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Steele County Fair History Tidbits
I googled some old articles about the Steele County Free Fair and most of the following appeared in a publication called The Billboard.
In 1922, the Steele County Fair ran three days and drew 35,000. Pretty impressive considering Owatonna's population was around 18,000...
Summer Ending?
We are only into August, and it seems like summer is coming to an end already. Schools have their supply lists out, and open houses are being planned, especially for the Owatonna schools since there are so many changes this year. I am seeing Fall decorations out at the local retailers, and I am gett…
Steele County Fair Declares Matt Ratzloff Day
The Steele County Free Fair has declared that Friday, August 18, will be Matt Ratzloff Day. Matt has worked with the summer crew the past six years. He recently had a bone marrow transplant at Mayo in Rochester. Ratzloff has been battling acute myeloid leukemia...
Owatonna STRIVE Wellness Run/Walk
The 14th annual STRIVE Wellness 5K Run and 1.5 mile Fitness Walk will take place on Saturday, August 19 at the Owatonna High School. STRIVE stands for Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education. The run provides scholarships to high school students that take part in the Owatonna Ro…
Forgot the Sunscreen – Ouch!
Saturday, July 29th, was a beautiful day outside, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, and highs in the mid-80's. It was a great day to participate in water sports, yard work, or in my case, watch a softball tournament.
Minnesota Special Olympics hosted their regional softball tournament in Waconia, and …
Staying Safe At The Steele County Fair
Sheriff Lon Thiele was Todd Hale's guest on Fair Talk this week. Once again those with young children attending the fair are encouraged to take precautions to ensure their child's safety. The Sheriff's Shack will be next to the Muckle building or south of the Four Seasons Centre...

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