The American Cancer Society hosted its annual Le Sueur County Relay for Life event, which is a celebration for cancer survivors as well as those who died from the disease. Honorary Survivor Julie Harmon and her family made the Survivor's and Caregivers Lap at the start of the Relay in Le Center....
Two Waterville Indian pitchers limited Blue Earth to two runs in a 6-2 win for the Indians in 13-60 League action Wednesday, June 29 at Blue Earth. The victory, the 12th in the past 13 games, all but secures the 13-60 League title for the Indians, who have not lost in League play in 12 games....
It’s the quietest week of the year—at least, at my house. Our 10-year-old Ellen is off having the time of her life at summer camp. She looks forward to the week-long adventure all year. Not 10 minutes after I picked her up from Camp Omega last year, she spouted: “Mom, it’s the BEST place ever. I...
Two issues were brought forth to the WEM Board of Education Monday, June 27 by district residents concerning possible changes in the 5th and 6th grade physical education schedule and the student dress code. The physical education change which has been discussed in changing the five day, 25 minute...

The 2022 Miss Elysian, Junior Miss, and Princess of the Lakes Royalty, front row, left to right: Princess of the Lakes Attendant Gracyn Miller, Princess of the Lakes Arra Schuldt, and Princess of the Lakes Attendant Elizabeth King. Back row, left to right: Junior Miss Attendant Lisa Cage, Junior Miss Madalyn Miller, Miss Elysian Ava LaFrance, and Miss Elysian Attendant Katrina Brekke. (Jay Schneider photo)

The 18th Miss Elysian was crowned Thursday, June 30 as part of the Elysian 4th of July celebration. This year’s queen is Ava LaFrance, daughter of Joel and Nicole LaFrance. Her attendant is Katrina Brekke, daughter of Troy and the late Audrey Brekke. Crowning the new royalty were 2021 Miss Elysian...

The Saemrow family has been named Rice County’s 2022 Farm Family of the Year. Pictured (front, from left) are the four brothers and their mother. Keith, Ron, Marian, Gordon, and Wayne, (second row) are the brothers’ wives Jackie, Brenda, Hindy, Abbie, and a son Tyler, (back) more children Wyatt, Lisa, Jacy, Jack, and Jobb. Missing are other children Matt, Elsa, and Judd Saemrow. (Submitted photo)

The Saemrow family has been named Rice County’s 2022 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. Charles Saemrow first settled the Saemrow farm in the early 1890s. Charles’ son, Herman took over the operation in the 1930s. He was followed by his son Herb in the 1950s. Then, in the 1980s...

Julie Harmon

This year’s Honorary Survivor of the Le Sueur County Relay for Life knows both sides of cancer. For close to 43 years, Julie Harmon of New Prague has worked as a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System (formerly Queen of Peace), New Prague Hospital. She lives the role of a caregiver. In July 2018, the...
Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason reports that at approx. 0640 hours on July 1, 2022, deputies responded to a residence located on the southwest shore of Lake Washington, in Washington Township for a Missing Person Report. At the residence, Deputies spoke with Reporting Party and family members,...
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