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The annual Ellendale citywide cleanup has been set for Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7.

There will be two dumpsters available starting on Saturday and continuing until full (do not leave items on the street) in front of the Maintenance building for City Residents only to dispose of items that will not fit in their trash containers.

Please DO NOT dispose of florescent light fixtures or light bulbs, hazardous materials, tires and yard waste (i.e. leaves & branches) in the dumpster.

There will be a separate trailer for the following items: scrap metal, electrical wiring, small appliances, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers or any other electronics. Please no TVs or computers and/or monitors.

NRHEG Community Education is offering a canning meat, poultry and vegetables class.

This class has been a hit for the last few years. If you thought using the pressure cooker was scary, this class is for you. Join us in learning all about preserving meat and poultry using a pressure canner.

Popular methods of preservation will be covered, as well as proper techniques for using the pressure cooker. Take home ideas and recipes for a variety of different foods. 

• Date: Monday, May 8

• Time: 6:–7:30 p.m.

• Cost: $20

• Location: FACS Room at USC high school

• Instructor: Marilyn Dobberstein

• Register by: May 1

For more information, call Marilyn at 507-417-2667.


Citywide garage sales will be held on Saturday, April 29.

Stop into City Hall and fill out a form by April 21 if you would like to be included on the map. You can also submit your information online at

There is no charge to be on the map; however you will be responsible for any further advertising you wish to do.

The booth rental spaces at City Hall are full for this year. We do have tables available for you to rent and use at your home for just $5 each. First come first service basis.

Sales at City Hall will be listed to run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 29.

Intersection of 13, 30 still an ideal location

IDEAL LOCATION — At the business corner of 415 Southeast Second Street, New Richland, this mid-1930s building was the first, and this man was the second proprietor of the service station at the intersection of Highways 13 and 30, longtime home to One Stop and future home of Casey’s.

Contributing Writer

(Part One of two parts.)

At this corner, New Richland’s very own, locally-owned One Stop eventually became the town’s one-and-only clerk-on-site gas station, and a convenience store.

The property has been sold and a new corporate building with similar service is forthcoming.

History shows that New Richland has had about a dozen small gas stations over the years – as many as eight at the same time. That was not so different from other towns of its size since 1930.

In 1940, the date written on this picture, this corner was nearing its 10th year as one of New Richland’s “filling stations.” It had been the second, but by 1940 there were several more. Four others were on this road, Highway 30. Four were on Broadway Avenue, two of which were across from each other on what is now First Street South, and two were across from each other at Third Street North.

SURPRISED — Carey Prigge, left, speaks while his wife Terri watches during a banquet that honored them as Waseca County Farm Family of the Year. Terri said she was surprised to win the award. (Star Eagle photo by Melanie Piltingsrud)


Contributing Writer

The Carey and Terri Prigge family was named the Waseca County Farm Family of the Year on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness Committee. The Prigges have a goat dairy farm, where they also raise their own hay, chickens, guineas, pea fowl, horses, cats, and dogs.

Terry Hansen called to ask if they would accept the award. Terri says, “We were a little shocked. We still kind of see ourseves as hobby farmers, which we were for so many years.” According to Terri, the family started out with two goats, and now they have around 200 on their 10-acre property.

“We just have a passion for farming,” says Carey, stating that he is honored to be named among those who have previously won the award. “We have always enjoyed being a part of agriculture.”