About 20 children and 20 area law enforcement officers gather at HillSpring Church on Wednesday, Dec. 12, after participating in the third annual Shop With a Cop at Shopko in New Prague. The Salvation Army, Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office, local schools and KCHK Radio assist with the program where...

A fish house and truck fell through the ice on Lake Francis Dec. 8.

A truck and fishhouse fell through the ice on Lake Francis in Elysian Saturday, Dec. 8. According to Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason, A cave Brand Fishhouse and Chevrolet Silverado truck, belonging to Jeremy Ziemke of Janesville, fell through the ice at approximately 2 p.m. For more on the...
The New Prague Chamber of Commerce has parted ways with Deb Kalousek, executive director for nearly five years, it was announced this week. Barb Skluzacek, chamber president, said the chamber’s executive board made the decision to “go in a different direction” last month. The change was effective...
The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners approved an amended Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Plan during the regular Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting. Environmental Resources Specialist Holly Kalbus presented the updated AIS Plan, which included a few minor changes. Kalbus said there are 128...
Elko New Market City Clerk Sandy Green, left, visits with interim Police Chief Craig Bell, Mayor Bob Crawford and city council member Dawn Seepersaud on Thursday, Dec. 6, during an open house for Green’s retirement. She is retiring on Friday, Dec. 14, after 19 years with the city. (Patrick Fisher Photo)
Elko New Market City Clerk Sandy Green was honored on Thursday, Dec. 6, for 19 years of service to the city. An open house was held that evening for Green, who is retiring this Friday, Dec. 14. During the Elko New Market City Council meeting later that evening she was presented a plaque by Mayor...
Three long-time New Prague Area School board members, left to right, Jerry Walerius, Sherry Brooks and Don Dvorak, were honored with a reception following the board’s Monday, Dec. 10 meeting. The three are stepping down, and Monday was their final meeting. (Chuck Kajer photo)
Monday’s meeting of the New Prague Area School Board was the final meeting for three long-time board members. Jerry Walerius and Don Dvorak served 13 years on the board and Sherry Brooks nine. All three chose not to run for reelection this year. Their seats will be taken by Mark Bartusek, Leo...

Volunteer elf Christina Mihalik assisted a young shopper select gifts. Lisa Ingebrand

Hundreds of children and their families attended the free Santa's Workshop event in Waterville on Saturday, Dec. 8. Dozens of volunteers elves helped the children shop for gifts for their family members and received free books, hats, mittens, ornaments, and treats. Of course, Santa Claus was there...

A young driver prepares to drive the test course. Lisa Ingebrand Photo

Thirty-nine young people participated in the Sakatah Trail Sno-Cruisers' snowmobile training program in Waterville on Saturday, Dec. 8. The number of people who took the class snowballed from last year's six participants. Pick up a copy of the Dec 13 Life or Enterprise to learn more.
Members of Hymnus sing in the lobby of the Hotel Broz during the 2018 Holiday Makers Market Friday, Dec. 7. The two-day event, featuring handcrafted items from a number of area vendors, continues Saturday at the historic hotel in downtown New Prague.
New Prague Cub Scouts Pack 323 had their float decked out to look like a pinewood derby car. They were among several area groups and businesses that took part in the Parade of Lights. 
New Prague had a beautiful evening on Friday, Nov. 30, for its Parade of Lights and Holiday Celebration in the Park as temperatures in the 20s were cold, yet comfortable, and snow on the ground added to the winter atmosphere. The New Prague Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 23rd Annual Parade of...

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