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It was a busy morning at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague as people were lined up to enjoy the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 24. There were 40 people having meals at the church along Main Street, plus 22 meals were to go. The dinner started at 11 a.m. and goes...

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Volunteers coordinated by the Salvation Army social services coordinator and Montgomery Food Shelf manager Sarah Neisen prepare 100 Thanksgiving meals for Le Sueur County families at the Le Center Ambulance facility. See more on this in the next issue of the Messenger.
Montgomery’s annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks celebrates its 30th anniversary this holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 1, and according to event organizers, plans are underway to make it bigger and better than ever. Santa and his live reindeer will be near the intersection of Vine Avenue and...

Earnest Effort Christmas Wish volunteers Halle Rice, Ellie Rice, and Laney Rice of Kilkenny pose for a photo as they unload basketfuls of wish-granting items. The girls’ mom, Heidi Ernste, began the local non-profit in 2011 after she reached out to others to help someone in need. The anonymous, nomination-based program is set to grant the wishes of more than 30 individuals and families in need this Christmas. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Ernste)

Christmas wishes really do come true. The Heidi Erntse family of Kilkenny makes sure of it. For more than a decade, the Ernstes have spearheaded a nomination-based, wishgranting program called Earnest Effort Christmas Wish to provide extra cheer to local individuals and families in need with the...

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Montgomery Police Chief Nathan Hintz swears in officer Kyle Sladek at Monday evenings city council meeting. Hintz said the department is looking to add 1-2 additional part time officers still to the force. The city council also addressed citizen complaints about dirty and discolored water since...

Larissa Schmitz, a 2008 New Prague High School graduate, has a supporting role in “A Holiday Spectacular.” The film will be on the Hallmark Channel Sunday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. (Submitted photo)

On any holiday when she was home visiting, Larissa Schmitz might sit down and watch a movie with her family and this year would be no different. But this year, the New Prague High School graduate will be in the movie. Schmitz and her husband, Jake Klehr, will be watching “A Holiday Spectacular” on...

Colleen Flynn of Montgomery is thankful that she has cleaned up her life. She is seven years clean and sober, has better relations with her family and is now a licensed Certified Peer Recovery Specialist so she can help others. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Colleen Flynn is very thankful this year. She went through drugs and alcohol treatment and is now seven years clean and sober. She now has a better relationship with her family, is engaged and is now helping others. “I now have a whole new way of learning to live,” said Flynn, 41, who grew up in...

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Two vehicles collided Thursday morning shortly before 8 a.m. on icy roads between New Prague and Montgomery. The accident occurred just south of Minnesota 13 and 300th Street South. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, a 2009 Ford Explorer driven by Robert Shippman of New Prague and a...
Major Rev. Eugene Theisen (US Air Force, retired), center, talks to students at St. Wenceslaus School during Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11. Behind him are members of the New Prague Veterans Honor Guard. Rev. Theisen spoke about his experiences as a chaplain in the Air Force and answered questions...
There will be some changes in the government officials in a number of communities in the Lake Region Area following the State General Election held Tuesday, Nov. 8. In the City of Waterville, Daryl Bauer was running unopposed for the office of Mayor. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State,...

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