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Another Dozinky is now in the books. It was a fun and busy time for my editor Chuck Kajer and myself as we hurried to cover many of the activities that go with New Prague’s harvest festival. I very much appreciate Chuck stepping up to get a few photos for me as my camera had technical...
New Prague will pull out all the stops this weekend as it celebrates the 34th Annual Dozinky Festival. The Czech Harvest Festival has become one of the highlight of the year for many in the community. It gives local residents a chance to celebrate the community’s ethnic and agricultural roots, as...
This weekend sees the biggest event of the year in New Prague… The annual Dozinky Festival. Dozinky has been around for 34 years now. I’ve been to all but a few of the early ones. I think the first one I was around for was in 1988, which would have been the fourth one. I was working in Le Sueur and...
Just like this year, it was a beautiful, sunny September Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001. People were going about their business, schools were in session and life was peaceful. Then everything changed. Shortly after 8 a.m. Central Time, an airplane crashed into one of the World Trade Center...
Social media has become an important tool for many, but there is a disturbing trend that turns a lot of people off about it, and that is the anonymity and immediacy of the medium. People sometimes put whatever unfiltered thoughts enter their mind immediately onto social media, without thinking. A...
If you are a longtime resident of Montgomery and subscriber to the Montgomery Messenger, the name Marlene Kolars will be familiar to you. Marlene worked at the Montgomery Messenger for more than 15 years before passing away on October 1, 2007.    Her columns were called “Easy Reading” and were very...
August is nearly done and for me the month marks when I began working for The New Prague Times 19 years ago. I was 31 years old and in my first month at The Times I was part of two sections, the previews for New Prague High School’s fall sports and Dozinky, the city’s Czech harvest festival. Add to...
The filing period for local offices concluded last week, and with a flurry of last-minute filings, nearly every local office on the November ballot will have at least one candidate. The lone exception is the township clerk position in Lanesburgh Township, a position that is currenlty held by an...
As it has in many small towns, baseball has been a shared pastime for generations in New Prague. This year, New Prague is one of the hosts of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. A lot of time and money was invested over the past four years into improving the city’s ballpark in Memorial Park to...
“Free Press, Free People” Each year when attending the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention, this slogan stands out. It is part of the association’s seal, it is on the sign behind the speaker’s podium and it is part of the mission of the member newspapers. Thomas Jefferson once said “...

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