For more than half a century, the second full weekend in June is dedicated to the annual Waterville Bullhead Days celebration. There are a number of new events this year and some of the regular events have been super-sized for the June 9 thru 11 festival. One of the newer events is the Borderline...

Richard and Wanda Morsching are the 2023 Bullhead Days Parade Grand Marshals.

For years, almost 20, Richard and Wanda Morsching have spent the second weekend in June running the Waterville Bullhead Days Bullhead Stand. Approximately 20 years before they took over this beloved portion of the Waterville celebration, they first met at Bullhead Days when Richard was serving...
Over the last week, the contractor has been able to complete the water main installation on the first phase of the project, and by the time this information reaches you the storm sewer will also be completely installed for the first phase. Once construction resumes this week, they will focus on...
Eight WEM girls track and field athletes have advanced to compete in the Section 2A Track and Field Meet Saturday, June 3 at Mankato West High School. Juniors Ella Duenes and Josie Volkmann, sophomores Ashlyn Pelant, Jaiden Williams, Tatum Richards, Loryn Caldwell, and McKenna Schuster, and...
The teaching contracts of 12 non-tenured teachers and two tenured teachers were approved by the WEM Board of Education during their Monday, May 22 meeting. Tenured teachers receiving contracts were Carrie Brown and Samuel Gavin. Non tenured teachers receiving contracts for 2023- 2024 included Max...
Wayne Orval James, age 65, of Elysian, died on the afternoon of Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. Wayne was born in Waseca on April 4, 1958, to parents Donald Perry and Helen Florence (Powell) James.  He attended school in Elysian then...
Judy Barbara Villwock, 77, of Owatonna, died Thursday, June 1, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 21, 1945 in New Ulm, Minnesota the daughter of Albert and Rose (Fleck) Schmidt. She was a 1963 graduate of Waterville High School. After high school, she began working at...
Lionel Jon “Chub” Sorgatz, age 63, of Mankato, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota due to complications from ALS. Chub was born on January 25, 1960, to Delbert and Betty (Ferch) Sorgatz in Faribault, MN. He attended...
Darlene Ardis Besser, age 86, of Waterville passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home on Friday, May 26, 2023. Born on October 1, 1936 in Wells, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Ervin and Hattie (Schnoor) Schultz. On April 7, 1956, Darlene was united in marriage to Vernon Besser....

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The fires still burning Thursday, May 25, at the Rice County landfill.

Rice County officials are continuing to respond to a fire at the county’s landfill solid waste facility at East 145th Street in rural Dundas. The fire began in the landfill portion of the solid waste facility shortly after it closed for the evening on Monday, May 22. The cause of the fire has yet...
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