Santa, also known as Jim Prokes, is in his second year of offering Santa visits at his home in rural New Prague. People can find out when visits are happening at Santa’s Hideaway - New Prague on Facebook. (Patrick Fisher photo)

For the second consecutive year, Santa will have a hideaway near New Prague where children and families can visit with him and get photos. Santa, also known as Jim Prokes, will have visits in his sleigh in his yard along Drexel Avenue north of New Prague. People can find out when visits will be...

Tom Johnson of Eagan fired a tee shot from a short parthree during a round Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7, at CreeksBend Golf Course. While CreeksBend remains open, New Prague Golf Club closed Nov. 19 and reopened for Dec. 7-8. It is now closed for the season.(John Mueller photo)

A couple weeks after the flags and cups were pulled for the season, Mother Nature gave the staff at New Prague Golf Club and area courses a rare opportunity at bonus rounds. For the first time in over 20 years, the city reopened the course for golf in December. It saw about 31,000 rounds this...
This story has been updated. Fire broke out in a structure on the 9000 block of Union Hill Boulevard in Belle Plaine Township just outside of the city of Belle Plaine Tuesday morning, Dec. 12. Belle Plaine firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 10:30 a.m. White smoke was reportedly pouring...

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The Singing Angels, which consists of fifth through eighth graders from Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, perform “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Building on its inaugural year, the second Svatý Mikuláš, or Saint Nicholas, celebration brought more than 200 people to The Rustic Farmer and Revival on Main on Sunday. The celebration, themed as a Czech Country Christmas event, featured a variety of vendors selling Czech gifts and baked goods....
“Max advised he was more interested in seeing Buddy from Elf growing up.” If you find the medallion, bring it to the Messenger office at 310 1st Street South or call 507-364-8601. Finders of the medallion will receive $100 in Monty Bucks! Look for the next clue in the Dec. 14 Montgomery Messenger...

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Gwenyth (left), mother Allyson and Jarvis Roemhildt tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas.

A gentle snow fell and brought a festive feeling to the activities of Frosty Fest in Lonsdale on Small Business Saturday. The snow brought slippery conditions to the roads and for those walking about, forcing everyone to slow their pace. Shops in Lonsdale had special extended hours encouraging...

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The auditorium at Tri-City United Elementary and Middle School in Le Center, which is part of the original building in question of whether or not it will be saved or torn down.

A Community Task Force Team, led by Tom Weber and Kat Pass of SiteLogIQ and made up of six students and 25 community members, that toured the school district and cited areas needing addressing in 2022 were given updates this fall on some of the key priorities they saw within the district. TCU...

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The first place Torchlight Parade entry, "Monster Christmas."

Winners of the 2023 Montgomery Torchlight Parade float contest were announced by the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks committee.  "Monster Christmas" was awarded first place float in the parade. It features a large monster truck with the Grinch chasing a miniature monster truck carrying Santa Claus...
It was a busy evening in New Prague as the community held its 27th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights and Celebration. There were about 30 entries in the parade along Main Street, including this one from the New Prague Area Figure Skating Club. The festivities continued in Memorial Park with the tree...

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Kolacky Day royalty celebrates with the Montgomery Area Community Club on their 100th anniversary at the annual meeting. Picture from the left are 2nd Princess Anastasia Stasney, Kolacky Days Queen Alice Schroeder, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Xiani Medina.

The Montgomery Area Community Club (MACC) celebrated its 100th anniversary during their annual membership meeting on Monday, Nov. 13. MACC was founded on March 7, 1923. On Feb. 23, 1923, a businessmen’s meeting that was held at city hall discussed the matter of forming an organization. A “fair...

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