Terry Vincent Miller, age 81 of Waterville, died on the morning of Saturday, December 2, 2023, at The Emeralds of Faribault. Terry was born in Clinton, Iowa on December 2, 1942, the only child of Vincent “Tooter” and Vernita “Nita” Miller. He graduated from high school in Preston, Iowa, before...
Peggy S. Snustad, age 53 of Plymouth, MN, passed away peacefully on November 27, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 8, from 4-7 p.m. at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 Wayzata Blvd E., Wayzata. The funeral service is Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Phillip the Deacon...
I have a sibling who doesn’t eat anything with pork products in them. Strangely enough, you will find pork products in places sometimes you don’t always think of — one of them being store-bought gelatin. This sent me on a hunt of how I could make my own gelatin and the results were surprisingly...
Our beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Jerry Alan Kastner, geared-up for his next adventure on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the age of 57. Jerry was born in Springfield, MN on September 16, 1966, to Kenneth and Laurice (Weber) Kastner. Music was always pivotal in Jerry’...

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Myself (left) and my father, Thomas Schoenecker, Sr., at the concert at Orchestra Hall.

I took my father to see a show with U.S. Navy Glee Club Men’s and Women’s Chorus with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall earlier this month. Preceding the show, we sat down in the lobby next to a couple, approximately in their seventies. Through conversation I find out that the husband was a...
Leona J. Quast, age 86, of Waseca, formerly of Waterville, died on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca.  Leona was born on February 11, 1937, in Vivian Township, Waseca County, to Louis and Anna (Fogal) Groskreutz. She attended rural country school in Waseca County. On...

Edna Thayer presented her hilarious "Laugh For the Health of it." (Submitted photo)

Thirty-Four auxiliary members attended the 104th Birthday Celebration of the American Legion Auxiliary which was hosted by Unit 311 in Elysian. President Sharon Brandt welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of the Auxiliary which was started on November 10, 1919. In the spirit of service, not...
Between Halloween and the 2020 Presidential Election, my family moved from West Virginia to rural Minnesota. It was during the height of the pandemic and my wife had lost her job because of it. She found a new position in Appleton, and we decided to leave the Appalachian Mountains for the first...
A Veterans Day Program will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in the WEM High School gymnasium in Waterville. The program will be held to honor the sacrifice and commitment to our freedoms due to the actions of the veterans and active servicemen/ women. The Elysian Legion Post 311 will present the...

The 2023 WEM Volleyball Team won the school’s eighth straight Sub-Section Championship, defeating Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in straight sets Tuesday, Oct. 31 in New Prague. Front row, left to right: Alix Velzke, Josephine Volkmann, Claire Bohlen, Alayna Atherton, Grace Baker, Liza Baker, and Tianna Pope. Back row, left to right: Alenka Jans, Miranda Krystosek, Bryella Pope, Briley Velzke, Addison Condon, Tatum Richards, Miley Roemhildt, Robynn Schwichtenberg, Ashlyn Pelant, McKenna Schuster, and Head Coach Crystal Lamont, and Manager Mitch Tegmeier. (Jay Schneider photo)

The WEM foyer area adjacent to the high school gymnasium will have a new trophy after the Buccaneer Volleyball Team won its 8th straight Sub-Section Championship Tuesday, Oct. 31. WEM defeated Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (LCWM) 25-12, 25-22, 25-22 to capture the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section...
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