Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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While the school year may be still a few weeks away, our Owatonna Public Schools staff are in full swing getting ready for a new school year. Whether or not you have children, we can all remember a special teacher or a favorite class from our school days. Our goal is to create as many of those...
The message is "peace and love" during Ringo Starr concerts and also in tribute concerts performed by Mike Callahan. He performs as Ringer Star. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
  Ringo was his name. Only two of the original Beatles music group remain, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. A tribute to the famous rock 'n' roll drummer was performed before a crowd of about 200 at Central Park in Owatonna last Thursday night. Performing as international tribute artist Ringer Star...
Rick Bussler and his daughter, Kyrie, enjoy a Twins game in the Champion’s Club seats at Target Field.
For a single night, I felt like a champion. My oldest daughter, Kyrie, treated me to the Champion’s Club at Target Field for a Minnesota Twins game last Friday night. One phrase, coined by Batman’s sidekick Robin, comes to mind to describe the evening:  “Holy smokes, Batman.” I have never before...
Rick Bussler, publisher of the Steele County Times, took this photo of a young exhibitor and her best friend at the Steele County Fair a few years ago. (File photo)
Knocked out by COVID-19 for 2020, the Steele County Fair will be back in 2021 as Minnesota's largest county fair. This year's fair opens on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and closes on Sunday, Aug. 22. Since moving back to the Blooming Prairie area in 2014, Judy and I have truly fell in love with the Steele...
Cheryl Meger of Owatonna became emotional during a portion of the interview with me this week, reflecting on her long career in education. She recently retired after 32 years. For the past 16 years, Meger traveled to Lakeville North High School every day to be dean of students. I have first-hand...
There were two parts to the Beatles tribute group's performance at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 29. Here, members of the group called A Hard Days Night do music from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles from left to right are: Paul McCartney (aka Joe Covert), Ringo Star (aka Kevin Fransen), George Harrison (aka Aron Helm) and John Lennon (aka Jeff Boxwell).
He might have been known as the least popular of the four Beatles, but on this particular night George Harrison (aka Aron Helm) stole the show at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center in Albert Lea. Helm (aka George Harrison) is part of the Beatles tribute group called A Hard Days Night. As George...
It's looking like a promising year for Minnesota fairs. Attendance at the Dodge County Fair in Kasson from mid-July was reportedly up substantially, easily surpassing 38,000 people. Like Steele County, the Dodge fair is also a free fair so counting heads is impossible. But Marilyn Lermon, who...
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...

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