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NRHEG High School will hold its annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by high school Ambassadors.

All New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale, and Geneva Veterans are invited to be honored on this day. If a veteran would like to participate and be seated in the front please contact Nancy Rudau at 465-3205 for more information.

This event is open to the public.

New Richland City Council

Staff Writer

The 2018 preliminary budget and tax levy, along with the resignations of two council members, were approved during the New Richland City Council’s second meeting of the month on Monday, Sept. 25. All members were present to pass a 19.94% increase in the tax levy, which stands at $468,802 compared to last year’s levy of $390,861. The preliminary levy can be adjusted before the final budget is approved in December, but the total amount cannot increase from the proposed amount.

The proposed budget reflects an increase in pay scale and adjustment of pay grades in accordance with a collective bargaining contract between the City of New Richland and the Law Enforcement Labor Services, which was also approved during the meeting. Proposed pay increases in the 2018 budget by department are as follows: Administration—$86,061 wage budget, increase from $76,405 in 2017; includes city clerk/treasurer at $29.88/hour, 40 hours/week (no overtime) and assistant clerk at $16.94/hour, 32 hours/week; Police—$111,837 full-time wage budget, increase from $95,810 in 2017 and $26,273 part-time wage budget, increase from $18,321; includes police chief at $26.15/hour with overtime pay and benefits, one full-time officer at $20.44/hour and benefits and part-time officers at $16.94/hour; Maintenance—$64,527 full-time wage budget, increase from $45,405; includes one full-time employee at $23.01/hour and a second at $17.79/hour, both with overtime pay and benefits, and a casual employee at $9.65/hour,; St. Olaf Lake—$18,550 wage budget, increase from $14,142; Ambulance—$56,517 wage budget, increase from $54,032.

Ethel Reistad, a resident of the New Richland Care Center, celebrated her 100th birthday this summer with many friends and family members present. Born Ethel lone Miller on June 1, 1917 to Ida and Edward Miller at their farm home in Bath Township, Ethel was baptized July 8, 1917 at the Norwegian Lutheran Church in New Richland, MN. She was later confirmed November 15, 1931 at North Freeborn Lutheran Church in Clarks Grove, MN. Ethel was the oldest of five children; siblings are Phyllis, Eileen, Dwight and Edward.

Ethel took care of her siblings because her mother was busy helping her dad on the farm. 

“We always enjoyed being together,” says Ethel. “My last sibling, Ed Miller, passed away the day before her 100th birthday, though he always visited her and her children while he could.

When she was a little girl, Ethel’s mother made dolls out of hankies or old material. She also remembers having a little dog named Spot who would follow her everywhere she went, so everyone knew where she was playing or hiding. 

“I remember playing in the woods behind our house, where we would build houses by tying string around the trees to make rooms and sweeping the ground until they had a nice hard floor.” 


The following fall classes are being offered through NRHEG Community Education:

Adventures in Parenting; Pumpkin Palooza; Pumpkin Diorama; Kickball; Driver’s Education; Parent’s Supplemental Driver’s Education; Beginner Piano Lessons; Home Alone; Tweite’s Family Farm; Shutterfly; Acrylic Painting; Walking; Tae Kwon Do; Turbo Kick Live; PIYO Live; Bone Builders.

If interested, click on the NRHEG Schools link on this Web page and look for Community Education, or call (507) 417-2667.

Longtime teacher retires from NRHEG

FAREWELL TO NRHEG — LaDona Flowers, left, listens as superintendent Dale Carlson reads a plaque given in her honor after 42 years of teaching at NRHEG during staff recognition day. (Star Eagle photo by Aloni Duncan)

Contributing Writer

After teaching for one year in Austin, TX, and at NRHEG for 42 years, LaDona Flowers is retiring. 

Flowers has taught a broad range of classes over the course of her career. She has taught 7th and 8th-grade Family and Consumer Science classes, Succeed on Your Own, Internet Investing, Culinary Arts, International Cuisine, Sport and Foods, Food Science, Child Development, Future Parenting, Housing/Interior Design, Pinterest Projects, and Relationships/Self Defense.

Flowers says that one of the most humbling experiences of her career was when Bethany Otto Mikesell requested that her mother Emily Otto nominate her as the 1999 NRHEG Teacher of the Year. Flowers says, “After submitting a portfolio to Education Minnesota, I was recognized as one of the 20 Minn. Teachers of Excellence. It was indeed an honor to represent the NRHEG teachers at the recognition banquet where all of the teachers in the state are honored.”

Another highlight of Flowers’ career occurred during her internship: “While working on my Specialist of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I conducted seminars for an import/export company in Shanghai, China.

Flowers also considered it a privilege to be able to work with three student teachers throughout her career.

Flowers knows how to get involved in the community for a good cause, too. “To celebrate the Bicentennial, an FHA Rock-A-Thon was organized,” she explains. “The FHA members and I rocked in rocking chairs for 24 hrs. to raise funds for the future baseball field. Tracy Loken, organized another major FHA/FLA fundraiser for the March of Dimes.”