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Frank Shima addresses an audience of more than 70 people at Giesenbrau Bier Co. in New Prague the evening of Wednesday, June 8. Shima talked about his latest book “Plum Creek” and growing up in New Prague. (Patrick Fisher photo)

A crowd of more than 70 people gathered at Giesenbrau Bier Co. in New Prague the evening of Wednesday, June 8, to find out more about local author Frank Shima. Before the 7 p.m. program began he signed copies of his latest book “Plum Creek” and chatted with people. Franny Tuma, who was sponsoring...

The 2022 Dam Days Royalty, left to right: 2nd Princess Jordan Green, Miss Morristown Jaden Lang, and 1st Princess Jenessa Baumgarten. (Theresa Meschke photo)

Jaden Lang, daughter of Jeff and Deb Lang, was crowned Miss Morristown 2022 during the Dam Days Queen pageant Wednesday night, June 1. Her attendants are 1st Princess. Jenessa Baumgarten, daughter of Jason Baumgarten and Kristine Baumgarten, and 2nd Princess Jordan Green, daughter of Kyle and...
Longtime local business owners Harry “Chip” Beadell, Ron Haslip, and John Scholljegerdes have been named the grand marshals of Waterville’s 2022 Bullhead Days celebration. All three men have recently retired. Scholljegerdes and his wife, Patricia, owned and operated Feed Store and More in town for...
For more than half a century, the second full weekend in June is dedicated to the annual Waterville Bullhead Days celebration. There are a number of new events this year and some of the regular events have been super-sized for the June 10 thru 12 festival. One of the new events is the Borderline...

Larry Yazzie performs the “Fancy Dance” during the Montgomery Library’s kickoff to the summer reading program on Monday, June 6. (Wade Young photo)

Larry Yazzie of the Meskwaki Nation brought his colorful regalia, resounding drumming, and fancy footwork to the Montgomery Public Library to kick off the summer library program. More than 45 people watched Yazzie of the Native Pride Dancers bring his excitement and artistry to the library. Yazzie...

A display of colorful, intricate quilts created by former Montgomery-Lonsdale Math Teacher Sue Westegaard (pictured) is now on display at Montgomery’s Arts and Heritage Center. (Lisa Ingebrand Photo)

After 45 years teaching Math, Sue Westegaard is using her love of precision to create intricate quilts. Westegaard, who taught Montgomery-Lonsdale students from 1971 until 1996 and went on to finish her career in Hopkins, is now retired. She lives in Shakopee and enjoys hunting for unique fabrics...
In fairness to multiple parties interested in purchasing a parcel of land from the city of Lonsdale, the council has voted to put the parcel up for public bid instead of accepting any purchase agreement at this time. Over the last month, the council was presented with ideas by two parties...

Kristin Schroers, vice president of the New Prague Area Historical Society, left, holds a Bible being donated by Don Sirek and his sister Donna Giesen. (Patrick Fisher photo)

A Bohemian Bible from the 1800s, or earlier, was recently donated to the New Prague Area Historical Society (NPAHS) by Don Sirek along with his sisters; Betty Birnstiel, Mary Lou Harvey, Peg Raber, and Donna Giesen. The Sirek religious family book was given to Don by his father, Andy Sirek. The...

Joseph Jirik, son of Duane and Amy Jirik of New Prague, participates in the commissioning of the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul on Saturday, May 21, in Duluth. Jirik is a member of the Twin Cities Squadron of the Naval Sea Cadets’ color guard. (Photo courtesy of Lt. Jessica Kellogg)

When the Twin Cities Squadron of the Naval Sea Cadets acted as the color guard for the commissioning of the USS MinneapolisSaint Paul (LCS 21) in Duluth on Saturday, May 21, members of the Jirik family of New Prague were present. Joseph W. Jirik, son of Duane and Amy Jirik, was part of the color...
The St. Patrick Irish’s Zak Endres, left, Jack Ulschmid and Dave Readmond, assistant manager for the DRS baseball team, enjoy the first night game at Bonin Field, north of New Prague, on Friday, June 3. The field had its first set of lights installed on February 16, after nearly a year and-a-half...

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