Ethan Shane Delaske passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at his home in Janesville with his parents and sister by his side at the age of 5 years old. Ethan Shane was born a healthy baby boy on July 24, 2016. The son of Seth David Hollermann and Nicole Ann Delaske. Ethan was baptized as an...

Sheila Mack, who recently opened Homegrown Kids Childcare in Waterville, plays with little Josie Clinton. According to local daycare providers, licensed, infant care is almost impossible to find in the local area. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Since August, three daycares have closed in the local area, according to Minnesota Department of Human Service’s online Family Child Care database. One was located in Elysian. The other two were in Waterville. During that same time frame, two new home daycares have opened. Sheila Mack opened her...
I was venturing back through some of my first columns and came across this Schneid Remarks from 1990 when I worked at the Waseca County News. I actually thought it was quite funny. I wrote this column about the art of refereeing basketball, something which I have always had a frustration with....
WEM seniors Brady Nutter and Michael Taylor each recorded historic accomplishments during a 92-58 win over Medford Thursday, Jan. 20. Nutter finished with a triple double, scoring 20 points, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds, and dishing out a career-high 11 assists. He hit 9-of-14 from the field...
The WEM/JWP wrestling team picked up their most falls in a dual meet this year, pinning four Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestlers in a 48-32 loss to the Knights Thursday, Jan. 20. Brady Murphy (106) opened the night with a fall in 3:04 over Ryan LaCanne. Lucas Morsching (145) recorded a fall in 3:46 over...


Richard “Dick” Stangler, of Kilkenny, has spent his entire life working with seed. His first job was to clip the metal MCIA seal on seed bags with a pliers. His grandfather, Elmer, started the family in the certified seed business; his father, Jim, followed. Stangler was recognized this month by...
The next step toward the 2022 election will take place Tuesday, Feb. 1 at its most grassroots level. It's caucus time. Le Sueur and Rice County Republicans and DFLers will meet in separate locations to gear up for the election by passing resolutions, electing delegates to send to the local and...

The Czech Heritage Club Board is pictured with the author of “Minnesota’s ‘Big Woods’ Musicians” author at the Montgomery book signing. Pictured are (from left) Vi Chromy, author Sister Anita Smisek, George Mikiska, Fred Simon (back) Gary Pikal, Marit Lee Kucera Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for MN, IA, ND, SD, Jean Keogh, Doris Coghill, and James Simon. 

As the Mayor of the City of New Prague, Duane J. "Dewey" Jirik received a copy of “Minnesota’s ‘Big Woods’ Musicians” authored by Sr. Anita Smisek, OP, with narrative assistance from John Chromy. That’s when he saw his family on the pages and wanted his sons to have their copies. “I found that my...
Lorraine Louise Lyons, age 80, of Waterville died on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Whispering Creek in Janesville. Born on November 4, 1941, in Waseca to Herman and Esther (Gehrke) Berndt. She attended Waterville High School, graduating with the class of 1960. On November 24, 1962, Lorraine was...
Pearl E. Smith, age 93 of Burnsville (formerly of Waterville, MN) entered her heavenly home on January 23, 2022. Pearl was born and raised on a farm in Merrill Township in northwestern Iowa. She was the 7th out of 7 children born to Walter and Anna Zimmerman. Pearl attended a one room country...
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