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The Rice Creek Watershed showing the trout stream designation area and sampling locations for the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams project, one of them falling participating farmer Michael Daly’s property.

One farmer that is involved in the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams (FPBSP) Project took initiative to help promote a better landscape, waterway, and ecosystem many years ahead of it. In 1990, Michael Daly put 77 acres out of his 145 acre farm into programs that the government offered. Two 33...

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The coaching staff and six female weightlifters who placed at state competition. Front row is (from left to right) Elizabeth Odenthal, Julia Odenthal, Ana Stasney, and Halee Gargett. Back row is (from left to right) Assistant Coach Jay Fredrickson, Coach Andrew Meier, Morgan Meier, Caleigh Hoefs, Assistant Coach Tony Barnack.

Six Tri-City United High School female weightlifters placed at the state competition. Halee Gargett claimed the title as the state champion in the 45 kg class. The state weightlifting competition was held Saturday, March 11, in Cannon Falls. Coach Andrew Meier said, “Great way to end the year! All...

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Montgomery resident and TCU student Ana Stasney is the winner of the 2023 Kolacky Days Button Design Contest.

The Montgomery Area Community Club (MACC) announces their button design contest winner, Ana Stasney of Montgomery. Stasney received $150 Monty Bucks, a Kolacky Days t-shirt, a limited edition oversized collectable Kolacky Days Button, and two regular-sized Kolacky Days buttons of the design she...

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The Middle Cannon River Watershed shown with the sub watersheds that are involved in the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams Project in Bridgewater Township.

A number of entities came together to implement the Farmers Protecting Rice Creek Project in the Rice Creek watershed in 2018. The project expanded to include parts of Heath and Wolf Creek watersheds in 2021 and was renamed the Farmers Protecting Bridgewater Streams Project (FPBSP). Rice Creek is...

Cast members of DalekoArts production of “Godspell” are Jordan Leggett (right foreground), and from left, background, Jordan Mitchell, Ryan Lee, Ricky Morisseau, Alecia White, Nicole Thietje, Maggie Mae Sulentic, Zach Garcia and Toby Thietje. The musical was one of many productions done by DalekoArts in New Prague during its 10 year history. The local theater will be closing on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Dan Norman)

The board members of DalekoArts, New Prague’s local theater troupe, announced Tuesday, March 7, this season will be its last. The theater on Main Street will close after more than 10 years on June 30. DalekoArts, a charitable non-profit, was founded by Ben Thietje and his wife Amanda White, who...

Maddy Smith (left) and her family will be the benefactors of the annual Barten Memorial Breakfast Sunday, March 19, at the KC Hall, 411 Fourth Ave. SW, in New Prague. The family includes her parents, Gretchen and Kevin (Mike) Smith, and her siblings Bella, Olivia and Noah. (Photo courtesy of the Smith family)

There have been times the past 18 months when Maddy Smith’s medical condition has left the New Prague 16-year-old and her family feeling isolated from the community and their friends. Sunday, March 19, they will feel anything but alone. That’s the hope of Fran Barten, her family, their friends and...
Community members gathered at St. John Catholic Church in Union Hill yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, March 15, to offer their support and prayers for a young police officer from New Prague injured in the line of duty early Tuesday morning. Several dozen people attended a Mass in which the Rev....
The City of Elysian is looking for funding for a new water treatment plant. Mayor Tom McBroom made a plea on behalf of the city at both meetings of the House of Representatives and Senate Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9. Proposals for clean water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades in...

Renovation work is being done on the historic Union Hotel in Waterville. Above, there are many of the pieces which helped build this hotel back in 1888, including the old ceiling studs and brick walls. The building had also been known as the Rainbow Hotel back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. (Submitted photo)

Grant Pope, owner of We Buy Houses Southern Minnesota, is always looking for opportunities in the area where they can add value to a property and the surrounding communities. Little did he know his latest project is one of the oldest buildings in Waterville that has significant history to the...

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Sophomores Yasmin Ruiz (left) and Megan Marek enjoy their evening painting Bob Ross.

The Tri-City United High School’s student Art Night has become a popular annual tradition for students says Tony Barnack, art teacher and advisor for the TCU ARTeam. TCU’s ARTeam has 65 students and many of them were in attendance for Art Night. A total of 53 students participated in Art Night....

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