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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 “...
As my friend Tim Kinniry said a couple of weeks ago when I interviewed him for a story, "Cancer, I hate that word!" I can acknowledge his hatred for the disease which can ruin the lives of anyone. Fortunately, I have now lived through two bouts of this disease, the most recent was over the course...
Minnesota’s primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 14. This week’s paper includes a story on the upcoming election, including a list of races on the ballot, a list of polling places, and information about early (absentee) voting.   The primary election this year includes big...
It won’t be long and we’ll be entering that busy time when summer is winding down. Families are getting their last trips in before parents prepare their children for school or fall sports. Plus the State Fair is getting closer where 4-H members will have their livestock or other projects on...
My crew of four headed north to a family cabin over the weekend. Fun, right? Spending time with family at a beautiful lake in the summertime is always good. I enjoy being there, but getting there is a different issue. First, comes the packing. I hate packing. Hate. It. My stomach lurches and my...
In just a few weeks, baseball players and fans from across Minnesota will be coming to New Prague as the city serves as host to the Minnesota Class B and C Amateur Baseball Tournament.   The New Prague Orioles, the City of New Prague and many others have been preparing for this event for more...
It seems like it was not that long ago when snow covered the ground and we were longing for spring weather, so we could get outside and enjoy the outdoors. OK, granted we had a late winter and had received 15 inches of snow in mid-April, so it was just a little more than three months ago, but...
In two weeks, residents of New Prague and of the New Prague Area School District will get the opportunity to become a decision maker in their community. The City of New Prague will have three of its four city council seats on the ballot this fall, as well as the office of mayor. Two of the council...
Next week the Rice County Fair starts its six-day run in Faribault. The Scott County Fair follows a week later in Jordan, and the Le Sueur County Fair starts in mid-August. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “county fair” in a very simple way: “A fair usually held annually at a set location in...

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