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After nearly 60 years as a barber, Bob Hanek will close up his barber shop on Main Street in New Prague (Chuck Kajer photo)

Friday, Sept. 20, will mark the end of a career for Bob Hanek.   A barber since 1960 and the proprietor of Bob’s Barber Shop since 1972, Hanek will put down his clippers for the last time at his shop at 127 Main Street E, in front of Czecher’s Sports Bar.  The son of a barber. Bob’s dad - also...

Karen, left, and Ross Nelson of Nelson’s Apple Farms show off the Golden Apple Award they received from the Minnesota Apple Growers Association earlier this year. The award is given to those who have contributed to the Minnesota apple industry. Ross Nelson opened the apple orchard near Webster in 1974 and has had Karen helping him all that time. (Patrick Fisher photo)

 Nelson recognized with Golden Apple Award. Nelson’s Apple Farms is observing two accomplishments this year, as the apple orchard near Webster is celebrating 45 years in business and owner Ross Nelson was recognized by the Minnesota Apple Growers Association with the Golden Apple Award. The award...
The Elko New Market City Council provided direction for city staff concerning proposed changes to its ordinance for snowmobiles, golf carts and other special vehicles. The Thursday, Sept. 12, meeting drew nine people, the majority who asked questions or commended city staff on their work on the...
The New Prague Knights of Columbus of Council #2023 receive a blessing from Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis at the end of the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Mass that celebrated the centennial of Council #2023. The celebration of the founding of the council...
The second of a third tank from Chart Industries made its way down New Prague’s Main Street the night of Saturday, Sept. 14. The first tank travelled through New Prague on Friday, Sept. 13, and the third is scheduled to go through town the evening of Monday, Sept. 16, depending on weather. The...
The Pittman Clan was among the hundreds of people to celebrate at Kilkenny's Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day celebration on Saturday. With perfect weather, the town rolled out the green carpet to Irish dignitaries and people from around state and country. The day included music, food, lots of vendor...
Runners in the Ninth annual Brain Power Walk/Run head out of Trojan Stadium in New Prague to continue the 5K course that went through nearby neighborhoods and ended back in Trojan Stadium the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14. Overall winner for the 5K was Maizie Deihl in about 20 minutes. She came...
Chart Industries in New Prague will be shipping three 172,000-gallon tanks from its New Prague plant to a Minnesota River port in Savage over the next few days. The first tank, which is 168 feet long, 17 feet wide and 18 feet tall, will leave the New Prague facility sometime Friday evening, Sept...

Kilkenny, Ireland Mayor Martin Brett will be making an appearance at the Half Way To St. Paddy’s
Day Celebration Saturday in Kilkenny. 

Seven years ago Martin Brett of Kilkenny, Ireland, made a trip to Kilkenny, MN. At the time, Brett was the mayor of the community and was extended an invitation to come to Minnesota. Mayor Brett was present for the first Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration, but he also attended for another...

Cooper Bahnsen, 13, who is legally blind, proudly wears the message #notbroken. (Photo courtesy of Bahnsens)

Krista Bahnsen sees. She sees her almost- 14-year-old son, Cooper, struggle, adapt, and overcome challenges every day. Cooper is legally blind. He also has cerebral palsy, ADHD, and is cognitively delayed due to a stroke he suffered in utero. He is also outgoing, funny, a sports enthusiast, and...

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