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NRHEG Snow Week royalty candidates for 2016 are, front from left: Hailey Schuller, Bayli Possin, Grace Logan, Sophia Fischer and Whitney McCamish. Back: Luke Overgaard, Lucas Herrmann, Trey Hoppe and Wyatt Fitterer. Not pictured: Cole Ignaszewski. The Snow Week queen and king will be crowned at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 in the NRHEG High School gymnasium in New Richland. The Snow Week talent show is Friday, Feb. 5 at 2:15 in the gym. The dance is Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8-10:30. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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NRHEG High School wrestlers react to a victory by Tyler Jacobson, right, during the Panthers’ dual-meet victory at Lake Mills, Iowa Saturday, Jan. 16. Among those pictured, from left: Karter Sletten, Zeke Erickson, Wyatt Fitterer, Trey Hoppe, Chad Erickson. Read about it in sports. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)
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2016 cancer auction kicks off
REDNECK MOTHERS — Cheri (Sloan) Krejci, Cindy (Sloan) Owen, Pam (Cornelius) Muri and Rita (Thompson) Louks stand by the Redneck Christmas tree auctioned off during the first weekend of the 2016 Geneva Cancer Auction. The event resumes at 7 p.m. Friday and wraps up Saturday, Jan. 16 at Geneva Bar & Grill. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
Life is brief and very fragile. Hope, like love, transcends all time. It is a friend, a healer and a maker of dreams. When you give, you harvest an abundance of love that life offers.
Maybe all of life’s promises don't come true. We can only try.
January is a month dedicated to extraordinary attention given to the cause against cancer. Though it is an ongoing cause year-round, January 8-9 and 15-16 are special days set aside for the Geneva Cancer Auction. Friday night began with a brief introduction by Jamie Hagen, followed by his father, DuWayne, or Whitey, Hagen, as he is best known, reviewing some achievements that go back 30 to 40 years ago.
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Cancer auction completes another year of fund-raising
ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER AUCTION — Whitey Hagen stands next to roses given in honor of Karen Hammersmith’s 23rd year of being a breast cancer survivor during the second and final weekend of the 2016 Geneva Cancer Auction. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)
By KATHY PAULSEN
Once again Whitey Hagen did his testing, “One-two-three, can you hear me?” as the second weekend of the 2016 Geneva Cancer Auction got underway Friday, Jan. 15.
“It is great to see all of you here, ‘cause after all we are from Minnesota,” said Hagen, referring to how bitterly cold it was outside.
“We had a hell of an auction last week,” said Hagen, pausing before adding, “This is a cancer auction, not a hen party,” trying to remind people to tone down the visiting and pay attention to what was going on.
The first item up for bid was a blanket donated by Geri Sorenson. He explained that Geri donated an afghan to the auction for the past 41 years.
“She gave me her 42nd afghan for the cancer auction before she died this past year,” said Hagen. “This one is special.”
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NRHEG High School winter cheerleaders get the home crowd excited during a December basketball game. From left are Anna Bailey, Avery Hill, Jessica Nafe and Lillian Bell. Panther athletic teams are in the midst of a busy season. See the sports schedule on Page 10 of this week's Star Eagle. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)