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<&firstgraph>BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Following a vote by the Pine Island Public School Board earlier this month, a shared facilities project that would impact Blooming Prairie is on hold for the foreseeable future.

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<&firstgraph>DODGE COUNTY — Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele is on a crusade to stop distracted driving, and after an incident on Highway 14 on Monday, this time it’s personal.

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OWATONNA — Voters have just under a week left to cast their ballots in Minnesota’s first true presidential primary in more than 60 years. In preparation for the election next Tuesday, the Steele County Auditor’s office is open for early voting almost every day from now through Monday, and is…

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<&firstgraph>WASECA — Just 17 days after the Hy-Vee supermarket closed its doors in Waseca after more than 30 years in the community, Cash Wise opened in the same spot, filling the grocery vacancy.

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OWATONNA — The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, spanning across 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Every year, 3 million people visit the trail, but only a select few conquer its 2,192 miles.

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OWATONNA — The City of Owatonna now has a master plan for the extensive park and trail system, after the city council approved the final draft during its regular meeting last week.

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FARIBAULT — First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn, R-Blue Earth, held a lively town hall in Faribault on Saturday, sharing his views and accomplishments over his first year in Congress while fending off harsh criticisms from some of his more liberal constituents.

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OWATONNA — As a part of Owatonna’s first National Entrepreneurship Week celebration, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center inducted its first class into its new Hall of Fame on Friday, recognizing powerhouse entrepreneurs of both yesterday and today.

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OWATONNA — Jon Osmundson is a lot of things — a devoted husband, a loving father, a loyal friend, a dedicated co-worker, and a professional air guitarist.

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OWATONNA — Participants at the most recent Business Bootcamp packed the library’s Gainey Room Thursday afternoon to hear a presentation on Instagram use from Holly Sobrack, social media marketing manager with Westbrack Marketing.

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OWATONNA — As a part of Owatonna’s first National Entrepreneurship Week celebration, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center will be inducting its first class into its new Hall of Fame, recognizing powerhouse entrepreneurs of both yesterday and today.

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OWATONNA — For many years, Mark Woodrich had a dream. He wanted to bring good music to downtown Owatonna, he wanted a place for people of all walks of life to gather and share their love for the art, and he wanted to expose others to new sounds they may not have heard before.

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OWATONNA — “I didn’t feel sick,” stated Nova Maas as she snuggled under her blanket and resumed the game on her tablet.

OWATONNA — As a part of Owatonna’s first National Entrepreneurship Week celebration, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center will be inducting its first class into its new Hall of Fame, recognizing powerhouse entrepreneurs of both yesterday and today.

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OWATONNA — Director Erik Eitrheim calls “Once Upon a Mattress” the best musical you’ve never heard of, and he and his students are preparing to debut the production for local audiences this Thursday at Owatonna High School.

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OWATONNA — As a part of Owatonna’s first National Entrepreneurship Week celebration, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center will be inducting its first class into its new Hall of Fame, recognizing powerhouse entrepreneurs of both yesterday and today.

OWATONNA — As a part of Owatonna’s first National Entrepreneurship Week celebration, the Owatonna Area Business Development Center will be inducting its first class into its new Hall of Fame, recognizing powerhouse entrepreneurs of both yesterday and today.

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — A Saturday evening benefit for the owners of two Blooming Prairie Main Street businesses drew a massive crowd, as town residents came together to help out following a Jan. 28 fire at The Bakery.

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WASECA — A Waseca Police Department officer who was gravely wounded while responding to a call last month was able to walk Thursday with assistance from physical therapists.

OWATONNA — The City of Owatonna’s building safety department has been named the Building Department of the Year by the Association of Minnesota Building Officials.

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OWATONNA — First-grade teacher Michelle Simon has been named the 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies. An educator at McKinley Elementary, Simon found out that she had received the award earlier this month after being nominated by colleagues Jen…

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OWATONNA – “Entrepreneurship is vital to Owatonna’s growth and prosperity, and Owatonna recognizes and supports entrepreneurship as an economic equalizer crucial to the long-term growth of local communities, the state, and the nation.”

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Another fundraiser has been set up for Gregg Fristedt, owner of The Bakery in Blooming Prairie. The business was destroyed in a Jan. 28 electrical fire, which also caused significant damage to neighboring Sportstitch, Inc.

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OWATONNA – Coming fresh off a record breaking fundraising year, the United Way of Steele County President announced to the public on Friday that she will be leaving her position at the nonprofit come April.

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OWATONNA — At its prime, Timber Lodge Steakhouse Inc. operated dozens of restaurants both around the state and across the country. Now, numbers have dwindled down to likely just one remaining location — the independently-owned business off of Interstate 35 in Owatonna, which is now listed for sale.

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OWATONNA — After finally getting some sunshine for a handful of days, Beth Svenby has her fingers crossed that this will be a sign of what to expect come spring. Despite whatever the weather brings the first weekend of May, though, the From the Heart Run/Walk will go on — rain, shine, blizza…

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OWATONNA — Over the course of the next month, the Owatonna Arts Center will once again be hosting its “Try Art” series — offering residents the chance to test out and learn about different media at an introductory level.

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