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PTO's Community Night Out set for Feb. 4


DINNER AND AUCTION — Rich (left) and Penni Mueller pictured with the “Community Night Out” poster for the NRHEG PTO fundraiser. The inaugural event is slated for Saturday evening, Feb. 4 at the Ellendale Elementary school gym. (Star Eagle photo by Jody Wynnemer)


Staff Writer

Do you need something to do on a Saturday night? The NRHEG Parent Teacher Organization is hosting its inaugural Community Night Out on Saturday, February 4 at the Ellendale Campus gymnasium.

“We wanted to try something a little different this year,” said Penni Mueller, one of the organizers of the event. “We figured a catered dinner followed by a live auction would make a wonderful night out.”

The festivities get underway with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. Social time will be observed until the meal is served at 5:30 p.m. Diners will have their choice of roast beef or chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, bread, desserts and a beverage especially prepared by Superior Foods of Ellendale.

“The live auction starts at 7 p.m.,” said Mueller. “There are many items including a television, mystery prizes, autographed photos, theatre tickets, a hotel stay and a pie a month for a year.”

Ellendale City Council


Contributing Writer

The Ellendale City Council met January 12, 2012 with Mayor Engel, Councilmen Helland, Rieter and Groth present. Absent was Councilman Goebel. Also attending was Clerk Louks, Maintenance Supervisor Swearingen, Gwen Reiss and Chandler Anderson.

After approving the agenda for the evening, Mayor Engel went right into the City appointments for the New Year. The Star Eagle will remain the official newspaper and the First National Bank of Ellendale will be the official depository. All other appointments will remain the same as the previous year. The resolution was made and passed on the appointments.

Swearingen was next with his monthly report. Swearingen started by telling the council he would like the council to consider adding one more outdoor warning siren. Swearingen said the city still has one siren that will work from the ones that were purchased previously. He noted the placement of the siren could be by the #1 manhole in town. Swearingen next told the council he had been in contact with a garage door company to look at the door on the Mobil property. Swearingen noted the door is in real bad shape. The council asked Swearingen to get another quote for the project and bring the figure to the next meeting. 

2011 Year in Review, Part 3 of 4


Staff Writer


• The residents of Hope gathered at a town meeting to hear about the potential closing of their post office. The Postal Service is looking at ways to cut operational costs throughout the country.

• An equipment fire was to blame for a small fire at the WFS elevator in New Richland. No employees or customers were injured.

• The elusive Farm and City Days Medallion was no match for the Harrington family as they successfully located the prize for the second year in a row.

• Neighbor Lee Mendenhall claims to be “two years older than Gary Nordlie.”

• Dad’s Good Stuff in New Richland received a facelift as workers did some tuck pointing on the façade of the 1886 era structure.

• The Southern Storm (11 and 12 year old boys basketball team) raises funds for their trip to Nationals.

• Rev. Paul Andree is chosen Grand Marshal of the Farm and City Days Parade. Lillie Nielsen (junior division) and John Darcy (adult division) were selected as New Richland Idols.

• The New Richland High School class of 1946 held their 65th class reunion with seven members in attendance.

As the Sleigh and Cutter festival draws near, you could win some cold, hard cash.

Up to $1,250 is waiting to be won. Someone in Waseca County has been chosen to be “Frosty,” an ambassador for the festival. All you need to do is follow the clues and try to guess who Frosty is. Even if you don’t know everyone, by following the clues you may gather enough information to win some big money. Possible tools that may help you cash in are the internet, Google, dictionaries and the love of puzzles.

Culligan Water Conditioning of Waseca has been a long-time supporter of the Frosty contest. Additional sponsors are Latham Place of Waseca, iWealth, Domino’s Pizza and Mediacom. The grand prize is $250 in cash, to the person who can identify Frosty and is determined to be the Grand Prize winner by the judges. If you are determined the winner and are present during the unmasking of Frosty at 9:30 p.m. during the Sleigh and Cutter Dance at the VFW in Waseca, you will get a $50 cash bonus from Culligan of Waseca. That is a total of $300.

Bernard says enjoy it while it lasts, because it could change quickly


BROWN GROUND — Above, a dried-up pond just north of New Richland illustrates just how dry and unseasonably warm it’s been in the area lately. The pond usually is filled with a couple feet of water, normally frozen in January. Below, a small group of ice fishermen kept close to shore on Beaver Lake Sunday. (Star Eagle photos by Jim Lutgens)



Staff Writer

Old man winter has been acting a tad peculiar this past December and January. Of course, there’s seemingly little room for complaint, but it would still be satisfying to hear a solid explanation.

So, here to shed some wisdom on our unseasonable brown surroundings is local agronomist, Mark Bernard.

“I seem to remember that the winters of 2006-07 and 01-02 were rather warm as well,” Bernard said. “But, why is there no snow on the ground? Well, there is no one reason. There are many factors to consider when this happens.”

According to Bernard, the matter at which these “open winters” occur is never predictable, due to frequency and magnitude of occurrence.

“The La Niña event in the Pacific, a cooling of the surface sea temperatures, is usually associated with above normal winter precipitation and colder than normal temperatures for us,” Bernard said. “That is why most forecasters were convinced we were in for a wetter and colder than normal winter. The same conditions existed last year, so it seemed like a slam dunk.”