Annual Christmas edition is a tradition

By Chuck Kajer

This week is our annual Christmas section. This edition has become a tradition in New Prague, with local businesses sponsoring drawings done by New Prague area school children.

One advertiser came in several weeks ago, eager to sign up for this edition, saying It's really a neat thing that you do by publishing all of these drawings.

Preparations start in November, when we distribute the forms to four area schools (Falcon Ridge, Raven Stream and St. Wenceslaus in New Prague and Eagle View in Elko New Market). We ask first, third and fifth graders to participate. Those drawings not featured in our special section are on display at Community Security Bank, State Bank of New Prague and US Bank in New Prague.

A lot of time and effort go into putting the edition together, not only the children's drawings, but also the feature stories for the Christmas season, gathering pastor's messages as well as church schedules for the holiday season.

This edition is our way of sharing the Christmas spirit with you, our readers.

On behalf of the staff at The New Prague Times and Suel Printing Company, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Not only have we been kept busy with the Christmas edition, but there are a lot of newsworthy things happening right now, as witnessed by the stories in this week's newspaper.

Just on our front page today, The Times is reporting on the effects of the mortgage fraud case, developments in the efforts by Wal-Mart to build a store in the area, teacher negotiations, a new traffic signal going up in town and results of a special primary election.

Several members of our staff attended an annual meeting of Le Sueur County newspapers last week. We discussed the happenings in our communities and common concerns that we have. Each of these communities is unique, and each newspaper has served its community in its own way for many years. We bring a perspective of history to the story that other news sources can't.

Every week, The Times' staff works hard to keep you informed of our area's happenings and provide you with a top-knotch, local perspective. We're here-in the community every day. We're proud to be doing this, and we thank you for bringing us into your homes.

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