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2013 cancer auction wraps up, bringing total to $83,000
AUCTION ADVENTURES — Above, Jesse Quam, left, displays a Schwinn bicycle donated by Whitey and LaJune Hagen during the second and final weekend of the 2013 Geneva Cancer Auction Saturday at Geneva Bar & Grill. Below, Asha Lighthizer of Blooming Prairie, right with hairdresser Lisa Full, donated her hair for “Locks of Love.” (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
Whitey Hagen caught and auctioned off a chicken 30 years ago, and for 29 years, the eggs have been rolling in as big money makers for the Geneva Cancer Auction.
Deviled eggs, pickled eggs, hot eggs, raw eggs, and egg omelets; dozens of eggs have found their way to the auction block and have received fabulous prices for this charitable event. Nobody seems to tire of making, buying and eating them.
Like Whitey says, "With $100 or more a dozen, that is only $10 apiece."
Hagen was involved in a cancer auction in 1975 that raised $256. This year, $83,000 was raised during the auction and other fundraising events in Geneva.
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Old favorites, new faces take center stage at Geneva Bar & Grill
AUCTION ACTION — Above, Carl Anderson and Bill Kortz hold a shovel donated by Frontier Communications for the 29th Annual Geneva Cancer Auction last weekend. Below, Whitey Hagen makes the annual walk for cash around the bar. (Star Eagle photos by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
For 29 years, Geneva and the surrounding territory have united in an effort to combat the effects of cancer on human happiness. Cancer is dreadful, strong and mind boggling, but it will eventually know defeat.
On Friday, January 11 at 7 p.m. Whitey Hagen welcomed everyone to Geneva Bar & Grill for the annual Geneva Cancer Auction. Whitey began, "God Bless you all for everything that you have done over the past 28 years to help find a cure for cancer. Some of you don't look like you are that old. A lot of good things have happened during this annual event, and we have raised a lot of money. "
Whitey went on to say, "Somebody from our area volunteered to go and pick up donated items for the auctions over the years and I am sad to say that person, Dean Johnson, died two months ago. He will be greatly missed by many." Whitey then asked everyone to observe a moment of silence for Dean, and everyone else we have lost to cancer.
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Back in the day, Carlie Wagner’s grandmother, Joie Somage, showed athletic tendencies herself
BIT OF A TOMBOY — Country Neighbors resident Joie Somage admits she had somewhat of a tomboyish side as a youngster, riding horses bareback, climbing trees and stacking hay. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
BASKETBALL MILESTONE — Carlie Wagner (3), Joie Somage’s granddaughter, is congratulated by coach John Schultz after scoring her 2,000th career point Saturday. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
Country Neighbor resident Joie Somage’s birth certificate isn’t what you think it would be. Neither are her prescription bottle labels, White Pages listing and check blanks.
Her daughter Jane’s comment at age 10 sums it up well: “The pill bottle fell out of the cupboard and I asked, “Who’s Shirley?”
After Joie’s laughter subsided, she carefully explained to her little squirt how her middle name in fact became her first name at a very young age. And, that as they say, was that.
The goings on inside the Somage household still continued on as crazily as ever too.
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Wagner, NRHEG girls’ basketball team steal the show
STATE SPOTLIGHT — Carlie Wagner (3) drives to the basket during the Panthers’ state semifinal loss to Sauk Centre last March at Target Center in Minneapolis. It was the Panthers’ only loss of the season. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
By JESSICA LUTGENS
This past year has been filled with changes, achievements, giving, receiving, recognition, and so much more. We witnessed world and nationwide events that will be in history books one day.
It’s hard to pinpoint the most important events of 2012, but we at the Star Eagle decided to give it a shot.
The top story of the year: Carlie Wagner and her success in both basketball and track.
Why did we choose one girl out of everything that happened last year as the top story? Well, it’s simple: she’s just that good.
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NRHEG grad Adam Moen loves the stage
LOVING LIFE — NRHEG High School graduate Adam Moen (lower right) and the cast from “Bye Bye Birdie” currently being performed at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. (Submitted photo)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
One of New Richland’s very own has struck gold you might say, on the theater stage that is.
There’s no stopping him either.
“I am currently working at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Bye Bye Birdie,” said NRHEG graduate Ryan Moen. “I will also be in their next production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Under these bright spotlights, Moen feels “completely honored.”
“Every day I go to work I have a blast,” he said. “It's the time of my life.”