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Fire crews from Belle Plaine and Montgomery assist New Prague Fire Department on a pole/shed fire south of Union Hill on Jan. 23.

    The New Prague Fire Department says it received a call for a pole shed on fire at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Upon arrival on scene at 29394 201st Ave., approximately one mile south of Union Hill, the department said the shed was fully engulfed.     According to owner Brandon...

Kristy and Mark Sybilrud, right, presented a check in the amount of $4,000 to the City of Elysian Park Board as a donation toward the cost of the Sports Courts Renovation at Sunset Park in Elysian. The Elysian Area Community Foundation donated $2,000 and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation matched that donation of $2,000. Park Board members Ron Greenwald and Bobby Houlihan accepted the check. (Submitted photo)

Donations continue to come in to the City of Elysian to help pay for the Sunset Park Sports Courts Renovation. The approximate cost for the project, which was close to completion late last fall, is $54,000. Thus far, a little more than $44,000 has been donated. Two years ago the City of Elysian...

Waterville resident Tim Smith donated a fire truck back to the department it originally was used by the New Ulm Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

More than 30 years after being decommissioned, a fire truck has returned to the New Ulm Fire Department thanks to Waterville resident and councilman Tim Smith. Smith acquired the 1969 Pirsch fire truck in 2006 from the defunct Minneapolis Fire Museum. “Several of the caretakers of that museum were...

New Prague High School’s cast of its one-act play, “Middle School Dating Game,” will perform Saturday, Jan. 20, as part of the Metro West Conference One Act Festival at the high school’s auditorium. The festival begins at 8 a.m. (Patrick Fisher photo)

New Prague area residents will have three chances to see New Prague High School’s one-act play, “Middle School Dating Game,” all at the high school auditorium. The first performance is Saturday, Jan. 20, then Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. The performances are free and open to the public....

Kelly Karger retired Saturday from her job with the U.S. Post Office. Since 1998, post office visitors and people receiving mail knew her for her upbeat personality and constant smile. (John Mueller photo)

Working for post office was just the right job for Karger She delivered mail for the last time on a cold Saturday afternoon. She said goodbyes to coworkers, nearly all among her good friends. After 25-plus years on the job, Kelly Karger isn’t a fan of saying goodbye. Karger made her last delivery...

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...

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