Opinion

A few weeks back, the New Prague Area School Board discussed the notion of once again asking voters to approve some form of levy increase, possibly a blend of levy and capital projects referendum. The district has had two separate levy requests rejected, a two-part question in 2022 and a levy...
If there is something that sticks out in my memory from last year’s Memorial Day program, it was the following two things. One, there was almost no one, outside of the families of military and military veterans themselves, that showed up at the Memorial Day program at the Montgomery American Legion...
Even here in New Prague, we’ve started to see a few of the new state flags flying, some of them so new you can still see the crease marks from where they were folded for packaging. Gov. Walz put out a video on X – we used to call it Twitter – in which he sat down at a desk and noticed the old...
Many Minnesota partisans have recently been saying out loud what many of us have said for years: Precinct caucuses are a major contributor to the angry, political division permeating politics today. As a former statewide endorsed candidate and longtime Republican activist, I can testify caucuses...
We acquired a .22-caliber handgun for dispatching unwanted animals from the barn. Fortunately, we gave it away before ever needing to use it. We were always taught every gun is always loaded unless you personally see it is not loaded. The point of such counsel was to prevent the unthinkable. The...
For more than 24 years I’ve been covering the news in New Prague. There’s been the good and the bad and plenty of events. There’s been events where friends and neighbors gather to help someone in town. This weekend, I was at the grand march for New Prague High School’s prom. This coming weekend, I...
MVEC remains grounded amidst industry changes   Jordan, Minn. – While the energy sector is facing many changes in the coming years, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative’s focus will always remain on putting members first and the unique needs of the co-op’s service area in 2024. Addressing these...
OK, we’ve just enjoyed the wimpiest winter in recent memory. It came after a brutal winter the previous year, a winter reminiscent of the early-1980s. It chased us from the country into town. We had two, maybe three snowfalls worth noting this winter. We didn’t even have to endure the mid-January...
Taking public notices for schools out of newspapers would hurt public A significant discussion is taking place at the state legislature in reaction to the recent announcement that eight community newspapers will close at the end of the month. Under a proposal in the Senate Education Policy Omnibus...
The internet and social media won't fill the gap in civic awareness. Local government officials will go largely unchecked.  "If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves.” — President Thomas Jefferson on...

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