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...
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics will be held every Thursday at Rice County Public Health, 320 NW 3rd Street, Faribault 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout August and September   Rice County Public Health continues to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Thursday from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.  These clinics are open...
Long-time local teacher Jon Bakken has earned a spot in the WEM Board of Education following a special election held Tuesday, August 10. The WEM Board canvassed the votes Friday, August 13 in the WEM Elementary lobby. Bakken received 113 votes, 10 more than runner-up David Schuster who received...
Due to a breakdown at the printing press in Princeton, MN, the August 12th issues of The New Prague Times, Montgomery Messenger and the LifeEnterprise, which are mailed, will be a day late. Area newsstand papers will be available on Wednesday as usual. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Effective Monday, August 9, 2021, all Rice County employees and visitors are required to wear a face covering in Rice County government buildings. This requirement is going into effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Rice County is currently classified as “high” community transmission of...
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