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Speaker leaves students spellbound
SPELLBOUND STUDENTS — Tasha Schuh, a quadriplegic from Ellsworth, Wis., held the interest of NRHEG students on the first day of school. (Submitted photo)
By MARK DOMEIER
Sixteen feet is a long way to fall. Falling that far and landing on your head on a concrete floor is often a tragic fall; survival odds are long.
Yet, that’s just what Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth, Wis., did in 1997. While working on a production of The Wizard of Oz at her high school in Red Wing, Minn., Schuh fell through a trapdoor, breaking her neck, fracturing her skull, and crushing her spinal cord. She was in a coma for eight days and wasn’t given much chance to live.
Yet there she was in front of the NRHEG student body on the first day of school, speaking about her life experiences and how to deal with adversity. “Yes I can,” was a phrase she taught students to say in sign language, a phrase she has used as a mantra often during her recovery and subsequent embarkation on a career as an inspirational speaker.
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2015 NRHEG homecoming candidates
NRHEG High School homecoming royalty candidates for 2015 are, front from left: Jessica Nafe, Taylar Tieskotter, Abby Wacholz, Abby Christopherson and Anna Bailey. Back: Michael Altermatt, Zeke Erickson, John Cole, Palmer Peterson and Dempsey Tucker. Coronation is Monday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium in New Richland. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JIM LUTGENS
It’s time for homecoming week at NRHEG High School.
Candidates for queen and king, announced last week, are as follows:
• Anna Bailey, daughter of Steve and Mary Bailey
• Abby Christopherson, daughter of Doug Christopherson and Karla Christopherson
• Jessica Nafe, daughter of Terry and Karen Nafe
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Doc Flor’s legacy spans generations
REMINISCING — Albert Flor and his three sisters enjoy dinner together at Albert's cabin on St. Olaf Lake. From left: Phyllis Cooper, Ordelle Schmid, Albert Flor, Arlene F. Ros-Crum. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
For many folks, one of the happiest days of their life was the day they started going to Dr. Albert Flor’s dental office. One of the saddest days was when he retired and they had to find someone new.
For more than 50 years, "Doc" has been an interesting character in New Richland. At 95 years of age he still keeps busy, not doing dentistry work, though he jokingly said he still carries his trusty pliers in his pocket, which he proudly displayed.
Since his retirement in 1991, Flor has been using his garage to build utility trailers and picnic tables. He is not the type of person to just sit. He has to be up doing something and his garage has become like a second home. He said he has already made 15 utility trailers and 13 picnic tables. He has given picnic tables to some of his grandchildren, but he still has a few more to make.
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Panthers fall at Waterville, 13-7
Perry Peterson of the NRHEG High School football team (22) tackles Tyler Tegmeier during Friday night's game at arch-rival Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. The Panthers gave it a good effort against the No. 5 rated Buccaneers but came up just short, 13-7. The Panthers host winless Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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Panthers win early opener at Mayer Lutheran
NRHEG High School football captains Trey Hoppe (44), Wyatt Fitterer (71), Zeke Erickson (69) and Palmer Peterson (7) make the walk to midfield for the coin toss of the 2015 season opener at Mayer Lutheran Saturday afternoon. The Panthers prevailed, 14-7. See the Aug. 27 edition of the Star Eagle for the Fall Sports Preview. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)