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New Prague Police Chief Jim Gareis, left, with new Officer Andrew Hallberg and Mayor Chuck Nickolay after Hallberg was given the oath of office at the New Prague City Council’s Monday, June 3, meeting. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

The New Prague City Council welcomed a new police officer at its Monday, June 3, meeting. Mayor Chuck Nickolay administered the oath of office to Andrew Hallberg, who had successfully completed his field training. Police Chief Jim Gareis provided a brief history of Hallberg, stating that he had...

New Prague city crews and staff from Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul Inc. move a new substation transformer into place along Columbus Avenue SE on Monday, June 3. The new transformer is expected to be up and running within a week and replaces one that had been in service since 1975. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

New Prague city crews and staff from Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul Inc., were busy on Monday, June 3, along Columbus Avenue SE. Residents could see the huge crane brought in to lift the old substation transformer out and install a new transformer. City Utilities General Manager Bruce Reimers said...
The Czech Heritage Club invites young and old to join them in learning about the kroje, the Czech ethnic dress. This presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the New Prague City Hall. Anne Jans will be presenting her Kroje collection from the different regions of the Czech...

“Heart Warrior” three-year-old Alex Alhbrecht of Waterville needs surgery in California. His family is holding bake sales to raise money for the journey.

Three-year-old Alex Ahlbrecht needs to get to California. One of the nation’s top pulmonary surgeons at Stanford Medical in Palo Alto, California, has agreed to perform a difficult and possibly life-saving operation on young Alex this November. Alex and his parents, Stephanie and Craig Ahlbrecht...

Waterville girls (left to right) Megan Schmitz, Yoselin Morales, and Aviana Swanson will vie for the 2019 Miss Waterville crown during the Miss Waterville Pageant this Friday, June 7. Junior Miss Waterville will also be crowned.

Three young ladies will participate in the 2019 Miss Waterville Pageant this Friday evening, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School auditorium in Waterville. The crowning of Little Miss Waterville and her attendants will take place during the pageant. Ten little girls...
A New Prague city worker cleans out one of two stopped up storm drains along Main Street, near the intersection with Pershing Avenue NE around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. A storm that rolled through New Prague and surrounding communities left damage in its wake with trees and branches toppled....

The new board of directors for the Le Sueur County Historical Society elected at the annual meeting on June 3 are (front, from left) Bonnie Reak, Dean Pettis, William Stangler, Ruth Collins, (back) Lois Mack, Bryce Stenzel, Richard Bennett, Mike Frederick, and George Luskey. (Wade Young Photo)

The Le Sueur County Historical Society (LCHS) began a new chapter on Monday. After a year-long lawsuit where more than a dozen plaintiffs asked a judge to force transparency, a fair election and an examination of the society’s books, a new board of directors was elected. A Nominating Committee put...
Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson opened over the weekend (June 1) after closing a fourth time on May 27 due to flooding on the Rush River. Motorists are advised to continue to drive with caution along Highway 93 as flood waters are near the roadway. Speed limit is reduced to 50 mph and...
Father Kevin Clinton, center, leaves St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague to a 43 bell salute from members of the bell choir and church choir on Sunday, June 2. Father Clinton is retiring and served at his last Mass on Sunday, after 45 years as a priest. A celebration of his retirement was...
New Prague High School’s senior class of 2019 celebrate at the end of the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 31, at Trojan Stadium as family and friends look on. The ceremony included music, the student address by Anne Zweber, an address from NPHS social studies teacher Allie Meyer and the...

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