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Crafty ladies come from near and far to roll up their sleeves
FINAL BRUSH STROKES — Chris Donovan, Paula Hansen and Sue Cory all dipped paintbrushes on May 9, so as to complete their very first barn quilt at Holmes’ farm. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
Word on the street folks, is that barn quilting has become quite the dandy around the Ellendale area lately.
Hard evidence of such wooden creations numbers 10 to be exact, simply due to a joint effort of NRHEG and USC Community Education Director Marilyn Dobberstein and Special Education Paraprofessional Renee Holmes leading their Second Annual Barn Quilting Community Education class.
“Some people think I have hung fabric quilts on my barns,” said Holmes. “But, they are actually pieces of wood painted to look like quilts.”
This year’s students created things a little differently. Instead of a red, white and blue theme, they designed and painted a two-by-two dimensioned board with free reign in colors. It’s a task Holmes says is much more difficult than meets the already artistic eye.
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NRHEG Prom 2012
NRHEG High School prom goers went through an informal “grand march” in the theme of the evening, “Moonlight on the Pier,” following the traditional grand march Saturday, May 5. Above from left: Michaela Hansen, Paige Bolduan, Jenika Jongbloedt, Dana Jensen, Brenna Hagen, Brina Bergland and Jadyn Nelson-Spies. Below from left: Colton Ryg, Pete Blowers, Jared Reyant, Casey Rosacker and Ashton Hareid. Anne and Rick Feist chaired the prom committee. Michaela Hansen and McKenna Thiele served as emcees and sophomore waiters/waitresses were Jade Schultz, Carlie Wagner, Caitlin Hinz, Jarek Schendel, Alec Holland and Noah Krell. See Pages 2, 15 and 16 of this week's Star Eagle for more color photos. (Star Eagle photos by Jim Lutgens)
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Dance On • Carol’s Dance Studio 2011-12 Recital
Dancers from Carol’s Dance Studio perform during the 2011-12 recital at NRHEG High School in New Richland Saturday night. In top photo from left are Meela Budach and Mallory Schlinger. Below from left are Makayla Hannegrefs-Dahlen, Hallie Schultz, Olivia Smith and Grace Wilkenson. For a photo page of the dance recital, see Page 16 of this week's Star Eagle. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)
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Rudau, Frank attain Eagle Scout status
ONE BADGE AT A TIME — Eagle Scouts Douglas Rudau and Hans Frank proudly adorn their troop uniforms and scarves outside the Clarks Grove First Baptist Church. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
Douglas Rudau and Hans Frank’s ability to take charge around campfires is unparalleled. Even their compasses seem to have become extensions of themselves.
After all, these two fine chaps have officially graduated to Eagle Scout status.
“A lot of our Boy Scout skills came from learning by example,” said Rudau. “Both of us hope to provide a good example for the younger scouts and encourage them to keep advancing.”
Both Rudau and Frank can’t take all the credit for the prestigious honor. Only with the help of their scout leaders and fellow members did they achieve such a goal.
“This is taking scouts as far as it goes,” Frank said. “It makes me feel like I accomplished something.”
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For 42 years, Diane Boelter has delivered with a smile
AVON ALL THE WAY — New Richland resident Diane Boelter doesn’t plan on abdicating her Avon duties anytime soon. There are just too many friends that depend on her. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
BY RACHEL RIETSEMA
Some area folks might say Diane Boelter is more prompt than the mailman.
Well, at least that’s what Al Batt has said anyway.
“I’ve been an Avon representative for 42 years,” Boelter said. “Orders can be sent in every two weeks, and I’ve never have missed an order.”
No matter the weather conditions, her faithful customers can always expect magazine or product delivery right on the button.
“I’ve been out there wading up in the snow to my knees before,” Boelter said. “Holidays are especially important.”
But, she doesn’t solely classify these 70 or so women as clients. They have become some of her best friends.
“I really appreciate everyone opening the doors to me, especially when I heard the girls in the café clapping and whooping after being gone for three months,” Boelter said. “Those happy to see you and we-are-out-of-eye-liner comments really meant a lot.”