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Miller Milling announced in a press release on Wednesday, Dec. 4, that it is closing the New Prague Mill at the end of this month. “This decision was very difficult, given the quality and long-serving tenure of New Prague’s employees. However, this step is necessary so Miller Milling can focus its...
Eliminating some debt, a dropping tax rate, and close to $800,000 in undesignated reserves put the city in good financial condition, according to City Administrator Brian Heck. Montgomery’s annual truth in taxation hearing was held on Monday. The meeting shows how the city is spending your money....

A group of Opry performers finished up decorating Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Kato ballroom in preparation for this weekend’s Mankato Opry Jamboree Christmas Show. Front row, left to right: Lynda Kiesler, Gus the dog, Brenda Kopischke, and Tammy Barnes. Back row, left to right: Mark Fitzsimmons, Annette Farrell, Ben Groskreutz, Bette and Brad Ingalls, and Keith Eckstein. (Submitted photo)

The 6th annual Mankato Opry Jamboree Christmas Show will be held this weekend, Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Nov. 30 at the nostalgic Kato Ballroom in Mankato. If you’ve never been to the Mankato Opry you need to go. People that have gone have stated this show is just like they do...

The community’s Sharing Tree is located at the Happy Hour Bar. (Wade Young photo)

Perfume, chocolate candy, soft granola bars, deodorant, a tin of cookies .… these are some of the gift requests on the Montgomery Sharing Tree this year. The Christmas tradition where area residents make Christmas special for more than 100 members of the community who are at least 50 years old is...

Crews from Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration, Mr. Moles Painting and Headwaters Painting, with a fleet of Titan sprayers, do a project to raise funds for the New Prague Veterans Memorial. (Submitted photo)

Three Minnesota based painting companies and Titan, distributor of spray painting equipment, came together earlier this year to raise funds for the New Prague Veterans Memorial. Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration, Mr. Moles Painting and Headwaters Painting did a project between New Prague and...

TCU students (left to right) Tara Larsen, Haley Goettl, and Rachael Paggen job shadowed at Seneca in Montgomery. (Photo courtesy of Seneca)

A new job shadowing program at Tri-City United High School has students spending time in area businesses, learning about careers in which they’ve shown interest. Forty-three students signed up to participate in the program that Corrie Odland, TCU’s Workforce Development Coordinator, is overseeing...

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Montgomery’s Torchlight Parade and Fireworks is celebrating 27 years this holiday season, and plans are underway to make it bigger and better than ever. The Thursday, December 5 event kicks off with a parade of approximately 50 lighted floats, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the north end of First Street...
The Elko New Market City Council approved a resolution during its Thursday, Nov. 21, meeting naming Amanda Novak as the newest council member. She was chosen out of four candidates who were all interviewed by the current council members during a special meeting at 5 p.m. that evening. Novak...

Scott Le Sueur Waterfowler Bob Trnka runs the Duck Drop, which was a HUGE hit with the kids, according to organizers. Children paid $2, drew a number, and when they sold out all 100 numbers, a duck was put in the cage. The winner was the number that got pooped on. (Photo courtesy of Skye Harms)

The organization is new, but the time-honored event was very successful. The newly-formed Scott Le Sueur Waterfowlers continued the tradition of raising funds for education, youth programs, and conservation with a Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Park Ballroom in New Prague. The...

Alex Bass, one of the members of Boy Scout Troop 322, helped set up his troop’s Christmas tree lot on Saturday, Nov. 23. (Wade Young Photo)

O’ Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree! How lovely are thy branches! Residents can decorate their homes with real Christmas trees, thanks to the Boy Scout Troop 322 that opened its annual tree lot last weekend at R & R Metal Works on Highway 13 north. Scoutmaster Paul Turgeon explained the Troop...

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