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The United Methodist Church in Elysian will be celebrating the 135th anniversary of the building on Sunday, June 27. Above is a photo of the current church and below is a photo from back in the late 1800s.

A church is not a building! But so much of what a church does and how they are identified is tied to their building that sometimes a celebration of the building is called for. So it is that the Elysian United Methodist Church is celebrating the 135th anniversary of the structure at 201 Fourth...

Fr. Michael Ince will retire as pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Waterville and St. Andrew Catholic Church in Elysian. Fr. John Powers, who will be coming from Elko New Market, will become pastor of the local parishes on July 1. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

The Catholic parishes in Waterville and Elysian will have a new pastor next month. Fr. Micheal Ince, who has led the local churches since November 1991, will be retiring from his position as pastor on July 1. Fr. John Powers, who was ordained in 2015 and has been most recently serving the parish of...

Zach and Sam Mumme found the Waterville Bullhead Days medallion after only one clue during the first day of the bullhead Days Celebration June 11. (Jay Schneider photo)

Clue No. 1 in the Waterville Bullhead Days medallion hunt is usually very vague. Clues No. 2 and 3 are also. But the first clue was enough for 18-year-old Sam Mumme of Waterville and his 22-year-old cousin Zach of Chicago. The clue: Hooray! It’s Bullhead Days! It’s time to celebrate summer, parks,...
Six WEM softball players earned Gopher Conference Awards following the team’s second straight Gopher Conference Championship season. Seniors Brielle Bartelt and Lindsay Condon were named to the First Team. Seniors Autumn Taylor and Allison Rients were named to the Second Team. Senior Ellie Ready...
Gertrude Margaret Mary (Furr) Grubish, age 85 of Waterville, was born to Charles Everett Furr and Loretta Marie Carrigan at St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato, MN on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936, into a large family. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Waseca, MN. Married Mahlon Charles...
Due to high temperatures, extremely dry conditions and increased winds, the DNR and Rice County Sheriff’s Office instituted no open burning in Rice County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, starting at 5 p.m. until further notice. The ban comes from Troy Dunn, Rice County Sheriff, and Jim Edgar, MN DNR...

The 2021 Bullhead Days Miss Waterville and Junior Miss Pageant Royalty, front row, left to right: Attendant Ashleigh Bohlmann-Little, Junior Miss Madelyn Martin, and attendant Charlotte Melchert. Back row, left to right: Miss Waterville attendant Kiri Kerekes and Miss Waterville Grace Petersen. (Jay Schneider Photo)

Grace Petersen, daughter of Lori and David DeMars and Bryan Petersen, was crowned Miss Waterville 2021 during the June 11 Bullhead Days Pageant. Kiri Kerekes, daughter of Jim and Kathy Kerekes, was crowned a Miss Waterville attendant. Petersen, who was sponsored by Whitewater Quilting, received the...

Community members picked up paint brushes Sunday afternoon to help create a mural on the back wall of the Make It, Waterville building. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A slice of shade protected painters of Waterville’s community mural from the hot sun on Sunday afternoon, June 13. Approximately 20 people participated in the community painting event, which was the first of many public painting sessions that will be held throughout the summer to complete the large...
As I sit at my desk at 7 a.m. Monday morning I started to tear up a bit. One because I was up this early after Bullhead Days and two because of a special event which is about to happen in our family. The following day, Tuesday, June 15, is/was our son Jayson’s 21st birthday. There are so many...

Brielle Bartelt puts a tag on a Falcon runner who wandered too far away from second base. (Jay Schneider photo)

No team had been able to shut down the potent WEM softball offense, until Thursday, June 10. The Lady Bucs averaged eight runs per game in 2021 heading into the Section 1A Championship game played in Austin. Wabasha-Kellogg All-State pitcher Julia Schmoker put together two outstanding performances...
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