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2016 NRHEG Pops Concert
NRHEG High School senior Nicole Wallin performs a solo during the annual Pops Concert Monday, May 9 in the high school gymnasium. Wallin received a long standing ovation after her performance. Choral awards, presented by director Jennifer Fredrickson, went to Abby Christopherson, Outstanding Senior, and Nicole Edon, National School Choral Award. Band awards, presented by director Jacob Bender, went to Katharine Lewer, John Phillip Sousa Award, and Nicole Edon, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)
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NRHEG prom 2016
NRHEG students ham it up during the fun walk following the traditional grand march for prom Saturday, May 7. From left: Elizabeth Nelson, Jennifer McKay, Jorey Fischer, Jillian Jongbloedt, SaraJo Stewart, Will Rudau, Maurya Johnson, Nicole Wallin and Kallie Spooner. See the May 12 edition of the Star Eagle for color photos of all 68 couples to attend NRHEG's 2016 prom. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)
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PLAYGROUND PLANS — Kim Routh and Beckie Johnson stand on some of the current playground equipment at NRHEG Elementary. (Star Eagle photo by Melanie Piltingsrud)
By MELANIE PILTINGSRUD
Early in the morning and during afternoon recess, 450 children gather in long lines at NRHEG Elementary School, waiting patiently for their turn on the playground equipment – much loved and dilapidated equipment that, 25 years ago, served only 250 children before the Ellendale-Geneva school merged with New Richland-Hartland.
Some of the sturdier equipment has been on the playground for at least 50 years and is still serving the children well, but now, the wooden playset in the middle of the playground stands crooked and is missing pieces that can no longer be acquired. Members of the Playground Committee call the wooden playground set “dangerous.”
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Dinneen makes one final trip to nation’s capital
D.C. CREW — Front from left: Whittney McCamish, Natalie Aaseth, Emily Crabtree, Michelle Katzung, Aubrey Schlinger, Tali Wayne, Jennifer McKay, Gabby Muri, Gretchen Ramaker, Grace Johns, Rachel Collins, Maci Surat, Emily Prigge, Chris Stenzel. Row two: Nicole Frechette, Kylie Lembke, Wyatt Fitterer, Tyler Mithun, Justin Mortensen, Karter Sletten, Natalia Galindo, Lillian Bell, Lillie Nielsen, Braden Routh, Ben Lewer, Mercedes Dickerson, Madison Martin. Back: Payton Misgen, Randal Anhalt, Caleb Harpel, Kyra Possin, Pat Churchill, Georgia Dinneen, Taytum Ihrke, Sam Prigge. (Submitted photo)
By JIM LUTGENS
Officially, Georgia Dinneen is retired from her job as an instructor at NRHEG High School.
But early this month, she was coaxed out of retirement for a few days.
As she has done 10 times since 2004, Dinneen accompanied NRHEG students and other chaperones on what has become the school’s annual trip to Washington, D.C.
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Schultz nets milestone win
Coach Wendy Schultz and the NRHEG softball team pose for a photo after the Panthers defeated Blooming Prairie 9-2 Tuesday, April 12 in New Richland for Schultz’s 200th career coaching victory. Front from left: Paige Knudson, Grace Johns, Torrie Stencel and Rachel Collins. Back: Kate Quam, Jayna Finseth, Natalie Aaseth, Kylie Arndt, Skylar Lembke, Wendy Schultz, Kayley Camerer, Jade Schultz, Anna Lundberg and Gabby Muri. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)