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NRHEG cheer team crowned academic state champion


SUCCESS AT STATE — The NRHEG High School competition cheer team finished third on the floor and were crowned academic state champions in Saturday’s state competition at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Front from left: Brenna Hagen, Kiley Beenken, Lexi Wayne, Tiara Robran, Brina Bergland, Miss Minnesota and Michaela Hansen. Back: Jadyn Nelson- Spies,  Hannah Lewison, Tara Simon, Emmy Hobbs, Hailey Johnson, Stormi Hagen, Harlee Voukon, Dana Jensen, Maddy Schierjohann and Presley Johnson. Missing is Hannah Light. (Submitted photo)



After countless hours of practice, practice, practice, it all came down to one routine for the NRHEG High School competition cheer team.

They nailed it.

But, more importantly, they aced it where it counts most: the classroom.

Their routine was good for third place for the defending champions, who competed against much larger schools in Saturday’s State Cheerleading competition at Roy Wilkins Arena in St. Paul.

But that was just the start.

The Panthers were recognized as not only the regional academic champions, but posted the highest grade point average of any cheer team in the state.

“It was better than any first-place trophy,” said coach Kari Buendorf. “This is quite exciting as it shows that not only on the sidelines and on the competition floor do these girls have determination, but also in the classroom.”

NRCC’s Vivian Roesler has treasure trove of memories


STITCHED TOGETHER — New Richland Care Center resident Vivian Roesler finds strength in the arms of the Lord and prays her family knows that comfort as well. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)


Staff Writer

Tucked away in one of the cozy wings of New Richland Care Center is a sharp lady ready to follow the Lord’s lead whenever He calls.

It doesn’t matter whatever life dishes out, Vivian Roesler knows He will provide the strength to trek through.

“I’ve known Vivian for many years,” said New Richland Care Center Activities Director Kathy Flor. “She is a very nice lady. She’s very knowledgeable, fun to visit with and is a Christian lady.”

A resident here since May, she has become enamored with the building’s pleasant atmosphere. More specifically, these last nine months spent at the care center has helped her to feel so much better.

“I have a tendency to be a jolly person,” Vivian said. “I like to smile and laugh a little bit.”

More often than not, staff and fellow residents will find her reclining in the chair with a book in hand. Currently, she has her nose in a book written by Beverly Lewis.

“Paradise Valley is a lot about the Amish people,” Vivian said. It’s very interesting.”


PROUD CHAMPION — Lillian Bell was all smiles after winning the annual NRHEG Spelling Bee last Wednesday. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)


Contributing Writer

Every year, 24 fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders compete for the title of NRHEG Spelling Bee champion.

The Ellendale gym was filled with elementary and middle school students, parents and teachers, judges Anne Feist and Geoff Stieglebauer, and announcer Mark Domeier for this year’s event Wednesday, Jan. 25.

This year’s spellers were impressive, with the majority spelling words correctly in the first few rounds. In the first round, only one contestant misspelled a word, leaving 23 students to go onto round two. In the second round, two more students dropped out.

It was obvious after the first two rounds that everyone would be there for a while. The words weren’t too challenging, and the kids were hanging in quite well. After about 45 minutes, about half of the kids who were participating were now warming the bleachers on the side, becoming only spectators.

Ellendale City Council


Contributing Writer

The Ellendale City Council met January 26 with Mayor Engel and all council members present. Also attending the meeting was City Attorney Phil Kohl, Clerk Louks and Gwen Reiss, Municipal Liquor Store Consultant.

Mayor Engel opened the public hearing for the purpose of discussing the Anti-Blight Ordinance. The council along with Attorney Kohl have been working on putting together an ordinance that helps the city dictate where a sexually oriented business would be located. As stated in the ordinance, the city is trying to control, through zoning regulations, certain land uses that have a direct and detrimental effect on the character of the city’s residential and commercial neighborhoods. Attorney Kohl answered any questions the council had about the ordinance. With no one from the general public at the hearing, Mayor Engel closed the hearing at 7:20 p.m.

Mayor Engel opened the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. The council approved the amended agenda for the evening. 

The first item the council reviewed was the Anti-Blight Ordinance. Having held the public hearing prior to the meeting, the council moved to adopt the Anti-Blight Ordinance 01-26-12-01. The council next approved an ordinance that would amend part of the city’s zoning ordinance. The council amended three parts of Ordinance 80. The council next approved the summary of the Anti-Blight Ordinance. The city will post in its entirety the Anti-Blight Ordinance in the Community Building. 

Arson suspected in Ellendale fires

According to signs posted at the residence, arson is suspected in fires that gutted an Ellendale home in December.

Sometime last Wednesday, Jan. 25, several large black and orange signs were posted on the outside of the home at 403 5th Ave. West (or Hwy. 30), stating that arson is suspected and listing a hotline number and reward up to $2,500 for information leading to identification of those responsible for the fires.

According to Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, the signs were not posted by his department but could have been posted by an insurance company.

Investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Steele County Sheriff’s Department.

The home is owned by Mark and Sara Misgen.

PTO Community Night Out Saturday

Tickets are still available for the inaugural PTO Community Night Out taking place Saturday, Feb. 4. at the Ellendale School.

Festivities get underway with social hour from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and a live auction will follow at 7 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased for only $15 per person at various locations around the NRHEG communities.

For those not wishing to have dinner but attend the auction, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.