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Next week, over 4,000 New Prague Area School District students will return to their classrooms for the start of the 2023-2024 academic year. With any luck, it will be a good, really good, school year. The school district has spent the year working to make this school year the best year possible. It...
From the archives 25 years ago… We here up in da nort had a conversation da udder day bout da food we eat and what we’all call it. Hot dish of course was the first of many discussions around the dinner, or supper table, whichever you prefer, but we’ll discuss that later. It is hard for me to...
Town baseball is one of Minnesota’s great treasures. It draws players and fans who truly appreciate what it is – competition for the love of the game and people cheering for their team. It is a blend of passion and community pride reminding us of the local high school team taking on the rival team...
There’s no doubt the New Prague City Council will do the right thing in cleaning up the mess caused by its decision and the contractor involved in razing the house north of city hall. After waiting two weeks for a response from the Minnesota Department of Health, the city will move swiftly to work...
As I do every year, I try to critique the new foods which will be served at the Minnesota State Fair, which is less than one month away. Two weeks ago the fair announced the 34 official new foods and seven new food vendors for the Great Minnesota Get-Together. I haven’t been to the State Fair for...
I know it has been a while since I have written, or duplicated, anything in this column space. As we all know, it has been extremely busy the past month with city celebrations, which all had great turnouts! With that being said, I have been presented the 12 commandments for seniors. Depending on...
There’s plenty of reason to believe former Minnesota Rep. Bob Vanasek of New Prague was correct when he said the current debate over school districts handling the facilities use of transgender and gender non-conforming students is a legislative issue and will not be settled in a school board...
I got a message from an ex-girlfriend on Facebook the other day. We actually talk periodically and sometimes manage to play a game of Ticket to Ride or Codenames online. There is a lot to be said about this person, and many people in my life. The story involving her that I am thinking of now stems...
It’s almost like they had New Prague in mind. In addition to the biennial funding increase the Minnesota Legislature sent to school districts this spring, public schools were allowed to renew an expiring levy without voter approval. For some, it was a godsend. In New Prague, the legislation allowed...
Maybe you read about Larry Olimb over the weekend. If you love ice hockey, you might have heard the former U of M standout defenseman and former professional lost his job as head girls’ coach at Orono High School. Some say he was run out of the job. Others think he has nobody to blame but the guy...

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