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Four people lost their lives in a two-vehicle accident in Le Sueur County’s Sharon Township, Sunday night, July 25. According to a press release issued by the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, the crash occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Le Sueur County Road 15...
Grace Barnett, daughter of Kevin and Keri Barnett, and Abby and Chris Degrood, was crowned the 2021 Kolacky Queen on Friday. Joining her are First Princess Ellaina Novak, daughter of Gary and Tami Novak. Second Princess went to Ronni Smith, daughter of Clint and Jill Smith. The candidates chose...

A team of volunteers prepared more than 3,000 potato dumplings over the weekend at TCU High School. The dumplings will be sold at Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant’s fundraising booth during Kolacky Days this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Vlasak)

They’ll be dishing up delicious dumplings at the Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant booth this weekend. Volunteers mixed, formed, rolled and cooked 3,060 potato dumplings on Sunday, July 18 in the Tri-City United High School kitchen. (That’s 12 and a half 25-pound bags of flour and 24 five-pound...
Montgomery’s law enforcement agency is implementing a bodyworn camera (BWC) program. The program was approved by the City Council on Monday, July 19. Police Chief Nathan Hintz believes the time is coming when the department will be forced to use them. He also said the cost-savings from avoided...

Ruth Aanas of Elysian will celebrate her 101st birthday in November. The Elysian native grew up in Iowa, but returned to the local area with her husband in 1952. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

She’s 100, but she’s surprisingly spry and is quick to welcome a guest at her front door with a big grin. Ruth (Nichols) Aanas of Elysian has led a full life. She grew up during the Great Depression, worked on marine bases during World War II, eloped with her sweetheart (a Purple Heart recipient),...

Fr. John Powers is the new priest in Waterville and Elysian.

Father John Powers is the new pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elysian. He will also be teaching at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault and plans to reside in Faribault. Fr. Michael Ince, who has led the local parishes since 1991, has retired, but...

Representatives of the Waterville Lions Club, City Council, and Chamber stand by the soon-to-be illuminated “Welcome to Waterville” sign near the intersection of Highways 13 and 60. Pictured (left to right): Waterville Lions members John Scholljegerdes, Margie Jacobson, Phil Langerud, and Bob Gress, Chamber member Del Point, City Council members Roy McIntyre and Jennifer Grobe, Chamber/Waterville Area Festival Organization member Sue Myers, City Council/Lions member David Wollin, Mayor Alan Schmidtke, and Lions member Chrissy Christenson. (Submitted photo)

A three-point venture of the Waterville Lions, Waterville Chamber of Commerce, and the Waterville City Council will soon be lighting up the three “Welcome to Waterville” signs, which are located on the north edge of Waterville, at the intersection of Highways 13 and 60, and at the corner of Main...

The children’s games was a busy place during the Summer Festival. Families from area communities came out to enjoy the festival, its many activities and chicken dinner. (Patrick Fisher photo)

St. Patrick Church of Cedar Lake had a beautiful day for its annual Summer Festival on Sunday, July 18, with sun and temperatures in the 80s. The weather helped bring out large crowds, plus the festival not being held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Everybody’s happy to be free from COVID...
On Sunday, July 18th at approximately 2:57 pm, deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash involving a pick-up vs motorcycle.  Both were traveling westbound on 245th St. W in Morristown Township, when the pick-up ran into the motorcycle.  The adult male, Allan C Schwartz, 61 of Morristown...

Montgomery’s Community Garden is now taking root thanks to local Girl Scouts who are working to earn their Silver Award. Planting plots are available to residents for a minimal fee. Pictured: Montgomery Girl Scout Troop Advisor Erin Barry Buckingham (left) and Girl Scout Tahlia Buckingham tend to a plot in the Community Garden. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A community garden is taking root at the foot of Montgomery’s water tower takes to a group of ambitious Girls Scouts who are working to earn their Silver Award. “We wanted to do a more long-lasting project for the community, and we thought there should be a community garden, so we decided to make...

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