The Owatonna Blades will once again be getting ready for another exciting season of junior hockey. Host homes or "billet" homes are needed for the players. I finally decided to check into what this billet word is. It's a word that referred to the housing of soldiers in private homes.

Billet families are needed to provide a bedroom and meal options for a player or players for about six months. The players are required to hold a job in town unless they are still in high school or taking college courses. Billet families will be compensated $300 a month to offset the cost of food and lodging. They also will receive season tickets to all Blades home games.

For find out more, contact Marge or Mike Steinbauer at (507) 455-0604 or (507) 456-4960.