Sheep hearded back down city streets in Montgomery, Minnesota.

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Ty Schatz got a phone call or two that his sheep might be out grazing in town the afternoon of Friday, December 9. He said, "The Christmas sheep went to town." Schatz is a fifth of seven generations in Montgomery. More on this story in the next issue of the Messenger.

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New Prague Area Schools Superintendent Tim Dittberner notified the district’s staff this morning, Thursday, Dec. 8, of his intention to retire effective June 30, 2023. Dittberner will formally notify the school board in writing at its meeting Monday, Dec. 12. He will have completed 10 years as the...
Nearly 40 people participated in the Fifth annual Santa Speedo Dash Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at Giesenbrau Bier Co. in New Prague. It was 7 degrees Fahrenheit making for a very brisk 1K run that was open to all ages with several people dressed in Christmas themed clothing. The run was to raise...

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Community members, from left to right, Dale Ruhland, Larry Trnka, and Rick Krenik, install the new sign at the Settler's Cabin in Memorial Park. Read more about this story in this week's Messenger.
Highway 13/19 east of New Prague reopened around 3:40 p.m. after being closed for about an hour this afternoon while crews worked to bring a tractor upright after the driver of the vehicle pulling it lost control of the load on Highway 19. An Elko man was westbound on Highway 19 when the trailer...
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...

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