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OWATONNA — While 4-H projects remain a staple of the 4-H building on the Steele County Fairgrounds, the organization has added several new offerings this year for the Steele County Free Fair.

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OWATONNA — This year is a special year at the Steele County Free Fair with three businesses milestone anniversaries at the annual get-together.

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OWATONNA — Just when it seems as if the official mascots of the Steele County Free Fair — Stella and Steely — were going to be on “vacation” this year, two couples stepped in to help keep them at the fair.

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There is an old proverb I vaguely recall that summed up my trip to the Steele Country Free Fair on Friday: “Man cannot live by cheese curds alone.”

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OWATONNA — Many parents at the fair harbor fears of a child lost in the crowds, and a close call Thursday underscored the need to keep an eye on children on the fairgrounds.

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The weekend is here for the Steele County Free Fair, and the crowds keep pouring in. Saturday is Old-Time Day, with highlights such as the antique tractor pull in the morning and the 6 p.m. Enduro Race. Sunday is Pepsi Family Day, so look for families with children enjoying the exotic pettin…

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There are hundreds of sights, sounds, shows and savory bites at the Steele County Free Fair, but there are only six days to enjoy them. This is your guide to what you should not miss the last weekend of the fair.

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Though the 2014 election is still more than 440 days away, Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Minnesota governor’s office were campaigning for votes on Thursday at the Steele County Free Fair.

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OWATONNA — No matter what corner of the Steele County fairgrounds you are checking out, there is probably an interesting exhibition or activity right over your shoulder. There are traditional favorites, such as the auto museum, the petting zoo and the Isaak Walton Building. There are some ol…

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Despite the fact that the Steele County Free Fair didn't officially open until after an opening ceremony at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, many people had already visited the fairgrounds earlier in the day to get a hold of their favorite snacks, many of which only come around during the fair.