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Friday, 13 November 2015 21:06

100 Years Back – 1915

• Our school record for attendance and tardiness has been very bad. During the first two months of school the number of days lost was 289; number of days tardiness 115. In other words during the first two months, the entire school was absent one and one-sixth days, at a cost of $70 to the district. The superintendent will make this appeal to parents: Do not keep pupils out of school for work; also do not make them run errands just before nine o’clock. We are trying to teach pupils punctuality, yet oftentimes parents, by giving children duties to perform which cause them to become tardy, are creating just the opposite habit. Please help the school to establish a better record by insisting that your child makes a perfect attendance record.

Digger, the mayor of Harmony Park PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 14:11

Friends, family pay tribute to one of Geneva’s favorite citizens


SOMETHING’S MISSING — A glass of Guinness, a shot of whiskey and other items were placed at Digger’s usual spot at Geneva Bar and Grill during a recent bar bingo. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


Staff Writer

This is a difficult story to write.

Difficult because in no way can it do justice to a special man who so warmed our hearts and left us with a vast amount of touching memories.

Leprechauns are special people who roam the world with their spirit full of tricks and laughter. They always smile and make you feel good.

It has been said if you find a leprechaun you will find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. That certainly holds true for the people in our area. The pot of gold was in the heart of Thomas Desmond Donnelly IV, and the rainbow of happiness always seemed to shine after the rain.

Tom was proud of his Irish heritage and could often be seen wearing green. Following his death, people passing by his home on Central Avenue in Geneva could see a lit green shamrock in one of the front windows.

It just is PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 October 2015 11:23

Jacob’s Run raises funds, helps people remember


Staff Writer

We all look at facts and figures.

Anything can contribute to the fact that there are those who choose to no longer live, but only God knows why.

Though suicide causes incredible sorrow, perhaps guilt and an unsolved mystery, it is not to be taken lightly, nor something of shame.

It just is.

There are those whose family has been affected by it and choose to do what they can to correct whatever it is that possesses the mind in these mysterious ways. Instead of wallowing in sorrow, they do what they can so others won't have to suffer the same fate.

‘Little is huge’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015 16:10

Speaker leaves students spellbound


SPELLBOUND STUDENTS — Tasha Schuh, a quadriplegic from Ellsworth, Wis., held the interest of NRHEG students on the first day of school. (Submitted photo)


Contributing Writer

Sixteen feet is a long way to fall. Falling that far and landing on your head on a concrete floor is often a tragic fall; survival odds are long.

Yet, that’s just what Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth, Wis., did in 1997. While working on a production of The Wizard of Oz at her high school in Red Wing, Minn., Schuh fell through a trapdoor, breaking her neck, fracturing her skull, and crushing her spinal cord. She was in a coma for eight days and wasn’t given much chance to live.

Yet there she was in front of the NRHEG student body on the first day of school, speaking about her life experiences and how to deal with adversity. “Yes I can,” was a phrase she taught students to say in sign language, a phrase she has used as a mantra often during her recovery and subsequent embarkation on a career as an inspirational speaker.

Still going at 105 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015 15:42

Clara White to celebrate Sunday


Staff Writer

Former Ellendale resident Clara White, mother of Ed Jensen of Beaver Lake; Dennis Jensen of Albert Lea; and Joanne Neuhart of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, will celebrate her 105th birthday Sunday, July 26. 

Clara felt bad when she had to leave Southern Minnesota area back in 2004 and misses seeing so many of her dear friends and family, but getting mail from the people back home is greatly appreciated. 

Clara was first married to Gordon Jensen and they were the proud parents of five children: Marshall, Edwin, Wyman, Dennis, and Joanne. Marshall and Wyman are no longer with us but are remembered, especially when the family gathers for special events.


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