Due to high temperatures, extremely dry conditions and increased winds, the DNR and Rice County Sheriff’s Office instituted no open burning in Rice County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, starting at 5 p.m. until further notice. The ban comes from Troy Dunn, Rice County Sheriff, and Jim Edgar, MN DNR...

The 2021 Bullhead Days Miss Waterville and Junior Miss Pageant Royalty, front row, left to right: Attendant Ashleigh Bohlmann-Little, Junior Miss Madelyn Martin, and attendant Charlotte Melchert. Back row, left to right: Miss Waterville attendant Kiri Kerekes and Miss Waterville Grace Petersen. (Jay Schneider Photo)

Grace Petersen, daughter of Lori and David DeMars and Bryan Petersen, was crowned Miss Waterville 2021 during the June 11 Bullhead Days Pageant. Kiri Kerekes, daughter of Jim and Kathy Kerekes, was crowned a Miss Waterville attendant. Petersen, who was sponsored by Whitewater Quilting, received the...

Community members picked up paint brushes Sunday afternoon to help create a mural on the back wall of the Make It, Waterville building. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A slice of shade protected painters of Waterville’s community mural from the hot sun on Sunday afternoon, June 13. Approximately 20 people participated in the community painting event, which was the first of many public painting sessions that will be held throughout the summer to complete the large...
As I sit at my desk at 7 a.m. Monday morning I started to tear up a bit. One because I was up this early after Bullhead Days and two because of a special event which is about to happen in our family. The following day, Tuesday, June 15, is/was our son Jayson’s 21st birthday. There are so many...

Brielle Bartelt puts a tag on a Falcon runner who wandered too far away from second base. (Jay Schneider photo)

No team had been able to shut down the potent WEM softball offense, until Thursday, June 10. The Lady Bucs averaged eight runs per game in 2021 heading into the Section 1A Championship game played in Austin. Wabasha-Kellogg All-State pitcher Julia Schmoker put together two outstanding performances...

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Camp Omega on Saturday, June 12 to celebrate the start of construction of a new retreat center. Pictured (left to right): Camp Omega Camp Director Bob LaCroix, former camp directors Kevin Hall and Curt Stoltenow, and life-long Camp Omega supporter Pam Sweere make ceremonial first digs at the site. (Images courtesy of Camp Omega)

A new retreat facility is being built at Camp Omega in rural Waterville. According to Camp Director Bob LaCroix, construction will be broken into two phases. “First phase is a new entrance road, parking lot, lobby, conference space for 200 guests, and a nine-bedroom wing,” LaCroix explained. “The...
Lois O. Meschke, age 90, of Rapidan, died on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Northfield Retirement Community. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the...
Montgomery Music in the Park tonight has been MOVED to the Montgomery American Legion Post at 7 p.m. due to the heat advisory! Tonight's music will be by the Mary Guentzel Quintet. This group performs the great standards from the 30s and 40s, along with select favorites from more recent decades....

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