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Volume 124, Number14 — 18 Pages
952.758.4435Thursday, December6, 2012 $1.25
 European Christmas a world of fun, Page 3 •Wrestlers go 5-0 at home tourney, Page 11
Thurs., Dec. 6State Bank of New Prague5:30-7pmFri., Dec. 7American Family Insurance5:30-7pmSat., Dec. 8Drug ExpressNoon-2pmWed., Dec. 12Westgate Townhomes5:30-7pmThurs., Dec. 13Ace Hardware5:30-7pmFri., Dec. 14The Happening Place5:30-7pmSat., Dec. 15Bargain BettysNoon-2pm
10am - 2pm, Saturday, Dec. 8Free will offering gift wrapping eventto benefit the New Prague Area Figure Skating Club,at Hertaus Flooring
7:30am-1pm, Sunday, Dec. 9K.C. Hall,New Prague, sponsored by New Prague Area Emergency Medical Services
Peace Center, New PragueOpen M-W-F, 9 am-1 pmMittens for Many (by 12/6)State Bank of New PragueLe Sueur Co. Adopt-A-FamilyArea churches
& Santa Anonymous (by 12/6)
Salvation Army (thru 12/23)Coborn’s & Little Dukes
Watch for holiday happenings each week atnewpraguetimes.com
By Patrick Fisher
Staff Writer
Mild weather added to alarge turnout for the 17th an-nual Holiday Parade of Lights and the second annualHoliday in the Park. The pa-rade down New Prague’sMain Street ended at Memo-rial Park with a variety of festivities."I thought it was fantastic,"said Kristy Mach, executivedirector of the New PragueChamber of Commerce, or-ganizer of the event.There were about 13 unitsin the parade that went easton Main Street. Various orga-nizations participated frombusinesses to clubs. Machsaid this year there were noprizes for the best floats. Onedifference was that as the pa-rade neared Memorial Park,the crowds lining the streetsgrew in number."I was surprised to see somany people at MemorialPark," said Mach.This year the Holiday inthe Park included activitiesfrom last year and new ones.There was the Reindeer Dashwhere children 10 and underlined up in one of the ball-parks to scramble to grab agoodie bag. Mach said therewere 500 bags that containedvarious items, spread out inthe outfield."I think everyone got one,because they were all gone,"said Mach.During the dash childrenwere asked to share if theysaw someone without a bag.Other events included vis-its with Santa, carols by theNew Prague choir Hymnusand a tree lighting ceremony.Santa lit the pine tree sprin-kled with 5,500 LED lightsthat will remain lit throughthe Holidays. Mach said thelocal Boy Scouts were gener-ous by providing three smallbonfires in portable fire pits.Closing the night werefireworks by RES SpecialtyPyrotechnics. People toldMach they enjoyed beingable to see a terrific fire-works show up close."People thought it was agreat night," said Mach.
Large crowds greet Holiday festivities
Patrick Fisher Photo
Larry Entingerrides the New Prague Knights of Columbus entry during the HolidayParade of Lights held on Main Street Friday, Nov. 30. Mild weatherled to a largeturnout forthe 17th annual event. To see more photos go to newpraguetimes.com andclick on the blue button.
Chuck Kajer Photo
The New Prague Community Christmas tree stands in the foreground while fireworksgo off during the Holiday Celebration in the Park.
Chuck Kajer Photo
Concert puts audience in festive mood
The New Prague High School show Choir, Emotion, performed at the New Prague Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec.2, at St. Wenceslaus Church. Othergroups included the New Prague Community Band, the Hymnus choir, groupsfrom St. Wenceslaus School and Raven Stream Elementary and the Hurt family. The finale featured the audienceand all performers joining togetherto sing popularChristmas Carols. See more photos on Page 2.Chuck Kajer
 Managing Editor
Marine Lance CorporalDale Means was laid to restat St. Patrick’s Cemetery, onWednesday, Nov. 28, outsidethe same church where hemarried his high schoolsweetheart just 13 monthsearlier.Means, a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School,was killedNovember 18when the vehi-cle he was rid-ing in hit aroadside bombinAfghanistan.The funeralprocessionbegan atBruzek Funer-al Home and went east onMain Street (Highway13/19), and the route waslined not only with 1,800American Flags, courtesy oLarry Eckhardt of LittleYork, IL, but with hundredsof people who took a breakfrom their daily routine togive the Marine a propersendoff. Those lining thesidewalks included people of all ages, from young childrento retired people. Severalclasses from St. WenceslausSchool walked the six blocksfrom school to pay their re-spects to a fallen hero.One woman, Jodi Hunt,walked up to the group andpassed out small AmericanFlags to the children. HelenTikalsky, who is the motherof three veterans, talkedabout the emotions she felt asher voice broke with emo-tion.The procession followedHighway 13 east and north.At the roundabout at ScottCounty Road 2, two sheriff’scars blocked crossing trafficand two deputies as well as aman in a Marine Uniformstood in the circle and salutedas the procession went by.Dozens of cars were stoppedand passengers got out and
Community helped give Marine a proper sendoff
Page 7
Lance Cpl.Dale Means
New Year’s Baby Contest begins
The New Prague Times’First Baby Contest willaccept entries until 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, atthe 13 area businesses participating in this year'scontest. Each business will donate a gift for thefamily of the first baby born in 2013 at MayoClinic Health System in New Prague. Readerscan win by filling out one or more ad coupons forthe contest, guessing the date, time and weight of theNew Year’s first arrival, and dropping the coupons in the box ateach participating businesses. For more, turn to Page 16.
2/The New Prague Times/December6, 2012
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Speaking of Health
Diabetes awareness: Becoming a healthier type
Approximately 25.8 millionpeople in the United Stateshave been diagnosed withdiabetes and 7 million remainundiagnosed, according to theCenters for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC). Diabetes isa chronic disease that costs ournation thousands of lives eachyear, making it increasinglyimportant for everyone to gaingreater awareness aboutprevention and management. 
1. What is diabetes?
Diabetes is caused by
resistance to, a hormone calledinsulin. There are several typesof diabetes, all of which are aresult of blood sugar (glucose)levels being excessively high.
Type 1 diabetes
is usuallydiagnosed in children andyoung adults and wasformerly referred to as juvenile diabetes. Type 1is caused by the body notproducing any insulin.
Type 2 diabetes
is the mostcommon form of diabetesand affects millions of Americans – both diagnosedand undiagnosed. In thecase of type 2 diabetes,the body either doesn’tproduce enough insulin
or resists its effects. Obesity
plays a major role indeveloping insulinresistance, which canlead to type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes
mayoccur during the latter half of pregnancy in womenthat did not previouslyhave diabetes. It’simportant to monitor bloodsugar levels throughoutthe pregnancy to keep
themother and child healthy.
is a conditionwhere blood sugar levelsare abnormally high, butnot high enough to be
Individuals diagnosed withprediabetes are more likelyto develop type 2 diabetes,so it should be proactivelyaddressed through weightloss efforts and moderateexercise. 
2. What are symptomsof diabetes?
Prediabetes often has noobvious signs. However,common symptoms of otherforms of diabetes include:
 and/or thirst.
Additional signs of type 2diabetes include:
 in the hands and feet.
 or bruises.However, not all type 2diabetics experience symptoms.If you have any concerns or
important to speak with yourhealth care provider.
3. How serious is the impactof diabetes?
 Diabetes is the seventhleading cause of death in theU.S., accounting for 70,000lives lost in 2009, per the CDC.Diabetes also presents thepotential for many long-termcomplications, includingincreased risk of damage to theeyes, feet and kidneys, as wellas heart disease and stroke.
4. How can I manage andprevent diabetes?
 It’s critical to maintaina healthy diet that includes
fruits, vegetables, nuts andseeds. Also, limit the intake of saturated fats and high glycemicfoods such as pastas, potatoes,
white bread.Moderately exercising 30
week is essential for diabetesprevention and management.Diabetes is a chronic disease,but it doesn’t have to placea continuous burden on yourhealth. With a few lifestylechanges and added awareness,
steps toward becoming ahealthier “type.”
 Mary Taylor is a Mayo Clinic Health Systemcertified diabetes educator and registered dietitian.
For more information, please go tomayoclinichealthsystem.org 
Health & Fitness coverage is supportedby Mayo Clinic Health System,preserving the health and well-being of southern Minnesota communities.
Shirley Privratsky was one of the soloistsforHymnus.Mary Walerius of the New Prague Com-munity Band played a clarinet solo.
New Prague Christmas Concert 
Chuck Kajer Photo
The Hurt family opened the concert with several selections. To see more photos go tonewpraguetimes.com and click on the blue button.
New Prague Christmas Concert 
The New Prague Times/December6, 2012/3
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European Christmas provides a world of fun
By Patrick Fisher
Staff Writer
People attending the ThirdAnnual European ChristmasBoutique could almost saythey traveled around theworld without leaving NewPrague.The event, held Sunday,Dec. 2, at the American Le-gion Park Ballroom, includedentertainment and vendorsrepresenting various coun-tries.There was dancing, storiesand representatives of culturefrom the Czech Republic,Ireland, Poland, Germany,Norway, Sweden and others.Locally people came fromNew Prague, Montgomery,Lonsdale, Shakopee and theTwin Cities Metro Area. TheEuropean Christmas eventwas sponsored by State Bankof New Prague and hosted bythe Czech Heritage Club.Ahighlight was the coro-nation of the 2013 CzechHeritage Junior Royalty.They were: Michaela Goettl,daughter of John and ColleenGoettl, Katrina Reeder,daughter of Jim and MindyReeder, Sarah Stresnak,daughter of Ken and PattyStresnak and Madeline ClaraSvoboda, daughter of Craigand Maryann Svoboda. Ac-companying them to eventswill be 2013 Little SisterGrace Tumasmith, daughterof Chris and Maryann Tuma-smith and Little Brother JoeJirik, son of Duane and AmyJirik. The six will representthe area at parades and festi-vals over the next year.Outgoing 2012 Ambas-sadors Tatum Kubes, IzakJirik, Grace Kubista andNathan Palma remarked howthe last year had helped themlearn more about their Czechheritage, its traditions and berole models. For them one of the best moments of the yearwas attending the reopeningof the National Czech & Slo-vak Museum & Library inCedar Rapids, IA. About fouryears ago a flood damagedthe museum.
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Patrick Fisher Photo
Chosen as the 2013 Czech Heritage JuniorRoyalty are, from left, Madeline Clara Svo-boda, Sarah Stresnak, Katrina Reederand Michaela Goettl. The fourwere crownedduring the Sunday, Dec. 2, European Christmas Boutique in New Prague. They willrepresent the area at parades and Czech festivals throughout Minnesota and otherstates. To see more photos go to newpraguetimes.com and click on the blue button.
Patrick Fisher Photo
John Rajtarof Minneapolis demonstrates the art of dec-orating an egg at the European Christmas Boutique. Thethird annual event featured artwork and various ven-dors.
Truth inTaxationhearingdraws one
By Patrick Fisher
Staff Writer
The New Prague CityCouncil’s Truth in TaxationPublic Hearing for the 2013budget drew one person.Council member-elect PatScripture attended the Mon-day, Dec. 3, meeting.Aformer city employee,she asked if the subsidy thatthe city pays to the NewPrague Golf Club would begoing down.The city has been paying a$121,270 subsidy to help theclub with debt services andcash flow. The council ap-proved the subsidy to helpthe golf club rather than haveit close.City Administrator MikeJohnson said while the clubhas been making progress inclosing the gap over the lastfew years, the subsidy can’tgo down until the club cancover its expenses.Council member ShawnRyan asked if Scripture hadany ideas. She thought man-agement was doing a good job and they could take overthe jobs at the club.Mayor Chuck Nickolaysaid they could, but in thelong run it would likely costmore. He noted "your jawwould drop" with what othergolf management companiescharge.Council member KristinGuerrette said the city hasbeen working on a planwhere the subsidy paymentwould go down, which in-cluded looking at other areaswhere the club could makemoney. She noted there’s alot more competition in thearea."It’s not an easy industry,"said Nickolay. The city andthe club have to look at moreoptions at making revenuefrom non-golfing events.

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