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Trying to soften the runway for anticipated future budget reductions, the New Prague Area School Board approved offering veteran teachers in the upper quadrant of the salary schedule an early-retirement package they can use for expenses including healthcare plans. Monday, April 22, the school board...
Submitted by: Sarah Stultz, Managing Editor, Albert Lea Tribune A significant discussion is taking place at the state Legislature in reaction to the recent announcement that eight community newspapers will close at the end of the month. Under a proposal in the Senate Education Policy Omnibus bill (...

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The New Prague Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a two vehicle crash east of New Prague on highways 19/13 around 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18. According to a preliminary report from the State Highway Patrol one person was transported by ambulance from the scene. Both vehicles,...

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One-third of TCU high school students receive academic letters

TCU High School Principal Alan Fitterer says that 201 out of about 600 Tri-City United High School students received academic letters and were celebrated the school’s Academic Letter Breakfast and Program on Thursday, March 21. In order to qualify for an academic letter, students must earn at least...

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The 2024 Poppy Princess Elizabeth “Izzi” Kotek (center), 11, will represent the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 this year. Izzi is pictured with her parents Corey (left) and Bobbi Kotek, of Montgomery.

Elizabeth “Izzi” Kotek, 11, was crowned as the Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79’s 2024 Poppy Princesses at the April 10th monthly American Legion Auxiliary meeting. Izzi is the daughter of Corey and Bobbi Kotek of Montgomery. Corey is the the Post 79 Commander. Poppy Princesses are...

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The 2024 Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota royalty and distinguished guests, from the right, Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin Queen 2023-2024 Trinity Pesko; Junior Ambassadors R. J. Timmerman and Keely Kluzak; 2nd Princess Alexia Timmerman, Queen Sarah Langridge, 1st Princess Gabrielle Stoudt; Junior Ambassadors Ella Flicek and Kailey Flicek; Miss Czech Slovak U.S. 1st Runner Up Drew Henja. Missing from the photo was Lilli Sticha.

First boy Junior Ambassador entered into program Saturday evening was a gathering from around the state at the Montgomery American Legion for the 35th Annual Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant. Festivities started with an authentic Czech meal, prepared by board member and Head Chef Josh Gare and...
Two weeks after board members struggled to approve cutting $3.5 million from the general fund, the New Prague School District is once again looking at a plan to reduce the cost of one of its biggest expenses – veteran teachers. Monday, April 8, during a board workshop, the school board heard a...

Carrie Simon, her husband Russ, and their children, Lucas, 16, and Liam, 9, will be the guests of honor at the annual Roman Barten Memorial Breakfast Sunday, April 14, at the KC Hall in New Prague.

Carrie Simon, of Montgomery, went to the doctor in early 2022 thinking it would be a typical doctor visit. In February of 2022, she went through surgery. She and her husband, Russ, believed it was just an ovarian cyst. The doctors thought it was about 18 centimeters, and it ended up being 35...
The Koko and Sam Tarr family of New Prague told New Prague City Council they had concerns their son was racially profiled and was being harassed by a member of the New Prague Police Department. The family said they are originally from Liberia and have been living in New Prague for four years. The...

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Asher Miller, left, and Eli Miller, right, pose with the famous Easter Bunny.

Ambassadors looking for candidates The Lonsdale Ambassadors annual Easter Egg Hunt once again drew hundreds of area families to Lonsdale’s Jaycee Park on Saturday, March 30. Miss Lonsdale Ambassador royalty facilitating the three age group-separated hunts were Miss Lonsdale Alli Simon, Miss...

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