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Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:08

NRHEG Elementary Christmas Concert


CHRISTMAS CONCERT — NRHEG Elementary students were dressed up and ready to sing for their annual concert Monday, Dec. 2 at Ellendale. Above from left are Grace Ireland, Evan Berg and Attley Klemmensen. Read about the concert and see more photos in this week's Star Eagle. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:36
Long, winding road leads home PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:16

Trisha Lestrud lands back in Hartland


HOME IN HARTLAND — After traveling to Sweden to be an exchange student, living in Hawaii managing a travel agency, working as a nurse and managing two clubs in Albert Lea, Trisha Lestrud is right at home behind the bar at Hartland University. “I lost touch with my community, and now, I’m getting back into that,” said Lestrud. “I’m home.” (Star Eagle photo by Carol Jolly)


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Seventeen-year-old Trisha Lestrud’s mind wandered as she sat in the classroom. She thought of hanging out with her friend Nancy, and of the amazing adventures life might hold for her beyond her senior year of high school.

"I wasn't real outgoing – band, choir," Lestrud said dismissively. "And I really wasn't very good at sports."

Impulsively, she rose to her feet, books and assignments in hand, and requested permission to be excused.

"I was a good kid," she said.

Moments later, she found Nancy in the hallway, and together they went to the Foreign Exchange Student informational meeting.

Happy birthday, Edna! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 November 2013 14:20

Family, friends celebrate with longtime NR store owner


A 90th birthday party for esteemed New Richland resident Edna Erdmann was held Saturday, November 2, at her store, Gambles Do It Best in New Richland. Above, Edna’s pictured with family members, front from left: Anna Erdman, Michelle Padden, and Elayne Lampe. Back: Kim Erdmann, Daryl Erdmann, Jen Erdman, Galen Erdman, Edna Erdmann, Adam Seales, Marissa Erdmann, Mike Grahams, Mary Erdmann, Shawn Padden and Erin Lampe. Below, employees Marilyn Meyer, Belinda Gold and Norm Eckart pose for a photo with Edna, who bought the local hardware store with her late husband, Vince, in 1954 — 59 years ago. Meyer has been an employee at the store for 49 years. Gold has worked there approximately 35 years. The store has been for sale for some time but there haven’t been any buyers, so Edna and her employees continue to operate it. (Star Eagle photos by Jim Lutgens)


Fall Festival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:31


All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland held its annual Fall Festival recently. Many people, young and old alike, enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and outdoor games as well as bingo. People were also able to bid on items for a silent auction, enter a raffle, and buy things at the country store. The event lasted from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Above, Margaret Chicos of New Richland, right, and friend Deb Lexvold of Zumbrota look over items being auctioned off. Below, Sheila Adams and Lori Anderson of New Richland hang out at the entrance to the festival. (Star Eagle photos by Nicole Billing)


Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 13:28
Party in the Park PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 September 2013 15:17

Vista Covenant event raises funds for food shelf


There were over 200 people at the 2013 Vista Covenant Church Party in the Park on Wednesday, September 4. Only an hour into the event, they had already raised over $2,000 and had several boxes of food. Pictured below taking money donations, from left, are Josie Jackson and Cindy Markeson. People paid in either money or food donations and would then be able to eat a corn dog and drink a root beer float. (Star Eagle photos by Nicole Billing)



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