Waterville Lake Region Life

The WEM softball team has started their 2018 season with three straight wins over Gopher Conference opponents. Friday, April 20 they defeated Blooming Prairie, 7-1, in seven innings and NRHEG, 3-1, in five innings at the Austin Westcott Sports Complex Dome. Tuesday, April 24 the Bucs downed United...
Arlene Beverly Houlihan of Decorah, Iowa, died peacefully at the Aase Haugen Senior Services on March 30, 2018. She was 86 years old. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Phil Gibbs officiating. Burial was in...
Delbert M. Velzke, age 85, of Owatonna, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 surrounded by his family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Funeral services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Travis J. Loeslie...

Trinity Lutheran third grader Natalie Elness (left) and fifth grader Claire Elness each won first place honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota. The girls are sisters. Submitted Photo

A set of sisters, Claire and Natalie Elness, claimed top honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota that was held at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Truman on April 21. The girls are the daughters of Troy and Aubrey Wetzel and Alec and Nicole Elness. Big...
WELL, I AM STILL HERE AND Nothing more drastic has befallen me. Guess Lisa is satisfied with her little "tricks" and things are back to normal albeit I do have the new address and guess it is permanent. However, I am glad that she scheduled me for this week instead of last week. The April 19 date...

O’Leary’s Station in Waterville will soon be demolished. The business was operated by the O’Leary family for almost eight decades. Lisa Ingebrand Photo

The small service station at the corner of First Street North and Sakatah Boulevard in Waterville is slated for demolition. Locals refer to it simply as O'Leary's. The place is as iconic as its manager, 98-year-old John "Johnny" O'Leary, who operated the station for almost 80 years, up until winter...

WEM junior Sarah Best (center) poses with her first place State Speech award. She’s pictured with WEM Speech Coaches Rachel Wendlandt (left) and Eric Gerst. Submitted Photo

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School junior Sarah Best, daughter of Dave and Cherie Best, earned first place in the Original Oratory division at the Class A Speech Tournament in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 21. Senior Buccaneer Elijah Bass, son of Angela Sweetland, also competed in the...
Ardis D. Kabes, age 87, of Waterville, died on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Janesville Nursing Home. Arrangements will be announced later by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.  
Hoot Lanes II defeated Xpressions Salon Friday, April 13 for the Waterville Bowling Championship. Hoot Lanes rolled a 3,330 series with handcap while Xpressions rolled a 3,234 series. All 10 bowlers in the championship match averaged higher than their league average. Jacob Hill (667 series), Nick...

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