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Former St. Wenc Choir Director pens “Minnesota’s ‘Big Woods’ Musicians” A new book, authored by Sr. Anita Smisek, OP, a former choir director a St. Wencesalus Catholic Church, with narrative assistance from John Chromy, tells the story of how Bohemian immigrants brought their love of music to the “...

Elko New Market Assistant City Administrator Mark Nagel, left, receives a plaque from Mayor Joe Julius on Thursday, Dec. 16, for Nagel’s 15 years of service to the city. An open house was held for Nagel to honor him on his retirement. Nagel has had a career that has lasted 48 years. (Patrick Fisher photo)

On Thursday, Dec. 16, Elko New Market Assistant City Administrator Mark Nagel was honored upon his retirement. For Nagel this caps off 15 years with the city that began when he was interim City Administrator for Elko and then helped with the merger of Elko and New Market into one community. “'This...
New Prague’s Deputy Registrar office moved recently as it transitioned from First Bank & Trust on the east end of town to 118 Main St. E in the downtown. The office closed at First Bank & Trust on Tuesday, Dec. 28, and reopened at its new location under Jared O’Reilly of Savage on Monday,...
Due to staffing shortage, the New Prague Post Office is delivering packages and rotating mail routes. This may delay your newspaper delivery. 
Scott County Public Health will administer free COVID-19 tests at the Shakopee Library this month amid all-time high positivity rates.  Over 23% of county residents seeking COVID-19 testing were positive for the virus on average in the past seven days, according to the latest data from the Center...
WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM, Friday, January 7, 2022. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.Counties involved are Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Dakota, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Le Sueur, Martin, ...
The Elko New Market Police Department reported in a press release: On Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at approximately 8:35 a.m., the Elko New Market Police Department was dispatched to an Elko New Market address for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, the homeowner was located inside the residence...
The Ptarmigans’ offense was clicking during the 62nd SnoBowl on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Memorial Park in New Prague. The Ptarmigans won 28-0 against the Polars in the long running alumni snow football game. Teams are made up of graduates from New Prague High School. This was one of the coldest games...
The WEM Board of Education approved a slight increase to the school district’s levy for the 2022 pay year. The board adopted a proposed levy in September based on the limits set by the Minnesota Legislature. The increase in levy is due to an increase in debt service. But according to Business...

TCU Class of 2021 officers (left to right) Tara Larsen, Rachel Way, Rachel Rynda, and Jessica Dull led a small ceremony in the high school’s green space on Dec. 22, dedicating two memorial benches in honor of their late classmate Blake Asher and late teacher and coach, Carol Lilla. The benches were purchased using the graduated class’s remaining funds. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

An intimate, outdoor ceremony at Tri-City United High School marked the dedication of two memorial benches, Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 22. The benches, which are gifts from the Class of 2021, commemorate the lives of two Titans who passed aways in recent years. One bench is dedicated to Blake Asher...

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