Bella Ausmus of Montgomery, releases close to 30 Monarch butterflies after they were tagged at the Ney Nature Center on Saturday. (Wade Young photo)

Fluttering orange and black wings speckled with white spots make the monarch butterfly an unmistakable creature to many in Minnesota and the United States. This time of year, the seasonal changes signal to the beautiful Monarch to begin its amazing migration hundreds of miles to the remote...

The New Prague Ice Arena Board is exploring an expansion to the 23-year-old facility. (Chuck Kajer photo)

The New Prague Ice Arena Association Board of Directors recently received a completed feasibility study regarding adding a second sheet of ice to the 23-year-old facility located on 12th Street NE. The study, according to Kevin Cassidy, manager of the Ice Arena, was done to determine where the...

Kendra Rasmusson shows off the decor in one of the rooms for rent above the Farmhouse Market in downtown New Prague. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Farmhouse Market owners Paul and Kendra Rasmusson, have opened a two-bedroom inn above their store at 120 West Main Street. Featuring top-notch finishes designed to encourage out-of-towners to visit New Prague for longer than just a day trip, the inn houses two rooms, each with their own bathroom,...

Darlene Carlson (left) and Vicki Gregor have collected, refurbished, and shipped 300+ dolls to Haitian orphans. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Carlson)

Hundreds of rescued dolls will soon be shipped from Minnesota to Haiti to fill the arms of orphans at Christmastime. The special “dolly project” came to life after Darlene Carlson of rural Janesville, a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, overheard that some children at the Haitian orphanage...
The rainy weather ended just in time for Heidelberg's annual Community Day and Car Show on Sunday. While the event didn't have as much attendance as previous years, a good amount of people still came. There were vendor booths selling baked goods, clothing, plants and food. Inside of the pavilion...

Left - Edina Realty of New Prague agents Cailin Bjorlin, Jackie Lee, Alicia Roufs, Tim Marsolais and Pat Sullivan enjoy lunch at the First Bank & Trust customer appreciation day.

Right - serving the lunch from the bank were Eric Krogman, Becky Wilson, Sue Bisek and Mackenzie Remhof

First Bank & Trust serves up a delicious meal during their Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, September 5. 
Scott County Sheriff’s deputies have recovered a body from the Minnesota River near Belle Plaine, not far from where an unoccupied boat was found Monday, Sept. 2. This was the fourth day of search efforts to find a missing boater. A 2002 Lund 17-foot open boat with a 60 hp Evinrude motor was found...

Tammy Pirkl (Alyson Enderle) and Ethan (Phillip Hoelscher) deal with a crisis at the beginning of “Ghost Tour” on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Prague Theater. The outdoor comedic tour from DalekoArts goes through downtown New Prague and runs through October. (Patrick Fisher photo)

DalekoArts, New Prague’s local non-profit professional theater, opened its eighth season on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with “Ghost Tour,” a 70-minute interactive comedy that takes audiences out of the theater and through downtown New Prague. “Ghost Tour” lasts through Saturday, Oct. 12. The evening...

Timothy (Tim) Price relates how duct tape can be used to fix things, but for addiction something stronger is needed. He related his time to get clean and sober in stories and music during Duct Tape and Grace at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague on Wednesday, Aug. 14. (Patrick Fisher photo)

With an instrumental version of “Amazing Grace” Timothy (Tim) Price began Duct Tape and Grace at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Pastor Ben Hilding told the nearly 90 people gathered, “Tonight we are privileged to hear a story that is full of ups and downs, but...
September 6 marks a big anniversary for this newspaper. It was on that date, in 1889, that the first edition of The New Prague Times was published. New Prague was a growing community whose population had nearly tripled, from 384 in 1880 to 955 in 1890. It was becoming a center of commerce and...

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