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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...
In about a year, the landscape of New Prague’s Main Street will be changing. A major reconstruction of State Highway 19 - New Prague’s Main Street - will take place next summer. Beginning from just west of the stoplights at 10th Avenue on the east side to the four-way stop intersection with Highway...

This baby flamingo, weighed down from built up salt deposits on its legs, struggles to keep up to the flock in an episode of the Netflix series “Our Planet.” (Image: Netflix)

A new series on Netflix serves a stern and shocking warning: we need to do more to save our planet and the inhabitants on it. The series is narrated by the velvet voice naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, the most famous nature storyteller on television. The 92-year-old producer, narrator, and...
Last week, both the DFL-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate passed a Hands-Free Cell Phone bill that was then signed by Gov. Tim Walz. The law had tremendous support in both the House, where it passed 107-19, and the Senate, where it passed 48-12. It becomes law on August 1. The...
Many years ago, I was interviewing Jerry Bohnsack, then the New Prague city administrator. I don’t remember what the story was about, but I noticed that when I asked him a question, he sat there, thinking…. for at least 30 seconds before he responded. I had noticed this before, when interviewing...
It’s Severe Storm Awareness Week in Minnesota. What better way to celebrate than with an old fashioned April snowstorm. That’s right, a winter storm is expected to hit the area late Wednesday and continue through to Friday. Depending on the storm track and other conditions, we could get anywhere...

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