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Alliance Pipeline presented a check for $10,000 to the NRHEG School District and the City of New Richland after the annual Veteran’s Day program held in the high school Nov. 12. The money is part of their community investment program and will be used toward the new signs and lighting at the crosswalk. From left: Superintendent Kevin Wellen, Elmer Quiram, Rick Schultz, Shannon Bode of Alliance, Geoff Jessen, Cody Dobberstein, Senator Julie Rosen, Jacob Kohnert, Orville Bolduan, Mitchell Westrum, Brenda Kampen, Dennis Dinneen, Louis Gaona, Gretchen Supalla, Rayna Crosson and Winston Evenson. (Submitted photo)
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Veteran’s Day observed at NRHEG schools
VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM — State Senator Julie Rosen addresses students as the keynote speaker during NRHEG High School’s Veteran’s Day program Monday, Nov. 12. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
What does patriotism mean to you?
That’s what State Senator Julie Rosen asked the students of NRHEG High School when speaking at this year’s Veteran’s Day Program, held on Monday, November 12. Along with her speech, the program consisted of readings from various students, performances by both the band and choir, and awards for the poster and essay contests.
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Bartness recalls post-combat World War II days
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
The year was 1945, and things overseas were still as they say, dicey.
But, luckily for New Richland native Don Bartness, World War II combat had just ended.
“On our ship ride to Japan, I was really sea sick,” Bartness said. “I was ordered to keep watch for mines, but I didn’t care if the mine hit us or not. That’s how sick I was.”
Toward the latter part of this 18-day journey, he and his stomach were on better terms. However, when he set foot on land, his luck continued as the ground began swaying from side to side.
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New manager at New Richland’s Country Neighbors relishes her job
NEIGHBORLY — Julie Strong, left, visits with Country Neighbors resident Floa Finholdt. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
For an hour straight, Julie Strong’s eyes have glazed over so many numbers she can’t see straight. Well, not really. She just needs to hit the pause button for a few minutes and gain some human interaction.
What better way to do that, than to walk outside her office door.
“The residents are special in every way,” said Strong, New Richland’s newest manager for Country Neighbors. “I just graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato and am a licensed social worker. It’s not a requirement, but it’s certainly an asset to the job.”
For one, Strong can really advocate for the 13 residents activity-wise.
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NRHEG School Board
THANKS, MONSANTO! — Monsanto presented a $25,000 check to the NRHEG school during the high school pep fest on Friday, October 5. Pictured from left: Paul Cyr, Kevin Wellen, Mike Pruat, Anne Feist, Amanda Inouye, Jennifer Hatton, Rick Schultz, Chris Beyer and Tom Chandler. (Star Eagle photo by Nicole Billing)
By REED WALLER
The list of donations approved by the NRHEG school board for the month of October topped $40,000.
Topping the list was the $25,000 grant gift from Monsanto.
The Monsanto Grow Community Farm Progress grant was made available to school districts with a choice of taking $10,000 per district, or submitting their district to be nominated by area farmers for a possible $25,000.
The project description states, “NRHEG will use the grant to update science laboratories to state-of-the-art facilities. The district will be acquiring 13 Labquest Interface equipment and sensors that will broaden the scope of scientific investigation in the classrooms. The grant will also be used to purchase two digital microscopes that will be integrated with SMART Boards that are already in use.”