100 Years Back – 1914
• When Joseph, the twelve-year-old son of Carl Youngberg of Otisco Township attempted to deliver a baseball with unusual speed Monday last, he succeeded in throwing a swift ball and in doing so snapped off the bone in his right arm about halfway between the shoulder and the elbow. The boy was brought to Dr. E. J. Batchelder, who states that he never before set an arm broken in a like manner and has heard of very few cases of the kind. Joseph was playing ball with another boy and was evidently training to become a big league pitcher. One way of accounting for the accident is that the bone in the arm must have been weak.
• Those who climb to success by pulling somebody else down are not entitled to succeed.
• Notice—The public library will be open next Saturday afternoon. A charge of 50 cents a year will be made for the use of books. This charge is very reasonable, considering the large number of books available, and it should readily be paid by those who have been in the habit of patronizing the library.
• As one bit of proof that the Star is always up to the minute, let us inform you that the serial story, “In the Hollow of Her Hand,” which was completed in the Star several months ago, is now running in the St. Paul Daily News.
• Ole Hanson of Hartland was here Tuesday and was enthusiastic in his praise of the new grade just completed on the Hartland road between here and the county line. “It is the best road in the state,” says Mr. Hanson.
• I need the money. Pay your accountant by October 1st.—C. A. Newgard.
• Will Lechner lost three cows by the lightning route Monday. They were huddled together in a fence corner when struck.
• Sunday is the date of the big band picnic to be held at Will Rudolph’s grove just west of town. Of course you have planned to join this glad throng.
75 Years Back – 1939
• N.R.H.S. News of the School Edited by the Students and Faculty—Class Officers—At last school has settled down to a normal life. The new students have become acquainted with the teachers, and the teachers with the students. Last week all the classes organized for the year. The following are the respective class officers:
Senior Class—president, Jean Jenson; vice-president, Helen Standinger; secretary, Winston Hagen; treasurer, Phyllis Hovig.
Junior Class—president, Alvina Abraham; vice-president, Maurice Thiel; secretary, Kathleen Farrell; treasurer, Marie Christianson.
Sophomore Class—president, James Jeddeloh; vice-president, Dorothy Querna; secretary, Dale Zwiener; treasurer, Dorothy Tenneson.
Freshman Class—president, Howard Fisher; vice-president, Lola Mae Foels; secretary, Elaine Zwiener; treasurer, James Jenson.
Eighth Grade—president, Lorraine Thompson; vice-president, Don Breilein; secretary, Audrey Hagen; treasurer, James Bruzek.
Seventh Grade—president, Rose Abraham; vice-president, Robert Billing; secretary-treasurer, Mary Doyle.
• Mr. and Mrs. Emil Finseth spent Thursday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rugroden.
• Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rosacker were Sunday dinner guests at the Glen Root home.
• In a game played under the lights at Wells, New Richland was defeated in a hard fought game by the score of 13 to 0, last Friday evening. The team showed brilliant offensive power at times, but the playing was not consistent. To start the ball game, as soon as New Richland had possession of the ball, three fast first downs on wide end sweeps were gained. However, here the attack bogged down and it was a defensive game for the Cardinals until the closing minutes of the last quarter of the ball game. With about three minutes to play, an intercepted pass, a 15 yard penalty, and power plays through the middle of the line netted New Richland about 60 yards in a sustained drive. At this point Wells intercepted a pass and the game ended without further play. Lack of adequate aerial defense again proved to be the Waterloo for New Richland, as Wells scored all of their points on passes.
50 Years Back - 1964
• The New Richland Cardinals scored once in each of the first three quarters to gain a 21 to 0 victory over the Freeborn Yeomen, Friday evening. Frank Duenes scored twice on runs of 19 and three yards, respectively. Tom Greenwood and John Flor added the extra points. Bruce Babcock tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Perry Haugen and Frank Duenes scored the extra point after the touchdown. Cited by coach Jim Clark for excellent jobs were Mike Minske, sophomore, and Jim Warnke, senior transfer from Lindstrom-Center City.
• The New Richland Commercial Club is sponsoring a Bicycle, Pet and Doll Carriage Parade Saturday, September 29th. All boys and girls from “walking age” through the 8th grade are invited to enter the parade with their pets, bicycles or doll carriages. Prizes will be given to the entries that show the most originality and prettiest decorations.
• Plans are being completed for the 3rd Annual New Richland Horse and Pony Showdeo to be held in Skelly Park. This year, the Andrew Borgen Post of the American Legion is sponsoring the Showdeo and will use the money raised from the show to purchase new Junior Legion Baseball uniforms. The uniforms now in use have been worn from the season junior baseball first started here in New Richland The Showdeo will be all local horse and pony owners ownly. There will be such contests as stump weaving, pick-up race, barrel or clover leaf race, pennant race, two horse exchange, musical chair, barrel crawl and balloon busting.
• Safety patrol installation was held at the New Richland elementary school, last Wednesday morning. Highway Patrol Officer Keenan of Mankato administered the safety patrol oath to 122 fifth and sixth graders. He particularly praised the New Richland patrol for their fine behavior while on duty and for their safe patrol of the crossings here.
25 Years Back - 1989
• The following poem appeared this month in the New Richland Care Center newsletter: “Why Be A Volunteer?” It’s not for money, it’s not for fame / It’s not for any personal gain / It’s just for love of fellow-man / It’s just to lend a helping hand / It’s just to give a tithe of self / That’s something you can’t buy with wealth / It’s not for medals won with pride / It’s for that feeling deep inside / It’s that reward down in your heart / It’s feeling that you’ve been a part / Of helping others, far and near / That makes you be a volunteer!
• Newspapering in New Richland, Waldorf, Hartland has been fun for the past 34 years. As for the future of this area, a community newspaper plays an important role in small towns like these we live in. Editors and reporters should be encouraged to focus on issues that will mirror the day-to-day life of the communities they serve. But do us a favor, don’t assume we have peered into a crystal ball and know everything that is going on in the area. This newspaper, like any weekly, has hectic days when it’s almost impossible to catch your breath and slower days when a person can actually take time to think about the future.
• 1989 Ellendale-Geneva Homecoming King, Scott Holmes; other candidates: Troy Sommers, Dan Nesdahl, Chris Deml and Shawn Hearn. Queen, Patti Stadheim; other candidates: Shannon Peterson, LaNell Leak, Melanie Goslee and Michelle Eaker.
• Michael and Julie Moen, New Richland, announce the arrival of their twin sons, Alex Robert, 6 lb. 6 oz. and Adam Neil, 6 lb. 5 oz. on Wednesday, September 6 at Health Central of Owatonna. They have one brother, Joshua, 4 ½ years old.
• Curt and Julie Perkins of New Richland announce the birth of a son, Lance Joseph, September 12 at Waseca Memorial Hospital. The husky little fellow weighed in at 8 lbs. 10 oz. and has a sister, Andrea Jane, 4.
Compiled by Jessica Lutgens