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The Montgomery City Council on Monday approved a second round of emergency grants for small businesses during the pandemic. The grants will be for $750 each and will be available for qualified businesses that are deemed essential and are experiencing a reduction in business and hardship. The...

Rachel Picha (right), a direct descendent of Mathias and Katerina Picha, and her mother Ruth from Franklin, Tennessee, were on hand last week for the installation of her great-great-great grandfather’s headstone. (Wade Young Photo)

If a grave can be lonely, Mathias Picha’s final resting place fit the bill. The Montgomery farmer died in 1896, and while his grave is surrounded by markers, including his wife Katerina’s, his was only covered by green grass for 124 years. Last week, Mathias’s grave in St. John Catholic Cemetery...
Rice County Public Health is encouraging residents to follow the CDC recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The use of cloth face coverings may help slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the chance that a...
Rice County Public Health has opened a COVID-19 helpline today, to answer COVID-19 related questions and to help connect residents to local resources during the pandemic. The Rice County COVID-19 Helpline number is 507.384. 6459. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Messages...
(The following is an update from the Minnesota State Patrol on the Monday, April 27, two-vehicle crash.) According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 7:20 a.m. April 27, a southbound 2015 Kia Soul, driven by Brandon Michael Bishop, age 22, of New Prague crossed the center line and collided in...
Road closure alert for CH 42 from CR 17 to CR 83 will begin Monday, April 27th. Access to Minnesota Green will remain available for the duration of the project. Please see the project web page for map of location and detour. Road closure alert for CH 42 from CR 17 to CR 83 will begin Monday, April...
On March 31, 2020, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Scott County 911 Dispatch Center received a report of sounds of gunshots fired near the End Zone Bar & Grill, located at 10491 260th Street East, Elko, MN.   The Elko New Market Police Department was dispatched to the scene and the Scott County...
In response to Executive Order 20-41 issued today by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz,the Minnesota State High School League, under direction of the League’s Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during the spring season have been cancelled for the...
Governor Tim Walz, representatives of the state’s health care delivery systems, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota (U of M) today announced a breakthrough for rapid, widespread testing of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Standing together at the State’s Emergency Operations Center, they...

Rebecca Rausch, left, and Mask Army 4 Heroes helper Randi Aroz stand by an order of H600 fabric from Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Rausch of New Prague has started Mask Army 4 Heroes and contacted New Prague business RaDon Inc. to help make masks by using H600 fabrics for healthcare workers. Aroz owns a delivery service and helps transport the fabric. (Submitted photo)

A New Prague business, RaDon Inc., has signed up to help make masks for healthcare workers. RaDon, which manufactures horse apparel, is joining up to help another local initiative led by local resident, Rebecca Rausch, called Mask Army 4 Heroes. Mask Army 4 Heroes is on a mission to create an army...

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