Eugene "Gene" Harold Schwake, age 83, of Waterville, died on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Traditions of Waterville. Born on August 5, 1938, in Cresco, Iowa to Fred and Grace (Cable) Schwake. Gene attended school in Howard County and Elma, Iowa. He married Carol Dybevik and together they had six...
A young woman has died in a house explosion, Saturday, Feb. 26, according to Le Sueur Count Sheriff, Brett Mason. While the woman’s identity has not been officially released, Facebook posts have indicated it was Kailey Mach. Her mother, Vicki Mach, posted around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning: “It is...
The Minnesota State High School League and other organizations are launching an initiative in light of recent events. In a statement released today: Recently students, schools and communities have experienced racist events that tell us we as school leaders have more work to do. Mistreatment of...

WEM Knowledge Bowl team members (left to right) Kiri Kerekes, Alex Heuss, Paige Atherton, Chloe Johnson, and Ian Waugh contemplate one of their advisor’s tricky warm-up questions during a before-school practice. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

It’s 7:30 a.m.—almost an hour before school starts— but 10 brainy Buccaneers are already seated in desks, deep in thought. They are the members of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School’s Knowledge Bowl Team. A few students munch their breakfasts. Many down caffeinated drinks. All are focused on...

Claire Bohlen had six rebounds and five steals in the Gopher Conference win over JWP. (Jay Schneider photo)

With one Gopher Conference game to play, the WEM girls basketball team has a chance to finish in second place after two more conference wins last week. The Bucs defeated JWP (50-32) and Faribault BA (64-50) to improve to 11-4 in the conference, one half game in front of Maple River and a game...

Snow Week candidates, front row, left to right: Wyatt Saemrow, Sam Rezac, Daniel Akemann, Lydia Ell, and Emma Kuball. Row two, left to right: Shelby Krienke, Eli Wetzel, Hannah Bruns, Jenessa Baumgarten, and Emma Woratschka. Row three, left to right: Caleb Caron, Myles Pratt, Clayton Jans, Desirae Domonoske, Izabela Slechta, and Josephine Volkmann. Back row, left to right: Ivan Pratt, Keegan Kuball, Preston Grams, Kaedyn Judd, and Annabelle Skurkay. Not pictured: Maddie Heuss, Gabe Androli, and Alex Heuss. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

FFA Week has a new title at WEM High School, FFA/ Snow Week. The WEM FFA will run daily activities as they have for years, with the addition of coronation. Three males and three females in each of the high school grades were chosen as royalty. They were voted on by WEM staff based on their PBIS...
Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. of Blue Earth, died Thursday night at age 59 of kidney cancer, his wife said in a Facebook post. Hagedorn represented the Minnesota’s First Congressional District, that includes 21 counties from South Dakota to Wisconsin, along the Iowa border. The district covers much...
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