Four WEM/JWP wrestlers combined for a 22-0 record in conference matches this last season and they were all honored by Gopher Conference coaches. Sophomores Keegan Kuball and Carson Petry were honored for the second time while freshman Brady Murphy, sophomore Avery Fall, and senior Jack Cahill were...
The City of Elysian is looking for funding for a new water treatment plant. Mayor Tom McBroom made a plea on behalf of the city at both meetings of the House of Representatives and Senate Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9. Proposals for clean water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades in...

Renovation work is being done on the historic Union Hotel in Waterville. Above, there are many of the pieces which helped build this hotel back in 1888, including the old ceiling studs and brick walls. The building had also been known as the Rainbow Hotel back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. (Submitted photo)

Grant Pope, owner of We Buy Houses Southern Minnesota, is always looking for opportunities in the area where they can add value to a property and the surrounding communities. Little did he know his latest project is one of the oldest buildings in Waterville that has significant history to the...

Screenshots of using the Transit app that is the focus of the pilot project from MnDOT. The home screen of the Transit app when you bring it up will show your location and available transit options that you can select (left). You can choose two destinations to see available options as well (right center). For either option when you select them, it will show you options and prices, if available (center left), or the available options and how to book them (right).

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) launched a $1.9 million test pilot that aims to improve public transportation needs across western and southern rural Minnesota. If the test pilot goes well, it could be expanded state-wide and improved upon. “This is a huge step forward for rural...

WEM sophomore Ashlyn Pelant scored six points and added four assists and four steals in a Section 2AA South Sub-Section win over St. Clair Tuesday, Feb. 28. (Jay Schneider photo)

Class A No. 9 rated Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial outscored the WEM girls basketball team 34-25 in the second half, helping them defeat the Bucs, 60-48 in the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Semifinals Thursday, March 2 at Mankato East. The Knights, 27-1 overall and winners of 20 straight games,...


Long-time educator Juanita Krueger of Morristown has been selected the 2022 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year by a committee from the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Krueger was honored for her accomplishments in late January. She will again be honored...
Margaret Weaver, age 85 of Waterville, died on Thursday, March 9, 2023.  Born on September 9, 1937 in St. Peter, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Anthony “Tony” and Esther (Flowers) Schabert.  Margaret graduated from St. Peter High School in 1955 and then began working at the First National Bank...
Townships in Scott, Le Sueur and Rice counties, as well as in counties throughout the state, will hold their annual meeting Tuesday, March 14. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March and set townships apart from other forms of local government...
The names, faces, and stories of all the people I’ve met and interviewed over the course of the last 20 years are flooding back to me as I sit down to write this column. This will be my final column. After almost two decades working as a writer for the local newspapers, I’ve decided it’s time for a...
Karen Ann (Meyer) Ring, age 70, of Elysian, MN, passed away on January 8, 2023, in Lehigh Acres, FL. Karen was born in Albert Lea, MN, on November 20, 1952. Karen is survived by her husband of 46 years, Daryl; children Amy, James (Katherine) and Molly; and grandchildren Natalie, Paige, Morrigan,...
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