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Schultz nets milestone win
Coach Wendy Schultz and the NRHEG softball team pose for a photo after the Panthers defeated Blooming Prairie 9-2 Tuesday, April 12 in New Richland for Schultz’s 200th career coaching victory. Front from left: Paige Knudson, Grace Johns, Torrie Stencel and Rachel Collins. Back: Kate Quam, Jayna Finseth, Natalie Aaseth, Kylie Arndt, Skylar Lembke, Wendy Schultz, Kayley Camerer, Jade Schultz, Anna Lundberg and Gabby Muri. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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Benefit set for April 3
STILL ON THE JOB — A benefit is planned for April 3 for Dean Grubstad, left who along with his wife, Theresa, owns the Red Leaf Cafe in New Richland. Dean remains on the job despite his battles with a rare bone infection. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
When Dean Grubstad started experiencing soreness last fall, he assumed it was whiplash from a past accident. He did not expect it to lead to a three-week, life-changing hospital stay — and he wasn’t the only one who didn’t see it coming.
It was around Thanksgiving of 2015 when Dean’s symptoms surfaced. He went in to the doctor, who agreed that it was probably whiplash and put him on steroids. After three days, Dean began feeling better, but the fourth day was a different story.
“It was like I took a 180,” said Grubstad, who owns the Red Leaf Café in New Richland along with his wife, Theresa. “I couldn’t move my left arm, and I started having convulsions.”
He and Theresa then went to the Owatonna hospital. He was admitted and treated for two days for what doctors had thought was pneumonia after x-rays showed a mass that appeared to be on Dean’s lung. However, an MRI revealed that the fluid (mass) was actually located behind the lung, which changed things.
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Panthers' run ends in section title game
Jack Schultz leads Panther Nation in a cheer during the Section 2AA girls' basketball championship game between NRHEG and Norwood-Young America at Minnesota State-Mankato Friday, March 11. The Panthers gave it a good effort but came up short against the much taller Raiders, 67-56. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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NRHEG girls return to Section 2AA title game
Members of the NRHEG girls' basketball team celebrate their 55-52 victory over top-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown for the Section 2AA South Sub-Section championship at Minnesota State University-Mankato Monday, March 7. After a one-year hiatus, the Panthers are back in the Section 2AA title game and one win away from state, and face Norwood-Young America Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at MSU. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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Fitterer takes silver medal at state
NRHEG High School senior Wyatt Fitterer celebrates a fall during this weekend's Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Fitterer capped an outstanding season and career, finishing second in the state at 285 pounds in Class A. Read about it in sports. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)