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Waseca new middle school Miranda Merrill

Reminiscing, Waseca’s new middle school band director Miranda Merrill remembers how school has always been a positive environment for her. She... Continue Reading

The night before Arron Bartelt’s funeral, Lyndon Gerdts harvested a few rows of corn to make room for 27 combines to line up for the funeral held on Saturday in Waldorf.

27 combines line up in memory of Bartelt
The world became a lesser place when Arron Bartelt, 48, died on September 24. He, his wife Cassie Birr, and three of their children lived in the... Continue Reading

Waseca SMART bus drivers (from left) Vern Fette, Al Kingsley and John Simonette all say they find their job as public transportation drivers fulfilling and rewarding.           Pioneer photo by Deb Bently

SMART offers public transit with personal touch
“We want people to know SMART is there for everybody,” says Shelly Rockman, operations manager for the Steele and Waseca county branches of the... Continue Reading

Community leaders gathered to celebrate the start of TEAM Academy’s 20th school year on September 5.

September 5, 2023 began the twentieth school year since the founding of Waseca Charter School, TEAM Academy. The event was marked with a ribbon-... Continue Reading

Retail supervisor Emily Nelson and FM BANK President Jon Butler 
Pioneer photo by Eli Lutgens
After nearly half a year of construction, renovation and upgrades, Waseca’s FM BANK is ready to open September 26.  “Warming, comfortable and... Continue Reading

Waseca high school one act play performers bottom row, from left: Allen Kopetzki, Cody Sieberg, Katelyn Robeck, Kylie Snow, Chelsea Richardson, and Thyme Lang. Middle: Sadie Schimming, Branden Busse, Sophie Farris, Lindsey Kopetzki, and Quinn Dahle. Back: Ava Norland, Arianna Krogseng, Nathaniel Andrs, Mason Wadd, and Cejay Pickett.

Subsection meet Jan. 28 in Medford
Has anyone ever wondered how to get out of roll call, give a presentation in French class without knowing French, party like it’s 1999 at graduation, or find a way for Tom Cruise to help remember how DNA works? Probably not. But those were among many questions answered in  Waseca Theater... Continue Reading


Waseca tennis players, from left: Mia Kanewischer, Addie Pfeifer, Ashton Jenzen, Sarah Haley, Esme Pearce, Lizzie Roessler, Maddie Benson, Paige Dufault, Tayln Kaput, Vivian Mader, Takya Schoenrock.                                           Pioneer photo by Amelia Roessler

The Waseca High School girls' tennis team is off to a perfect start to the 2023 season. Literally. After three dual meets, the Bluejays are 3-0. The most recent win was Tuesday, when the Jays upended Worthington 6-1 Tuesday on the WHS courts. Waseca won three of four singles matches.... Continue Reading
The Waseca Braves were hopeful of winning at least one game in the double-elimination Region 6C Tournament. They’ll have to settle for a fine season. The 2023 campaign ended Monday night with a 6-0 loss to Waterville at Jordan, two days after a 7-1 setback to a solid Jordan squad. It left... Continue Reading

There was plenty of it as the Waseca High School boys’ basketball team faced high-powered LCWM in the section tournament Thursday, March 9. Above Deron Russell goes up for a reverse layup. 

They play the game for a reason. On Tuesday, the Waseca High School boys' basketball team was given a scare by a Waterville-Elysian-Morristown team that had four wins all season. On Thursday, the third-seeded Bluejays were the team doing the scaring.  Waseca's season came to an end in Mankato,... Continue Reading


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