Friday, July 30, 2021

Opinions

Howard Lestrud, right, is shown with his best friend, Ed Vervaecke. They reunited recently after 55 years. The two served together in the U.S. Army.
It's true. The past 55 years just whizzed by. Some say I am older than dirt. Others, including my only daughter, have urged me never to say I am getting old. What does it mean to be getting old anyway? It means that one is eligible for Social Security and one might be rallying around visits to the...
An unprecedented bill is currently being considered in U.S. Congress that will not only help bail out the ailing newspaper industry, but everyone else who values local journalism. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act allows individual and business taxpayers certain tax credits for supporting...
It has been over a year that Blooming Prairie Police Chief Greg Skillestad has had to endure a critical evaluation given him in June of 2020 by City Administrator Andrew Langholz. The review has been amended so that information in that evaluation cannot be used against him. The Blooming Prairie...
Steele County has lost a giant when it comes to 4-H and the livestock industry. Last week, Jim Grass, 91, of Owatonna died. During his lifetime, Grass piled up some pretty impressive accomplishments that have been noted in this newspaper at various times. Grass showed hogs at the Minnesota State...
Nels Lee of Blooming Prairie strongly endorses the recumbent bicycle. He is shown taking a stroll down the streets of Blooming Prairie on a recent day. His wife Vonnie also has a recumbent bike. (Staff photo by Howard Lestrud)
The coronavirus has taken a whack at many industries, including the bicycle industry, during the past many months. If you're still trying to purchase a bike, used or new, GOOD LUCK. I'm in the market for a new bike and have been told by many bicycle shop owners that it is very difficult to find a...
For months and months, I have been thinking about how I need a bird feeder outside my house. I splurged a few weeks ago and went out to finally buy a bird feeder, along with some birdseed. I also had to get an Audubon deck bracket to prop the feeder up on my deck to enjoy the birds from inside the...
Successful Blooming Prairie entrepreneur Craig Kruckeberg says it so well. "There's nothing like a small town." This statement of eloquence was clearly seen and heard this past weekend with Blooming Prairie's weekend July 4th celebration. Blooming Prairie was hit hard like many other small towns...
As we climb out a deep, dark hole that COVID-19 put us into for nearly 18 months, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of life getting back to (dare I say this) normal. In an unprecedented announcement last Tuesday, Steele County Fair officials unveiled that they are hosting a big party at the...
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay, stands over Sonny Liston in their return fight. Ali won by a first round knockout.
“DING-DING-DING" is the sound of an announcer's bell at a major boxing match in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1950s, I would go to our dairy barn on Hwy. 251 and pretend I was the ring announcer, the boxer and the manager at a boxing match. My older brother Dave and I would strap on some...
It's sad how the landscape of newspapers has changed over the years, especially since I began in the business in the early 1980s. The past 40 years have been turbulent at best. Two of the newspapers I worked for during my high school and college days are no longer in existence: the Brownton...

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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917
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