Opinion

“There’s nothing to do! I’m bored.” With school out for the summer, the nearly 4,000 students in New Prague Area Schools and parochial schools are looking for ways to fill their time. After nine months of living a structured lifestyle - be in class at this time, eat lunch, go to recess, etc., the...
For many people around New Prague, they already know June is National Dairy Month. A time to bring awareness about dairy farmers and celebrate the vast assortment of foods that come from dairy, such as milk, cheese, ice cream, butter, custard, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt and many others....
The Minnesota Legislature finished its business for 2019 last week, with a special session that wrapped up Saturday morning, with all of the necessary budget bills passed and expected to be signed by Gov. Tim Walz. As noted on this page last week, while a special session was needed to complete the...
On Monday, we will observe Memorial Day, a national holiday that honors those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Many communities, large and small, will hold some sort of observance. In New Prague, the Veterans Honor Guard will visit area cemeteries to pay their respects to deceased...
This week we are putting the finishing touches on our annual New Prague High School graduation section. Each year we work hard to include each member of the senior class, but invariably, some students choose not to participate. The Times has been producing this special section for 29 years, and I...
Your plans for Memorial Day are made. A picnic in the park. A vacation to the lake. A trip to the shopping mall. Or maybe a visit to a military memorial or a parade. These are all well-deserved breaks and rests. We work hard. However, this Memorial Day, as in ALL Memorial Days, we need to force...
Two events on Sunday highlighted the state of arts in our community. Filmmaker Albert Milgrom brought his movie, Singin’ in The Grain: A Minnesota Czech Story, to New Prague High School for a sold-out showing. More than 600 people purchased tickets for the movie, which had debuted last month at the...
This column was going to be about history, but on a national and state level. Now it’s going to be on a more personal level after a meeting with a couple on Sunday, May 5. On that day I was at The Ettlin’s Cafe waiting to be seated and the couple in front of me mentioned how they were looking for...
Sometimes, you just need to laugh.  I've been a mom for almost a decade now and have seen my kids do things I never knew were possible... like getting mastitis as a newborn, getting stuck in a chair, requiring "super" (fake) teeth because their baby teeth failed to grow in, having the backs of...
On Saturday morning, a large crowd will gather at Memorial Park in New Prague for the 34th Annual Run New Prague Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run. With hundreds of runners expected to attend, it is important to realize that this event wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for the many people who...

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