A man faces murder and arson charges after a fire on Sunday morning. According to Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason, on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021, at approximately 7:15 a.m. the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at 37722 Hunting Preserve Lane in Le Center....
Norman Frank Berndt, age 74, of Waseca died unexpectedly on Friday, January 22, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Born on May 17, 1946 in Faribault to Herman and Esther (Gerke) Berndt. He attended country school. In 1980, Norman was united in marriage to Colleen Schlie, together they...
At 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, some Minnesotans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to sign up for appointments at one of the state’s nine community vaccination pilot clinics through a new website and call center launched today by the State of Minnesota. The clinics will initially...

Waseca County Attorney Rachel Androli (left) poses with Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson, who was shot in the line of duty last year, and his wife, Megan, at the state capitol after a bill to strengthen state criminal penalties was introduced. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Androli)

Bill proposes increased penalties for attempted murder of law enforcement officers   A bill to strengthen state criminal penalties against individuals who are convicted of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, judge, prosecutor, or correctional officer was introduced at the state...
Rita Jean Stangler, age 84, of Kilkenny, died on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Milestone Senior Living in Faribault. Visitation will follow CDC health guidelines and be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Canice Catholic Church in Kilkenny. The Mass of Christian...
Milton J. Johnson, 82, of Stanford, KY passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Born December 21, 1938 in Elysian, MN to the late John (Jack) and Renetta (Frodl) Johnson, he served in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed a long career as an Engineer for Whirlpool Corporation in Danville,...
Rita Kay Grubish, age 65 of Waterville, passed away at her home on the morning of Saturday, January 16, 2021 following a difficult battle with cancer. Born in Faribault on November 24, 1955, Rita was the daughter of Donald and Catherine (Henderscheidt) Schwartz. After graduating from Waterville-...
Doesn’t it seem like 2020 just flew by? With many months of business shut downs, students in school and not in school, and masks being mandated it seemed like this year would never end. I can’t believe most of us made it through. Many of us have suffered through COVID-19 one way... To read more...
Help meet the critical need and you may win Super Bowl tickets Give blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive January 20 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV! The blood drive will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church at 305 Park Avenue NE, Elysian, from noon until...

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