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NRHEG Elementary to present ‘Cinderella’ March 23-24

Prairie Fire Theatre and NRHEG Elementary students present “Cinderella” (A rock & roll version set in the 1950s.) Public performances are scheduled for Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in Ellendale. Admission is $5.00 adults and $3.00 students. The residency and production is sponsored by the NRHEG PTO. Cast List:

Leads: Cinderella: Lillian Bell; Fairy Godmother: Solveig Stafford; Rona: Michelle Katzung; Zona: Kyra Possin; Dinah: Avery Hill; Click Dark: Caitlin Goette; Mikey: Benjamin Lewer; Queen Cash: Emily Crabtree; Assistant 1: Jazzlyn Johnson; Assistant 2: Sophia Mrotz; Assistant 3: Kylie Lembke; Mistake 1: Lauren Herrmann; Mistake 2: Rebecca Peterson; Mistake 3: Hayleigh Williams; Mistake 4: Karenna Strom; Poppa: Gavin Nachtigall (PFCT Tour Actor and Director); and Wynona: Jo Gimbel (PFCT Tour Actor and Director.)

NRHEG fourth-grade student publishes book

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ELEMENTARY AUTHOR — Jayna Domeier, a fourth-grade student at NRHEG Ellendale, is pictured in front of the display window housing her first book “The Teenage Tournament.” (Star Eagle photo by Jody Wynnemer)


By JODY WYNNEMER

Staff Writer

The present day educational system in the United States teaches our younger students the ability to read and write. After they learn the basics of reading, students are challenged to put their own thoughts down on paper. It may start out as a sentence, perhaps a paragraph or two, or in some cases, several pages. As students progress through the grades, their writing becomes more focused, with book reports and the dreaded term papers being written.

Imagine a fourth-grade student who likes reading so much she decided to write her own book.

NRHEG Elementary pupil Jayna Domeier is just that student.

Jayna, daughter of Mark and Michelle Domeier of Ellendale, recently published her first book titled, “The Teenage Tournament.”

“The idea just came to me,” said Jayna. “The book is about some eighth-grade students who are preparing to enter a tournament against some 12th-graders. The tournament isn’t sports related; it’s about school subjects, like the Knowledge Bowl. It took me about two weeks to complete working on it every day.”

By SCOTT GROTH

Contributing Writer

The Ellendale City Council met Thursday March 8, 2012 with Mayor Engel and councilmen Helland, Reiter, Goebel and Groth present. Clerk Louks, Maintenance Supervisor Swearingen along with visitors Eric Haffner, Dan Petsinger, Jane Busho, Duane Atchison and Duane Nelson were also in attendance.

Engel asked the council to consider amending the agenda as printed. The council, after some juggling, approved the agenda as amended.

Nelson was first to address the council. He had a request for the city to consider hooking his property up to the sanitary sewer. Nelson told the council he was considering putting a different home on his property. He had drawings to show the council, which showed that he would like to connect to the manhole west of his property. The council directed some questions to Eric Haffner, who works for the city’s engineering firm Bolten & Menk. Haffner told the council that from the information he has been given, the connection would be O.K. Engel told Nelson most of the work would be on his property and therefore would be his responsibility. The council made a motion to move forward allowing Nelson to connect.

New Richland City Council

By JODY WYNNEMER

Staff Writer

All members were present as Mayor Tom McShane convened the first New Richland City Council meeting of March Monday evening. The night’s agenda was approved as presented. The consent agenda items were also approved, notably:

• Permission to close South Broadway Ave. adjacent to the City Park on Sunday, April 15 for the annual Blessing of the Bikes.

• Approval of a purchase order for material for the softball infield at Legion Field.

• Repair and/or replacement of the backstop fence at the softball field.

Police Chief Scott Eads noted 79 calls for service and 42 additional contacts in February. The most serious offense was a domestic assault/disorderly which occurred on the front steps of city hall.

After 36 years, firefighter hangs up uniform for final time

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PROUD TO SERVE — After 36 years, 30 of them as captain for the Freeborn Fire Department, Roger Merritt has hung up his uniform for the final time. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)

By RACHEL RIETSEMA

Staff Writer

At age 22, Roger Merritt had no inhibitions about firefighting. The flames didn’t faze him and the heat only dared him to fight harder.

Thirty-six years later, Merritt still feels the same way about sparks out of control.

“It meant a lot to give to the surrounding community,” Merritt said. “Helping save lives by putting out fires, people are really thankful.”

To this day, those kind words remain embedded in the recesses of his heart. And there they will remain, even after announcing his retirement from the Freeborn Fire Department.

“When I first joined, the adrenaline was for sure going,” Merritt said. “But, last year, I had a lot of medical issues. I missed most of the summer because I had a broken wrist. I actually had three surgeries.”

Surprisingly, saying goodbye to such a driving force in his life came easy for him. It was just time to move on.