Opinion

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...
It’s times like these when you have to salute city employees. Especially this week, the city plow drivers. New Prague’s streets have been kept relatively passable over the past few weeks, despite the numerous snowfall events. Last week, five inches of snow fell during the day on Tuesday. By the...
New Prague’s Veterans Memorial Committee is holding their MusicFest II fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 9. This is the second year of the event. Last year’s MusicFest which was highly successful and brought in a lot of money to fund the memorial, which is scheduled to be built in the summer of 2020. New...
The coldest temperatures in 20 years hit Minnesota this week. Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday mornings were forecast to hit 20-below, and perhaps 30-below zero. Schools closed and many businesses adjusted their operations to accommodate employees and customers who were affected by the...

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