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1,000-point scorer Lundberg a man of many interests
IT DIDN’T GO TO HIS HEAD — Benji Lundberg is crowned NRHEG Homecoming King by high school pricipal David Bunn. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By MELANIE PILTINGSRUD
The Panthers will be losing an outstanding basketball player, and the high school an outstanding student when Benji Lundberg graduates this spring.
Lundberg, who recently made his 1,000th point, plans to play basketball and major in accounting and business at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter this coming fall. Lundberg says that will be fun because one of the role models from his freshman year, Spencer Tollefson, will be a senior there next year. “He was a senior when I was a freshman in high school, so it’ll be the same in college then,” says Lundberg.
“They were really interested in me for basketball,” says Lundberg of Gustavus Adolphus, listing some of the campus attractions. “I’ve been around the college a lot of times before because my brother and sister went there before me, and I know St. Peter really well. I know people who have gone there, and they said it was always really fun, and the visits I took were phenomenal. It’s close to Mankato, and it’s like an hour from the Cities, so it’s in a good area.”
Lundberg is saving up for a car to make those future trips to Mankato and Minneapolis. He currently works as a cashier at Casey’s in Ellendale. “I enjoy getting to interact with lots of people and talk to them,” he says. “And a lot of people that come through are regulars, so they sit or stand by the register and just talk to me for a while, and ask about how basketball was and how life’s been, so it’s fun.”
Lundberg decided to go into accounting because he was impressed with the job when he had the opportunity to job shadow an accountant. “I saw what it was like, and the schedule he had, and he had summers off.” Lundberg explained that the accountant had his own firm. “I mean, you couldn’t do that right away, but…” Lundberg admits that his dream job wouldn’t be an accountant. If he could do anything, he would be an NBA equipment manager, but he believes that, with his affinity for math and his organizational skills, accounting would be a good fit for him.
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NRHEG's AAA (Arts, Academics and Athletics) Award winners were honored before the NRHEG boys' basketball game Friday, Feb. 16 and posed for a picture with their parents. From left: Leon Schoenrock, Beth Schoenrock, Betsy Schoenrock, Ben Lewer, Sarah Lewer, Tim Lewer. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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34TH ANNUAL GENEVA CANCER AUCTION — Keith Hagen holds the “Lotto Luck” scratch-off board that created and donated by Keith and Ruth Hagen. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
On Friday, Jan. 19, Whitey Hagen again welcomed everyone to the 34th Annual Geneva Cancer Auction.
“I appreciate all the years people have been coming to help fight cancer,” said Hagen. “You all do a super job and I feel that we are going to show you a good time again tonight”.
Whitey went on to say that the farm and sports related portions of the cancer auction would be held on Saturday afternoon. He said that he was glad that people, including many local seed dealers, had stepped up and donated a number of items for that portion of the auction again this year.
He then said, “I hope you are ready to get started.”
Again the first item up for bid was a quart jar of Vi Blazek’s pickles that are now made by her daughter, Sue Hill. That was followed by the Geneva Cancer Auction’s famous “stew maker,” a bag of potatoes, a bag of onions, along with a pound of Hope butter. Next up was an oil change and grease job from Dave Syverson Ford, which Whitey explained have helped the local auction for a lot of years
A plate of peanut clusters made by Judy Christensen and donated in memory of LeRoy Christensen was also put up for bid and it was followed by many things ,including another subscription to the Star Eagle. Whitey thanked the Star Eagle for all the great coverage that they have given of all the cancer fundraising activities over the years.
Jamie Hagen then took over as auctioneer and asked everyone to thank his dad, DeWayne, and Hank Thompson for first getting the cancer fundraising event started back in 1985.
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NRHEG High School Snow Week coronation was held Monday afternoon in the high school gymnasium in New Richland. Michelle Katzung looks on as Emily Crabtree is crowned Snow Week Queen. A talent show open to the public is set for Friday afternoon and Snow Week concludes with a semi-formal for students in grades 9-12 from 8-11 p.m. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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Carlie Wagner of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team, right, works against Michigan State's Jenna Allen during Big Ten action at Williams Arena Sunday, Jan. 7. Wagner, a New Richland native, totaled 15 points, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Gophers defeated the Spartans 83-77, improving to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Follow Wagner each week with the Wagner Watch on the pages of the Star Eagle. (Star Eagle photo by Eli Lutgens)