Opinion

Last week, The Times used this space to talk about the efforts of local snowplow drivers. There is one other group of public employees who deserve accolades for their efforts during this snowy winter: School bus drivers. New Prague Area Schools has a fleet of 61 vehicles. That includes 24 large...
Last week’s story on the closing of the New Prague Shopko Hometown store drew a mixed reaction from many on social media. On the New Prague Happenings Facebook page, dozens of people lamented the loss of the store, with some adding that they feel sorry for the employees. However there were some who...
It’s times like these when you have to salute city employees. Especially this week, the city plow drivers. New Prague’s streets have been kept relatively passable over the past few weeks, despite the numerous snowfall events. Last week, five inches of snow fell during the day on Tuesday. By the...
New Prague’s Veterans Memorial Committee is holding their MusicFest II fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 9. This is the second year of the event. Last year’s MusicFest which was highly successful and brought in a lot of money to fund the memorial, which is scheduled to be built in the summer of 2020. New...
The coldest temperatures in 20 years hit Minnesota this week. Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday mornings were forecast to hit 20-below, and perhaps 30-below zero. Schools closed and many businesses adjusted their operations to accommodate employees and customers who were affected by the...
In each of the last two years, the Minnesota Legislature took no action on a bill that would increase penalties for distracted driving. With the increasing reliance on mobile phones and wireless technology, distracted driving has become one of the biggest dangers on our roads. Drivers who are...
New Year’s Day has come and gone. How many of you made a New Year’s resolution? Did you make the perennial favorite to lose weight? (I should have.) How about make better food choices? (I should have.) Quit snacking on the fattening and unhealthy food, sugars and refined white flour-products? (I...
The federal government remains shut down, nearly one month after Congress and the President failed to come to an agreement on funding various federal departments. This isn’t the first time the government has shut down because two sides were unable to come to an agreement, but as of this week, it is...
Minnesota has a new governor and a new, divided state legislature. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz took the oath of office Monday, Jan. 7, succeeding two-term Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Meanwhile the Minnesota Legislature convened for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with new house members...
There’s something refreshing about starting a new year. Many people see it as a chance to make a new beginning, a time for self-improvement or a time to reassess what we’ve been doing with our lives. And so, each year, millions of people make a list of things they want to work on in the next 12...

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