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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.”
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Lori Crumb wins first-quarter award
SHINING STAR — CNA Lori Crumb (left) chats with Loretta Pautsch at the New Richland Care Center. Crumb was recently chosen NRCC’s “Shining Star of the Quarter” for first quarter 2012. She has worked at the center for almost 11 years. (Star Eagle photo by Jody Wynnemer)
By JODY WYNNEMER
It takes a special kind of person to be a health care provider, as caring for the elderly presents presents its own special challenges. Meeting those challenges often falls on the shoulders of the staff of a nursing home or care facility.
This specially-trained group of individuals have to deal with a variety of daily needs of our most senior citizens, and some are not easy.
The New Richland Care Center has a program in place which recognizes a staff member for their accomplishments over a three-month period. It is called the “Shining Star of the Quarter.” Recently the care center recognized Lori Crumb, a Certified Nursing Assistant, for the distinction of the first quarter 2012 Shining Star.
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‘Gus’ Station’ may be moved to fairgrounds
‘Gus’ Station’ as it sits today
By KATHY PAULSEN
For many years, the highlight of the day for a kid at the Ellendale School was a quick run across the street for candy at Gus’ Service Station.
Those days are long gone.
The kids are probably grandparents now and the little building on the corner of School Street and 8th Avenue has been closed since 1981. But look inside and you can still see the image in your mind of the good times it provided. It looks just as it did when LuAnn ran the candy counter.
Now, the building’s future is in doubt. But there’s a movement afoot to preserve the building and the memories.
The owner of the building has agreed to donate it to the Ellendale Area Historical Society with the stipulation that the building be moved and the lot cleaned up.
The Steele County Historical Society found a place suitable for Gus' Station at their Village Of Yesteryear at the Steele County Fairgrounds.
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Francis Misgen was once featured in the Minneapolis Tribune for never, ever missing a day of country school. It’s a trait that has followed him since.
Francis Misgen (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
For eight years, Francis Misgen followed his brothers and sisters to school in heat and rain and snow.
Some years, the winter snow drifts covered the telephone lines.
Francis never missed a day, or came in tardy one time, when he attended school at the Berlin Country School north of Beaver Lake. So outstanding was his feat that he was featured in the Minneapolis Tribune.
It’s a trait that followed him for 84 years: Pride in what he was expected to do and doing his best.
Francis Misgen was born and raised on a farm northeast of Beaver Lake. The trek to school was a good two miles, a trip he took with his siblings and other area relatives.
Francis could tell you endless stories about the neighbors then who liked each other and weren't afraid to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it. At one time, they moved a house from the Issac Muri farm to their farm with men and horses.
In 1942, Francis was a medic in the U.S. Army and, because of his earlier trucking experience, was the only one in his outfit who could legally drive the heavy machinery and ambulance. One of his stopping places was Camp Grant, Illinois, but most memorable was Jackson, Mississippi because of all the rattlesnakes and copper heads in the area. Francis still finds it hard to believe the men swam in the river there with all those dangerous reptiles.
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Johnson sisters proud to wear crowns for Dairy Princess, Milk Maid
BEAUTIES AND THE BEEF — Moos abounded as the Johnson siblings Aubrey and Hailey quickly nuzzle one of the many calves during feeding time. (Star Eagle photo by Rachel Rietsema)
By RACHEL RIETSEMA
The Johnson sisters’ knowledge of cows is unmistakable. They know how to milk, show and breed beef with the best of them.
They even have crowns to prove it.
“I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time,” said recently crowned Freeborn County Dairy Princess Hailey Johnson. “Seeing the princesses in the parades as a little girl really excited me.”
Hailey’s little sister Aubrey shares that same cow induced fervor. She is the Freeborn County’s newest Milk Maid, after all.
“I am really, really happy and proud of myself,” Aubrey said.
Fully aware of their new statuses at hand, they look forward to the upcoming summer and fall. Their calendars will be filled with dairy duties up the wazoo.