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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)
By MELANIE PILTINGSRUD
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.”
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Lundberg's game-tying three not enough
Benji Lundberg of NRHEG (4) hit this game-tying shot at the end of regulation during Wednesday night's boys' basketball Class AA state quarterfinals at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The basket sent the game to overtime, where NRHEG lost 70-59 to St. Cloud Cathedral. NRHEG defeated Breckenridge 65-47 in Thursday's consolation semifinals. They topped Lake City 77-66 Friday to win the consolation crown. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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Panthers nip Jordan for section title
Members of the NRHEG boys’ basketball team celebrate winning the Section 2AA championship for the first time in school history Friday night at Minnesota State-Mankato with a 65-64 victory over Jordan. The Panthers, unseeded at state, play Wednesday at 6 p.m. against No. 2 seed St. Cloud Cathedral in the opening round at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. If they win, they play Friday at 8 p.m. at Target Center. If they lose, they play Thursday at 8 p.m. at Concordia University of St. Paul. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
After coming so close so many times, the hopes, dreams and aspirations of NRHEG boys’ basketball have been fulfilled.
The Panthers advanced to state, defeating Jordan 65-64 in an exhilarating Section 2AA final Friday night at Minnesota State-Mankato.
“This was a great high school basketball game between two evenly matched teams,” said Panthers coach Pat Churchill.
That was apparent from the outset. NRHEG led most of the way, but every time they tried to break it open, the Hubmen were there to answer.
Sam Prigge was hot early for the Panthers, hitting a pair of baskets and providing a spark plug as NRHEG opened a 9-5 lead at about the 13-minute mark.
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Girls upset Norwood-Young America
Members of the NRHEG girls' basketball team celebrate their 53-45 victory over Norwood-Young America Friday, March 10 at Minnesota Stat-Mankato, winning their first Section 2AA championship in three years and advancing to the state tournament for the fifth time in school history. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
The Panthers are back.
After a three-year hiatus from the state girls’ basketball tournament, the Panthers earned a return trip with a 53-48 upset of No. 2 rated Norwood-Young America in the Section 2AA finals at Minnesota-State Mankato Friday, March 10.
It’s the Panthers’ first trip to state since 2014, when Carlie Wagner graduated and took her talents to the University of Minnesota. Overall, the Panthers have been to state five times, placing first twice, third and winning the consolation championship in 2004.
NRHEG improved its overall record to 25-5 while handing the Raiders only their second loss of the season.
The Panthers will take an 18-game winning streak to state, their last loss coming on Jan. 7 at Hayfield.
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HE LIVES HERE – Wagner Foods’ new owner Mitch Heimer is no stranger to locals, since he’s been managing the store for over two years, while living in New Richland and attending MSU in Mankato. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
Wagner Foods has changed hands, and its new owner, Mitch Heimer, is no stranger to the business.
In his hometown of Adams, MN, Heimer’s dad owned a grocery store that he purchased from Dan Wagner—father of the now former owner of Wagner Foods, Pete Wagner.
For the past two and a half years, Heimer has been managing New Richland’s grocery store while attending college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During his senior year of college, he was asked if he’d be interested in owning the store, as Wagner had purchased another store and was having difficulties managing two grocery stores.
“I worked in the front and back of a grocery store before college, so I kind of knew the ropes before I arrived here,” Heimer said. “But I’ve picked up a lot, and there’s more to learn.”