JoAnne Lynne Haslip, age 73, of Waterville died on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Born on Oct. 4, 1949 in Rapid City, S.D., JoAnne was the daughter of Kenneth and Phyllis (Alexander) Bowdish. She grew up in the Mankato area where she attended Mankato West High...

WEM sophomore Brady Murphy recorded one of his nine solo tackles in a 22-6 loss to GFW Thursday, Aug. 31. (Jay Schneider photo)

The opening game for the WEM football team ended in a loss, with Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop picking up a 22-6 victory Thursday, Aug. 31 in Waterville. A pair of early touchdowns by the Thunderbirds gave the visitors a 14-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. The two teams played a very evenly...
Construction of the roundabout on Highway 13/Le Sueur County Road 28 is nearly complete and expected to partially open to traffic Friday evening, September 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The south segment of the roundabout will remain closed to traffic as Highway 13...
It will be a fun-filled weekend in Kilkenny Sept. 9 and 10. The annual Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration has been extended to a two-day event this year. The events start Saturday, Sept. 9 with a Shamwalk 5K Fun Run/Walk at 10 a.m. There will be prizes for the first place finisher 13 and...

Front row, left to right: Ethan Cage, Cody Akemann, Kaden James, Keegan Kuball, Preston James, Talen Taylor, Tarek Tolzman, and Gavin Atherton. 2nd Row, left to right: Avery Breyer, Hayden Duhme, Gabe LaCanne, Brody Holicky, Jacob Androli, Brady Murphy, Dawson Slechta, and Avery Wetzel. 3rd Row, left to right: Jaxon Baer, Evan Lange-Wenker, Luke Michael, Aric Williams, Bryce Gagnon, Spencer Oorlog, Macy Anderson, Kavan Sheehy, and John Woratschka. 4th Row, left to right: Grady Grohman, Jasper Christensen, Parker James, Reed Sammon, Trey Richards, Mason Denis, Jamarion Dominick, Wyatt Priem, and Wyatt Janda-Jones. 5th Row, left to right: Zac Quast, Casey Oorlog, Timothy Kellstadt, Axel Gruzebach, Auston Holicky, Aiden Anderson, Griffin Storey, Josiah Schmidtke, and Ethan Einertson. Back Row, left to right: Kandran Geyer, Sam Stier (Head Coach), Chad Atherton (Defensive Coordinator), Cory Immerman (Offensive Coordinator), Mark Thompson (Assistant Coach), Connor Scharf (Junior Varsity Head Coach), and Anna Nielsen (Manager). Not Pictured: Isaac Quast, Brendan Snesrud, Ben Root, Ben Wendel, Koby Sanders, Cody Culhane, and Dave Wollin (Assistant Coach).

New WEM football coach Sam Stier will be starting the 2023 season with a number of returning players from the Buccaneers team which finished 1-8 last season. With a new coaching staff and more than 15 players returning with varsity experience, the Bucs should be able to show some improvement. Stier...
I walked by a long-time friend of mine Sunday afternoon and he asked me if I had always had a beard. I said yes, for many, many years, only this version of my beard has a different color to it….gray. I guess he didn’t recognize the new, older, more gray Jay. I am becoming relegated to the fact that...

Emma Kuball, a WEM graduate, was named the 70th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday, August 23 at the Minnesota State Fair. Below, she is shown after being crowned by Montgomery resident and the 2022 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Rachel Rynda.

19-year-old Emma Kuball of rural Morristown has had a lot of experience speaking in front of crowds. Whether it be as an officer in the FFA organization or as Miss Morristown 2021, Kuball is an outstanding, outgoing, accomplished speaker. Her personality and knowledge of the dairy industry has led...

The Le Sueur County Department of Public Health in Le Center. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously August 15 to discontinue the county’s Home Health Care, citing a number of issues. The program will be phased out and is scheduled to end by November 1. Home Care Supervisor Laura Guddal said, “Our commissioners decided that it’s time to...

WEM varsity volleyball team and coaches, front row, left to right: Alayna Atherton, Josie Volkmann, Claire Bohlen, Grace Baker, and manager Mitch Tegmeier. Back row, left to right: Briley Velzke, Assistant Coach Ken Trnka, Miranda Krystosek, Tatum Richards, McKenna Schuster, Tianna Pope, Addison Condon, Ashlyn Pelant, Liza Baker, and Head Coach Crystal Lamont. (Jay Schneider photo)

With three returning All-Gopher Conference players returning and only one play gone from last year’s team, the WEM volleyball team should be a contender for the Conference, Sub-Section, and Section titles in 2023. WEM finished third in the conference with a 9-2 record and was 18-14 overall, winning...
This year is the 31st year of Ahlman's Shooter's Round Up, one of the nation's top events for outdoor and gun enthusiasts. This year's two-day event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 on the Ahlman's Gun Shop site north of Morristown. The Round-Up is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....
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