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Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School educator Christine Trcka (above center) has been named the 2022 Minnesota VFW’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is pictured with her students (left to right): Front row - Tommy Barnett, Colton Velishek, Allison Rynda, Vanessa Shimota, Elizabeth Gardner, and Max Budin. Back row - Brayden Siebsen, Benny Rutt, Andrew Leonard, Mrs. Christine Trcka, Cooper Sloboden, Max Segna, Evan Skluzacek, and Nathan Akerlund.

She earned the local honor, then the district honor. Now, Christine Trcka holds the state honor. Trcka is an educator at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School (MHRS) in Montgomery, has been named the Minnesota VFW’s 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year for her dedication to promoting civic...

Todd Novak holds his 2022 NAPA Owatonna Distribution Center regional NAPA ASE Parts Specialist Award which put him in the running for the national award. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

Todd Novak, owner of Todd’s NAPA Auto Part’s in Montgomery, was surprised with the NAPA/ASE Part’s Specialist Award of the Year Award at the end of 2022. It is NAPA’s highest award nationally for parts specialists. In the week leading up to New Year’s Day, employees around him started cleaning up...

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Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School 8th grader Maximus Budin, son of Mike and Angie Budin, 8th grader Allison Rynda, daughter of Dan and Michelle Rynda, and 6th grader Arianna Devine, daughter of Bob and Sharon Devine, claimed the top three spots in their school’s spelling bee on Jan. 30. Budin won...
These are my daughters. The above photo was taken at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) Annual Awards Banquet last week. They are holding the awards I received at the event, the adults-only event. Yes. I did the unspeakable. I registered my 10 and 13-year-olds for the event and brought...
Richard (Rick) Ray Rogers, age 77, of New Prague, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on January 31, 2023. Rick was born February 16, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Delmar and Eleanor (Brown) Rogers. He was the second oldest out of three. He grew up in Bloomington helping raise and...
David Allan Konrardy, age 65 of Apple Valley died peacefully Friday, January 20, 2023 after a short illness at Apple Valley Senior Health Center under care of Grace Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 26, 2023 in the lower-level Chapel at Mary Mother Of The Church (3333...

Minnesota River Valley Forward Ben Miller dives on the ice in a desperate attempt to stop a goal by Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato (LDC) Forward Braden Olson on an open net after the Bulldogs pulled the goalie for a short time in the third period to maximize offense. LDC scores three goals in the last half of the third period for a Bulldogs loss of 2-5. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

The Minnesota River boys hockey team picked up a pair of Big South Conference wins last week, outscoring their two opponents 14-1. The Bulldogs won three of their five games, including a 7-1 win over Worthington Saturday, Jan. 14 and 8-0 over winless Redwood Valley Saturday, Jan. 21. The locals...

Members of TCU’s Robotics team compete in a home tournament on January 14. (Photo courtesy of Luke Fleck)

Two TCU High School Robotics teams and five TCU Middle School Robotics teams competed at the Titans’ home tournament on Saturday, Jan. 14. A total of 45 teams competed in the tournament. In the high school division, TCU’s teams Gear Train and Barbie Bots made it to the eliminations round. Gear...

Montgomery Police escort Officer Gordon Prochaska’s body home from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (Submitted photo)

Gordon Prochaska, age 71, passed away at his residence in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday, January 7, from complications of contracting COVID-19. Off-duty Montgomery Police Chief Nathan Hintz, Sergeant Pete Bulger, and Officer Mike Longbehn escorted Officer Gordon Prochaska’s body home to Montgomery...

Rachel Rynda receives the key to the City of Montgomery and a framed proclamation from Mayor Tom Eisert. Pictured are, from left to right, Francis Rynda (father), Montgomery Community Foundation Chair and city council member Mick McGuire, Rachel Rynda, Mayor Thomas Eisert, and Theresa Rynda (mother). (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

Minnesota State Fair’s 2022 Princess Kay of the Milky Way and 2020 Kolacky Queen Rachel Rynda received the key to the city and a proclamation honoring her contributions as an exemplary ambassador to the Montgomery area at the Jan. 17 city council meeting. Rynda was first contacted before...
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