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LaVonne K. Erickson, 74

LaVonne K. Erickson, age 74, of Faribault, MN, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022, at Faribault Senior Living with her family at her side. LaVonne Kay was born on February 22, 1948, in New Prague, MN, to Gordon and Mildred (Thomas) Erickson. She graduated from New Prague High School with the class of 1966. She then moved to Minneapolis to attend beauty school. LaVonne worked as a hairdresser her entire life and loved to make other women feel beautiful. Whether traveling to Hawaii or the Mall of America, LaVonne loved adventures of any kind both large and small. She was passionate about the Minnesota Vikings, nutty about feeding the squirrels in her yard, and very proud of the decades she spent working part-time at Target – even if it was just to get the discount at Dayton’s. She was comforted from her first breath to her last by her unwavering Catholic faith and was always a source of unconditional love for family and friends. She was also THE BEST aunt any child has ever had.
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15 Fun Things To Do at the Steele County Fair

Something old. Something new. Something deep-fried. It's 50 days until the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna as of June 27. The fair runs from August 16 through the 21. Printed materials including the premium book and handy, pocket schedule have been distributed around the county. It is time to...

Mower County meth sale means prison for Blooming Prairie man

AUSTIN, Minn. – Selling meth in Mower County sends a Blooming Prairie man to prison. Michael Phillip Chavez, 39, pleaded guilty to second-degree sale of drugs. He was arrested in November 2021 and accused of selling 27.37 grams of meth to a confidential law enforcement informant. Court documents state the sale happened December 4, 2020, in Austin.

Oil costs hinder local garbage disposal companies

With fuel costs on the rise and supply chain challenges making truck maintenance a challenge, local waste disposal companies are dealing with steep cost increases, which operators say they’ve had to pass on to consumers. In many industries, corporate consolidation has swept aside small businesses, bringing with it a variety of downsides. Perhaps most importantly of all, these larger chain businesses have proven less effective at keeping the dollars spent on them within the communities they serve. ...

More ham radio operators are ready for an emergency

For eight hours, a group took turns repeating “KD0ZSA” in a park at one of Faribault’s highest points. The members of the River Bend Wireless and Mechanical Society and a few guests connected with fellow ham radio operators across the country Saturday. The National Association for Amateur Radio’s Field Day is part training, part competition, part social opportunity and part public awareness building. ...

Hayfield's Anna Bamlet on legion softball now in Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) -- On Monday June 20, the first-ever District 1 legion softball game was played, the two teams involved players from Hayfield and Southland's softball rosters. One player from Hayfield is Anna Bamlet, a recent graduate who discussed the significance of finally having legion competition for softball in Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic Waseca breaks ground on renovation project

A major project is now underway at the Mayo Clinic Waseca campus. On Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony for the clinic’s emergency department renovations was held, where the first steps in a long-awaited project were finally made. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this team, as well as this community, over my time here,” said Dr. Marty Herrmann, a family medicine doctor who has been the medical director of the Waseca campus since 2018. “It’s a blessing to be a part of a...

Braves end game early in shutout victory

The Waseca Braves rolled to an easy win in their latest game, despite being away from home. On Sunday, June 25, the Braves faced the Eagle Lake Expos at the Mankato East baseball fields, and came away with an 11-0 shutout victory. The win was fueled by a great pitching performance from Danny Cromer and some high-powered batting from Kyle Waugh. Waseca batted first, being the away team, and they...

Runs aplenty in Cannon Falls VFW’s last four games

The Cannon Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4452 baseball team scored 33 runs over three games this past week before a 14-3 loss to Austin. They went 2-2 over the four games and are now 5-6 overall. The Bombers beat Faribault 12-4 back on June 18, were blown...

Austin police say armed robber has been captured in Lyle

AUSTIN, Minn. – An accused armed robber is in custody after being tracked down by Mower County law enforcement. An off-duty Austin police officer says he saw a dark sedan parked behind a business on 12th Street SW at around 1:50 pm Friday. The vehicle fit the description of one connected to a recent robbery at Cheers Liquor. Police say the driver who the vehicle and headed toward a gas station also match the description of the suspect in the Cheers robbery.

Funeral announcements for 6/27/22

A memorial service will be held for Ronald W. Kester, age 90 of Austin at the Clasen/Jordan Mortuary in Austin on Thursday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, with military rites performed by Olaf B. Damm Post #1216 and Austin Post #91 American Legion. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 29th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Clasen/Jordan Mortuary in Austin,and will continue on Thursday afternoon for one hour prior to the service.

Charles “Chuck” Adolph Herdina

“Chuck” Herdina, age 93, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away June 22. Chuck was born on June 16, 1929 on his family farm. On July 2, 1952, Chuck married Betty Pribyl. They raised their children on the farm which was established in 1892 and still exists today. Farming was his greatest joy; he also loved to hunt, trap, fish, and family geneology. Evenings, you could always find him at the round table in a game of cards with someone. Chuck was very proud of his family and all their accomplishments.