Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Harvey Ronglien, left, loved riding through the grounds of the State School orphanage. His daughter, Cheri Ronglien, right, said their weekly outings often included ice cream.  Submitted photo
A State Schooler himself, Harvey Ronglien worked tirelessly to ensure that the 10,000-plus children who lived at the State School orphanage in Owatonna between 1886 and 1945 would never be forgotten. To that end, Ronglien and his late wife, Maxine, successfully spearheaded efforts to establish and...
Retired NRHEG Principal Doug Anderson has taken over as director of the Leo Augusta Children’s Academy in Blooming Prairie. Anderson brings with him more than 35 years of experience in education.  Staff photo by Rick Bussler
Retirement didn’t last very long for Doug Anderson. Less than a few months after retiring as principal at NRHEG Elementary School in Ellendale, Anderson, 58, has taken on the role of director of the Leo Augusta Children’s Academy in Blooming Prairie. “I knew when I retired, it wouldn’t last long,”...
Arkema, a long-time fixture in Blooming Prairie, has been sold to Cargill, which is the nation’s largest private corporation.
A long-time Blooming Prairie manufacturer has been sold to a global food corporation that employs 140,000 workers in 67 countries. Cargill, which is based in Minnetonka, has acquired Arkema, a Blooming Prairie company that began operations in the late 1960s. In making the announcement Monday,...
Blooming Prairie junior Abby Hefling tips the ball over the net at practice.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Blooming Prairie volleyball team sported a new look in the middle of the frontcourt last week as juniors Haven Carlson and Abby Hefling look to fill the role of injured junior captain Sierra Larson. Larson, the team’s regular middle hitter and an experienced varsity athlete, broke her finger in...
Head Coach Marc Kruger hoists the Golden Brick trophies in celebration with his team, after defeating JWP 42-0 on Friday. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The NRHEG Panthers reclaimed the Golden Brick trophy with a  42-0 win over Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP) Friday, bringing the trophy home for the first time since the two teams last met in 2019. The rivalry game victory is Marc Kruger's first as head coach of the Panthers. "It feels really...
Zac Fink, left, watches as his brother, Max, makes a move on the outdoor checkers table at Pumpkins in the Prairie. The Finks are from Owatonna.  Staff photo by Kay Fate
Call it “Field of Dreams: Fall Edition.” “I’ve always loved fall, and I hated to see an empty lot downtown…” That’s the best explanation Dan Peach can provide for what has turned into a family attraction on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue Southeast in Blooming Prairie. On the site that...
Judy and Doug Myers will be recognized at the upcoming BP Education Foundation banquet on Oct. 2. They will be receiving the Distinctive Service Award.
The husband and wife combination of Doug and Judy Myers have been selected as recipients of the Distinctive Service Award to be given out at the upcoming annual BP Education Foundation banquet. Their awards will be presented to them on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club....
As COVID-19 positive cases skyrocket in the area, Steele County’s top public health official is taking aim at the 34% who have neglected to get their vaccine. “We are dealing with a pandemic of the unvaccinated at this point,” said Amy Caron, director for Steele County Public Health. Caron said...
Merle McNutt was the last known WWII veteran living in the Blooming Prairie area. He died last week at 102.
Memories of World War II with all its terrors and triumphs are quickly fading. And in Blooming Prairie's case, they have all but disappeared with the passing of the area's last known WWII veteran. Merle McNutt served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45 during WWII. He died on Sept. 14 at the Heather Haus...
Jean Zamboni, left, and her twin sister, Edith, look everywhere but at Jerry Ganfield, lower left, as he tries to take a photo. Ganfield and the Steele County Historical Society hosted an appreciation gathering for the women Monday as the Owatonna natives prepare to move to Rochester.
Sometimes, the stories write themselves. “In 1997, they were the first people to come up to Tom and I at church, and they said, ‘you must be new. How do you like Owatonna?’ And when Tom had his kidney transplant in 2002, DeDe and Jean prayed and prayed that it was a success – and it was,” said Judy...

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