislators held a press conference Tuesday to discuss a recently increased tax credit that would subsidize farmers’ contributions to school building bonds, including the soon-to-be-voted-on Owatonna High School building bond.

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OWATONNA — For more than a year, the Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition has been running an aggressive campaign to dissuade teenagers from picking up the highly addictive and recently lethal habit of vaping.

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OWATONNA — Being a parent is no easy task. It’s an around-the-clock job that involves mood swings, attitude adjustments, never-ending messes, immense responsibility, incessant worry, lack of energy, and constant juggling.

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OWATONNA — A Steele County business that had been homegrown in Blooming Prairie for the last three decades took another step toward moving 20 miles up the road as a handful of employees tossed the first chunk of dirt on what would be their future home.

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OWATONNA — It will still be a month before the final numbers are in, but organizers of the annual Chubb’s Brew-BQ Savor the Flavor Fundraiser are keeping their fingers crossed that it will be the biggest year yet as far as dollars raised.

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OWATONNA — It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when Pablo and Tania Del Valle move into a picturesque, historic area of Washington, D.C. Their new neighbors, Frank and Virginia Butley, have lived in the area for years and are delighted to have permanent tenants next door.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Steele County residents were among the thousands who gathered downtown Minneapolis Thursday night for President Donald Trump’s campaign event, as the current head of state, and 2020 reelection hopeful, addressed supporters inside Target Center Oct. 10 even as demonstrators prot…

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OWATONNA — During what would have been first and second period on Oct. 9, Owatonna High School students were putting on hearing protection and gearing up to tour Pearson’s printing facilities.

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As the crow flies, Tom and Elaine Trotman live about ¾ of a mile from the house he grew up in and the house that has been in his family for well over a hundred years, but in many ways they are even much closer than that.

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OWATONNA — The annual Owatonna Foundation Legacy Luncheon drew a record crowd Oct. 9, bringing nearly 150 residents together to celebrate donors and to honor Edith and Jean Zamboni with the Spirit of the Community Award.

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OWATONNA — One of the very special parts of Owatonna’s unique and rich culture are the various people who dedicate their lives to enriching their community.

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OWATONNA — Like most teenage girls, Justice McGuire didn’t always have the best relationship with her father. Sometimes they disagreed, sometimes they fought, and sometimes they wouldn’t speak to each other, but they never let that come between them.

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OWATONNA — “You know how when you do a fall or spring cleaning in your home and everything is fresh and clean and you just feel good?” asked Shirley Schultz. “The same thing happens in a downtown.”

A team cannot fully understand its limits until it actually comes time to face them head on.

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OWATONNA — The streets were alive with with blue and silver pride on Friday as the Owatonna community came in droves to watch the 2019 homecoming parade.

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A former Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault correctional officer has been charged with having sex with a man she met during his stay in prison.

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Hy-Vee, in a Thursday press release, provided additional information about the payment card incident first reported Aug. 14. This following information further explains the incident, the measures the company has taken, and some steps customers can take in response.

OWATONNA – They are safe for another year, but South Country Health Alliance isn’t out of the woodwork just yet after the Minnesota Department of Human Services cancelled their requests for proposals that almost resulted in the local organizations shutting their doors for good.

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OWATONNA — For three decades, Don Overlie worked as a teacher in Owatonna. Clearly showing a passion for helping the youth in his community, it was no surprise when he decided to devote part of his retirement to helping the local Toys for Tots organization.

OWATONNA — The city of Owatonna has been named one of the top 50 safest cities in Minnesota, according to information released Tuesday by a security-based website.

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