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This week, once again, this mewspaper has a story on the continuing saga of the Le Sueur County Historical Society. Over the past few years, we’ve given plenty of attention to this group, along with the Scott County Historical Society and the New Prague Area Historical Society. The difference is,...
There is a big change in the newspaper you’re reading this week. If all went well, you won’t even notice it. Since the 1980s, The New Prague Times has been printed at Cannon Valley Printing in Northfield. The paper was sent to the printing plant - at first physically with paste ups, then, in more...
“Out of an abundance of caution…” So began a press release from the US Postal Service regarding the sudden closure of the New Prague Post Office, at 124 Main St. E. Late on Friday, the postal service decided to suspend operations at the New Prague facility due to environmental concerns. At the time...
Normally, I look at the Times Capsules on this page before the paper goes to press, but didn’t have time last week, and ended up looking at them on Thursday, after the paper came back from press…. You know, like a normal person. As I looked through them, I stopped on an item from 75 years ago: A...
On Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that will make it illegal for drivers to use a hand-held device while making phone calls or sending messages. Instead, they will be required to use a hands-free device to communicate. Among those at the state capital...
This weekend’s adapted floor hockey state tournament will bring an end to the winter sports season at New Prague High School. This is the 26th full winter season I’ve covered for The Times, and it was an interesting one. New Prague sports has changed since I started working here in 1990. the school...
As hard as it may be to believe, but one of the first signs of spring is headed our way this weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10. That is the day most Americans will move their clocks ahead one hour in an attempt to capture an extra hour of daylight in the evening. Of course,...
Last weekend’s blizzard endangered some, inconvenienced many and proved once again that Mother Nature is not to be fooled with. We had plenty of warning that bad weather conditions were on the way. Events were being cancelled already on Friday and many people altered their weekend plans to avoid...
Last week, The Times used this space to talk about the efforts of local snowplow drivers. There is one other group of public employees who deserve accolades for their efforts during this snowy winter: School bus drivers. New Prague Area Schools has a fleet of 61 vehicles. That includes 24 large...
Last week’s story on the closing of the New Prague Shopko Hometown store drew a mixed reaction from many on social media. On the New Prague Happenings Facebook page, dozens of people lamented the loss of the store, with some adding that they feel sorry for the employees. However there were some who...

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