I know it has been a while since I have written, or duplicated, anything in this column space. As we all know, it has been extremely busy the past month with city celebrations, which all had great turnouts! With that being said, I have been presented the 12 commandments for seniors. Depending on...

Elysian Legion members attending the 104th American Legion State Convention, left to right: new 3rd District Commander Rod Reifsteck, Al Loney, new 3rd District Historian Mike Kauss, and Elysian Commander Tom McBroom. (Submitted photo)

Local Legionnaires attended their respective Minnesota State Conventions last weekend. The Elysian Legion Auxiliary Unit 311 attended the 103rd American Legion Auxiliary Department Convention at Jackpot Junction in Morton. The Elysian Legion attended the 104th American Legion Post/SAL/Riders...
Gwyn B. Quiram, age 53 of Burnsville passed away Monday, July 10, 2023 at Fairview Southdale Edina with her family at her side.  Born in Faribault on December 15,1969, she was the daughter of Lowell “Red” and Janet Quiram. She attended Waterville-Elysian High School and graduated in May 1988. Gwyn...

Chris and Sallie Smith are this year’s honorary survivors at the Le Sueur County Relay for Life. The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held Friday, July 14, 5 to 10 p.m., at the county fairgrounds in Le Center. (Submitted photo)

He remembers the fear sweeping through his being in 2003 when he heard his wife had cancer. Two years later, Chris Smith heard a doctor direct those same words at him. Nearly 20 years later, Sallie and Chris Smith of Madison Lake are still among those fighting cancer and encouraging people to be...

Zack Williams will be racing this Saturday, July 15, at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn.

When he was 4 years old, Jay Williams introduced his son, Zack, to motocross racing. By the time he was 18, he won an amateur national championship. A year later, he turned professional and began racing for prize money. He was initially attracted by the speed, the grit and determination of...


WEM senior-to-be Katrina Brekke was selected by the Elysian American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) to attend this year’s Girls State event, which was held June 11 through June 17 at Bethel College. Brekke said she was very happy to get a chance to go and she received the coveted Spirit Award, which goes...
The WEM Girls Track and Field Team had three athletes be named to an All-Gopher Conference team for the second straight season. Junior Josie Volkmann, sophomore Ashlyn Pelant, and freshman Addison Condon were named Honorable Mention All-Conference. All three were named to the First Team in 2022....
Three straight wins in the 13-60 League has vaulted the Waterville Indians amateur baseball team into a commanding lead in the 13- 60 League American Division Standings. The Indians defeated Wells, 9-4, Blue Earth, 7-2, and Morristown, 12-2 in seven innings Sunday, July 2. The wins improve their...
Bernard Anthony Hausen, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2023, at his home in Waterville, Minnesota.   Bernie was born to Francis and Erlis Hausen on July 21, 1958, in Rice County Minnesota.  He spent most of his life living in Minnesota. He attended High School in Brainerd, Minnesota...
Wayne Alan Lee, age 66, of Waterville died on Friday, July 7, 2023 at his cabin.  Wayne was born on March 21, 1957, in Mankato to Earl and Lorene (Groh) Lee. When he was born, Wayne’s father was serving in the United States Air Force which moved their family to Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma until...
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