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Word was received on Sunday, Jan. 28 of the passing of 47-year-old Kelli Strom, who lived in the rural Hollandale area. Despite having to deal with cancer for the past four years Kelli was raising a family of four girls, as well as worked at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea for the past three years.

Kelli’s husband, Brenton, who has worked for Automatic Data Processing for the past 21 years, will now have the sole responsibility of raising his four daughters, Aurora, who is 20, a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Karenna, 17; Lorelei, 14, and Josie, 13.

It has been a long hard road for the Strom family these past four years, which included home hospice for Kelli this past month or so. Mary Edon, Becky Lassahn and Kari Buendorf decided to organize a benefit for the Strom family to assist them with medical expenses that Kelli had that were not covered by insurance, as well as to help with expenses for Kelli’s funeral. 

The benefit will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 4 at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea.

The benefit will include a free-will donation meal, silent auction and bake sale.


The NRHEG Alumni Association Scholarship committee is hosting a Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the New Richland Community Center (203 North Broadway). Doors open at 6 p.m. to enable viewing the purses and enjoying food and drink which is being catered and can be purchased from Red Leaf Cafe. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. with 10 games (3 cards for each game) played. Fun trivia games for prizes will be played between Bingo games. Cost is $25, which is used for annual scholarships to graduating NRHEG Seniors. Bring your dauber or daubers will be available for purchase. Come with your friends and join in the fun!

Mark your calendars!

The NRHEG Community Night Out Live and Silent Auction has been scheduled for March 17 at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea. This is an important fundraising event for the NRHEG Elementary PTO and a great night to socialize with friends and neighbors!

If you have an item or experience you would be willing to donate or would like to become a sponsor of the auction, please contact one of the following individuals: Brandon Wayne 507-456-6250, Jodi Wayne 507-456-4015, Angie DenHerder, Katie Knudson 507-416-2132.

Please “like” our Facebook page (NRHEG PTO) and watch the Star Eagle for upcoming information regarding event and raffle tickets. Thank you in advance and see you on March 17!


The Waseca Sleigh & Cutter medallion was found by Chuck Root of Waseca.

When interviewed, it sounded like Root used the clues exactly as they were written. He walked 28 paces from the intersection of the backboard and used a tool to make an arc. He then found the spot where nobody had dug and used a rake to get through the crusted ice. He admitted that it was tough to spot, as it was wrapped in white waterproof fabric. He and a relative did some great detective work. Congratulations!


NRHEG High School will present one-act play performances Feb 15 and Feb 17 at 7 p.m.

NRHEG placed first at recent sub-section competition.