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The week that was from Waseca County News

The following is a summary of some of the stories that ran in the most recent edition of the Waseca County News.

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Robots and mazes introduce coding

Coding is becoming an increasingly important part of modern life. For many, though, the practice can still be pretty intimidating. Sphero Maze Mayhem is the Waseca Public Library’s attempt to change that.

“I’m just hoping that they have fun and have something they can take away from this event, realizing coding isn’t as scary as it sounds,” said Afton Finley, organizer of the event.

Chamber preparing Community Awards Banquet

Many of those who contribute most to their community do so without a thought of the recognition they might receive for it. Nevertheless, the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce is going to give it to them.

The Community Awards Banquet will honor those groups and individuals who have given the most back to their communities on Monday, Jan. 24, at the Starfire Event Center. A dinner is served and anyone from the public is welcome to attend, though admission is $35.

County set to fight aquatic invasive species

Aquatic invasive species never sleep. That means the county can’t, either.

The Waseca County Board of Commissioners adopted Dec. 21 the 2022 Waseca County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Plan, a necessary step for the county to receive AIS prevention aid from the state of Minnesota. In 2022, the county will receive $46,900, which will be added to its AIS account which currently has a balance of $200,000.

City approves 2.5% levy increase

The 2.5% levy increase puts the 2022 levy at $5.15 million, up from $5.03 million the previous year. It’s also a marked decrease from the preliminary 4.3% levy increase approved in September, an improvement for which Councilor Mark Christiansen thanked city staff.

City Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2022 levy and the 2022 Economic Development Authority (EDA) levy. The council also voted to adopt the 2022 annual city budget, with only Councilor John Mansfield opposing. Though he did not specifically explain his vote before taking it, Mansfield had been pushing for lower city taxes throughout discussions of the 2022 levy and taxes generally.

Dietician becomes go-to organizer

The pandemic has not been kind to many people’s homes.

With school, work and other essential activities increasingly taking place at home, it has been difficult for many to keep everything in order and the consequences of this — on stress levels, productivity and quality of life — are abundantly clear.

Tracy Bjerke, a dietician with a lifelong interest in organizing spaces, is here to help, offering her home organization services — which can take the form of guiding people through organization solutions, organizing for them or anywhere in between — in Owatonna, Faribault, Waseca, Kenyon, Dodge Center, Claremont, Blooming Prairie, Ellendale, Morristown and Medford.


Check out all of the coverage from the winter sports season, including hockey, basketball and wrestling from Waseca, JWP and NRHEG. In the latest edition, we announced the County News area players and teams of the year.


The most recent County News featured several more locally reported news and sports stories, plus community news and calendar, columns and letters, obituaries, photos, and more.

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