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Ellendale musician releases second CD
MUSIC MAN — Matt Arthur of Ellendale was born blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from succeeding in the world. He recently released his second gospel music CD, “Heavy on my Mind.” (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
Matt Arthur is often seen making his way around Ellendale. He carries a white stick and, for those who don't know, yes, he is blind.
He is blind. But no one said he couldn't see.
Matt probably “sees” more than many of us, as he assumes his life by seeing without eyesight. He has vision, probably because he had parents who had the "sight" to see and trust their child just like the rest of the kids.
There was no, "Poor Matt,” but more, "Matt you can do this," and he did and still does. He listens to and hears what is going on. He takes part in many community events and affairs that many don't even think about.
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Wagner rewrites the books with six state records
WE’RE NO. 1 — Members of the NRHEG girls’ basketball team celebrate after winning the Class AA state championship Saturday afternoon at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Panthers, No. 2 in the final state ratings, defeated No. 3 Braham 60-59 in what’s been called one of the most exciting championship games in state tournament history. The Panthers’ Carlie Wagner made history herself, breaking five state records and tying another. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
For Carlie Wagner and the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ basketball team, it was a storybook end to a fairy tale season. There are no more game plans to prepare, no more challenges or adversity to overcome and, most importantly, no more teams to beat.
The Panthers won it all.
Behind a relentless scoring performance by Wagner and tremendous team defense, the Panthers captured the Minnesota Class AA state championship with a thrilling 60-59 victory over Braham at Target Center in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon.
“It’s incredible,” said Wagner, signing autographs after the welcome home ceremony Saturday. “Just looking at everyone in the packed gym is insane. When everyone stood up and cheered, I just went numb.”
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NRHEG girls defeat Pelican Rapids 62-49 in state quarterfinals
INTENSITY — NRHEG's Jade Schultz wrestles for the ball against Pelican Rapids' Mackenzie Korf during Wednesday night's Class AA quarterfinal game of the Minnesota State Girls' Basketball Tournament at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Panthers won 62-49, advancing to the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. against Minneapolis Washburn at Target Center. Also in the photo: Marnie Wagner, Sommer Haugrud, Paige Overgaard and Carlie Wagner, who led all scorers with 31 points. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)
GAME FACES — NRHEG girls' basketball players watch the early quarterfinal game at Williams Arena Wednesday awaiting their 8 p.m. matchup with Pelican Rapids. Front from left: Hannah Lundberg, Carlie Wagner, Marnie Wagner. Back: Katie Cole, Jade Schultz. The Panthers Friday face Minneapolis Washburn (23-7), which edged last year's state runner-up Sauk Rapids 64-58 in the game the Panthers watched.
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NRHEG basketball girls repeat as Section 2AA champions
WE’RE GOING BACK! — NRHEG girls’ basketball players celebrate after winning Section 2AA championship at Minnesota State-Mankato Friday night, earning a second straight trip to the state tournament. Among the players pictured are Paige Overgaard, Maddie Wagner, Katie Cole, Marnie Wagner, Abby Crabtree and Jade Schultz. The Panthers open the state tournament Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Pelican Rapids at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
What’s better than going to the state tournament?
How about going two years in a row?
That’s what the NRHEG girls’ basketball team is doing after Carlie Wagner and company — behind a large and loud fan following — dismantled St. Peter 96-61 for the Section 2AA championship at Minnesota State-Mankato Friday night.
The Panthers, third in last year’s state tournament behind a record-setting performance by Wagner, will face Section 8AA champion Pelican Rapids at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Rated No. 2 in the state in Class AA, the Panthers take a 29-1 record and 27-game winning streak to state.
The Panthers and coach John Schultz weren’t thinking about that on Friday, though. They, along with much of the NRHEG community, simply celebrated the moment and soaked it all in.
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Geneva business survives ups, downs
35 AND COUNTING — For 35 years, DeWayne Jensen has been at your service at Jensen Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing in Geneva. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
Many moons ago, DeWayne Jensen embarked on a business venture. And although he had no idea what the future held, he didn’t let fear didn’t stand in his way.
“I had just finished management school with Cenex,” Jensen said. “They wanted me to assume a managerial role, but I thought if I’m going to do that, I should probably be in my own business.”
He quickly turned this courageous idea into action, and evidently his efforts paid off, as he has claimed the title of Jensen Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing CEO for the past 35 years.”
“I pretty much self-taught myself by reading a lot manuals,” he said.