OWATONNA — Woofstock, Owatonna’s annual day for the dogs, returns for a fourth time Aug. 24, with several new additions that ought to prove popular with both humans and pups alike.
OWATONNA — I had originally intended to visit Be Ultimate Sports at the Steele County Free Fair, but the prospect of my jumping around on a bouncy house-surface playing field or riding a tricycle on a track with tight turns might seem inappropriate on Senior Citizens Day for a guy my age.
OWATONNA — Among the most prized guests at the Steele County Free Fair are the horses, who eat, sleep, and compete — with their human counterparts — throughout the week at the northeast end of the grounds.
OWATONNA — Continuing to excel and grow, Dr. Teri Wallace of Owatonna has taken the next step in her career as an academic leader dedicated to supporting others through education.
OWATONNA — As the workforce shortage in trades like carpentry and construction continues to deepen, Project Build Minnesota is attempting to raise awareness about career opportunities in those fields, and the non-profit helped Steele County Free Fair attendees construct bird feeders Friday.
OWATONNA — The death of a Michigan man on the midway of the Steele County Free Fair Friday morning is being investigated as a suicide, the Steele County Sheriff said Friday.
OWATONNA — The 5K run that has become a local tradition on the Saturday of Steele County Free Fair week will again be contested that morning at Owatonna High School, but with a new name and a new cause this year.
OWATONNA — In between the polka music and geriatric stand-up comedy at the fair, the Steele County Exchange Club took a moment to recognize two vital members of their community.
OWATONNA — It has been a process that has taken years to complete, but on Thursday the residents at Koda Living Community were able to embark on the first of many adventures.
I suppose it’s my ego kicking into to overdrive, but I’ve always fancied myself something of a Renaissance man. Yet, what the Steele County Free Fair has shown this week is that I’m not — or at least not the high-caliber Renaissance man that I always hoped I would be.
A new bench in loving memory of Jim Gleason, the former manager/secretary of the Steele County Free Fair, has appeared outside the fair office. Gleason, who died after a brief battle with brain cancer in April, has been missed by many at the fair this week, but possibly missed the most by hi…
MEDFORD — Students in Medford’s Spanish department traveled to Spain in June to immerse themselves in local culture, learn the country’s illustrious history, and, of course, practice their language skills.
I’m told that in years past — long before I was born, so you know it was a long time ago — the People’s Press used to have a building out on the Steele County Fairgrounds where the reporters and editor would do their work. And, it’s said, that others from the community would hang around the …
OWATONNA — Family members became irate and staff members began to shed tears as the Steele County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of Park Place Assisted Living and the empty Cedarview Care Center to Bradford Holdings, solidifying the eventual relocation of 50 Park Place …
OWATONNA — Perhaps the most obvious cosmetic change fairgoers have noticed this week at the Steele County Free Fair is the northeast quadrant of the grounds, where the north part of the racetrack has been removed, opening up an area that was often previously congested.
OWATONNA — Though the number of rabbits at the Steele County Free Fair decreased slightly this year, the overall trend points upward, with more bunnies on display the past three or four years than any before that stretch.
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OWATONNA — As the fairgrounds buzzed with excitement and vendors focused on setting up for the inevitable large crowd, the Steele County Free Fair took a moment to recognize prominent players in the local agricultural community.
OWATONNA — Fairgoers had a slight scare on Tuesday afternoon that the Steele County Free Fair would be closed down before it even officially began when a severe weather alert — including a tornado warning — popped up around 3:45 p.m.
OWATONNA — While the free shows, carnival rides, and people watching are all instant highlights of any fair, there is one element that seems to draw the out the largest crowd to the Steele County Fairgrounds.
OWATONNA — After a $116 million bond referendum for a new Owatonna High School narrowly failed in May, the Owatonna school district will bring the issue again to voters in November, this time with a lower cost and a second question related to the future of the current OHS site.
OWATONNA — Martina Wagner, the district’s coordinator of educational equity, detailed changes, improvements, and growth in Owatonna’s migrant education program during a school board work session Monday night.
Greater Minnesota has given many refugees eager to make their mark in the American economy what the Twin Cities could not: ample jobs.
OWATONNA — A haven is defined as a place of safety or refuge, typically for wildlife. It is meant to described a place where people or animals can feel safe, secure, and most importantly — happy.
OWATONNA — After an onerous winter and exasperating spring, the Steele County Free Fair managed to beat the odds and get all of its ducks in a row just in time for the 2019 event.
OWATONNA — A Dodge Center man who faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide for his role in a crash that killed a Blooming Prairie elementary school teacher and her daughter last September has been ticketed in Owatonna for speeding.
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 — The City of Owatonna is on the cusp of joining 40 Minnesota communities that have raised the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including those used in e-cigarettes or vapes.
OWATONNA — There’s perhaps no better way to appreciate history than a visit to the nation’s capital, with its bevy of museums, memorials, and monuments, and 33 students who completed their seventh and eighth-grade years at Owatonna Middle School were able to do that in early-June on a trip t…
At all levels, law enforcement agencies of all types are increasingly using drones to conduct their work. Outside of established protections established in the Bill of Rights and freedom of information laws like Minnesota’s Data Privacy Act, few restrictions currently exist on the use of dro…
OWATONNA — In a surprising Facebook announcement, Sterling Drug alerted the Owatonna public that its convenience store and gift shop will be permanently closed come the end of the day Saturday.
OWATONNA — In an unusual, if not unique, situation, firefighters took more than two hours to fully extinguish a fire — without water — at an Owatonna manufacturing plant on Wednesday evening.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Jake Schwarz, who was already familiar with Blooming Prairie due to the fact his children attend school in the district, is now getting to know even more as he takes over as elementary principal.
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.
MANKATO — Polite conversation was the norm for the most part, but it didn’t take long for “the elephant in the room” to appear: the Trump administration’s tariffs and trade war with China.
ST. JAMES, Minn. — Harold Wolle has grown corn and soybeans on his farm near St. James in southwest Minnesota since 1976. Lately, Wolle has been growing brome grass, too. But it’s not for sale.
OWATONNA — Neighborhoods throughout the city hosted annual Night to Unite block parties on Tuesday to bring the community together with public safety agencies in the area.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Since being named Blooming Prairie’s school superintendent this spring, and officially taking over that role July 1, Chris Staloch has spent the vast preponderance of his time “listening and learning,” he says, because “I want all voices to be heard as we craft our vision …
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 — Tom Meagher, STEM coordinator for Owatonna Public Schools, has been working for years to forge ties between this district and several education institutions in Japan, and he took another step toward that goal this week.
WASECA — Members of the Steele/Waseca Drug Court recently attended a national training in Washington, D.C., with more than 6,000 participants.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — As the company has done for more than two decades, Arkema’s Blooming Prairie facility is mentoring local science teachers this week, and this year’s batch of six educators received their scientific kits Tuesday.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — After 43 years in education, Barry Olson is at peace with his decision to retire from his role as Blooming Prairie’s superintendent this summer.
OWATONNA — Back-to-school can be a stressful time between kids fighting off the end-of-summer blues and teachers having to help their new students cope with the transition. One thing that should not be a cause of stress, however, is parents trying to figure out how to afford the school suppl…
RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER — Kenyon-Wanamingo middle schoolers join with Owatonna students this week for four days of environmental science learning, getting students off the couch and into the outdoors.
OWATONNA — Following the successful implementation of REACH at Owatonna Middle School in 2018-2019, Owatonna High School is adding the program for its students in 2019-2020.
OWATONNA — A two-week delay may have proven to be a best-case scenario, according to the president of the Gus’ Station Car Show committee.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — When students return to Blooming Prairie Elementary this fall, they’ll be able to enrich their recess time with new playground equipment, installed in June.