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STAFF- Most of the Pioneer staff is pictured above. From left, Jonah Stafford, Amelia Roessler, Deb Bently, Jim Lutgens, Eli Lutgens, Logan Piltingsrud, whose photos have been featured in the Star Eagle, held by Melanie Piltingsrud, Michael Roy, Chris Schlaak, and Reed Waller. Pioneer photo by Pam Goehrig

“We plan to find at least one story for every edition that makes the whole year’s subscription worthwhile. We know we won’t have everything for everybody in every edition, but we will definitely have something for everyone.” –Eli Lutgens, publisher This issue of the Waseca County Pioneer is the...

CLASS OF 2024 - Fiftyone seniors, members of the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Class of 2024, threw their caps in the air in celebration Friday, May 24, in the JWP gym.       

 “Four years we will never forget, even if we did some things we regret.” That statement from JWP graduate Katelyn Ziemke served as the motto for the Class of 2024. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, 51 JWP seniors enjoyed the tradition of hearing the band welcome them with “Pomp and...

Grant Whissemore, right, received a certificate thanking him for 19 years of service with the Waseca Memorial Day Association.

The bleachers of the Waseca Junior/Senior High School were filled most of the way to the top with spectators during the Waseca community Memorial Day Service, organized by the Waseca Memorial Day Association, chaired by Grant Whissemore. The program took place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27; it...
County commissioners were informed prior to their May 21 meeting that the Minnesota Department of Corrections has completed its scheduled inspection of the county jail facility and returned its findings. Although the county is awaiting clarification regarding a number of statements on the report...
Three lengthy discussions pertaining to the future of Waseca were held during a Waseca City Council work session and meeting which, together, lasted about four hours the evening of Tuesday, May 21, in the council chambers of Waseca city hall.  The 6 p.m. work session addressed the Gaiter Lake...

NRHEG area veterans stand during the Memorial Day ceremony held at the high school on Monday. 

Over 100 people gathered in the NRHEG Secondary gymnasium during a Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by New Richland American Legion Andrew Borgen Post 75 and its auxiliary at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27. Many Legion members had visited seven area cemeteries beginning at 8:30 that morning. The 45-...

The Memorial Day program is introduced on Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. at the Janesville Waldorf Pemberton high school.

Memorial Day was observed at the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP) high school auditorium at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27. The program began with representatives of Janesville American Legion Post 281 posting the colors, followed by the JWP Choir, under the direction of band director Adam Hille,...

Left to right Missy Donor, Mikhail Rostislavovich, Felix Kelzer,Bradly Donner; Brad Donner, Mady Skelly, Edward Deuine, Kia Laidlow, Mikhail Rostislavovich, and Missy Donner.

The Waseca Arts Council Hosted its thirty-fourth annual high school art exhibit at the Beckman Gallery in the Waseca Art Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a/m/ on Friday, April 19, 2024. Twenty-six students from around the greater Waseca area and their art instructors participated in the juried show....

Regional Exchange leader Katie Smith with Waseca Exchange Club president Mikhail Rosistlavovich and vice president Amy Schmidt. Thanks to significant growth and accomplishments, the Waseca Exchange Club and Rostislavovich were acknowledged with two major awards. 

Since 1982, Waseca has had an Exchange Club affiliated with the national organization whose declared mission is “Inspiring our communities to be better places to live.” The local club had been on a bit of a downward slope in the past few years, however. July of last year, it had only five...
Members of the NRHEG School Board accepted the resignations of secondary media center paraprofessional Loren Skelton, elementary teachers Laura Garlow and Amy Johns, head cheerleading coach Joni Churchill and school nurse Rachel Schue during the monthly school board meeting the evening of Monday...

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