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During its meeting on April 16, the Waseca City Council tabled a public hearing meant to gather public input about whether tax increment financing (TIF) should be allowed for a  possible construction project at the north end of town. The hearing was rescheduled to May 21, awaiting the preparation...
On Friday, April 19, 48 JWP fourth- and fifth-grade students participated in their grades' annual Math League contest. In the "fact drill," Jackson Ling won the championship with a score of 54. He was followed by Amelia Schisler. In the individual contest, Charlotte Haekenkamp won the...
The Waseca High School robotics team competed in the 2024 Vex World Robotics Competition from April 25 to 27 in Dallas, Texas. Five seniors, Oliver, Cyrus, Mason, Daniel and Noah, named their team the "Monkey Buccaneers," and placed twelfth in a division of 82 teams. The group finished 43rd in the...

Justice McElmury

Justice McElmury, 26, who started as the new police officer in Janesville on April 10, comes across as a confident individual who wants to serve with integrity. She said she keeps the importance of family in mind as she serves the people of any community. Prior to joining the Janesville police...

CROP REPORT - Soybeans enjoying late-July growing conditions. 

The 2023 cropping season left almost everyone waiting for the other shoe to drop. Prices softened into harvest, although welcome rains fell in September after the crop was mature as well as in October, unlike the two previous seasons. We’ll get out our crystal ball and tea leaves again to offer...
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to recognize 44 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2024. Since the program began in 2008, 559 families have received the honor. To qualify, a family farm must be in continuous family ownership for at least 150 years, be 50...
The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 97 Minnesota farms as 2024 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed...

Pictured with Ed Bethke of Ed’s Greenhouse are some of the workers who help with the company’s operation:  From left, Janeli Garcia and Alex and Ton Bethke. Also a worker at the greenhouse is Eddie Bethke.                                                          

Ed’s Greenhouse, located southeast of Waseca along 315th Avenue, opened for business about a month early this year. “It’s been so warm,” owner Ed Bethke, 76, comments, “everybody–including the plants–can hardly wait to get into their gardens.” He explains that, even though he followed the same...

Michael Johnson of Janesville’s RCR Farm

Michael Johnson and Matt Oelke, both 38, are using “bio-intensive” farming as they operate RCR Farm, currently in its sixth year–although the first three were somewhat experimental, according to Johnson. They grow fruits, vegetables and even mushrooms on an amount of land that might have been a...

Jurgen Peters

In 2014 at the Farm and City Luncheon, Jurgen Peters was recognized as an Active Distinguished Waseca County Farmer. Jurgen passed away at the age of 87 in August of 2023.  Jurgen was born in Neunkirkensar, Germany to Hubert and Henrietta (Dielke) Peters. At 6 months of age, he emigrated with...

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