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Waseca police called to domestic, find injured man who fell from roof

WASECA - A Waseca man sustained a serious head injury after he fell or jumped off the roof of a Waseca home after he allegedly choked a woman. David Ortiz, 39, of Faribault, was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of domestic assault this week by warrant in Waseca County District Court. A Was

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2017-10-18 15:30:00

City moving quicker to address dangerous downtown buildings

OWATONNA - City officials are proud of Owatonna's historic downtown, with some buildings dating back a century or more. But all that aged construction has its drawbacks, and the city is taking steps to address a number of elderly buildings that have deteriorated to the point of endangering the publi

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 22:57:00

10-year-old raising money to shop for kids

OWATONNA - Inspired by a TV show, a 10-year-old boy in Owatonna has decided that this winter he wants to play a direct role in spreading the Christmas cheer. Taylor Underdahl, with help from his mother Kristina Emerson, has launched a fundraiser to raise money for Christmas presents that will be giv

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 22:31:00

Shattuck-St. Mary's music students performing concert Sunday at the OAC

Among the musicians performing Sunday at the Owatonna Arts Center will be senior cellist Laura Aldana, who said Thursday she "knew from a young age that music would be my profession, and my dream was always to study abroad." (Ryan Anderson/People's Press) By RYAN ANDERSON randerson@owatonna.com OWAT

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 21:34:00

PAT KNIEFEL: The joy of free friends and laughter

About 30 years ago, six like-minded couples formed a card club. They meet once a month to play cards and have fun. Couples have come and gone but the group has remained basically the same over the last three decades. Recently, the ladies in the group made a decision to try a short girls-only jaunt t

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 17:00:00

Steele County Humane Society to host pet fashion show

OWATONNA - The Steele County Humane Society will host a pet fashion show "Canine Chic and Feline Fabulous" on Sunday, Oct. 22 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Owatonna. All pet owners are invited to dress up their pets and present them on the "catwalk." Cost to participate is $20 p

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 13:45:00

55+ driver improvement program offered

OWATONNA - The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ 4 hour driver refresher coarse on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Roosevelt School, 122 E. McKinley Street, Owatonna. The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 13:45:00

Wimer Family benefit to be held

OWATONNA - A benefit for the Wimer family will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Reggie's Brewhouse in Owatonna, including a silent auction from 5-8 p.m., a beer/liquor bash from 7-9 p.m., and a raffle and bake sale beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until all items are sold. Tickets for the beer bash

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 13:45:00

Owatonna tops Best Town contest vote, now awaits judging

OWATONNA - Turns out, quite a lot of people think Owatonna is the best town in Minnesota. Minnesota Monthly magazine has released the final tallies from the online voting in its Best Minnesota Town contest, and it wasn't terribly close: Owatonna led with 95,871 votes, ahead of Bemidji, with 73,000,

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 22:30:00

Owatonna Parkinson's Support Group to meet

OWATONNA - The Owatonna Parkinson's Support Group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Lincoln Avenue, Owatonna. Please note the change in location for this month's meeting. Enter the building from the parking lot on the east side of t

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-19 13:45:00

South Central SCORE Chapter 710 to hold annual meeting

OWATONNA - South Central SCORE Chapter 710 will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Starfire Restaurant, 204-2nd St. SW, Waseca, Minnesota. Special guest speaker will be Tim Penny, President/CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). SCORE members w

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-18 13:45:00

Mary Ann Kotval, 81

Mary Ann Kotval, 81, of Eagle Bend, passed away on October 13, 2017 at the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Funeral services for Mary Ann will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clarissa with Fr. Aaron Kuhn officiating. Friends may


Habitat for Humanity gives thanks

The 2nd Annual Blueprint Bash fundraiser sponsored by Gopher Sport is in the books thanks to the wonderful support of the Steele and Waseca county communities. From the many business donations in both counties, to our board of directors who made the commitment to continue the mission of Habitat for


Buddhist community takes over Janesville retreat center

It was a bittersweet moment for the Sisters of St. Francis, offering an official goodbye Sunday to the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in rural Janesville. But while the 20-year ownership of the 30-acre Lake Elysian property is changing hands, Sister JoAnn Haney is pleased with this message of peace and


Hope for measured health care approach

Republican and Democratic senators announced Tuesday an agreement on a plan to keep the health care insurance markets from collapsing like an imploded high-rise. And oddly enough, President Donald Trump, who just last week ordered the termination of "Obamacare" subsidies, spoke favorably on the deal


Main Event: Hope Lodge is 'second home' for some patients

The 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala, a benefit for the Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, brought the community together in support of a place of comfort and rest for those on the cancer journey. About 250 people attended the gala, which was held at the Kahler Grand Hotel, and ra


Charges filed in car theft and crash, jail assault

OWATONNA - Police say a Shakopee man stole a Faribault woman's car, crashed it into another car in Owatonna, and drove away without stopping. Faisal Abdullahi, 27, was charged Wednesday with motor vehicle theft and failure to give information after a crash. The theft charge is a felony carrying a st

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-18 22:34:00

Fashion show to raise funds for Humane Society building

OWATONNA - The cat's meow this weekend will be a fun and unique event that will aid in helping the furry creatures looking for a new family. The Moonlighters Exchange Club is excited to introduce the first Canine Chic and Feline Fabulous fashion show on Sunday to benefit the Steele County Humane Soc

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-18 22:15:00

READERS WRITE: The Minnesota Human Rights Act and the Protected Classes

To the editor: As the Chairperson for the City of Owatonna Human Rights Commission I have been asked many times what is considered a "protected class" I would like to take this opportunity to address that question. Every person in Minnesota is protected by the Human Rights Act as every person, based

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-18 21:34:00

CHIEF KEITH HILLER: Being a part of our community

The Owatonna Police Officers continue to amaze me on a regular basis. Yes, I am proud of the character they display daily. I find comfort knowing these men and women will make the best decisions. You only need to look at what they do to find out who they are: A trip to the frigid cold water of Lake

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2017-10-18 16:20:00