Kelly Nelson, left, and her mom Glad Busch enjoy dessert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s community Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23, in New Prague. “I came from out of town to take her to Thanksgiving,” said Nelson, who lives in Mountain Lake, about 100 miles away. They were among the many...
“Eileen, Max, Mikayla, and Ruby were excited for the upcoming Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on Nov. 30. Besides seeing nearly 50 lighted floats and checking out the window displays depicting Christmas movies, they have an opportunity to search for the holiday medallion hidden somewhere in...

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The cast and crew of Seussical, from left to right, in the front row are Claire Vavra, Darby Phelps, Jamil De La O, Bella De La O, Elise Fashant, Hayden Dietz, Lauren Ballman, Carter Maskarey, Isaak Worm and Abby Schmitz; in the second row are Kaylen Barta, Nick Mejia, Nathan Glockner, Leonardo Ruiz, Kendalyn Sauter, Isabella Keltgen, Maisie Teigen, Addy Schroer, Dakota Meadows, Issac Schroeder, Amanda Prigge, Eva Tikalsky and Sadie Fossum; in the third row are Zach Zender, John Titus, Geo Castro, Eli Morales, Olivia Skluzacek, Abby Grant, Audrey Krugerud, Audrey Keltgen, Kylie Anderson, Savannah Chapel, Josiah Velarde, Grace Malecha and Emilynn Liebhard; and in the back row are Riley Witte, Ryan Schroeder, Josiah Turek, Aiden Miland, Keith Sexton and Tyson Grant. Not pictured are Alice Schroeder, Xiani Medina, Nora Titus and Grace Pieper.

With dozens of cast members and as many musical numbers, Seussical the Musical will bring the larger-than-life charters of Dr. Seuss to the Tri-City United High School’s performing arts center this weekend. TCU Fall Musical Director Sarah Meija said with all of the cast and crew together it’s...

Joel and Chris Loose visited with hundreds of people who attended a benefit in Joel's honor Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Depot in New Prague.

Joel Loose and his family were thrilled and grateful for the support they received at a benefit in his honor Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at The Depot in New Prague. Approximately 450 people attended the benefit fundraiser to help the Loose family with medical expenses during Joel’s battle ALS (...

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The two chosen junior grand marshals, Hendrix Rotter (left) and Brenlynn Sirek, from Montgomery.

A person wouldn’t know it was a winter holiday festival the day the two junior grand marshals stopped by the Messenger to have their picture taken, as it was a balmy 60 degrees out Sunday when they did. Hendrix Rotter, son of Jeff and Eve Rotter, and Brenlynn Sirek, daughter of Jon and Missy Sirek...

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TCU High School’s CIS class meet United States Poet Laureate Ada Limon. Limon is seen in the center of the students with the dark dress coat and golden blouse.

Tri-City United High School students, from the College in Schools (CIS) Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative class, had the opportunity to meet U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limon during her visit to the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. CIS classes are courses offered through...

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Coach Bruce David

The Minnesota River Conference, which is disbanding at the end of the 2024 season, names outstanding coaches each year. This year they honored four coaches who have been coaching for more than 110 years combined. Bruce Davis of Tri-City United, Joe Scoblic of Lester Prairie, Chip Wolverton of...

Helping organize the Loose family fundraiser are, from left, Rev. Diane Goulson, Sandy Morris, Kathy Gage and Daryl Bauer. The four are friends of Joel and Chris Loose of New Prague. In the last year Joel has had a double lung transplant and triple bypass heart surgery and has been diagnosed with ALS. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Family and friends organize fundraiser for Joel Loose and family Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If you want a friend, you need to be a friend.” For many in New Prague, the quote likely describes Joel Loose and his wife, Chris. The couple has been involved in the community either through Holy Trinity...

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Guest veteran speaker, Ret. US Army Colonel Keith Barta speaks to attendees of the middle school’s program.

“The best way to honor your veterans, not just today but every day, is to live life the best you can every day,” said guest veteran speaker, Honorably Discharged US Army Specialist Derek Farwell as he addressed the performing arts center crowd at the high school at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10....

New Prague’s Avery Klein, No. 2, keeps the ball alive during the first game of the state finals. New Prague fought back and chipped away at Wayzata’s lead for a close score in each of the three games. (Patrick Fisher photo)

New Prague High School’s volleyball team finished its run at state in the championship match Saturday, Nov. 11, for Class AAAA at Xcel Energy Center. New Prague finished second to the No. 1-seeded Wayzata Trojans. While Wayzata won in a three game sweep, New Prague made it battle for each point....

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