Opinion

This baby flamingo, weighed down from built up salt deposits on its legs, struggles to keep up to the flock in an episode of the Netflix series “Our Planet.” (Image: Netflix)

A new series on Netflix serves a stern and shocking warning: we need to do more to save our planet and the inhabitants on it. The series is narrated by the velvet voice naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, the most famous nature storyteller on television. The 92-year-old producer, narrator, and...
Last week, both the DFL-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate passed a Hands-Free Cell Phone bill that was then signed by Gov. Tim Walz. The law had tremendous support in both the House, where it passed 107-19, and the Senate, where it passed 48-12. It becomes law on August 1. The...
Many years ago, I was interviewing Jerry Bohnsack, then the New Prague city administrator. I don’t remember what the story was about, but I noticed that when I asked him a question, he sat there, thinking…. for at least 30 seconds before he responded. I had noticed this before, when interviewing...
It’s Severe Storm Awareness Week in Minnesota. What better way to celebrate than with an old fashioned April snowstorm. That’s right, a winter storm is expected to hit the area late Wednesday and continue through to Friday. Depending on the storm track and other conditions, we could get anywhere...
Last year around this time we were hit by a spring snowstorm that took many people by surprise. As I write this, there’s a possibility of a repeat this week of that type of weather. Or maybe not. When it comes to weather in Minnesota I’m usually of the mindset I’ll wait and see what happens. Anyone...
This week, once again, this mewspaper has a story on the continuing saga of the Le Sueur County Historical Society. Over the past few years, we’ve given plenty of attention to this group, along with the Scott County Historical Society and the New Prague Area Historical Society. The difference is,...
There is a big change in the newspaper you’re reading this week. If all went well, you won’t even notice it. Since the 1980s, The New Prague Times has been printed at Cannon Valley Printing in Northfield. The paper was sent to the printing plant - at first physically with paste ups, then, in more...
“Out of an abundance of caution…” So began a press release from the US Postal Service regarding the sudden closure of the New Prague Post Office, at 124 Main St. E. Late on Friday, the postal service decided to suspend operations at the New Prague facility due to environmental concerns. At the time...
Normally, I look at the Times Capsules on this page before the paper goes to press, but didn’t have time last week, and ended up looking at them on Thursday, after the paper came back from press…. You know, like a normal person. As I looked through them, I stopped on an item from 75 years ago: A...
On Monday, the Minnesota House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that will make it illegal for drivers to use a hand-held device while making phone calls or sending messages. Instead, they will be required to use a hands-free device to communicate. Among those at the state capital...

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