New Prague's first Habitat House is dedicated

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

It's a dream come true. It's been a long time coming.

That's how Diane Muelken described her feelings about her family's new home, at 1513 Praha Street SE in New Prague. The home is the first to be constructed in New Prague under the Habitat for Humanity program.

To recognize the completion of the house, roughly 40 people gathered for a dedication ceremony at the home on Sunday, Dec. 17. The event was not only a dream come true for Muelken, but also for Sister Jean Juenemann, OSB, who helped get the Habitat for Humanity program started in New Prague and led the dedication ceremony.

Among those gathered at the ceremony that began in the garage of the home were those connected both locally and from the area with the program, members of Muelken's family, friends, volunteers who had helped build the structure and city officials.

Nearly one year ago Muelken and her three children were told they had been chosen as the first family in New Prague to benefit from Habitat for Humanity, a faith-based organization that works to provide families with their own homes.

By Diane Muelken's side at the ceremony were her daughter, Nicole, a senior at New Prague High School, and son Mitchell, a seventh grader at New Prague Middle School. Unable to attend was Muelken's son, Derek, a 2005 NPHS graduate who is studying criminal justice at Bemidji State University.

Diane has put in 300 hours and more

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