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Longtime owner of Lady Bug Thrift Store retires
TIME TO RETIRE — After 38 years owning the Lady Bug Thrift Store in New Richland, Carol Shultz has decided it’s time to let someone else take over. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
If you live in or around New Richland, you’re most likely familiar with the Lady Bug. Our own local thrift store tucked between Wagner’s and New Richland Drug, this shop has been going strong for 38 years, thanks to the ownership of Carol Shultz, who recently decided it was time to hang up the towel and pass on the store to another owner.
When it all started, Carol and her sister shared ownership of the store.
“We wanted to be able to be home when our kids got home from school,” Carol said when remembering her reason for starting the shop, “and regulate our own hours.”
For the first 18 years, the Lady Bug resided on Highway 13. After Carol’s sister retired, she decided to move to Broadway in New Richland, where she has owned the shop herself for 20 years. Looking back on her years, Carol shared some of her fonder memories.
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As expected, NRHEG girls draw No. 1 seed
It may seem early, but tournament time is here again for the NRHEG girls’ basketball team, here shown fighting for a rebound in a win over WEM last week. The Panthers are rated No. 2 in the state in Class AA and are the No. 1 seed in the south sub-section of Section 2AA. They’ll host a home game Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. against eighth-seeded Maple River (4-22). Pictured are NRHEG players, from left, Katie Cole, Paige Overgaard, Hannah Lundberg, Jade Schultz and, in the background, Carlie Wagner. The section tournament continues Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Mankato East High School. The sub-section finals are Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at Minnesota State-Mankato. The section championship game is Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Minnesota State. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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NRHEG wrestlers take title
WE WIN! — The crowd erupts and NRHEG freshman Wyatt Fitterer reacts after he pinned USC’s Joe Matthews in the 285-pound match Saturday afternoon in New Richland. Fitterer’s 38-second fall followed a decision by Todd Erickson that sealed the victory and the Gopher Conference championship for the Panthers, who defeated the Rebels 40-27. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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After 65 years, John and Lucille Nechanicky still spark the twinkle in one another’s eyes
LONG AND WINDING ROAD — John and Lucille Nechanicky have enjoyed 65 years of mostly wedded bliss. They raised four children on the 40-acre piece of land near Ellendale and have 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
They were sweethearts, she and John
In a time long past.
They were young and handsome
When they found love at last.
Each time she saw him coming
Her heart was all aglow.
She felt she couldn't love him more
How little does youth know.
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WINTER ROYALTY — NRHEG High School kicked off Snow Week festivities Monday afternoon with the crowning of royalty in the gymnasium. Front from left: king Jarred Hanson and queen Katie Cole. Back: Hannah Lewison, Tara Simon, Kevin Minter, Chandler Wisler, Johnny White, Brandon Herrmann, Abby Crabtree and Kalana Shurson. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)