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The Grand Marshals of the 86th annual Kolacky Days are Gladys and Buck Zahratka, with Buck wearing his signature red hat. Pictured with them are Kolacky Days royalty, wearing protective face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, (from left) Second Princess and Miss Congeniality Sophie Franek, Queen Josephine Hatlevig, and First Princess Victoria Soukup. (Wade Young Photo)

The 86th annual Kolacky Days may be “virtual” this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Montgomery Area Community Club (MACC) is making sure a well-deserving couple is named as its Grand Marshals. Arnold “Buck” and Gladys Zahratka were chosen by the MACC as this year’s Grand Marshals...
Pastor Steve Trewartha, center, senior pastor of FaithPoint Lutheran Church of New Prague is among those breaking ground for a new church on Sunday, July 12. The combination outdoor service and groundbreaking ceremony included music and remarks from church leaders for the new church that will be...
Crews from Independent Testing Technologies of Waite Park prepare to take soil borings in Memorial Park in New Prague on Friday, July 10. The borings are to check the ground where the future New Prague Veterans Memorial is to be built. Jim Connelly of Appro Development of Lakeville, the general...
Two New Prague businesses have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The Yoga Tree and City Club Bar closed early last week. The staff of The Yoga Tree along 10th Avenue NE sent out a notice to its students on Wednesday, July 1, that they were informed by a student that they had been in contact with...

The third annual Cedar Lake 4th of July Boat Parade circled the local lake, Saturday morning, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. (Andrea Beno Photos)

Approximately 40 floats participated in the third annual Cedar Lake Fourth of July Boat Parade. The casual event gathers lake residences, lake enthusiasts, friends, and family together to celebrate Independence Day on the local lake. Participants gathered their decorated boats and pontoons near the...

Artist Greg Preslicka, a New Prague High School graduate, works on a community mural in Prior Lake recently. The mural is titled “Yesterday and Today” and depicts Prior Lake’s past on the left and the present time on the right. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Preslicka)

Local artist Greg Preslicka, a 1983 graduate of New Prague High School, was busy in June creating a view into Prior Lake’s past and present with a community mural titled “Yesterday and Today.” Located on the wall of Nuvera, an internet service provider, the large painting depicts two views of the...
In staying on track with their desired timeline, the Lonsdale City Council approved a firm to provide architectural and planning services for the new police facility to be operational in 2021. After interviews with a handful of firms and further discussion, the council unanimously voted to move...
New Prague Mayor Chuck Nickolay announced on Monday, July 6, that he would not be seeking re-election in 2020. He said in a press release, “While it has been an honor to serve my hometown for the past ten years, it is also time to step down and let new leadership emerge for our city. I know that I...

(Photo courtesy of Marisa Rotter)

In preparation for the 86th annual Kolacky Days Queen Pageant, the 2020 queen candidates practiced their interview skills Thursday, June 25, at the Next Chapter Winery. They are wearing special face masks made by Maureen Franek and adhering to social distance guidelines due to the coronavirus...

LCHS Board members (left to right) George Luskey, Richard Bennett, and Bryce Stenzel look over the jail cells in the 108-year-old building. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Sheriff Brett Mason led members of Le Sueur County Historical Society (LCHS) Board on a tour of the county’s now-vacant, 108-yearold jail and sheriff’s residence and the recently vacated 1978 jail on Tuesday morning, June 23. According to County Administrator Darrell Pettis, the county is looking...

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