Kilkenny council member Julie Balfe (left) and Kilkenny Mayor Pro Tem Tammy Holicky will spend St. Patrick’s Day in Kilkenny, Ireland, as part of a group representing Kilkenny, MN. Not pictured: Dusty Balfe and Paula Smith. (Photo couortesy of Julie Balfe)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kilkenny, Minnesota’s formal twinning with Kilkenny, Ireland, representatives from the local Kilkenny are traveling to Ireland and will take part in the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. According to Kilkenny, Minnesota council member Julie Balfe, who will be part...
Three WEM students have received All-Gopher Conference honors for their efforts during the 2022 speech season. Madeline Balfe, Alex Heuss, and Maddie Heuss were each honored last week with conference speech awards. Balfe won two awards, earning All-Conference honors in the Creative Expression...
After a very successful high school career, WEM graduate Brielle Bartelt has continued her outstanding play at the next level. Bartelt, a freshman at Iowa Lakes Community College, was named to the Division II All-Region Third Team, which includes 14 teams. Sophomores Jaeda Whitner (1st Team),...

Stephanie Wesley, 52, of Faribault died January 29 along Highway 60 in Morristown. She was struck by a patrol car and died at the scene. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Bright)

A benefit will be held this Saturday at the American Legion in Morristown to help raise funds for the family of Stephanie Wesley, the 52-year-old Faribault woman who was struck by a Rice County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car on Highway 60 in Morristown around 2 a.m. on January 29 and died at the scene...
Duaine Ellsworth Flanders, 81, of Benson, MN passed away at his home Sunday, March 6, 2022. Duaine is survived by his wife Peg, children Steph, Sue Ellen, and Bruce, brother Richard Flanders of Devils Lake, ND, and sister Jan (Mack) Evans of Elysian, MN.
LaVonne Helen Bertha Matz, age 76, of rural Waterville, died on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Whispering Creek in Janesville. Born on September 1, 1945, in Waseca to Henry E. and Helen B. (Buchholz) Matz. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith in her youth all at St. Peter “Bell”...
As journalists, we rely on open government and freedom of information principles to keep the public informed about its government. Sometimes, we are met with roadblocks. Sunshine Week, which is spearheaded by the News Leaders Association, champions open and transparent government at all levels....
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