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WELL WISHERS — Kyle Goslee, center, with former teammates Brody Richards, Ryan Glynn, Kevin Lindblad and Scott Klocek. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
Kyle Goslee was pretty much Mr. Everything in high school, starring in football, basketball and baseball at NRHEG.
Since then, he made his mark in another sport.
Goslee established himself as one of the best in the nation at fast-pitch softball, and in August he was honored as such by being named to the North American Fastpitch Association Hall of Fame during the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in Mankato.
A 1996 graduate of NRHEG, Goslee got plenty of athletic support in high school from his parents, Keith and Marilyn, and sister Melanie. Keith passed in 2005. Marilyn remarried and she and Bob Jurrens live in Longville, Minn. Melanie, a CPA at Streaters in Albert Lea, is married to Scott Crabtree, a Minnesota State Trooper, and they live in Geneva with daughters Emily and Hanna.
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Hartland’s Alice Miller turns 100
100 AND COUNTING — Alice Miller of Hartland with a Minnesota Twins jersey presented to her by the city in honor of her 100th birthday Monday, Aug. 22.
By JIM LUTGENS
How does it feel to be 100 years old?
According to Alice Miller, not much different than 99.
Miller was asked the question Monday, Aug. 22, the day she reached the century mark, a day after a big birthday celebration at the community center in Hartland, where she was born, raised and still lives.
“There were so many people there,” said Miller, who still retains her physical health and mental faculties. “I met so many people I hadn’t seen for many years. A couple of them said, ‘You’re sharp as a tack.’ I remember things pretty good. I’m just a little hard of hearing.”
So, how does it feel to be 100?
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Thompson keeps NRCC garden looking good
GROUP EFFORT — Barb Thompson, right, keeps the garden at New Richland Care Center colorful throughout the summer with the help of her sister, Julie Economy, a retired NRHEG school teacher. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
The staff at New Richland Care Center is the main reason it has a reputation as one of the best senior living facilities around.
But there is also a resident doing her part to brighten the place.
Barb Thompson, with the help of others, keeps the garden at the care center healthy and blooming throughout the growing season for residents, visitors and staff to enjoy.
“If it’s a droopy summer, bright zinnias never hurt,” she said, beginning a tour of the garden.
Nestled between two outer walls on the back of the building, a concrete sidewalk leads to an open area with a large picnic shelter in the center. A white fence lines the garden’s perimeter, guarding the various flowers, trees, bushes, herbs, vegetables, and other plants that grow behind it. The sidewalk continues through a small gate in the fence, circling the whole garden, with more plants on each side. Vibrant pink, purple, orange, red, gold, maroon, and green are everywhere you look, creating a beautiful, pleasant environment.
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2nd annual 5K set for July 9
THE SMILE — That’s what will be remembered most about Preston Peterson by his parents, Tammy and Tom. Entry forms for the Press On For Preston 5K can be found on the Facebook page Preston Fund Memorial 5K Run/Walk. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
By JIM LUTGENS
Usually, Tammy Peterson is the parent who breaks down when thinking or talking about her late son, Preston.
Not this time.
It was the dad, the strong and stoic Tom Peterson, who got up from the table to compose himself as the Petersons talked about the second annual fun run/walk in Preston’s honor, set for July 9 during New Richland’s Farm and City Days. The Press On For Preston 5K begins at 8 a.m. at NR City Hall, where you can pick up entry forms.
Lyndsay Carlson, Abbey Holland and Cyndi Bartness, friends of the Peterson family, organized the first run last year to remember Preston and fund a memorial scholarship.
What does Tammy remember about Preston?
“His smile,” she said. “Just his good-natured, kind attitude. He really was just so kind-hearted and loving.”
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Reunion held for Wayne Feder, town’s first-ever cross country coach
CARDINALS — Former New Richland-Hartland cross country runners with coach Wayne Feder. Front from left: Bruce Himmerich, Randy Meyer, Denny Prescher. Back: Dennis Byron, Mike Berg, Richard Swenson, Dave Lyndgaard, David Liane, Feder, Bob Yerhot, Greg Swenson, Dave Shurson, Bill Bartholmey. (Submitted photo)
By JIM LUTGENS
There was a time, not all that long ago, when cross country in New Richland was thought of as the route you took to visit Disneyland.
Then Wayne Feder came along.
It was the fall of 1966 when Feder, a first-year teacher, convinced Superintendent G.T. Norswing to let him start a cross country program at New Richland-Hartland High School.
He created something special, obviously.
Feder’s former runners — spearheaded by Denny Prescher — held a reunion to honor their coach and the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Cardinal cross country team on Saturday, July 9 at the NR Sportsmen’s Club during Farm & City Days. They rode a float in the parade.
Feder, now retired and living in Blue Earth, was overwhelmed by it all.