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Effective Wednesday, June 23, 2021, until further notice, the City of Montgomery has issued a water emergency and watering ban. Due to “extremely low water levels” from the drought-like weather and increased use of community members using irrigation systems, the watering ban is in effect from 12...
The FOX 9 Town Ball Tour continues with a stop tonight (Wednesday) at St. Patrick’s Bonin Field, 24425 Old Highway 13 Blvd. FOX 9 will be broadcasting live from Bonin Field, where the St. Patrick Irish will take on the New Market Muskies at 6 p.m. In St. Patrick there’s the church, the bar and the...
The Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Lonsdale Community Days Committee announced on Wednesday, June 23 that Daryl Rieck has been chosen as the 2021 Lonsdale Grand Marshal. According to a press release, Rieck has been an integral part of the community for more than 35 years. It listed Rieck’s...
After a fierce six-week landscape design showdown set in the whimsical world of topiary, Minnesota-based botanical mosaic artist Meghan Petricka was crowned the "Clipped" champion of the freshest competition series on discovery+. Judges crowned Petricka as the last topiarist standing, winner of $...
Spider-Man, left, was a surprise guest for Christian Stage at Home Town Bats’ Home Run Derby the evening of Friday, June 18, at Union Hill Ballpark, west of New Prague. Christian, the son of Nick and Joan Stage of Lonsdale, is a big fan of superheroes. His family are the beneficiaries of the annual...
 The New Prague City Council is hosting a Meet & Greet event at the New Prague Golf Club, 400 Lexington Ave. S., on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 4-6 p.m.  The purpose of the Meet & Greet event is for members of the public to meet the finalists selected for the position of City Administrator. ...
Due to high temperatures, extremely dry conditions and increased winds, the DNR and Rice County Sheriff’s Office instituted no open burning in Rice County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, starting at 5 p.m. until further notice. The ban comes from Troy Dunn, Rice County Sheriff, and Jim Edgar, MN DNR...

The 2021 Bullhead Days Miss Waterville and Junior Miss Pageant Royalty, front row, left to right: Attendant Ashleigh Bohlmann-Little, Junior Miss Madelyn Martin, and attendant Charlotte Melchert. Back row, left to right: Miss Waterville attendant Kiri Kerekes and Miss Waterville Grace Petersen. (Jay Schneider Photo)

Grace Petersen, daughter of Lori and David DeMars and Bryan Petersen, was crowned Miss Waterville 2021 during the June 11 Bullhead Days Pageant. Kiri Kerekes, daughter of Jim and Kathy Kerekes, was crowned a Miss Waterville attendant. Petersen, who was sponsored by Whitewater Quilting, received the...

Community members picked up paint brushes Sunday afternoon to help create a mural on the back wall of the Make It, Waterville building. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A slice of shade protected painters of Waterville’s community mural from the hot sun on Sunday afternoon, June 13. Approximately 20 people participated in the community painting event, which was the first of many public painting sessions that will be held throughout the summer to complete the large...

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Camp Omega on Saturday, June 12 to celebrate the start of construction of a new retreat center. Pictured (left to right): Camp Omega Camp Director Bob LaCroix, former camp directors Kevin Hall and Curt Stoltenow, and life-long Camp Omega supporter Pam Sweere make ceremonial first digs at the site. (Images courtesy of Camp Omega)

A new retreat facility is being built at Camp Omega in rural Waterville. According to Camp Director Bob LaCroix, construction will be broken into two phases. “First phase is a new entrance road, parking lot, lobby, conference space for 200 guests, and a nine-bedroom wing,” LaCroix explained. “The...

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