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OHS Lacrosse Sweeps Mayo
After a combined six postponed games, the Owatonna girls' and boys' lacrosse seasons opened Saturday with a doubleheader at Mayo High School. The boys' game was moved from Owatonna High School, where the field is not ready, to Rochester, where they have a turf field.
Winter's Icy Grip is Loosening
Several local high school teams played their season openers Friday. At least a couple more will get their seasons underway Saturday. Outdoor baseball and softball should start soon. Many teams have had events and games canceled that won't be made up.
Owatonna Grads Earn Academic Honors
2013 state football champion teammates Carter McCauley and Andrew Stelter continue to be recognized for their academic accomplishments, having each finished their college football playing careers.
Baseball Teams Go Bowling
Outfielders, infielders and pitchers were all trying to throw strikes Thursday as Gopher Conference baseball teams gathered in Waterville for a bowling tournament. Host school Waterville-Elysian-Morristown won the event, edging Blooming Prairie. Medford, Maple River and NRHEG tied for third.
Can You Believe What Drivers Do Behind the Wheel?
Hundreds of law enforcement agencies across Minnesota continue their extra enforcement campaign against distracted driving through this weekend (April 22). It's startling what some people do while also driving a vehicle.
Jensen Talks His Way to State
Owatonna High School senior will take part in the state speech meet for the third straight year Friday at Apple Valley High School. He hopes to move up the rankings from his finish last year, but is happy to simply be at state again.
Chamber Helps Push Highway 14 Project
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce says in their weekly e-newsletter that local chambers of commerce and government have submitted their support letters for Highway 14 expansion to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Corridors of Commerce program.
Owatonna Hockey All-Stars
A pair of Owatonna players will continue their hockey season this weekend in an all-star festival at the Plymouth Ice Center. Zach Wiese and Casey Johnson were selected to play this weekend after their performances last weekend
Gopher Road Trip Coming to Town
The annual University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Road Trip will again stop in Owatonna. The statewide tour to promote the university's athletics' program is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 8AM at the Owatonna Country Club. The event is free and includes breakfast
Storm Takes Out New Richland Dugout
The impact the continued winter weather is having on local sports teams and facilities is reaching the absurd stage. The wind from the weekend blizzard knocked down the first base dugout at Jeff Reese Field in New Richland, the baseball home for NRHEG.
Wild Win; Wolves Keep it Close
I shoveled Sunday. The Wild and Timberwolves played. The Twins didn't. Welcome back to November. Many schools had a late start due to a blizzard. It isn't possibly April, is it?
Blizzard Doesn't Deter Bidders
Big crowds attended fundraising events in Owatonna despite the inclement weather, or possibly because of it. The Owatonna High School gym was packed for the 40th annual Young Life cake auction. Later in the day big turnout was seen at St. Mary's School for its annual Night of Knights auction.
Tigers, Huskies Open with Wins
The high school spring sports season began Thursday for a number of local teams, though postponements still outnumbered the events that got in. Owatonna's boys' tennis team won their season opener at Mankato West 5-2. The Huskies have had three meets delayed.
Wagner Drafted by Lynx
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva graduate Carlie Wager lived her childhood dreams by playing for the University of Minnesota. Another dream came true Thursday night when she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx.
Cakes and Sports go Together
Saturday's Young Life cake auction will offer the chance to enjoy a delicious cake and attend a sporting event for one price.
Tell Owatonna Schools What You Think
The Owatonna School District is seeking public input to help guide decisions and actions that will shape the organization. Through community focus groups, open forums and social media the district is reaching out for public opinion.
Owatonna Woman Battling Rare Disease
Ana Tonche of Owatonna was diagnosed in November with Shingles, a painful ailment. It turns out her condition is much worse. When medication wasn't working, further tests were administered and it was determined that Tonche is suffering from a very rare muscle and skin inflammatory disease
Who Will Play First?
With each day that fields and diamonds are covered with snow, the Minnesota high school spring sports season gets shorter. Baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track teams have all had games and meets postponed already. Now the lacrosse season faces the same scenario.
Man Admits to Being Drunk in Crash
A 30-year-old man admitted to being intoxicated when he apparently traveled in the wrong lane on Highway 19 near Northfield in August of 2017 and struck another vehicle, killing a woman and injuring her passenger.
Young Life Goes High Tech
As Owatonna Young Life celebrates its 40th annual cake auction Saturday, April 14 at the Owatonna High School gym, they announce some high tech updates including a chance to bid now on a number of items, from Twins' and Kenny Chesney tickets to a propane fire pit and YETI cooler.