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LE CENTER - Le Sueur County received outstanding bids on their $12.635 million general obligation capital improvement bond sale. A total of eight bidders attempted to purchase the funds which will be used to fund the remaining non-jail portions of the County's Justice Center and the second phase of...
The New Prague Middle School had 12 students participate with family and friends showing up for the spelling bee held at the New Prague High School lecture room. Photos of winners from each school can be found on Page 8 of the print edition. (Patrick Fisher Photo)
Indelible, chivalrous, electrolysis were some of the words that students spelled correctly to win their schools portion of the annual New Prague Area Schools’ Spelling Bee. Held on Saturday, Jan. 12, students from five schools met in the Lecture Hall at New Prague High School to test their skills...
After multiple rounds of spelling, sixth grader Hayden Winter won the second annual Tri-City United Spelling Bee with the word “circulation.” The bee started out with winners from grades five, six, seven and eight competing against each other to secure a spot in the bee’s final round. Some of the...

Jody Breathwaite is the owner of Sugar Rose Bakeshop, located in the East Town Plaza in New Prague. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Sugar Rose Bakeshop opened at 801 First Street SE, in the East Town Plaza in New Prague, on Thursday, Jan. 3, in the spot that formerly housed Lady A’s Cupcakes. It was the final step in a long process that owner Jody Breathwaite hadn’t anticipated a little more than a year ago. Breathwaite,...

Brothers Edward Devine (left) and Arthur Devine prepare for the championship round of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School's Geography Bee on January 17. Lisa Ingebrand photo

Brothers Arthur and Edward Devine, sons of Sharon and Robert Devine of Kilkenny, battled it out in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School's Geography Bee Thursday morning, Jan. 17. Out of a field of 10 contestants, the Devine boys both answered their way to the championship round. In the end, seventh...
Elaine, left, and Hadley Bailey of New Prague were among those at the Cowboy Chili Feed/Cook Off at St. Wenceslaus Church’s Parish Activity Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. (Patrick Fisher Photo)
Area residents spiced up their evening on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cowboy Chili Feed and Cook Off held in St. Wenceslaus Church’s Parish Activity Center in New Prague. HIS Haven Ranch sponsored the evening that included a chili meal, a contest for best chili recipe, a silent auction, square...
Shopko has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, the company announced on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The company has announced plans to close more than 100 stores as part of its reorganizational plan. The closings affect both Shopko stores and the smaller Shopko Hometown stores, but does not include the...
Montgomery and area merchants are offering prizes to the first Montgomery baby born in 2019. To qualify as the New Year’s Baby, the baby must be born after 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2019, to parents who have a Montgomery mailing address in the 56069 zip code. Due to privacy laws, hospitals are...

The cast of WEM's one-act play, "Pickin" is pictured. Front row, left to right: Aviana Swanson, Megan Schmitz, Max Gibson, Sarah Best, and Alex Heuss. Back row, left to right: Jarod Pavek, Claire Buscho, Troy McBroom, Hunter Russell, Katie Gleason, Emma McGraw, and Karlisia Allen.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School students are preparing for the Gopher Conference One-Act Festival Saturday, Jan. 19 in Waterville. The Buccaneers will perform Tyrone J. Butler's play "Pickin" an exploration of where teasing and bullying can lead if allowed to continue unabated. For more...

The TCU One Act is made up of (from left), sound and light crew Chloe Triden, Alex Bass, Nicole Schweitzer, Jack Erickson, Wyatt Hatlevig, Carolyn Mikel, Andrick Wagner, (back) Kelly Vlasak, Lizzie Christian, Jaylee Hanvelt, and Mackenzie Harstad. Missing is Brooke Holicky from the sound and light crew. (Wade Young Photo)

The mind of a brilliant teenager with autism is the focus of this year’s TCU One Act, “The Other Room.” The play revolves around Austin, (Andrick Wagner) a brilliant teenage astronomer who happens to have autism. Lily (Carolyn Mikel) is his popular classmate who happens to have an interest in...

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