King holiday offers chance to reflect on diversity

By Chuck Kajer

New Prague is not what one would call a diverse community. However, there is a small, but growing number of minorities living in the community, and like many other areas of Minnesota, they are here to stay.

There was a time when Minnesota was very stratified in its cultures. Germans associated with Germans, Czechs with Czechs, Swedes with Swedes, Irish with Irish. There was very little mixing. It wasn’t that many years ago that Belle Plaine had two Catholic churches, one for the Irish and one for the Germans.

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