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A disgruntled Mike selfie from last winter in Benson around the third or fourth driveway clearing of the season.

One of social media’s beautiful features is that it quickly reminds you of whatyou were doing a year ago. My posts from last January feature disgruntled sel-fies of me standing in mydriveway with salt and a pitiful electric snowblower that I thought would be enough. It was not. By the end of last...
When discussing the upcoming budget cutting the New Prague School Board will begin in the weeks to come, some might feel Matt Goldade ought not have noted the plainly obvious – the more costly the contract with the district’s unionized teachers, the larger the amount the district will have to cut....
It took some time, but we finally have snow and freezing temperatures. So, winter is here. Again, just like last year. Just like last year, people are not happy with the cold temperatures. Maybe the complaining is a little more understandable this year as December and the first few days of January...
Every time it gets extremely cold, and I mean every time, I forget to bring liquids in from my car. My son Jayson looked at me Sunday as he got into the car and sternly said,” Will you ever learn?” Well, apparently I will not. During Christmas Eve my wife received a number of bottles of wine as a...
She sat through hundreds of meetings over a dozen years, considered thousands of decisions with an untold number of options. For Jeanne Kubes, it all came down to one foundational premise as she saw it – the good of the community’s public schools, the children attending them and the staff working...
The importance of civic leadership cannot be underestimated in its importance, need, and overall community benefit. In a town the size of Montgomery, a very low amount of your time is often necessary for such an engagement too. Civic leaders are people that help shape communities and influence the...
Many of you have likely heard of Festivus (for the rest of us), the popular holiday skit from the hit show Seinfeld. It includes the Airing of Grievances and the Feats of Strength. Actor Jerry Stiller in the role of Frank Costanza proclaims “Festivus Miracles” and starts out dinner with the famous...
There’s little doubt 2023 was a good year in New Prague. The community is continuing to grow and, arguably, prosper. Its school children display their talents on many stages on a regular basis. The community has many reasons to look forward with great enthusiasm for its future. Of the many...
I am so thankful I don’t have to drive more than a couple of blocks to work every day after a Thursday morning trip to Mankato. I have come to the conclusion the older I get the more I don’t really like to drive. Night driving is becoming increasingly difficult. This was part of what made my...
A routine visit to see my grandmother on my dad’s side, where she was making us dinner, can never go well for someone after my dad tells me that she’s making a soup and I should at least pretend to like it. I am not sure where the term came from exactly or who ever said it first, but it looked like...

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