Waterville Lake Region Life

The WEM/JWP Grizzly girls' cross country team won their second straight Gopher Conference Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Hayfield. The Grizzlies scored a perfect 15 points, with the top five finishers in the race all from WEM/JWP. Freshman Addison Peed was a repeat Conference Runner of the Year, winning the...
The WEM football team improved to 6-3 overall after a 34-8 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Section 2A Quarterfinals in Waterville. Nolan Wetzel, Jaden Taylor, and Brant Melchert each scored rushing touchdowns. Matthew Van Houdt scored a touchdown on an interception return...
Vicki Jo Gross, age 75 of Elysian, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter after a short battle with lung cancer. Born in Owatonna on June 18, 1944, Vicki was the daughter of Robert & Joyce Cassem. She graduated from Owatonna...
Project retainage to subscontractors on the Le Sueur County Justice Center Project has been reduced. The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners received a request by Adolph & Peterson Construction to reduce the retainage for 30 of the 39 subcontractors. The reduction took the current five...
Lucille “Lu” Agnes Thomas, age 81, died at Traditions of Waterville on Monday, October 21, 2019. Born in Chicago, IL on January 20, 1938, Lu was the daughter of Karl and Agnes (Benson) Eskildsen. After attending high school she worked part-time at Western Electric. She married Jason Thomas on...

Le Sueur County Historical Society hopes to crown 160-year-old stone church in Ottawa with a new, historically accurate steeple. Fundraising for the project has begun. (Photo courtesy of LCHS)

The restoration of a little historic church’s steeple will be Le Sueur County Historical Society’s first big project, since the group’s leadership changed in June. The project, which carries an estimated price tag of $174,000, includes the building of a new, historically accurate steeple, the...

Junior Toryn Richards (#3) had 12 kills in a sweep of United South Central Thursday, Oct. 10. (Jay Schneider photo)

With one Gopher Conference match to play, the WEM volleyball team has already clinched at least a tie for the title. WEM was the 2018 conference champions. After a sweep of United South Central Thursday, Oct. 10, the Bucs improved to 6-0 in league play and earned at least a share of the 2019...

Brothers Travis (55) and Matthew (30) Van Houdt combine to tackle JWP quarterback Kobe Weimert during a 20-8 win for the Bucs Friday, Oct. 11. WEM will open playoff action Tuesday, Oct. 22 at home. (Jay Schneider photo)

The WEM football defense has been outstanding over the course of their current four-game win streak. Friday, Oct. 11 was no exception. The Bucs limited JWP to 136 total yards in a 20-8 District win over the Bulldogs. JWP senior running back Jagger Ignaszewski gained 126 yards rushing on 31 carries...

The detours on Highway 99, east of Highway 13, may come down by Friday. (Wade Young photo)

Crews are close to completing the construction on Highway 99 from Highway 13 to Highway 21 and from St. Peter to Le Center. Weather permitting, the detour east of Highway 13 could be removed by Friday, October 18. The $8 million, summer-long project covered an assortment of improvements for the...

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