Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Blooming Prairie defeated Hayfield 57-6 Friday, with most of the points coming in the first half. After Hayfield led 6-0 in the first quarter, the Awesome Blossoms rang up six touchdowns in the second quarter to make the score 42-6. Drew Kittelson had a big night for the Awesome Blossoms, passing...
The Owatonna Huskies suffered their first loss in the season opener against a very tough Rochester Mayo Spartans team. The tone of the game was set early, as the Spartans leaped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a long touchdown run. After a Huskies punt on the ensuing drive, the Spartans capitalized on...
Members of the Grass family of Owatonna were honored Saturday night for the contributions of the late Jim Grass during the Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. Family members include, from left: Buz and Cea Grass, Lindsay and Jake Grass with their four children Kaylee, Madeline, Lydia and Jeremiah, Kim Glover and Julie Grass and John Grass Jr.  Staff photo by Rick Bussler
Something was noticeably different at this year’s Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction. For the first time in its 42-year history, Jim Grass of Owatonna wasn’t involved in the auction. He died in July at the age of 91. But auction organizers didn’t let Grass’ contributions go unnoticed....
Lex Lewison of rural Owatonna shows his grand champion dairy steer at the Minnesota State Fair last week. After earning the title, he sold the steer in the 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction for $21,000. Staff photo by Rick Bussler
When Lex Lewison and his brother Gavin picked out dairy steers about a year ago, they knew they had some special ones. They found out just how special last week at the Minnesota State Fair. Lex, 17, earned overall grand champion with his steer, while Gavin, 13, had a reserve champion in his...
With their walking shoes ready to go, Mary's Angels have found where there's a walk; there is a way to help a disease that has no cure. For two of the angels, Karen and Barry Thompson of Owatonna, the mission is very personal. Karen's mother, Mary Behne, battled Alzheimer's for about six years...
Cory Hendrickson was just two weeks into the school year as a second-year teacher on Sept. 11, 2001. The Star Tribune from Sept. 12, 2001, still hangs in his history classroom at Blooming Prairie High School  20 years later, as do copies of the papers announcing the assassination of President John Kennedy and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Staff Photo by Kay Fate
Cory Hendrickson was just beginning his first year as a history teacher at Blooming Prairie High School, his second year overall. “It was the second week of school, and I didn’t know many people here yet,” he said. “I usually had the TV on in my classroom, but I’d turned it off. Then I heard a...
Friday Night Lights return on Sept. 3 with area football teams kicking off their 2021 regular season play. Action is scheduled across the Big Nine and Gopher conferences. Every coach interviewed before the season opener had the same answer when asked about their feelings going into the season: “We’...
Scott Smith’s family takes part annually in the Blooming Prairie Cancer Auction, now in its 20th year. Smith died in 2014, leaving behind his wife and nine children. From left in the top row: Justin Munson, Brandy Munson and Dudley Smith; middle row: Misty Karella, Ashley Valek, Russia Smith and Mandy Doocy; bottom row: Natasha Smith; the children’s mother, Naomi Smith, holding a photo of Scott; and DaVyll Smith. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Nine years ago, Mandy Doocy was fed up. “I had uncles who had died, then I lost a friend, and then with Dad, that was it,” she said. “I said, ‘enough is enough. What can we do?’” What she did, along with her sister, Ashley Valek, was join the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group. They did it in honor of...
Sharon Klein of Owatonna has worked behind the scenes of the Steele County Free Fair for the past 19 years. She retired last week due to her husband’s health concerns.  STAFF PHOTO BY RICK BUSSLER
Sharon Klein is not native to the area, but it didn’t take her long to get indoctrinated to the Steele County Free Fair. After moving to Owatonna in 1976 from northern Minnesota for her husband’s job, she quickly learned about all the fuss around Minnesota’s largest county fair. Her first...
 Czech history preservation is important to Bob Starman, left and Jim Johnson. They stand below a restored entrance sign to the 1-1/8-acre cemetery entrance. The Czech National Cemetery was founded in 1893. The first burial was of William Ruzek, who died Jan. 20, 1894. An estimated 150 burials have been recorded at the cemetery. A dedicated group of volunteers restored the entrance sign to the Czech National Cemetery located seven miles northwest of Blooming Prairie in Summit Township STAFF PHOTO BY HOWARD
It might be said that Phase II of the cleanup project at the National Czech Cemetery is nearly complete. Due to the cleanup and restoration efforts of some dedicated Blooming Prairie area volunteers, the Czech National Cemetery has taken on a new look, a make-over. The Czech cemetery, founded in...

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