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“Journalism Matters - Now more than ever.” That is the theme for National Newspaper Week, which is being celebrated October 7-13. The New Prague Times joins newspapers across the nation in celebrating the free press and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which keeps the news media from...
This week is Homecoming Week for the Tri-City United School District. As is common during this week of celebrations, it is also a time for schools to welcome back former students and members and celebrate an organization’s existence. It is a long-standing tradition in many high schools, colleges,...
We are now a little more than one month from the November General Election. No doubt, people are starting to tire of the constant media barrage of commercials on the television, radio or even on the internet and social media. Candidates are out there trying to make their case as to why they should...
The 2018 Dozinky Festival was blessed with good weather and great crowds.   The downtown area was filled Friday evening and Saturday with large crowds as thousands of people headed to New Prague to celebrate the harvest, the community and its ethnic and agricultural heritage. The music coming...
Another Dozinky is now in the books. It was a fun and busy time for my editor Chuck Kajer and myself as we hurried to cover many of the activities that go with New Prague’s harvest festival. I very much appreciate Chuck stepping up to get a few photos for me as my camera had technical...
New Prague will pull out all the stops this weekend as it celebrates the 34th Annual Dozinky Festival. The Czech Harvest Festival has become one of the highlight of the year for many in the community. It gives local residents a chance to celebrate the community’s ethnic and agricultural roots, as...
This weekend sees the biggest event of the year in New Prague… The annual Dozinky Festival. Dozinky has been around for 34 years now. I’ve been to all but a few of the early ones. I think the first one I was around for was in 1988, which would have been the fourth one. I was working in Le Sueur and...
Just like this year, it was a beautiful, sunny September Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001. People were going about their business, schools were in session and life was peaceful. Then everything changed. Shortly after 8 a.m. Central Time, an airplane crashed into one of the World Trade Center...
Social media has become an important tool for many, but there is a disturbing trend that turns a lot of people off about it, and that is the anonymity and immediacy of the medium. People sometimes put whatever unfiltered thoughts enter their mind immediately onto social media, without thinking. A...
If you are a longtime resident of Montgomery and subscriber to the Montgomery Messenger, the name Marlene Kolars will be familiar to you. Marlene worked at the Montgomery Messenger for more than 15 years before passing away on October 1, 2007.    Her columns were called “Easy Reading” and were very...

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