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In Clarks Grove, a dream realized PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:40

Museum grand opening July 11


Staff Writer

Dreams do come true if you are patient and willing to put some equity into them. It helps to believe and say a few prayers.

The Clarks Grove Area Heritage Society began about 20 years ago with just a few people thinking ahead and interested in preserving the artifacts, pictures and stories that made Clarks Grove the great town it is.

From that humble beginning, loyal citizens kept meeting and discussing how nice it would be if there was a place in town that could be established to preserve the pictures and memorabilia that people might want to donate. Phyllis Hanson and Kathy Jensen talked often about a museum and the topic of finding a place was brought up at nearly every heritage society meeting. Several members of the society started checking out possible sites that might be available. 

The old creamery was thought ideal, being the first cooperative creamery in Minnesota, but there were too many drawbacks. The condition and layout of the building made it inadequate and too difficult to accommodate the elderly and handicapped.

2014-15 spring honor roll PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:36

NRHEG High School Principal David Bunn has announced the names of students selected to the Honor Roll for 4th Quarter 2014-15

“A” Honor Roll

Grade 12 — Dylan Arnold, Brady Beenken, Brittany Blaschko, Lydia Culver, Alyssa Esplan, Karina Gaona, Colton Hagen, Ryann Hagen, Kaylee Hanson, Jade Hill, Kevin Kalis, Logan Knutson, Bianca Kohnert, Jake Langlie, Melissa Malakowsky, Anita Maloney, Sandra Quezada, Sarah Riecke, Cassidy Sletten, Anna Stork, Aurora Strom, Spencer Tollefson, Trevor Tracy, Jet Wayne

Grade 11 — Anna Bailey, Abby Christopherson, Nicole Edon, Jorey Fischer, Lizzy Hagen, Cole Ignaszewski, Katharine Lewer, Anna Lundberg, Whittney McCamish, Marissa Mortenson, Jessica Nafe, Clayton Nelson, Luke Overgaard, Corrie Powell, Tyler Schlaak, Hailey Schuller, Torrie Stencel

Grade 10 — Chad Agrimson, Oakley Baker, Rachel Collins, Grace Johns, Maurya Johnson, Jennifer McKay, Lacey Nelson, Samuel Prigge, Nora Retallick, Jack Schultz, Maci Surat, Marnie Wagner

Here they come PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015 15:28


The NRHEG High School Band marches in a recent parade in Mapleton. Carrying the letters for NRHEG are, from left, Mia Williams, Ethan Thompson, Jayna Domeier, Maddie Bartelt and Grace Kofstad. Area folks will get a chance to see director Sam Boerboom’s Marching Panthers Saturday, June 27 for Ellendale Days and Saturday, July 11 for New Richland’s Farm and City Days. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 19:46
Upwards of 100 tractors turn out for annual ride PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015 15:25


TRACTOR CARAVAN — Participants in the 2015 KOWZ/KRUE/KKOR 92.1 Country Minnesota Tractor Ride take a break during one of several stops along the route. (Photo by Darrell Hansen)


Staff Writer

The 2015 KOWZ/KRUE/KKOR 92.1 Country Minnesota Tractor Ride was held Saturday, June 13 in our area. Brad Kubat, KOWZ radio, was in charge of organizing the event and reports he received a great deal of assistance from "Dude" Spatenka and Gene Linse.

A $20 entry fee was assessed, which included participation in the event, an event T-Shirt, and a meal was served at the Corn Palace ag center in New Richland.

Thanks to all the great sponsors: Keck’s Repair in rural Owatonna, Broskoff Structures in Geneva and SunOpta in Hope.

Upwards of 100 tractors and their drivers gathered at Ag Power in Owatonna at 8 Saturday morning for the annual tractor run. Following the National Anthem, 123 tractors of all makes, sizes, styles and years, including a few old Massey Harris, along with Allis Chalmers, International Harvester, John Deere, Massey Ferguson, McCormick, and New Holland, headed out of Owatonna.

Teachers leave big shoes to fill PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 June 2015 19:41

Dinneen, Schumacher depart NRHEG schools — for different reasons


Contributing Writer

School districts undergo change on a yearly basis. However, it’s rare that a school will have to replace an entire department. NRHEG faces that task this year as Georgia Dinneen and Sandy Schumacher have both left, though for different reasons, and administration now has to find new members for the business department.

After seven years at NRHEG, Schumacher has accepted a job in Waseca teaching the same types of classes: computer skills, personal finance, etc. This decision was “based strictly on geography,” commented Schumacher, since she lives in Waseca, where her children attend school.

Dinneen, on the other hand, has entered the world of retirement. After working in the business world for a number of years, she subbed for a time before teaching at NRHEG for the past 19 years. She said it was a difficult decision because she still enjoys her job, and the students often make her day. “They are the reason educators go to work every day,” said Dinneen. “We have such a good group of students at NRHEG, and that’s because of the good community we live in.”


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