Vietnam veteran Roger Howland, who lives part-time in Waterville, poses for a photo near the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Forest City, Iowa, resident participated in the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on August 28. (Photo courtesy of Roger Howland)

Roger Howland was 25 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was fresh out of college, having just earned his Business Degree, when he was told to report for duty. Howland served during the Vietnam War from 1962 until 1964, spending the majority of his time working as a data control specialist...

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The little Irish City of Kilkenny, Minnesota, did it again. The town, which boasts a population of 168, hosted hundreds of visitors for another grand ol’ Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11. The day’s events included a car show, an Irish-themed parade, live music, food,...
Proud Irishmen and women--and those who are Irish at heart--are shining up their shamrocks in anticipation for Kilkenny’s Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration this Saturday, September 11. Dale and Kathleen Hamele, longtime Kilkenny residents and business owners, have been named this year’s grand...
The September 1, 2021, issue of the Belle Plaine Herald, will be the last. The newspaper’s owners, the Townsend Family, announced the news on its front page this week. “The Townsend Family is sadly publishing the final edition of the Belle Plaine Herald, after nearly 140 years of covering the...

A 1947 Farmall H, owned by Zack Matson of Montgomery, takes part in the daily parade at the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show on Saturday, Aug. 28. (Patrick Fisher photo)

A large crowd and good weather greeted The Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show Friday Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29. The annual show features tractors of all years, sizes and models. “We had extremely good attendance this year,” said Bill Thelemann of the Pioneer Power Tractor Show. “We dodged...
Jean Kae Wetzel, age 62 of Waterville, died at Traditions of Waterville on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Born in Rice County on December 11, 1958, Jean was the daughter of Alvin and Ruby (Spoors) Haefs. She graduated from Northfield High School with the class of 1978. In 1981 Jean was married to...

A benefit event—and victory party—will be held this Sunday in honor of local businessman Harry “Chip” Beadell of Waterville, who was diagnosed with stage-4 prostate cancer two years ago. For Beadell, the event is a victory celebration and an opportunity to raise awareness. (Lisa Ingebrand Photo)

He was given only six months to live. That was two years ago. Now, the stage-4 advanced, metastatic prostate cancer survivor is ready to celebrate. This Sunday, August 22, a victory party, which family and friends have turned into a benefit, will be held in honor of local businessman Harry “Chip”...

More than 400 vehicles and 700 people rode in the Kilkenny Fire Department ATV Ride Saturday, August 14. The picture above shows hundreds of vehicles at the Hideway in Lexington. (Submitted photo)

The annual Kilkenny Fire Department ATV Ride, which was held Saturday, August 14, had the biggest turnout in the history of the event. This is the fifth year the Kilkenny Fire Department has been in charge of the event. The ATV Run was started by the Kilkenny Park Committee a decade ago. A total of...
David E. "Pappy" Arnold, age 71 of Waterville died on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Born on July 8, 1950 in Owatonna, Minnesota, he was the son of Robert and Marie (Noske) Arnold. David lived on a farm near Medford with his family and graduated from Medford High...
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