Le Sueur County Historical Society (LCHS) recently completed repairs at its Cleveland site, the old Methodist Church. (Wade Young photo)

The Le Sueur County Historical Society has remained busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The society recently finished repairs of the old Cleveland Methodist Church, which currently houses many of the society’s artifacts. In late fall, the large, overgrown lilac hedge on the building’s west side was...

Pat Nusbaum, coordinator of the WE Share Food Shelf in Elysian, stocks shelves during one of the rare quiet moments at the local food shelf. Nusbaum has found connecting with those in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic just as vital as their need for food assistance. (Lisa Ingebrand Photo)

For 38 years, the WE Share Food Shelf in Elysian has provided food to those in need in the Waterville and Elysian area. While the year-long COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need for food assistance, the local food shelf’s numbers have remained steady. “The need has definitely gone up, but we are...
Roger and Barbara Howland will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple was married Feb. 28, 1981. They lived in Clear Lake, IA for 22 years and moved to the 3rd generation farm in 1998. They have owned a lake home on Lake Tetonka for the past 44 years. Their mailing address is...

The 11 WEM senior girls basketball players were honored last week during Senior’s Night. Front row, left to right: Kylie Pittmann, Allison Rients, Brielle Bartelt, May Geyer, and Ellie Ready. Back row, left to right: Autumn Taylor, Lindsay Condon, Sadie Oorlog, Toryn Richards, Lily Grohman, and Ella Michael. (Holly Ready Photo)

Bucs run win streak to four straight The WEM girls basketball team won its fourth straight game last week, defeating Maple River 71-39 Friday, Feb. 26. This was one of two Gopher Conference wins for the Bucs. They also picked up a 66-24 win over United South Central Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Bucs are 8...
A modest two game winning streak came to an end Friday, Feb. 19 for the WEM boys basketball team. Hayfield knocked off the Bucs for the second time this season, downing WEM 76- 53 in Hayfield. The Bucs had their best shooting night of the season, but turnovers and steals proved to be their demise....

WEM/JWP sophomore Jack Cahill battled against Sam Skillestad of Westfield Thursday, Feb. 18 in a Gopher Conference dual. The Razorbacks defeated the Grizzlies 63-12. (Jay Schneider photo)

The WEM/JWP wrestling team was without a number of wrestlers Thursday, Feb. 18 due to Covid protocol. The Grizzlies dropped a pair of duals, including a Gopher Conference matchup with Westfield. In the opening dual, the Grizzlies were defeated by the Razorbacks, 63-12. In the second dual, St. Clair...
An Elysian man has been charged with a felony after he fled a police officer in a motor vehicle. Bryan William Fries, 37, of Elysian faces a felony charge in Le Sueur County Court for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Four misdemeanor charges, all tied to the same incident, have also been...

WEM senior Brielle Bartelt, daughter of Billy Bartelt and Vicki Schroer, shows her congratulation letter she received Friday, Feb. 19 which named her one of 10 Class A players invited to play in the Minnesota All Star Basketball Game. (Jay Schneider photo)

The record-setting high school basketball career of WEM senior Brielle Bartelt will be coming to an end in April. The Class A State Tournament is scheduled for the second weekend in April. Bartelt would love to have her team advance, as they did last year, only to have the tourney end due to the...

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