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Proof that age is no obstacle PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:38

At 94, Myrtle Peterson enjoys life at Ellendale’s Whispering Oak


HAPPY TO PITCH IN — After suffering a broken hip, Myrtle Peterson may not get around as well as she used to, but she greatly enjoys her busy schedule at Whispering Oak. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


Staff Writer

There often comes a time when for some reason or another as a senior citizen, you have to leave the home you have lived in for oh-so-many years, and move to a care facility. In 2012, Myrtle Peterson had just gotten out of her car when she took a fall. She ended up with a broken hip and needed some help to recover.

Fortunately, Myrtle had just gotten a call button, the type you wear around your neck, and she was able to call for help. 

At 94 and living in new territory, what does one who has lead a busy, event-filled life do? Keep on doing fun and practical things that not only keep your mind and body busy, but include friends and other residents as well.

A little saturated PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:40

Wind, rain wreak havoc around area




The NRHEG area has experienced a lot of storm activity the past several days. Above is a partially-flooded New Richland City Park, in the middle is a very flooded Legion Field and at the bottom is Riverview Golf Course Wednesday afternoon. Rain and high winds have caused much damage to crops and structures throughout the area. Between Saturday and Tuesday, six inches of rain fell in Waseca County, according to the Southern Research and Outreach Center, making it the third wettest June in recorded history — so far. More rain is in the forecast. (Star Eagle photos by Jim Lutgens)

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:04
Ellendale groundhog sees shadow PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:24


SIX MORE WEEKS — The Ellendale groundhog, otherwise known as Mayor Roger Swearingen, emerges from his cozy igloo to see his shadow — and a beverage — during the Ellendale Muncipal Liquor Store’s first Groundhog Day event Sunday, Feb 2. (Submitted photo)

The Ellendale Municipal Liquor Store & Grill held its first Groundhog Day Event on Sunday, February 2nd. Mayor Roger Swearingon, aka the groundhog, slipped from his cozy igloo only to see his shadow, ensuring six more weeks of winter.

The most famous furry weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, Sunday morning, saw his shadow and predicted a longer winter as well.

The Ellendale Municipal Liquor Store is located at 217 Fifth Avenue W, Ellendale, MN and offers a wide range of sandwiches, snacks and more. Stop in to get the Mayor’s next prediction.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 00:25
Snow week royalty PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:53

Lundberg, Altermatt crowned


Hannah Lundberg, left, and Nicholas Altermatt were crowned 2014 Snow Queen and King Monday at NRHEG High School. The Snow Week talent show is Friday at 12:30 in the high school gym and, like the coronation, is open to the public. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 00:18
A Christmas story of love and hope PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:56

One mom’s search for answers about her ‘special’ child’s maladies


Anne and Kaiden Hoelz


Staff Writer

At Christmas, we think of Santa Claus, but more important than Santa, there are angels – angels among us who live next door, who fill the world with sacrifice and love.

The angel of this story is a green eyed blonde, tiny in size, but gigantic in love and spirit, and her name is Anne Hoelz.

Anne is married to Nick – no relation to Santa Claus, but just as important.

Anne's story appeared recently in a news article titled "Reaching for Answers." She and her family are from the Ellendale area, and her story may make you marvel at the strength of the bond that has developed between this mother and son.

You will never hear Anna say she's tired, wished things had been different. Instead, she feels what has been occurring in her family's life is a miraculous thing that has opened many doors. It has educated her in many ways, and brought out talents that may always have been there, but were not brought out until there was a special need.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:57

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