Josh Smith (left) of Warsaw and his father, Dan Smith of Kilkenny, use their metal detecting hobby, combined with their interest in local history, to find and preserve historic metal objects. (Photo courtesy of Dan Smith)

They’re “beeping buddies.” They are also amateur history junkies and treasure hunters. Armed with metal detectors Dan Smith of Kilkenny and his son, Josh, who resides in Warsaw, spend hours scouring the local area in search of long-lost, forgotten historical items. When they come across a metal...

The 2023 WEM Snow Week Royalty featured King Ethan Greenwald and Queen Emma Woratschka. Back row, left to right are the Snow Princes and Snow Princesses Auston Holicky, Ivan Pratt, Luke Michael, Izabela Slechta, Anna Nielsen, and Kaitlyn LaFrance. (Jay Schneider photo)

Impending inclement weather has changed the National FFA Week/WEM Snow Week activities. But not the coronation of royalty. Emma Woratschka, daughter of Mike and Jennifer Woratschka was crowned Snow Queen and Ethan Greenwald, son of Ron and Kris Greenwald, was crowned Snow King during the coronation...
There will be no local mail delivery today, Thursday, February 23. Due to the weather, the transfer trucks for the U.S. Postal Service mail were pulled off the roads on Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday,February 23.  The delivery of this weeks newspapers will be delayed.
Elizabeth Kay (Hrdlicka) Nelson, age 63 of Waterville, passed away Friday, February 10, 2023, at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN. Beth, one of six girls, was born to John and Geraldine (Biggins)  Hrdlicka on January 22, 1960, in Faribault, MN. She went to Waterville-Elysian School and graduated...

WEM senior Jaxon Hulsing looks towards the official while wrestling Thursday to see whether or not his opponent is pinned. Hulsing is second on the Grizzlies with 22 escapes. (Leanne Kavitz photo)

The final regular season WEM/JWP wrestling match of the 2022-2023 season was held Thursday, Feb. 9 in Waterville. The Grizzlies won two of the three matches in this quadrangular which featured 19-win Cannon Falls, and two opponents from Section 2A, NRHEG and Blue Earth Area. Cannon Falls defeated...

Licensed realtor and WEM Administrative Assistant Cathy Hermel (right) discusses theoretical housing options with WEM senior Daelyn Judd during a morning “Reality Check” budgeting exercise for juniors and seniors in the high school gym on Wednesday morning, Feb. 8. The students pictured (from left to right) are: Judd, Milayna Watzek and Jenessa Baumgarten. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Upperclassmen at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School walked into a Realty Check, Wednesday morning, Feb. 8. The event, which mimicked the popular board game, Game of Life, challenged students to juggle theoretical future expenses while maintaining a budget. “The students each got to pick...
Lawrence “Chuck” Stangler, age 87, of Scottsdale, AZ, and retired pharmacist formerly of Northfield, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023, with his family at his side and under the care of hospice at his daughter’s home. Lawrence was born to Edward and Lillian (Wesley) Stangler on May 21, 1935, in...
Donald Rolland Peach, age 85 of Waterville died on Monday, February 13, 2023 at Mayo Clinic-Methodist Campus in Rochester. Born on January 14, 1938 in Faribault, MN, he was the son of Charles and Irene (Leischer) Peach. Donnie lived his entire life in the Waterville area.  As a young boy, he lived...
Robert Joseph Weber of Waterville died February 8, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. He was 75 years old. Bob was born June 8, 1947 in a midwife's house in Morristown, the son of Joseph and Lucille (Walter) Weber. He grew up on a farm in Deerfield Township and attended Medford High School...
Troy William Warweg, 62 of Ocklawaha, Florida died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 surrounded by family and friends. Born in Mankato, Minnesota and raised in Waseca, Troy is a 1979 graduate of Waseca High School and a Member of the American Legion Post 228 and the Moose Lodge. Troy lived to feel the...
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