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Trinity Lutheran third grader Natalie Elness (left) and fifth grader Claire Elness each won first place honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota. The girls are sisters. Submitted Photo

A set of sisters, Claire and Natalie Elness, claimed top honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota that was held at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Truman on April 21. The girls are the daughters of Troy and Aubrey Wetzel and Alec and Nicole Elness. Big...

O’Leary’s Station in Waterville will soon be demolished. The business was operated by the O’Leary family for almost eight decades. Lisa Ingebrand Photo

The small service station at the corner of First Street North and Sakatah Boulevard in Waterville is slated for demolition. Locals refer to it simply as O'Leary's. The place is as iconic as its manager, 98-year-old John "Johnny" O'Leary, who operated the station for almost 80 years, up until winter...

WEM junior Sarah Best (center) poses with her first place State Speech award. She’s pictured with WEM Speech Coaches Rachel Wendlandt (left) and Eric Gerst. Submitted Photo

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School junior Sarah Best, daughter of Dave and Cherie Best, earned first place in the Original Oratory division at the Class A Speech Tournament in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 21. Senior Buccaneer Elijah Bass, son of Angela Sweetland, also competed in the...
Catherine Herrmann of Montgomery received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' Council of Catholic Women on April 21. Pictured (left to right): Archdiocese CCW President Debbie Keller, Herrmann, and Archdiocese CCW Spiritual Advisor Father David Kohner.

Catherine Herrmann of Montgomery was named a Volunteer of the Year at the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's 86th annual convention last weekend, April 20 thru 21, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Stillwater.    Herrmann was recognized for her past volunteer roles in the community...
A blown transformer late Monday afternoon near the New Prague Area Schools Central Education Campus has resulted in a power outage at the building. Because the building is on emergency power, tonight's scheduled school board meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, April 24) at 6 p.m. According to...
Minnesota has new Czech Slovak ambassadors when the royalty was crowned at the annual Miss Czech Slovak MN Pageant at the American Legion Post 79 in Montgomery on Saturday. The new royalty is pictured with the night’s Czech Helpers.    Pictured are: Czech Helpers Melanie Le Brun, Miss...
Evan, left, and his dad Cory Czepa of rural New Prague were busy making art during the Thursday, April 19, Art Show Open House for grades PreK-5 at the New Prague Library. Parents and children from the New Prague Area School District were at the library looking over the assortment of art. The...
Scott Pearson and LaRae Gast are the new owners of Wayside Liquor in Montgomery.    The partners in life and business purchased the liquor store on Monday, April 16, from Chuck Way and Tina Way of Montgomery and Al and Carleen Sevcik of Lonsdale, who opened the business in May 2005.    “We’re going...
The New Prague Police Department saw a near 10 percent rise in calls for service according to the 2017 report. Police Chief Jim Gareis told the New Prague City Council at its Monday, April 16, meeting that compared to 2016, the department had an increase of 9.8 percent in calls or 5,242 compared to...
The Elko New Market City Council unanimously approved at its Thursday, April 12, meeting retaining the Morris Leatherman Company to conduct a community survey. The survey will consist of 65 questions with a sample size of 250 respondents. The city solicited price quotes with the Morris Leatherman...

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