Waterville Lake Region Life

The WEM baseball team will be looking for a fourth straight Gopher Conference title this spring. The Bucs are 43-18 in the last three years and are 31-5 in the conference, winning the last three titles. This season five seniors and six juniors will look to continue the championship run for head...
Brian Spatenka of Waterville, left, received the 2018 Friend of the Fire Department Award from Waterville Fire Chief Chris Meskan.
Brian Spatenka of Waterville was honored with the 2018 Friend of the Fire Department Award during the Waterville Fire Dept. annual meeting March 19. According to Waterville Fire Chief Chris Meskan, during the recent flooding events the last few years, Spatenka has voluntarily worked side-by-side...
Contract negotiations are currently underway between Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School principals and the school district. Two of WEM’s three principals are working without current, signed employment contracts. High School Principal John Kaplan’s most up-todate employment contract with the...
A number of WEM spring sports have been rescheduled due to inclement weather in early April. The Saturday, March 24 track and field meet at Minnesota State University-Mankato was cancelled and will not be made up. The Thursday, April 5 track and field meet, also at Mankato, has been changed to 6 p....
 YEP, JUST AS I SUSPECTED! In the last two columns I mentioned both times that I suspected Lisa (who schedules the column dates at the LIFE office) had an ulterior motive in scheduling me twice in the month of March, especially since the first column’s date line was the same as the first full...

Maggie O'Rourke was all ears and smiles for her photo with the Easter Bunny at the Morristown Commercial Club's Egg Scramble event. (Lisa Ingebrand Photo)
Hundreds of kids and their families participated in local egg hunt and Easter events on Saturday morning, March 31. The fun started in Elysian at 9 a.m. with the Lake Area Women's Easter Party, which was co-sponsored by the Willing Workers 4-H Club, and included live bunnies and many games. First...
Jerome Edward Janda, age 88 formerly of Waterville, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington. Born on November 8, 1929 in Waterville, Minnesota, he was the son of Emil and Christine (Schwartz) Janda.  Jerome grew up on the farm in Waterville and graduated from...
Joette L. Bliss, age 61 of Waterville, died on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Pleasant Manor in Faribault. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 28, 1956, Joette was the daughter of Joseph and Alice (Jennings) Kirk. She graduated from Simley High School in 1974. Following her graduation, she married her...
Florence Whilimina Hamele, age 98 of Waterville, passed away on March 30, 2018 at the Minnesota Valley Health Care Center in Le Sueur. Born on March 15, 1920 in Cordova, Florence was the daughter of Herman and Tena (Delaska) Gehrke.  She attended school in Cordova before getting married to George...

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