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Tri-City United Schools kicked off FFA/Snow Week Friday with the announcement of its winter royalty. The candidates were announced at a Pep Fest on Friday. Making up this year’s snow court are Queen candidates Haley Wasiloski, Mackenzie Holmbo, Sydney Whiteis, Liz Beth Mendez, and Savannah...

WEM Knowledge Bowl team members (left to right) Kiri Kerekes, Alex Heuss, Paige Atherton, Chloe Johnson, and Ian Waugh contemplate one of their advisor’s tricky warm-up questions during a before-school practice. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

It’s 7:30 a.m.—almost an hour before school starts— but 10 brainy Buccaneers are already seated in desks, deep in thought. They are the members of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School’s Knowledge Bowl Team. A few students munch their breakfasts. Many down caffeinated drinks. All are focused on...

Snow Week candidates, front row, left to right: Wyatt Saemrow, Sam Rezac, Daniel Akemann, Lydia Ell, and Emma Kuball. Row two, left to right: Shelby Krienke, Eli Wetzel, Hannah Bruns, Jenessa Baumgarten, and Emma Woratschka. Row three, left to right: Caleb Caron, Myles Pratt, Clayton Jans, Desirae Domonoske, Izabela Slechta, and Josephine Volkmann. Back row, left to right: Ivan Pratt, Keegan Kuball, Preston Grams, Kaedyn Judd, and Annabelle Skurkay. Not pictured: Maddie Heuss, Gabe Androli, and Alex Heuss. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

FFA Week has a new title at WEM High School, FFA/ Snow Week. The WEM FFA will run daily activities as they have for years, with the addition of coronation. Three males and three females in each of the high school grades were chosen as royalty. They were voted on by WEM staff based on their PBIS...

Union Pacific employees work to rerail a train that derailed on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Montgomery. (Wade Young photo)

A Union Pacific train derailed at Oak Avenue SE at approximately 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 12. The incident blocked the intersection for more than two hours. The train’s two locomotives were pulling three cars southbound on the tracks when the derailment occurred. According to Mike Jaixen, Sr....

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A new face will soon be walking the halls of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague. Lauren Petersen joins the Holy Trinity staff on Tuesday, Feb. 22, as Director of Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Ministry. Petersen comes with a Therapeutic Recreation background, but Pastor Alicia Hilding...

Two nights a week, 10-year-old Soumya Dohm of New Prague trains to be a ninja. (Lisa Ingebrand Photo)

She was an active toddler, a wall climber. Now, she’s a ninja. Ten-year-old Soumya Dohm, the daughter of Jeremy and Jessica Dohm of New Prague, is a member of Obstacle Academy’s Youth Ninja Team. The ninja gym, which is located in Eden Prairie, is co-owned by two ninjas—Sarah Schoback of Hastings,...
Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. of Blue Earth, died Thursday night at age 59 of kidney cancer, his wife said in a Facebook post. Hagedorn represented the Minnesota’s First Congressional District, that includes 21 counties from South Dakota to Wisconsin, along the Iowa border. The district covers much...
Claims of racist taunts that were allegedly made during a girls basketball game in New Prague are being investigated. New Prague had a home game on Tuesday, Feb. 15, hosting Robbinsdale Cooper, with many players that are students of color. According to accounts it was a close game and as it neared...
Larry Schoenecker, left, demonstrates how to clean a fish at the Youth Fishing Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Raven Stream Elementary School in New Prague. There were 135 youth from ages 5 to 14 at the annual seminar hosted by the New Prague Sportsman’s Club. There was a casting contest, rod...
Coborn’s Marketplace and Hy-Vee, both in New Prague, are currently offering free N95 masks. Supplies are limited to three masks per person. At the Hy-Vee grocery store along 10th Avenue SE people can ask at customer service for masks. Coborn’s Marketplace along Alton Avenue SE has their shipment of...

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