Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hometown Living

Three youth group members dressed up as mice, calling themselves the Three Mousketeers. Left to right are teenagers Parker Moore, Spencer Steckelberg and Parker Holton.
One may not have found ghosts, goblins or grim reapers, but the Pumpkin Carving and Trunk or Treat event at the Associated Church in Owatonna offered plenty of fun for kids and adults on Friday night.   In its fifth year, the pumpkin carving event was organized by the Ministry Team at Associated...
Peggy Koan of Owatonna has battled depression and anxiety for more than 40 years. She now believes that she is on the road to recovery with the support of many people.
It has been a more than 40-year battle, but Peggy Koan believes she is finally controlling her battle with depression and anxiety. “I think my depression has turned out to be a gift. I say that because the compassion that I have developed, the empathy that I have developed for people in pain, I...
Anca Sima poses next to her portrait “Butterfly of Rio,” painted by Barbara Porwit.
Everyone in the room gasped out of admiration when the black cloak that covered the painting was shed and the portrait of Anca Sima was revealed at the Owatonna Hospital through the Healing Arts Program reception on Nov. 17.  The portrait, painted by Barbara Porwit, is colorful, full of life and a...
For the first time in history, the Centennial Showboat, docked off Harriet Island, is being used as a venue for a historical display. Amy Noble Seitz, founder and CEO of Exhibits Development Group, is shown alongside the boat, a home to Treasures of Napoléon exhibit in St. Paul until Jan. 10, 2016.
Many adjectives could be used to describe Blooming Prairie Blossom graduate of 1986, Amy Noble Seitz, founder and chief executive officer of the Exhibits Development Group (EDG). Let’s start off with adventurous, effervescent, successful, entrepreneurial, family-driven, fun-loving, committed,...
The proposed Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial would recognize all men and women who have served, or will serve, in the United States Armed Forces.  Submitted photo. <!--break-->
The special Veterans Day observance on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club will be marked by the kickoff of a fundraising campaign for a Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial that will be constructed just east of the Servicemen’s Club. Tom Peterson, chairman of the Blooming...
After many happy years of painting and crafting together, the group still enjoys hosting their annual craft show. Pictured above, from left to right in the front row, are current group members Nancy Kepka, Patty Hocking, Mary Trautman and Deb French. In the second row are Mandra Peterson, Rose Halla and Melanie Teders. In the back row is Nancy Penning. Nancy Nelson, Katie Ladwig, Becca Penning. Kathy Grenier and Denise Running are not pictured.
What began with a shared love of painting has now grown into a multi-generational event that’s garnered a loyal following.  This year, the Creative Crafts show celebrates its 20th anniversary.  The Creative Crafts event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the...
The Haberman family live and breathe autumn entertainment at their family-operated Oak View Nursery Pumpkin Patch. A visit to Oak View Nursery Pumpkin Patch is more than just picking out the perfect pumpkin. Between choosing the perfect pumpkin to take home and over thirty autumnal activities, many...
Members of the Steele Steppers Square Dancing club join hands for one final “thank you” to close an afternoon of square dancing at the Steele County Fairgrounds.
Visitors to the Steele County Fairgrounds were encouraged to swing their partners and tap their toes on Saturday, during the Old-Time Barn Dance fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Steele County Free Fair (SCFF) Building Fund.  The event began on Saturday afternoon, with entertainment by the...
Craig Aarsvold, 13, of Dodge Center, right, explains his refinished table to a judge on the far left during 4-H conference judging at the Minnesota State Fair Friday afternoon. There were other 4-H’ers from around the state listening in during the judging session. Aarsvold won a trip in the shop project and earned a red ribbon.
Despite a physical disability, Craig Aarsvold carries on with life just like anyone else, and he’s using the 4-H program to prove it. The Dodge Center teenager operates with only one arm as he was born without a right arm. He’s actually pretty handy when it comes to making things as he made a shop...
Ken Trom, 80, of Udolpho Township, loves to play the harmonica. He practices on his instrument almost daily and just recently has made a few public appearances. He owns seven harmonicas, his first one was purchased in 1948.
In a cavern, In a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner forty-niner, And his daughter Clementine.   Chorus: Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry Clementine.   Put a harmonica in his hands and the old western folk ballad, “Oh My...

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