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One area crossing of the Minnesota River has been closed and two others are expected to close in the near future.    The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson due to flooding of the Minnesota River. The announcement was made at 4:25 a.m....
Dick Swanson, center, of New Prague asks questions during the open house held by the New Prague Utilities Commission and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) on Tuesday, April 24. Held at the Park Ballroom, more than 50 people attended the open house where people could ask questions about the proposed acquisition of MVEC by the Utilities Commission. (Patrick Fisher Photo)
The Tuesday April 24, open house held at the Park Ballroom by Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) and the New Prague Utilities Commission (NPUC) drew more than 50 people. MVEC General Manager Ryan Hentges and New Prague’s Utilities General Manager Bruce Reimers provided background in which...
Deb Bodensteiner operates The Well, a Christian Teen Drop-in Center that is open from 2:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays for youngsters in grades 6 and up. (Chuck Kajer Photo)
The Well, a Christian Teen Drop-in Center, will hold a grand opening Sunday, April 29, from 12:30-4 p.m. The Well is located at 1409 Main St. E, next to Gerold Bros. Construction. It was organized by Deb and Jim Bodensteiner as a place for young people grades 6 to 12 to gather. It is open five days...

Trinity Lutheran third grader Natalie Elness (left) and fifth grader Claire Elness each won first place honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota. The girls are sisters. Submitted Photo

A set of sisters, Claire and Natalie Elness, claimed top honors in the Annual Spelling Bee of Lutheran Elementary Schools in Southern Minnesota that was held at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Truman on April 21. The girls are the daughters of Troy and Aubrey Wetzel and Alec and Nicole Elness. Big...

O’Leary’s Station in Waterville will soon be demolished. The business was operated by the O’Leary family for almost eight decades. Lisa Ingebrand Photo

The small service station at the corner of First Street North and Sakatah Boulevard in Waterville is slated for demolition. Locals refer to it simply as O'Leary's. The place is as iconic as its manager, 98-year-old John "Johnny" O'Leary, who operated the station for almost 80 years, up until winter...

WEM junior Sarah Best (center) poses with her first place State Speech award. She’s pictured with WEM Speech Coaches Rachel Wendlandt (left) and Eric Gerst. Submitted Photo

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School junior Sarah Best, daughter of Dave and Cherie Best, earned first place in the Original Oratory division at the Class A Speech Tournament in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 21. Senior Buccaneer Elijah Bass, son of Angela Sweetland, also competed in the...
Catherine Herrmann of Montgomery received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' Council of Catholic Women on April 21. Pictured (left to right): Archdiocese CCW President Debbie Keller, Herrmann, and Archdiocese CCW Spiritual Advisor Father David Kohner.

Catherine Herrmann of Montgomery was named a Volunteer of the Year at the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's 86th annual convention last weekend, April 20 thru 21, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Stillwater.    Herrmann was recognized for her past volunteer roles in the community...
A blown transformer late Monday afternoon near the New Prague Area Schools Central Education Campus has resulted in a power outage at the building. Because the building is on emergency power, tonight's scheduled school board meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, April 24) at 6 p.m. According to...
Minnesota has new Czech Slovak ambassadors when the royalty was crowned at the annual Miss Czech Slovak MN Pageant at the American Legion Post 79 in Montgomery on Saturday. The new royalty is pictured with the night’s Czech Helpers.    Pictured are: Czech Helpers Melanie Le Brun, Miss...
Evan, left, and his dad Cory Czepa of rural New Prague were busy making art during the Thursday, April 19, Art Show Open House for grades PreK-5 at the New Prague Library. Parents and children from the New Prague Area School District were at the library looking over the assortment of art. The...

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