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Coronation set for Monday
The 2016 NRHEG High School Homecoming court. Front from left: Lacey Nelson, Mercedes Dickerson, Cynthia Quezada, Rachel Collins, Grace Johns and Kallie Spooner. Back: Jack Schultz, Alex Blaschko, Chad Agrimson, Will Rudau, Josh Fleming and Luis Gaona. Coronation will be the Monday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s homecoming game will be Friday, Oct. 14, against the Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial Knights. The homecoming parade will be around 2:15 on the 14th. Dress-up days during the week will feature Minnesota Monday, Zoo Tuesday, Crazy Socks Wednesday, Dig Pink Thursday, and Panther Apparel Friday. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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New Richland area deals with flooding
The scene on Hwy. 30 in front of NRHEG High School Thursday afternoon. The town and entire Southern Minnesota region have been busy sandbagging and cleaning up from Wednesday night's rainfall event, which had reported totals of between 4 and 13-plus inches. Roads in town were reopened Friday. The heavy rains came almost six years to the day that New Richland experienced a "100-year" rainfall. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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Historic water tower disassembled
GOING, GOING, GONE — Workers needed only hours to disassemble Hartland’s historic water tower as crowds of spectators gathered to watch. (Photo by Nancy Toot)
By RODNEY HATLE
Down and away in one day, the last in August.
The very old and old-fashioned Hartland water tower, centered in town for more than 100 years, has been replaced by the new model two blocks south.
The new so slim and winsome.
The old one once so handsome.
The original designed for one village.
The current designed for two towns exactly six miles apart, Hartland and Freeborn. Their combined population is about 600.
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Peterson leads Panthers past WEM
NRHEG's Perry Peterson (22) follows the block of Noah Sletten (24) on the way to one of his big plays in Friday night's football game against arch rival Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in New Richland. The Panthers scored a rare victory over the Bucs, 30-22, as Peterson ran for 262 yards and three touchdowns. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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Police Chief Eads dies in apparent suicide
Scott Eads in a 2007 Star Eagle file photo.
By JIM LUTGENS
Few details have been released regarding the death of New Richland Police Chief Scott Eads, who reportedly took his own life Monday evening in rural Freeborn County.
“With deep sorrow, I’m announcing the passing of my boss,” wrote NR Patrolman Ryan Gehrke in a Tuesday press release. “Scott leaves behind his wife and two young children. I’m asking everyone to keep in their thoughts and prayers the Eads family and friends, the citizens of New Richland, the New Richland Police Dept., and all law enforcement as this death will have an impact on us all. Thank you and God bless.”
Eads, originally from Mountain Lake, Minn., was hired in New Richland Oct. 1, 2000 as a patrolman. He was promoted to chief Aug. 17, 2007 when Brad Flor retired.
Eads did not show up for work Monday, according to NR Assistant City Clerk Sara Jo Vulcan. He was on the agenda for Monday night’s city council meeting but did not show.