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  • It’s time again for the annual Sleigh and Cutter medallion hunt. The medallion is hidden within the city limits of Waseca. It is on public property that is accessible twenty four hours daily.  Have fun and good luck!!

    Week 1

    The medallion hunt is here and we know all of the citizens are getting antsy

    Keep an eye on the clues and you will be able purchase something fancy

    Closely you will need to look at the clues

    Or the prize you will certainly lose

    Keep that mind of yours on track

    Where you’ll go it can lead to a place you can go back

    At the start of the quest go  North

    Then you will be able to hunt something of worth

    But to all of you a I wish good luck

    Now go out and find those chamber bucks.

    Week 2

    Every year you go out into the cold to beat cabin fever

    To find this medallion you must not be an underachiever

    As you walk the path towards success you may hit a mental wall

    But please note You will hear whistles, cheers, and rahs in the fall

    Winters chill, snow, and wind of course is in the air

    But where you walk it is normally fair

    This puzzle will involve quite some trekking

    But keep on going it will get interesting

    With this next clue I give hint hint, and cough cough

    There is an area in which you will hunt that you need to trail off

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    Identify FROSTY and win some cash! Prize money totaling $1,750.00, is waiting to be won. FROSTY is a Waseca County resident chosen to be an ambassador for the Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival. Follow the clues and guess FROSTY’S name.

    Grand prize is $350.00. If you are at the official unmasking at 9:30 p.m., on Friday, February 7, 2020, you will win an additional $50.00. Unmasking is at the annual Sleigh & Cutter dinner and dance at the VFW Club 113 West Elm Avenue, Waseca, MN.  First correct guess from Janesville, New Richland and Waseca win $150.00; and if you are at the unmasking you will win an additional $50.00.  Only five names will be drawn for $100 – must be present. Five names win $50.00 – attendance is not necessary.

    Contest rules:

    1. Clues are published by the Waseca County News (wasecacountynews.com and Facebook); NRHEG Star Eagle; Waseca Chamber of Commerce; and KOWZ/KRUE radio.
    2. One guess allowed each week.
    3. Each entry must have name and complete address.
    4. Entrant must live in Waseca County and be over 18 years of age.
    5. If there are multiple correct guesses, a drawing will be made to determine winner.
    6. If there are no correct guesses, a drawing will be made from all entries received.
    7. Entries must be received before 3:00 p.m., on February 7, 2020.
    8. Submit entries to:
      1.  WASECA:  Submit entry at GOLDEN TOUCH BEAUTE SALON; 110 South State, Waseca, MN  56093; or via mail.
      2. JANESVILLE:  Mail or drop off at GOLDEN TOUCH BEAUTE SALON; mark your entry as Janesville.
      3. NEW RICHLAND:  Drop off at NRHEG STAR EAGLE NEWS; or mail to GOLDEN TOUCH BEAUTE SALON, mark your entry as New Richland.


    Frosty sponsors:   CULLIGAN, LATHAM PLACE, iWEALTH – Brad Connors, DOMINO’S, MEDIACOM, LAKE SHORE INN and WASECA SLEIGH & CUTTER FESTIVAL.  Please thank these sponsors for supporting the 23rd Annual Frosty Contest!


    Updated for 70th Festival

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  • 2020 Frosty Clues               

    Can you guess who Frosty is? Be sure to read the Frosty rules carefully! They are written in limerick style again this year. A limerick is a poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. Each week two verses will be given.

    Week 1          

    Frosty’s the youngest of four

    But surely not one to ignore

    Forever a Jay

    Committed to stay   

    A loyal Wasecan two score


    Chatting about your hometown

    Frosty will have the lowdown

    With facts iron-clad

    A true nineties grad

    Earning a crown, cap, and gown

    Week 2

    Attended the U of M

    Most likely causing mayhem

    But once back at home

    No longer to roam

    Waseca became Frosty’s gem


    Always a fierce advocate

    Without becoming upset

    Booster of schools

    Changer of rules

    Armed with determined mindset

  • AgriBusiness

    We are currently taking Nominations for the 2019 Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership award.  Submit your entries by November 30th. 


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               Paul & Sarah Berry                                                                                   Troy & Theresa Buendorf 

            Waseca County Farm Family                                                   Waseca County Outstanding Young Farmer        


            Armin Tesch & Family                                                  Scott & Peggy Hildebrandt                        

                       Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership Awards


    Chamber AgriBusiness Committee

    The Waseca Area Chamber AgriBusiness Committee maintains a liaison with area lenders, farmers, ag-advisors, University scientists, and other agricultural leaders. Their primary mission is to enhance communication and facilitate awareness of agricultural issues between rural and urban residents in the Waseca area. The AgriBusiness Committee lends support in developing initiatives that assist the growth of the agriculture business sector in our region:

    • Farm and City Recognition Event held each March 
    • Supports the Taste of the Farm event, held each June, and promotion of many other area agricultural events
    • Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership and Outstanding Young Farmer Awards.
    • Supports Farm Camp Minnesota, children entering grades 3, 4, 5 and 6, held each August at Farmamerica.
    • Supports local FFA Chapter, Waseca FFA Alumni Association, and Ag Education programs
    • Supports Farmamerica
    • Supports Ag in the classroom
    • Supports Vision 2030
    • Supports GreenSeam
    • Supports AURI and SROC

    Agriculture is recognized as making a difference in Waseca, Minnesota and broader America.  As high school students enrolled in agriculture courses graduate, they are prepared to enter fields such as grain and livestock farming, agricultural lending, agronomy, agricultural sales, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, and forestry, just to name a few.For more information on the Waseca Schools Agricultural Education program please contact Bonita Sommers at rbsommers15@gmail.com.

    Active AgriBusiness Committee Members

    Chair, Ashley Harguth.

    Doug Allerdings, Sam Baidoo, Nate Bastian, Hugh Chester-Jones, Richard Dunn, Ed Frederick, James Gibson, Adam Harguth, Sue & Greg Harguth, Doug Leet, Gyles Randall, Jessica Rollins, Mark Scharf,  Ben Stover, Vicky & Scott Singlestad.

    The Committee meets over breakfast at 7 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month from September-May. From time to time, ag-industry leaders update the committee on issues occurring in their industry and how they may affect local agriculture. Anyone interested in these ag-focused meetings is encouraged to join us, simply call the Chamber at 835-3260.


    Farm and City Recognition Event

    The Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness Committee hosts the Farm and City Recognition Event annually in March, highlighting the role of agriculture between rural and urban folks. The AgriBusiness initiative - Active volunteers working together to advance the relationships between farm and community businesses.

    Recognition of Agriculture Awards: U of MN Extension Award Waseca County Farm Family of the Year; Waseca County Outstanding Young Farmer; Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership Award - Senior, Active and Posthumous award (active category awarded at the annual Community Awards Event).

    Agricultural Heritage

    The area boasts a wide diversity in the types of farms, dairy producers, hog farmers, corn and soybean growers and tillers of the soil are leaders in productivity and environmental stewardship.

    In the Waseca area we find a leading agricultural research institutions, as well as the state’s agricultural interpretive center, Farmamerica.  There is also Birds Eye - Pinnacle Foods, one of the country’s top frozen vegetable producers, and a manufacturer of specialty dairy food ingredients, All American Foods. One of the largest Ethanol plants, Guardian Energy, is just down the road west on highway 14.

    The University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) is an integral part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  Research at the SROC is conducted in the following areas: agronomy, soil science, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural drainage, climatology, swine production, and raising replacement heifers for dairy farms. The SROC is a research and outreach station with a world class reputation, and entertains visitors from all over the globe.  Learn more at  www.sroc.cfans.umn.edu

    Located in Waseca, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) was created and funded by the Minnesota legislature to foster long-term economic benefit through increased business and employment opportunities in Minnesota through:

    • Research and development of innovative uses or value improvements for Minnesota agriculture commodities and products.
    • The development of renewable energy and bio-based opportunities from Minnesota agricultural commodities and co-products.

    AURI is committed to finding new uses for traditional, unexplored or overlooked agricultural resources. Through sciences and technology they develop new uses for agriculture commodities and partner with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality resulting in tangible economic benefits and creating wealth for our communities. Through their work they expand both markets and product viability.  Learn more at www.auri.org

    Farmamerica, Agricultural Interpretive Center

    The Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1978 to preserve the state's rich agricultural heritage.  It is a 360-acre site which includes an impressive Visitor Center.  The primary focus has always been education.  Their mission is to create opportunities for all to learn the continuing story of Minnesota agriculture and its role in providing food, fiber and energy to the people of Minnesota and the world.  Farmamerica is located at 7367 360th Ave, Waseca, MN  56093.  Learn more at www.farmamerica.org 

    Greater Mankato Growth along with hundreds of businesses and professionals rooted in agriculture from across the region have been working since 2013 to strategically build on and connect the region’s extensive agricultural business assets in order to develop and position this region to now be known nationally and internationally as the place for talent, business, innovation and education in relation to agriculture. Agriculture is currently the largest business industry segment within this region with more than $15.3 billion in sales annually. Spanning an economic continuum from production, processing, manufacturing, professional services, research, technology, education, transportation and more; a majority of businesses in the region are either part of ag’s value stream or indirectly impacted. The region boasts an extensive list of ag business concentration and industry dominance amounting to nearly 1,000 ag related businesses. For more information on the GreenSeam initiative www.GreenSeam.org