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Freshman forward Anna Mollenhauer focuses in before a faceoff attempt in the offensive zone. Owatonna managed to control possession of the puck for most of the game as a result of regularly winning faceoffs. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Owatonna girls hockey team beat Rochester Century 3-0 last week, outshooting Century by 42 to four while dominating possession of the puck and time on attack. Owatonna gained a 1-0 lead 12:26 into the first period thanks to a goal by sophomore forward Izzy Radel, who tipped junior defenseman...
Representatives of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) accept an anonymous $250,000 donation earmarked for the Leo Augusta Academy of Blooming Prairie. Accepting the donation are Rae Jean Hansen and Tim Penny of SMIF, from left, and Amy Hinzmann, Doug Anderson and Sara Winzenburg of the academy. The Academy has now raised $1.25 million of its $3 million goal. Staff photo by Rick Bussler
A new academy for childcare slated to open in Blooming Prairie next spring may not have its nonprofit status yet, but that isn't stopping the organization from raising money to make the center a reality. In a unique partnership, Leo Augusta Academy has teamed up with Southern Minnesota Initiative...
Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, left, talks about the day four employees at the Steele County Detention Center saved an inmate’s life. Sgt. Greg Huebbe, Cpl. Jesse Steneman and nurse Leah Kent performed CPR for several minutes after the man’s heart stopped. Officer Matt Gwin was also part of the crew, but wasn’t able to attend the presentation at last week’s county board meeting. Staff photo by Kay Fate
If ever there was a time for a lesson to stick, it was Oct. 12. That’s the day an inmate at the Steele County Detention Center collapsed, apparently from a cardiac issue. Greg Huebbe was in the pod that morning when the man’s cellmate “came out, hysterical, calling for help.” When Huebbe got to him...
Beth Fink and her sons, Max, left, and Zac are eager to spread holiday cheer in their Owatonna neighborhood. They are hosting a holiday parade on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 16th Street S.E.  Submitted photo
Beth Fink and her neighbors know how to throw a party, at least when it comes to the Christmas holiday season. Last year they decided at the last minute to host a holiday parade of visitors to their Owatonna neighborhood along 16th Street S.E. In what they thought would attract maybe 10 people...
Tanya Ackerman, left, and Lorita Placencia began their Thanksgiving celebrations a day early. The two became the 78th and 79th graduates of Steele Waseca Drug Court on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Lorita Placencia and Tanya Ackerman were both smiling as they accepted accolades from Third Judicial District Chief Judge Joseph A. Bueltel. The two women are 78th and 79th graduates of the Steele Waseca Drug Court. They began the program within days of one another in November 2019. Placencia told...
Angie Langlie read aloud from a book at last week’s Owatonna School Board meeting that she said is on a shelf of the local middle school library, which serves sixth- through eighth-grade students. The book, “Flamer,” is a graphic novel – meaning it uses sequential art, much like a comic book, to...
A two vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Dodge County has critically injured an Owatonna teenager. Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said Tyler Maas-Schile, 18, had to be extricated from the head-on crash and suffered “life threatening injuries.” He was transported by North Memorial Air Care to St....
Blooming Prairie senior quarterback throws a pass to senior wide receiver Garret Farr against Medford on Oct. 20. Kittelson finished the game with five passing touchdowns to add to his season total of 34 passing touchdowns. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Blooming Prairie senior quarterback Drew Kittelson was named a top-10 finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Football award last week. The award, given out by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) and the Minnesota Vikings to the state’s best football athlete, will be given out at the Mr....
Junior swimmer Logan Norrid dives into the pool ahead of the 100-yard breaststroke event. Norrid finished in 12th place in the consolation rounds after setting a school-record time of 1:05.60 in the preliminary round. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Owatonna freshman diver Mya Dutton placed 28th and junior swimmer Logan Norrid placed 10th and 12th respectively at the Class AA State Swim and Dive Meet last week. Dutton competed in the girls one-meter diving event, while Norrid swam in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly events...
Jeffrey Jackson tries to break back into a ‘A Christmas Carol’ during a holiday song as fellow actors Matt Jessop and David Phillips look on while rehearsing Little Theatre’s new Christmas-themed play titled “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).” Staff photo by Chris Baldwin.
What’s better than watching a great holiday show this season? Watching every holiday show at once. The Little Theatre of Owatonna’s play “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)”is a holiday comedy with a unique twist. When a trio of actors find themselves putting on “A Christmas Carol” two...

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