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The presenting group from the 2023 Lonsdale State of the City/Schools on March 7 at the Lonsdale Public Library. Pictured (from left to right) are Superintendent of New Prague Schools Tim Dittberner, Lonsdale Mayor Tim Rud, Superintendent of Tri-City United Schools Kevin Babcock, and Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanna Gutzke-Kupp.

The 2023 Lonsdale State of the City/Schools was held to a full house in the Lonsdale Public Library on March 7. Attendees dined to a box lunch from Subway sponsored by Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric. The event was coordinated by the Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce. Mayor of Lonsdale Lonsdale...

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A few examples of the artwork on display from TCU elementary students grades K-4 at the Arts and Heritage Center.

You can visit the Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center over the next two months to see Tri-City United student-created artwork. The exhibits will run from now through May 13 and will be divided into three grade-level groups. Many different types of artwork displayed, including pottery, watercolor...

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Tri-City United High School Speech Team members that participated in the meet March 11. Pictured (from left to right) are Savanah Chapel, Xiani Medina, Dakota Meadows, Isaac Schroder, Coach Amy Alberg (down center), Jae Sladek, Luke Skluzacek and Jose Marin Martinez.

Tri-City United High School was host to the Minnesota River Conference (MRC) Speech Championship Meet on March 11, an annual event that brings together the best speech participants in the conference. “This fine arts event captures excitement for our participants, parents and fans of speech,” said...

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Tri-City United’s Knowledge Bowl team TCU Blue is headed to the regional competition March 16. Pictured from the team (from left to right) are Arthur Devine, Patrick Fossum, Edward Devine, Carter Sladek, and Cole Walters.

Tri-City United has a team of five young students headed to the Region 9 Knowledge Bowl Sections. They are among 12 teams, out of the 41 in the region, that will be moving on to the competition in Mankato on Thursday, March 16. Only two teams from Region 9 will move on to the state competition. If...

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Montgomery Fire Department goes through individual pieces that were scorched in the fire and dousing them to make sure they are completely out.

A fire started inside of an attached garage on the 500 block of 2nd Street SW on Friday, March 10 shortly before noon. Renter of the house, Kyle Odenthal, said he was in the garage filling his snowblower with gas when the snowblower backfired and started the gas coming out of the can on fire....

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The Rice Creek Watershed showing the trout stream designation area and sampling locations for the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams project, one of them falling participating farmer Michael Daly’s property.

One farmer that is involved in the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams (FPBSP) Project took initiative to help promote a better landscape, waterway, and ecosystem many years ahead of it. In 1990, Michael Daly put 77 acres out of his 145 acre farm into programs that the government offered. Two 33...

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The coaching staff and six female weightlifters who placed at state competition. Front row is (from left to right) Elizabeth Odenthal, Julia Odenthal, Ana Stasney, and Halee Gargett. Back row is (from left to right) Assistant Coach Jay Fredrickson, Coach Andrew Meier, Morgan Meier, Caleigh Hoefs, Assistant Coach Tony Barnack.

Six Tri-City United High School female weightlifters placed at the state competition. Halee Gargett claimed the title as the state champion in the 45 kg class. The state weightlifting competition was held Saturday, March 11, in Cannon Falls. Coach Andrew Meier said, “Great way to end the year! All...

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Montgomery resident and TCU student Ana Stasney is the winner of the 2023 Kolacky Days Button Design Contest.

The Montgomery Area Community Club (MACC) announces their button design contest winner, Ana Stasney of Montgomery. Stasney received $150 Monty Bucks, a Kolacky Days t-shirt, a limited edition oversized collectable Kolacky Days Button, and two regular-sized Kolacky Days buttons of the design she...

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The Middle Cannon River Watershed shown with the sub watersheds that are involved in the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams Project in Bridgewater Township.

A number of entities came together to implement the Farmers Protecting Rice Creek Project in the Rice Creek watershed in 2018. The project expanded to include parts of Heath and Wolf Creek watersheds in 2021 and was renamed the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams Project (FPBSP). Rice Creek is...

Cast members of DalekoArts production of “Godspell” are Jordan Leggett (right foreground), and from left, background, Jordan Mitchell, Ryan Lee, Ricky Morisseau, Alecia White, Nicole Thietje, Maggie Mae Sulentic, Zach Garcia and Toby Thietje. The musical was one of many productions done by DalekoArts in New Prague during its 10 year history. The local theater will be closing on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Dan Norman)

The board members of DalekoArts, New Prague’s local theater troupe, announced Tuesday, March 7, this season will be its last. The theater on Main Street will close after more than 10 years on June 30. DalekoArts, a charitable non-profit, was founded by Ben Thietje and his wife Amanda White, who...

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