Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Quarterback Drew Kittelson plants hard on a cut to evade a defender.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Blooming Prairie quarterback Drew Kittelson shows no signs of slowing down this season. He finished his first game of the season completing 10 of 12 passes for 242 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in a 57-6 victory against Hayfield. And in last week’s game against Lester Prairie, Kittelson...
 OHS junior defensive back Collin Vick makes a tackle in the first half. The Huskies defeated Rochester Century Friday night at home, 16-14. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Owatonna Huskies took home their first win of the season in a dramatic 16-14 finish against Rochester Century. The game came down to the wire as a fourth-down stop deep in Owatonna territory gave the Huskies the ability to take a knee and run out the clock victorious. “Coach Achterkirch is...
This is the artwork commissioned by Gwen Reiss to replace the existing mural. It was hand-drawn by Albert Lea native Chandler Anderson, and would be photographed, scanned and printed onto panels that are then attached to the building. Submitted photo
When Gwen and Ed Reiss opened Two Doves Boutique on Ellendale’s Main Street last year, it was with an eye toward maintaining a vibrant downtown in the Steele County town of about 800 people. But something bothered Gwen, and she could see it every day, out her front window. “That sign looks bad,”...
Cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Carol Dischinger of Owatonna has found that to be true during her two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. Added on top of that is her daughter's 10-year battle with breast and colon cancer. "A lot of people think cancer is a death sentence," said...
Owatonna firefighters Arik Brase, left, and Charlie Seykora stand next to a wreath, which has been added temporarily to the permanent memorial for fallen firefighter Victor Buckingham. He was killed in the line of duty in September 1985 while responding to a fire call.
Veteran firefighter Todd Ulrich recalls the toll that losing a partner can cause the rest of the fire department. In September 1985, Ulrich was a young firefighter, only three years on at the time, when a fire alarm call went out on the south end of Owatonna. Ulrich and his fellow firefighters...
Laura Resler will be retiring as executive director of the Owatonna Foundation later this month. An Open House to celebrate Resler’s retirement will be held from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Owatonna Foundation office.
Those who work with Laura Resler, executive director of the Owatonna Foundation, describe her as very disciplined, diplomatic and caring. Traits and qualities, they say, will be missed when Resler retires later this month. “Dealing with trustees can be like herding cats,” said David Einhaus, past...
Eunice Coughlin would be proud. The fundraising event she started 20 years ago with family members – and a handmade quilt for a grand prize – passed the million-dollar mark last weekend. Coughlin’s first event raised $1,700 to donate to the annual Eagle’s Cancer Telethon, held in Rochester. It was...
Despite a slight downturn in attendance at this year’s Steele County Free Fair, the fair set record gross receipts, fair officials announced. The overall attendance was estimated at 303,091, which is about 6% less than the attendance in 2019. The 2019 fair’s attendance was 322,437. The record...
Chrystal Gasner knows the pain of losing someone to suicide. And like so many others, she is working to raise awareness about and to prevent suicide.  Now the scholarship coordinator for the Open Arms Suicide Prevention Program in Owatonna, Gasner said she lost her great grandfather and a high...
Head Coach Miles Otstot updates Quinn VanMaldeghem of her mile pace early in the race.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
It’s not every day that a high school coach can say a definitive leader on the team is an eighth-grade athlete, especially not one who qualified for the state in their first year of competition. Bursting onto the scene as a NRHEG seventh-grader during the 2020 season, Quinn VanMaldeghem did just...

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