New Prague Times

Willard Anthony “Bink” Bender died at home on April 16, 2019 in New Prague, MN at age 88. He was born Aug 23, 1930 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Floriann J. (Hartz), a teacher, and Willard C. Bender, a banker. His sister called him Binky, and ever since, he has been known as Bink. As a child, Bink...
Darla Cleary holds son Liam who was enchanted by the Easter Bunny at the Egg Hunt in Elko New Market on Saturday, April 13. There were 275 children who participated in the annual hunt for eggs on the playground of Eagle View Elementary School. Children collected plastic eggs with treats in them and...
Geraldine D. “Geri” Bell, age 94, died peacefully, April 11, 2019 at St. Gertude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee.  She was born April 23, 1924 in New Prague, MN to Richard F. and Wilhelmine C. “Minnie” (Zoschke) Ruehling.  She grew up in rural New Prague and attended Scott County...
Elko New Market’s new Police Chief and Emergency Management Director Brady Juell, left, takes the oath of office for his position from Mayor Joe Julius. The ceremony was held during the Elko New Market City Council’s Thursday, April 11, meeting. Chief Juell said he is excited and the community and...

Eddie Shimota Jr. next to a poster promoting the movie “Singin’ in the Grain.” The poster shows a 12-year-old Eddie playing the concertina on his family’s farm north of Veseli. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Albert Milgrom grew up in Pine City, a community about an hour north of the Twin Cities that included a large Czech population. While he wasn’t Czech himself, he said as a boy, he could speak a little Czech and when he was at friends’ homes, Czech food was often on the table. In the 1970s, the film...
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...
Last year around this time we were hit by a spring snowstorm that took many people by surprise. As I write this, there’s a possibility of a repeat this week of that type of weather. Or maybe not. When it comes to weather in Minnesota I’m usually of the mindset I’ll wait and see what happens. Anyone...

New Prague High School graduate Maizie Deihl has pulled double duty this winter,
playing for the University of Minnesota, Duluth women’s basketball team and rehearsing
for the school’s production of “Sister Act,” which debuts April 18. (Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota, Duluth)

BY: Lori C. Melton, University of Minnesota, Duluth If Maizie Deihl’s story was a musical, it would look like this: In the first act, the honors student works through her exercise science classes. As the curtain rises on the second act, we see the sophomore on the court, helping the UMD Women’s...

Trojan pitcher Mia Kraimer struck out eight in her team’s 6-5 win over Chaska Monday,
April 8. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojans opened their softball season with a 6-5 win over Chaska Monday, April 8, at home. Chaska scored two in the top of the first, but the Trojans came back with a run in the bottom, with Kennedy Buckman scoring on a hit by Mia Kraimer. New Prague added two in the bottom of the...

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