A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Camp Omega on Saturday, June 12 to celebrate the start of construction of a new retreat center. Pictured (left to right): Camp Omega Camp Director Bob LaCroix, former camp directors Kevin Hall and Curt Stoltenow, and life-long Camp Omega supporter Pam Sweere make ceremonial first digs at the site. (Images courtesy of Camp Omega)

A new retreat facility is being built at Camp Omega in rural Waterville. According to Camp Director Bob LaCroix, construction will be broken into two phases. “First phase is a new entrance road, parking lot, lobby, conference space for 200 guests, and a nine-bedroom wing,” LaCroix explained. “The...
Lois O. Meschke, age 90, of Rapidan, died on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Northfield Retirement Community. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the...
Montgomery Music in the Park tonight has been MOVED to the Montgomery American Legion Post at 7 p.m. due to the heat advisory! Tonight's music will be by the Mary Guentzel Quintet. This group performs the great standards from the 30s and 40s, along with select favorites from more recent decades....
The 56th Annual Waterville Bullhead Days celebration may look a little bit different this year, but many of the yearly favorites are returning after a year off due to COVID in 2020. One of the biggest differences will be the absence of a carnival. The Bullhead Days Committee felt they would wait...

Waterville’s retired family physician Dr. Marilyn Waldschmidt and local healthcare workers have been named the grand marshals of 2021 Bullhead Days. Waldschmidt is pictured with a few honors she received for her work in the local Lions Club. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Walschmidt)

Retired family physician Dr. Marilyn Waldschmidt, who tended to the medical needs of local residents for 22 years, and local healthcare workers have been named the grand marshals of Waterville’s 2021 Bullhead Days celebration. Waldschmidt retired from medical practice in April 2020 and was slated...

WEM junior Riley Sammon takes a handoff from freshman Madison Zimbrich (middle two runners in black) in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the Sub-Section 6 Meet held June 3 at Janesville. The relay advanced to Sections with their win and have one of the top times in Section 2A. This relay has not lost all season. (Jay Schneider photo)

The WEM girls track and field team put together a very solid performance in the Sub-Section 6 Meet held Thursday, June 3 at Janesville. The host school won the seven team event with 133 points. There was a log jam between the next four teams. River Valley placed second (123), Lake Crystal-Wellcome...

WEM sophomore Addyson Taylor delivered a pitch in an 11-1 win over Blooming Prairie. She pitched a five inning one-hitter. (Pam Merritt photo)

AUSTIN - It took nine innings, but the WEM softball team was able to earn a pair of championships in a 1-0, nine inning win over Hayfield Saturday, June 5 in Austin in the Section 1A Tournament. The first title was the Gopher Conference out-right championship. The West Sub-Section Championship game...

Shelley Strano of Waterville is the owner of Waterville’s newest business, Cool Wave Coffee. Strano is pictured above with her husband, Joe. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

When Shelley Strano moved to Waterville three years ago, she asked what she thought was a simple question: Where’s the coffee shop? To her surprise, the town didn’t have one. So, the coffee fanatic and mother of six, decided to open her own little shop—a welcoming place community members and...
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