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Best Pets of SoMinn Photo Contest

June 16, 2017

You spoke, we listened.

For the first time ever, we here at Scene launched a Best Pets of SoMinn Photo Contest to accompany our Pets issue.

We want to give a very special thanks to Heartland Animal Hospital of Owatonna and Faribault for sponsoring this contest and providing our winner with a basket valued at $250.

The pet parents of southern Minnesota began submitting their entries almost immediately via Facebook, e-mail, walk-in and USPS mail. We want to thank those who participated as we thoroughly enjoyed being completely distracted by our daily workload by adorable and hilarious photos of the Best Pets in our region.

In one week, we received 181 entries and once voting had opened, the “Likes” came in flooding in. The winner of our contest was Ashley Glende who submitted a photo of her 13 year old pup, Riley (shown in picture above). You will see her pet as well as the Top 50 here (in our print edition). Want to see them all? Stop by our Facebook page at SouthernMinn Scene and check out the album “Best Pets of SoMinn 2017 Photo Contest”.

We also want to give a shout out to a Tim Gorder who attempted to caption each photo. You got some laughs.


Autumn Van Ravenhorst is a staff writer and columnist for SouthernMinn Scene. If you live in the Owatonna area, she’d also be happy to sell you an ad in this wonderful magazine. Drop her a line at

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