Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Imagine unexplainable forgetfulness or misplacing things. For some, it’s withdrawal from social activities or changes in personality and mood. And yet others simply can’t remember family members or those close to them. These are just some examples of what happens to people who are battling...
The wave of people racing to cheer on their kids at a cross-country meet is possibly the most eye-catching and chaotic spectacle for any first-time spectator. At least, it was for me. I arrived at my first meet at the Bear Cave Park in Stewartville early enough to meet NRHEG cross-country head...
Leave it to my trusty writer Howard Lestrud to stir up a barnyard ruckus. He’s really done it this time. Some larger cities have problems with ruckuses involving criminals and their behavior, while other areas like ours have commotions involving animals. I’ll certainly take what we have going on...
One observation I made my very first day as a reporter is that high school sports are way different in southern Minnesota than they are back in my home state of California. Some differences were staggering, others minor. One thing is for certain: I have lots to learn. Looking at the rosters for...
The battle of the Century could be taking shape, Rick Bussler vs. Howard Lestrud. After Steele County Times publisher Rick Bussler recounted his fate (not Kay Fate) in a Steele County Free Fair Milking Contest, I, Howard Lestrud, a former publisher and now a freelance writer for the Times, thought...
Darci Christofferson, formerly of Owatonna, fries up a batch of hotdish on the stick at Ole and Lena’s stand at the Minnesota State Fair.  Staff photo by Rick Bussler
While venturing around the Great Minnesota Get-Together last week, I stumbled across a former Owatonna woman helping her friend, Renae Jeno, with her Ole and Lena stand. Not surprisingly, the workers at Ole and Lena’s were frying up their famous tater tot hotdish on a stick, though at a slower pace...
Amish Annie's Donuts were a big hit at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna last week. The creators of the donuts, served with a tasty fruit drink, are Karen Olson, left, and Madison Olson, right. The donut is served with on a 9-inch plate.STAFF PHOTO BY HOWARD LESTRUD
Have you ever dreamed that you were being attacked by a huge glazed donut? It was more than a dream for the many customers of Amish Annie's Donut stand last week at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna. Amish Annie's Donuts were one of four new vendors at the Steele County fair. Laced with...
“I want a riding lawn mower!” For years those have been my exact words whenever my kids would ask what I wanted for Christmas, my birthday, or any other holiday in between. I know they got sick of hearing it, most likely scared off by the cost of such a beast. It kind of became a running joke...
I applaud the efforts of Wabasso, Minn., to push back against Dollar General and the corporate assault of yet another small rural town. The long, enduring fight to force corporate restructuring of rural America started years ago — one corporate factory farm at a time. I should know — our family...
Times Publisher Rick Bussler tries his luck at milking a cow at the Steele County Fair. He’s decided to stick with being a journalist instead of a dairy farmer.  Photo Courtesy of Steele County Sheriff
Life is always an adventure. That was evident last week at the Steele County Fair. In an unusual twist, I found myself on the other side of the camera and part of a story – the Bella the Cow Milking Contest sponsored by the Steele County Dairy Association. I certainly have lots of knowledge about...

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