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Mick McGuire’s 16-foot, hand-built canoe on display at the Arts and Heritage Center in Montgomery. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

Wood and Metal on display City Council Member, Mayor, Kolacky Days Grand Marshal and business owner are just a few of the hats Mick McGuire has or is wearing. In 2021, he added wooden canoe builder to that list. “I’d seen a number of these canoes and thought that it would be kind of a fun project...

Kelsey and Tyler Neumaier with their new baby girl, Peyton Sue Neumaier. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

Tyler and Kelsey Neumaier welcomed in their baby girl, Peyton Sue Neumaier, at 11:11 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2024, after almost 16 hours of labor, starting at 7:30 p.m. the day before. Baby Peyton was born at 7 pounds 10 ounces at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. The Neumaiers said that...
    Elvin Leigh Wehking, age 57, of rural Janesville, died in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday, Jan. 9.     The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s dispatch center received a 911 call at 5:33 p.m. of a vehicle crash near a residence on Tetonka Lake Road in Elysian Township. Le Sueur County Sheriff’s...

Nicole and Andrew Thom and their new daughter, Louella Ann, are comfortable at home in New Prague. Louella was born Jan. 1, 8:10 p.m. They are winners of The New Prague Times’ first baby of 2024 contest. (Submitted photo)

Andrew Thom stresses he is joking when he says he was hoping his daughter would arrive in time for he and his wife, Nicole, to receive a tax credit for having a child in 2023. But Nicole and Andrew were delighted when their daughter, Louella Ann, arrived in time to become the first baby of 2024 in...

VFW Post 5340 Commander and the VFW Department of MN Junior Vice-Commander Ed Keogh (left) and VFW Post 5340 Auxiliary President and VFW Auxiliary Department of Minnesota Guard Jean Keogh (right) deliver VFW Auxiliary Member Harriet Soukup her certificate and pin for 77 years of service in the charter at her home. (Submitted photo)

Montgomery VFW Post 5340 and the post’s auxiliary held their annual awards ceremony and holiday gathering on Dec. 20 at the American Legion. The post welcomed 2023 new members Keith Barta, Steve Harper, Paul Hessing, Roy Otero, Mark Roemhildt, Joel Sticha and Kasie Vlasak. The auxiliary welcomed...
There was a motion on the floor to disband the Waterville Police Civil Service Commission, but it never received a second, so the Commission will remain. Waterville City Council member Jennifer Grobe voiced her concerns about why the city has this Commission and she made the motion to end the...

The Waterville Lakes Association provided these photos of individuals fishing from boats during the holiday week. It is usually ice fishing time on Lake Tetonka, but warm temperatures and rain completely opened up all lakes in the Lake Region Area, thus providing an opportunity for anglers to drop their hooks one last time before the ice covers the lakes. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, Dec. 30, it was a gathering of the Bean family, and new and current owners of the Bean Mansion in New Prague. From left is Bruce Bean, whose family built the house, Cal Shorey, who will be buying the mansion and current owners Sharmila Tiwari, her husband Lenny Walschinski, Anil Tiwari, Brian Tiwari and Chloe Tiwari. (Patrick Fisher photo)

On Saturday, Dec. 30, descendants of Francis Atherton Bean Sr. and Jr. were in New Prague to meet with the current and future owner of the Bean Mansion at 211 Second St. NW, which has been a home for many families. Alicia Roufs of local realtor, The Sullivan Group/ReMax Advantage Plus, said while...

Children and parents enjoy the noon ball drop at Eagle View Elementary School in Elko New Market Sunday, Dec. 31. The early celebration of New Year’s Eve was hosted by Crossroads Church and was an event for families that offered games and treats. More than 150 people attended. (Patrick Fisher photo)

More than 150 people, mostly children with their families, celebrated the new year early with a ball drop at noon during the second annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball Drop Sunday, Dec. 31, at Eagle View Elementary School in Elko New Market. “It seemed like a bigger crowd than last year,” said Pastor...

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Husband and wife team Chef Daniel Garza (left) and now business partner Cara Sutton stand outside of the American Legion in Montgomery and home of their new restaurant, Taco Terco, which will open in January 2024. For them, the Legion holds a special meaning for this collaboration.

    The American Legion in Montgomery has had a banner out front for a few weeks now advertising a new restaurant coming called Taco Terco. It is a partnership between the Legion and Taco Terco’s owners, Chef Daniel Garza and his wife Cara Sutton. The restaurant is set to open in the first part of...

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