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Eileen Segna (left) of Aging Services for Communities in Montgomery delivers donated supplies from the Sharing Tree to the Montgomery Area Emergency Medical Services team to use in their on-call staffing area. The area is used for members who come from further away to work and spend the night so Montgomery’s ambulance service is staffed consistently 24 hours a day. Pictured next to Segna, from the left, are EMR Edgar Solorzano, EMT Sam Lieberman, EMT and Supply Steward Thomas Stonehouse, and Paramedic and Director Jason Gangloff. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

Every year in Montgomery, community members spread Christmas cheer and the joy of the holiday season with the Sharing Tree. The project brings together businesses, volunteers, and generous residents to ensure the holiday wishes of those in need are fulfilled. Aging Services for Communities (ASC),...

Taylor Hindermann holds her son, Kip, at their home in Montgomery. Kip is the subject of a new children’s book about special needs inclusion that needs Kickstarter funds still to be published. (Mike Mallow photo)

When Montgomery resident Taylor Hindermann was pregnant with her youngest son, doctors informed her that her son would have medical challenges. Kip Hindermann was diagnosed with fetal ascites when Taylor was 18 weeks pregnant. He was born with gastrointestinal issues and a malformed abdomen. These...

Brad and Samantha Miller of New Prague and their children, (from left) Wyatt, Ariana and Jayden, recently celebrated Brad’s return home in time for Christmas from a deployment to Djibouti in the horn of Africa. Master Sgt. Brad Miller is a flight engineer on a C-130 cargo aircraft with the 133rd Aircraft Wing. The 133rd arrived back in the Twin Cities Dec. 8 in time for its members to enjoy the holiday with their families. (Submitted photo)

New Prague airman finished the mission to make it home in time He tried not to dwell on the upcoming holiday with his wife and children back half way around the world. Instead, Master Sgt. Brad Miller focused on his work each day and maintained confidence he and his fellow airmen would be home for...
Le Sueur County passed a levy and budget for 2024 at the County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 12. After breezing through monthly business, the levy and budget section of the meeting was convened after an hour recess. County Administrator Joe Martin first gave a presentation breaking down...

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The Kolacky Days royalty float during the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on Nov. 30, 2023.

Week 4 Clue “While Eileen hoped someone depicted Pine Tree, Vermont, from White Christmas.” Week 3 Clue - “Max advised he was more interested in seeing Buddy from Elf growing up.” Week 2 Clue - “As they were checking out the window displays, Mikayla stated her favorite Christmas movie was Home...

TCU Le Center fifth-graders played “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” during their concert Monday, Dec. 11. Pictured playing, from left, are Daniel Quiroz, Ian Oros-Chimal, Justin Holicky (trombone), Hudson Barber, Landon Goettl, AJ Muguia, Colton Claffey (trombone) and Landon Ballman. (Mike Mallow photo)

TCU Lonsdale fifth grade and sixth grade band, and TCU Le Center’s fifth grade and sixth grade band, and middle school band held an evening of holiday-themed music on Monday, Dec. 11. Lonsdale’s fifth grade band opened the evening by performing individual music numbers tailored to each type of...

Part of Montgomery seventh and eighth grade choir performing on Monday, Dec. 4 at the TCU High School’s performing arts center. Pictured, from left, in the font row are Jada Matson, Darby Phelps and Jamil De La O; and in the back row, Ethan Tupy (behind Matson), Mishel Lopez Boteo and Theo Iverson. (Mike Mallow photo)

In what will be a series of music performances, TCU Le Center and Montgomery Middle School christened the holiday season with choir performances in the TCU Performing Art Center in Montgomery on Monday, Dec. 4. TCU Le Center kicked off the evening with its Winter Sing program. Directed by Rose...

The most popular station at the Old Fashioned Christmas was the stenciling and face painting. Sylvie Prochaska, age 7, gets a winter-themed stencil put on her hand by Miss Czech Slovak Junior Ambassador Evelyn Winget. (Jarrod Schoenecker photo)

As Christmas approaches, there are a lot of different holiday things to do. Families from Most Holy Redeemer School (MHRS) are no exception. Monday evening kids young and old slowly filtered into the school cafeteria for an Old Fashioned Christmas. Neaner Kriha coordinated the event and staff and...

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The Waterville Lions Club held their annual Lions WriteOff Essay Contest for high school students. The topic of this year’s essay was “Changing the World.” The students were recommended to write a 500 word essay, with 10 percent of the judging going towards originality, 30 percent to content, 30...

The winning Waterville firefighters, front row, left to right: Sam Stier, Nick Sammon, Justin Wenker, Ryan Knish, Jay Harriman, and Troy Tolzman. Back row, left to right: Andrew Knish, Chris Meskan, Dalton Grose, Luke Duhme, Michael Mertins, Nate Nelson, Matt Duhme, and Dick Tolzmann. Left, Mike Ahlman of the Morristown Fire Department stretches before his start in goal. (Jay Schneider photo)

Volunteer firefighters from four different departments came together Saturday, Dec. 9 not to fight a fire but to help raise funds and toys for the local Toys For Tots programs. More than three dozen firefighters from Elysian, Kilkenny, Morristown, and Waterville donned their helmets, safety coats...

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