Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Dr. Edward Durst, 79, died Saturday after battling Alzheimer’s for six years. He’s  pictured with his wife, Anna Durst.
After battling Alzheimer’s disease for six years, Dr. Edward Durst took his last breath surrounded by family and staring into the eyes of his true love just as “Amen” was spoken at the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Durst, who endured a hard-fought, six-year battle with Alzheimer’s and...
It’s official: The Blooming Prairie School District will bring a nearly $34 million bond before the voters in a special election on Nov. 2.   The two-part resolution passed unanimously Monday night after several minutes of discussion. The first question asks for $27.6 million to reconfigure and...
As the number of available homes dwindled in 2020, new home construction is up this year in Owatonna. Through July, the City of Owatonna has approved 23 residential building permits valued at about $6 million, compared to 14 permits valued at $4.8 million for the same time frame the previous year. Staff photo by Deb Flemming
Construction in Owatonna will top $100 million for the second consecutive year. The question is: By how much? Building permit valuations issued by the City of Owatonna through July total a little more than $29 million. With the $94 million in permits issued by the state for construction of the new...
Tamzen and Doug Johnson of Blooming Prairie get close with their nine puppies. Last Saturday was adoption day for the pups. Seven of the nine parented by Jethro and Ellie Mae were adopted. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
It could be called the Saint Bernard experience.   That's how Saint Bernard dog owners Doug and Tamzen Johnson of Blooming Prairie described the bond between the couple and nine puppies recently born to father Jethro and mother Ellie Mae.   Meeting the Johnsons and nine puppies on a sunshiny and...
Fair officials honor Dan Deml and Cathy Torrey for 40 years of volunteer service each to the Steele County Free Fair Sunday night at an appreciation dinner. Deml currently serves as president of the fair board; Torrey is a superintendent in textile fabrics. Staff photo by Rick Bussler
Financial and attendance numbers often rise to the surface as the most talked-about figures surrounding the Steele County Free Fair. However, nothing was mentioned about either of those areas, but rather the focus shined on the years of service for the fair’s volunteers Sunday night during an...
In an extraordinary way, the Steele County Free Fair and United Way of Steele County are teaming up to thank frontline heroes of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the fair is offering free admission for everyone to the Jason Pritchett Concert. Pritchett is a country music star from America’s Got...
Brad Becker and the team of respiratory therapists at Owatonna Hospital are the last line of defense for patients with lung or breathing problems. He’s surrounded by what he calls “the trio of power,” machines that provide increasingly more assistance as patients get sicker.  STAFF PHOTO BY KAY FATE
Brad Becker spent 23 years in the Army, first as a combat medic, then as a respiratory therapist. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff in a lot of different places,” he said, including service in Iraq. It may not surprise you, then, to learn that he uses military phrases when describing the treatment of COVID...
Pathways Co-Director Nancy Ness and another staff member roll out a cart of food to an awaiting client at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  File Photo
Nancy Ness and Maureen Schlobohm don’t consider themselves heroes. But the nearly 1,900 Steele County residents who rely on Community Pathways Marketplace for food might disagree. Throughout the pandemic, Ness and Schlobohm worked side-by-side to get food into the hands of those who needed it most...
Owatonna VFW Post 3723 celebrates its second-place finish in the District 1 tournament. By earning second place, the boys advance to the state tournament, which begins Thursday, Aug. 12 in Austin.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
After last year’s state tournament was cancelled, Owatonna VFW Post 3723 proved its run to the state tournament in 2019 was no fluke by qualifying for the 2021 state tournament by finishing second in the recent District 1 Tournament. Securing at least second place was critical as only the top two...
Funeral services have been set for the 11-year-old boy who died last week after the ATV he had been riding was found on top of him, pinning him underwater. Shay Buer’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at...

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