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I had a message from one of our area residents that was so heartwarming, and so, “Geneva,” I felt I should share it with you. He told me of his appreciation of the support he had gotten from the quick action of the Ellendale-Geneva first responders and how grateful he was to be a part of the community. 

He had the misfortune of falling on Central Avenue in Geneva back on the 24th of February. He fractured his hip and had to have a full hip replacement. Following surgery he had to undergo a lot of therapy.  Russ James shared with me that the best medicine he received during the whole ordeal was the people who were there so quick and did a wonderful job of showing their kindness.

There were prayers and encouragement, and of course that outstanding crew of firefighters and first responders who gave their all to help him in his time of need.

That is one of the reasons why my mom and dad moved back to Geneva from St. Olaf Lake. Dad had been a part of that fire crew at one time and thought it just got better and better as time went by.

The caring and sharing is always there for those in need whether they know the firemen and first responders or not. I have said it before, but I can never say enough about how much this means to the people of our area.

I have long wondered where we could put a wood quilt heart that would show people who come into our town about all the things that are donated in love and interest—maybe by the beautiful new entrance signs to the city?

We care. We share. And often their only reward is the good feeling it gives them of an acknowledged kindness. We are a village with a heart. That is why we live here. 

Thank you, Russ James, for your message reminding us how much the people of our area mean to you.  Appreciation comes from a warm heart. Thank you for sharing your gratitude to all who made your pain easier to handle because you live in a community that cares.

Thank you firemen, first responders, along with the citizens who are willing to give of their time and talents. You truly are appreciated. Thank you also to those who support their efforts through donations, raffles and the like.

Living so close to the freeway, the need for help is often tragic and at any time of the day or night.  But they are there to help. God bless them one and all.

My mother says not a day goes by that she doesn’t thank God, and Alex, for saving her life by stopping the flow of blood from her forehead she experienced after she fell. She needed two pints of blood when she got to the hospital. The hospital staff couldn’t say enough good things about the ability of the first responders who knew how to stop the bleeding.

There are so many things that happen we aren’t aware of. But we do know how busy these firemen and first responders are and the training they continue to do. I am ever so proud of our town and the people who live here.

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Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements.  In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us. Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P. O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

This week’s birthdays and anniversaries include:

• Thursday, April 13th: Victor Mrotz, Jamie Johnson, Andrea Casteron Malo, Ava Raye Chapman, David Clausen, Margie Nesdahl, Pat O'Conner, Jason Sullivan, Roxie Ritz Simmons, Megan Benson, Charlotte Miller, Curtis Klecker, Shannon & Jason Peterson

• Friday, April 14th: Dakota Clark, Anna Elizabeth Bailey, Tina Hagen, Jason Vogt, Rachel Oswald, Marcia Hemingway Jensen, David Jensen, Ron Huber, and Butch & Gail Ottesen

• Saturday, April 15th: Mason Robert Klemmensen; Terry Jensen, Barry Troe, James Benson, Sarah Christine George, Cayla Conroy

• Sunday, April 16th: Eddie & Arlene Miller, Terry & Cindy Vaith

• Monday, April 17th: Mike Nesdahl, Suzanne Marcus Cory, Matthew Olson, Diane Van Riper, Kathy Paulsen, Bethany & Terry Mikesell, Jerry & Mary Peterson

• Tuesday, April 18th: Ellen Hanson, Marge Leak, Peggy Wallerich, Tim Stollard, Tom Kaphers, Rebecca Lyn Peterson, her 16th; Brian Olson, Danielle Zamora, Levi Michael Den Herder, his 12th

• Wednesday, April 19th: Elizabeth Rose Wallace, her 11th; Cody James Reistad, his 12th, Aaron Utpadel, James Bremmer, Jaxon Branstad, his 17th; Kaden Shaw Tonlinson, his 14th


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