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Commencement Sunday at 2 p.m. in New Richland


The current group is a bit smaller than in recent years, but that won’t lessen the enthusiasm as the NRHEG High School graduating class of 2017 takes the stage at the high school for commencement Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. This year’s graduates number 52, down from 63 last year.

The Valedictorian for the class of 2017 is Jennifer McKay, daughter of Michelle Muff of rural New Richland. She was involved in numerous activities and sports at NRHEG, including three years on the Student Council. She plans to attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, majoring in pre-medicine or pre-physical therapy.

Maci Surat, daughter of Rob and Lisa Surat of New Richland, is the 2017 Salutatorian. She too was involved in Student Council. Her college plans include attending Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter to major in psychological science and a double minor in neuroscience and Spanish.

New pastor takes over at Cross of Glory,

West Freeborn Lutheran churches

READY TO SERVE — Pastor Steven Schwartz has accepted the calling to Cross of Glory Lutheran Church of Hartland and West Freeborn Lutheran near Hartland. (Star Eagle photo by Melanie Piltingsrud)

Contributing Writer

There is a new face at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church and West Freeborn Lutheran Church. After a long stint without a regular pastor, Pastor Steven Schwartz has now been called to serve the congregations on a more permanent basis.

For 2 ½ years, Pastor Mark Hillmer served as interim pastor. Pastor Charles Espe also ministered there for a few months this spring. Pastor Steven Schwartz accepted the call at Cross of Glory and West Freeborn and began ministering there at the beginning of May.

“(Hartland) is very nice,” says Schwartz. “The people that I’ve met are all wonderful. I like small communities. It’s nice to have things be quiet. I like taking walks around town.”

Schwartz grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., and later attended Concordia College in Moorhead. From there he ended up at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey, where he met his wife, Nancy. For the first 4 ½ years out of seminary, he and Nancy worked as pastors in Pennsylvania – to a collective nine churches between the two of them. After the first of their two sons was born, they decided to move their family to Minnesota. Schwartz is now at his fifth call – as the pastor of Cross of Glory.

NRHEG Elementary School, Ellendale, MN will hold a Panther Pride Community Wide Picnic Lunch on June 5. The lunch schedule:

• Bridges and Kindergarten, 10:45 a.m.

• Grade 2, 11:10 a.m.

• Grade 1, 11:30 a.m.

• Grade 4, 11:50 a.m.

• Grade 3, 12:10 p.m.

• Grade 5, 12:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the Steele-Waseca Habitat for Humanity organization will be at the school, along with students, to install Buddy Benches on the elementary playground.

For more information, contact Jean Greenwood at 507-684-3181.

Event to kick off Ellendale Days

The Ellendale Community Action Group, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota chapter, will sponsor the inaugural Ellendale Days 2.5K Run/Walk “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Thursday evening, June 22 starting at 6 p.m. in Ellendale.

Interested community members, families or friends of persons living with Alzheimer’s are invited to start teams to participate in this community event to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to help reclaim the future for millions. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter for Alzheimer’s.

The Run/Walk will start at the Ellendale Municipal Liquor, going south to 8th Ave., head west to Crown Ridge (twice around) and then conclude back at the downtown area. An area “honorary family” has already been designated and they will be on hand to start the race. Participating teams may include families, businesses, church or school groups, community civic and/or youth groups.


The New Wine group from Cloquet, MN will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” during the Sunday worship service at LeSueur River Lutheran Church of rural New Richland on Sunday, June 11, at 9 a.m. No tickets are needed but a free will offering will be collected.

New Wine is a Christian youth musical/drama ministry of Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, Minnesota. The group promotes Christian fellowship, friendships and understanding among the students, who come from varied denominational backgrounds and traditions. 

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical with music and lyrics written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. The 46 New Winers are anxious to share this production with you!