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Janesville council member Jim Mulcahey was pleased to share news about the progress of Oelke Park in the Northwood neighborhood at the Monday, June 27 meeting. The Oelke family, who donated the land for the park, were pleased with its progress. “The Oelkes offered to pay for the signage at the...
The Mayo Clinic facility in Waseca is a critical access hospital, which means that it must meet specific requirements to continue receiving certain funding. One such requirement is that the facility have no more than 25 beds: it has 12 and is considering increasing the number in the future. A...
A subject of lengthy discussion at the June 16 Waseca School Board meeting was the 2022-23 “preliminary” budget. Planning was complicated by a drastic 100-person drop in student enrollment compared to past years, which will dramatically reduce state funding. The 2021-22 school year ended with...

A computer generated image and detailed sketch of the proposed dispatch center.    

During its June 21 meeting, the Waseca board of county commissioners approved $198,025 to update and redesign the dispatch center in the county sheriff’s office. Sheriff Brad Milbraith told commissioners that the equipment currently in use dates from 2003 and receives round-the-clock use, so...

Pastor Kathy King greets the congregation as they begin their service June 26, at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. King also serves as a pastor for the Janesville and Waterville Methodist Churches.                          Pioneer photo by Michael Roy

Members of Methodist congregations in Janesville and Waterville took part in a joint celebration Sunday, June 26, 2022, to commemorate the completion of a new addition at the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church in rural Morristown. While Minnesota bishop David Bard visited to help bless the...
Leaders and influencers from all over Waseca County took part in the first leg of a “Business and Entrepreneurial Support Team (BEST) of Waseca” town tour, making the first stop of a three-city tour in New Richland on Wednesday, June 8. The second and third legs of this tour will be July 20, 2022...

ON CALL SINCE 1983 - On July 1, 2022, Tim and Becky Dennis will officially be retired. Since 1983, they have been ready, able, and willing to respond to emergency calls at any hour, arriving in professional wear sometimes at 3 a.m. Pioneer photo by Deb Bently

For more than 40 years, the concept that death could come for us at any time has had a double meaning for Tim and Becky Dennis. As owners and operators of four different chapels offering funeral and cremation services in Waseca, Waterville and Janesville, they have been “on call” any time day...

LaVonne Meyer work for the New Richland Star for more than forty years and took over as Publisher in 2002. In 2005 she retired and sold the business to Waseca native Jim Lutgens. 

New Richland resident LaVonne Meyer, former publisher of the New Richland Star, remembers that, after ending up as the paper’s owner essentially by default in 2003, she felt pressure to move forward with the paper’s 120-some-year legacy and do everything she could to help that legacy continue....
It’s easy to say that the Waseca County Pioneer is in the same family as the publications covering the county’s other three incorporated towns. Pioneer co-publisher Eli Lutgens, is the son of Janesville Journal publisher Tracie Rosacker and long-time area sports writer and NRHEG Star Eagle...

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