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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...

SIGHT TO BEHOLD — A dozen or more large-scale kites, some measuring up to 140 feet long, flew over Clear Lake in Waseca last year as part of the city's annual Sleigh and Cutter Event.
 
The annual Sleigh and Cutter Festival Kite and Balloon Show is scheduled for Sunday February 18, 2024. The show begins midmorning, approximately 10 a.m., and continues to about 3 p.m. Due to weather concerns, the show will take place on the soccer fields to the west of the Waseca Intermediate...

Sergeant Vanderwilt

JANESVILLE JOURNAL - After years of serving the Janesville Police Department, Mark Vanderwilt became its second-ever sergeant at the start of 2024. “There hasn’t been much change quite yet,” Vanderwilt commented on transitioning from from his position as a full-time patrol officer.. “I haven’t...

The Waseca High School State Street Singers practice for an upcoming competition.
Pioneer photo by Tristan Gehring
The State Street Singers, Waseca High School's premier show choir, will compete in Minnesota State High School League competitions February 17 and March 2. The choir is under the direction of Megan Kreinbring, who is new to Waseca Public Schools this school year. The theme of the show is “What...
Nacel Open Door is looking for local host families for foreign exchange students. Hosts must be at least 26 years old and able to provide a bed and three meals a day for their exchange student, and all adults in the household must pass a criminal background check. “You aren't expected to go out...

From left Mikhail Rostislavovich, artists Linda Snouffer and Dan Petrov.
 
Mikhail Rostislavovich, Chief Administrator and Vice President of The Waseca Arts Center, hosted an arts reception on February 1. The artists were Oil-based Painter Dan Petrov from Lakeville and Botanical Printmaker Linda Snouffer from St. Paul. Born in Serbia, Petrov spends most of his summers...
Activities Director Joe Hedevare was spotlighted at the Waseca school board’s February 1 work session sharing information about both current activities taking place at the high school as well as Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Hedevare shared when he checked registration that morning...
On Sunday, Feb. 4 at approximately 6:18 p.m., Jessica Wallowingbull was found unresponsive at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Waseca in Waseca, Minnesota. Responding employees initiated life-saving measures. Emergency medical services (EMS) were requested while life-saving efforts...
Newly formed Nexus Cooperative will award five $1,000 Ag Youth Scholarships to graduating high school seniors attending any two- or four-year college. Eligibility requirements are that the high school senior graduates in the spring; is a legal U.S. citizen or permanent resident; majoring in or...

Performers from Monday evenings talent show performed at the Waseca Performing Arts Center.

A large audience at Waseca High School’s Snow Week talent show reacted with enthusiastic applause, cheers and whistles after each of the acts put on the evening of February 5.  Students kicked off with a jazz performance called “Pure Imagination,” which was directed by Mr. Devon Lawrence and...

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