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Mrs. Claus was ready for a photo, but Paige Hirdler, second from left, and sister McKenna were already talking with Santa about what they wanted for Christmas during the Santa visit at Kubes Realty on Saturday, Dec. 1, in New Prague. The daughters of Chris and Amanda Hirdler, the two girls were...
New Day Church of New Prague recreates the first Christmas for the Parade of Lights on Friday, Nov. 30. There were many entries and a large crowd lining New Prague’s Main Street for the annual parade. Following the parade families gathered for the Holiday Celebration in the Park for the lighting of...

Elly Franek (center), a teacher at Holy Redeemer School, holds the check that was presented to her as the winner of the Teacher of the Month Contest by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence. She is pictured with Rebecca Ausmus who nominated her and Rebecca’s son, Zachary, who is one of Franek’s students.

A third/fourth grade teacher at Holy Redeemer School received a special surprise and a new title to be proud of ... Teacher of the Month. “She is very much deserving,” said Rebecca Ausmus who nominated Elly Franek, in the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) Teacher of the Month Contest....
As in past years, the junior royalty and button designer of the annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks have had prominent positions in Montgomery’s winter parade. On Thursday, Nov. 29, grand marshals Ty Wohlers and Eydie Fleek, and button designer, Max Budin climbed aboard a specially designed...
The community’s Sharing Tree is located at the Happy Hour Bar. (Wade Young photo)
A word search book, soft granola bars, deodorant, body spray and a tin of cookies. These are some of the gift requests on the Montgomery Sharing Trees 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...

Montgomery’s popular Torchlight Parade and Fireworks will be held tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29 starting with the parade at 6:30 p.m. (Messenger file photo)

Montgomery’s Torchlight Parade and Fireworks celebrates 26 years this holiday season. The Thursday, Nov. 29 event kicks off with a parade of approximately 50 lighted floats, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the north end of First (Main) Street. Parade participants this year include musical groups like the...
A recount for the second Elysian City Council position was held Monday, Nov. 26 at Elysian City Hall. The numbers remained the same as they had during the Nov. 6 general election. Bryan Suemnick has been voted into the council with 163 votes, one more than Bobby Houlihan. Suemnick will join newly...

Morristown resident Jeff Dahle, who is fighting stage-four cancer, finished Ironman, Arizona, on November 24. Submitted Photo

Stage-four cancer doesn't stop him. Jeff Dahle of Morristown is an Ironman. The 56-year-old, who tipped the scale at 425 pounds just six years ago, completed his sixth Ironman in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, November 24. “I’m not your normal triathlete,” laughed Dahle. “I used to be the one who...
Workers for New Prague Utilities put lights on the Community Christmas Tree in Memorial Park Thursday morning, Nov. 29. A ceremonial tree lighting will take place Friday, Nov. 30, following the city's annual Parade of Lights. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. going east from First Avenue NE toward...
Warren Smith of Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota, from Mankato, presents a gift to new homeowner Mindy Wescott during the dedication ceremony for the new house on Tuesday, Nov. 20. (Patrick Fisher Photo)
Mindy Wescott of New Prague became a new homeowner through Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota. A dedication ceremony for Wescott’s new home along Wencel Avenue NE was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and was attended by 17 people representing the New Prague chapter of Habitat for Humanity South...

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