Opinion

In my inaugural column for this newspaper, I teased the time I snuck into a presidential event as “a story for another time.” As it was an Independence Day event, the time to tell that story has arrived. It was 2005. I was married in May, and moved to Morgantown, W.Va., so my wife, Traci, could...
There used to be a baseball stadium along the Minnesota River in Shakopee, at the north end of the old Holmes Street bridge. It’s the same bridge where, local legend has it, a man flew a small airplane under the bridge to win the affections of a local young lady. Such a feat today would be...
This week marks 248 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when the American colonies declared themselves free from the United Kingdom. Many people will be celebrating it by spending time with family, friends and with fireworks capping the day. A little bit of history, John...
The time has come for school districts to put their feet down. It’s time to consider banning cell phones in schools, especially the high school. No, this isn’t about what books, videos or information is made available to students. The time to ban cell phones in schools, New Prague Schools, in this...
A few weeks back, the New Prague Area School Board discussed the notion of once again asking voters to approve some form of levy increase, possibly a blend of levy and capital projects referendum. The district has had two separate levy requests rejected, a two-part question in 2022 and a levy...
If there is something that sticks out in my memory from last year’s Memorial Day program, it was the following two things. One, there was almost no one, outside of the families of military and military veterans themselves, that showed up at the Memorial Day program at the Montgomery American Legion...
Even here in New Prague, we’ve started to see a few of the new state flags flying, some of them so new you can still see the crease marks from where they were folded for packaging. Gov. Walz put out a video on X – we used to call it Twitter – in which he sat down at a desk and noticed the old...
Many Minnesota partisans have recently been saying out loud what many of us have said for years: Precinct caucuses are a major contributor to the angry, political division permeating politics today. As a former statewide endorsed candidate and longtime Republican activist, I can testify caucuses...
We acquired a .22-caliber handgun for dispatching unwanted animals from the barn. Fortunately, we gave it away before ever needing to use it. We were always taught every gun is always loaded unless you personally see it is not loaded. The point of such counsel was to prevent the unthinkable. The...
For more than 24 years I’ve been covering the news in New Prague. There’s been the good and the bad and plenty of events. There’s been events where friends and neighbors gather to help someone in town. This weekend, I was at the grand march for New Prague High School’s prom. This coming weekend, I...

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