Berklie Violet Braun was welcomed home by her big sisters Jaylie (10), Makynlie (8), and Sophie (6). Berklie was born Oct. 14, 2020 and was 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Her parents are Nick and Stephanie (Vollbrecht) Braun. Grandparents are Dan and Becky Vollbrecht of Waterville and Brad and Dianne Braun of...
I write to you from quarantine. My 8-year-old redhead and her classmates were sent home from school last week because her teacher tested positive for COVID. Thankfully, her teacher is doing well, and Ellen (and I) tested negative. Of course, like so many families, my husband and I are struggling to...

The WEM senior football players posed for one last photo following the Section 2A Playoff loss to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Tuesday, Nov. 17. Left to right: Aiden Snesrud, Michael Wentura, Taylor Landrum, Riley Haefemeyer, Kurtis Crosby, Travis Van Houdt, Griffin Atherton, Colten Henry, Kolin Rients, and Corey McKenna. GFW defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran for the Section Championship. (Submitted photo)

Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop used a powerful rushing attack to end the season for the WEM football team. The Thunderbirds gained 364 yards on the ground and scored seven rushing touchdowns in a 62-12 Section 2A Quarterfinal win Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Winthrop. GFW went on to win the Section 2A Championship...
Effective Monday, November 30th, 2020, the Rice County Courthouse is closed due to recent surge of new cases of COVID-19 and increasing concerns for public health.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an Order Governing the Continuing Operations of the Minnesota Judicial Branch on November 20,...
Mavis Irene Miller, age 69 of Waterville, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at her residence in Waterville. Born on April 15, 1951, in Cresco, IA, she was the daughter of Thomas and Doris (Hanson) Cummings. She graduated from Riceville High School in Riceville, IA. Mavis married Dennis Miller on...
David Alvin Harmon, age 79, of Waterville died on Wednesday evening, November 18, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Born on June 6, 1941, in Red Wing, MN, was one of six children born to Clarence and Lillian (Swee) Harmon. David grew up in Bombay, attending Dennison Grade School and...

WEM senior Kylie Pittmann rises high above the net to tip a ball in a three-game sweep of Maple River Thursday, Nov. 12. (Jay Schneider photo)

A number of WEM volleyball players had season-best performances during the team's ninth straight win. The Bucs swept Maple River 25-13, 25-12, and 25-4 Thursday, Nov. 12. Five juniors had great performances to help the Bucs to their ninth straight sweep of the season. Middle hitter Alex Heuss had a...

Left to right, Gavin Gohlike, Gabe Androli, and Tytan Larson won the South Central Conference Tournament Championship Nov. 7 at Owatonna. The trio defeated Owatonna and Mankato West for the conference title. Gohlike also earned All-Conference First Team honors. (Submitted photo)

A trio of WEM bowlers claimed the top prize during the South Central Conference end-of-the-year tournament held Nov. 7 at Spare Time Bowl in Owatonna. Sophomores Tytan Larson and Gabe Androli, and freshman Gavin Gohlike won the 3-person baker-style bowling tournament. Baker-style bowling consists...

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