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To observe the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the New Prague Fire Department was flying a US flag from its ladder truck on Friday, Sept. 11. (Photo courtesy of Jordan Stocker)

Raven Stream Elementary School’s kindergarten teacher Jason Muhl, answers questions during the first day of school on Thursday, Sept. 3. (Patrick Fisher photo)

New Prague Area Schools began its hybrid learning classes for the school year of 2020-21 on Thursday, Sept. 3, with half of their 4,103 students showing up as part of the program. The other half of the kindergarten through 12th grade students came to classes on Friday, Sept. 4. On both days the...
A public hearing was held Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Le Sueur County Board Room to make a decision regarding the auditor/treasurer position. The board notified the public of their intent to make this position an appointed position last month. After publishing their intent in the legal county newspaper...

Brenda Hergenroder (far right) bags a pie for a customer, while Dori Vikla (second from right) talks to a customer about sweet corn. Hergenroder and Vikla said there has been a steady flow of customers every Friday during the farm and vendor market in Lonsdale. (Andrea Nelson photo)

Since moving to a new location earlier this year, the farmers market in Lonsdale has seen an increase in business. “We’ve gotten a lot more traffic compared to last year,” said Cakes by Brenda owner Brenda Hergenroder. Hergenroder, who is in her first year as organizer of the farmers market, said...
From left, Tim Price of Faith, Recovery & Music, Deb Bodensteiner of The Well, Jim Reeder of Downtown Sound music store and music teacher Rick Hanzel were at the local Youth Ministry Teen & Youth Center on Thursday, Sept. 10, for a presentation of four acoustic guitars that teens and...

Third and fourth graders at Most Holy Redeemer School were settled in with face masks as they started back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 8. After class started, they were able to remove their face masks as long as they stayed behind their protective shields.

Labor Day is in the books. Summer is over, and students in the area are opening their books/laptops for the return to a new school year, which officially began Tuesday, Sept. 8. Many students haven’t seen the inside of their schools for six months since the COVID-19 health pandemic sent everyone...

Olesen with her campaign car in Cloquet, 1922. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet

Reprinted with permission from Pine Knot News The nation marked 100 years this week since women finally won the suffrage battle. A key player in getting women the right to vote hailed from Cloquet, Anna Dickie Olesen. She was the first female nominee of a major party for the U.S. Senate and was a...
Students at Raven Stream Elementary School in New Prague were back to school on Thursday, Sept. 3, although there were changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and teachers were wearing masks or face shields, plus students were in smaller classes. New Prague Area Schools is also doing a...

Dozens of apron artist Yvonne Cory’s creations are on display at the Arts and Heritage Center of Montgomery. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A new, colorful exhibit at Montgomery’s Arts and Heritage Center The colorful and historic pieces all came together. A collection of aprons created by apron enthusiast, historian, and renowned storyteller Yvonne Cory of Easton is now on display at the Arts and Heritage Center of Montgomery. The...

Arnold "Buck" Zahratka's family and friends surprised him with a special birthday parade on August 31 in honor of his 95th birthday. Buck's wife, Gladys, is pictured by his side. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Arnold "Buck" Zahratka wasn't quite sure what his family was up to when they told him to scooter himself out onto the sidewalk in front of Traditions of Montgomery on Monday afternoon, August 31--Buck's 95th birthday. "You want me here?" the Montgomery man good-naturedly questioned. Then, he heard...

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