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Fun run/walk to fund playground equipment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 May 2015 14:35

“I would like an enclosed slide because they are safer.” — Alden Dobberstein, 2nd grade

“The equipment is really old and it would be fun to have new stuff.” — Mallory Schlinger, 2nd grade

“We would get to play on new stuff instead of the same stuff over and over again.” — Malonna Wilson, 3rd grade)

“I wish we could have two sandboxes.” — Tyler Kress, kindergarten

These are the wishes of NRHEG Elementary School students, and the NRHEG PTO would like to see them come true.

A real honor PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 May 2015 14:34

WWII veteran Johnson visits D.C. memorial


HONORED — Lee Johnson salutes during a ceremony during his recent visit to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. See Pages 8-11 of this week's Star Eagle for additional Memorial Day coverage. (Submitted photo)


Contributing Writer

It took nearly 60 years from the end of World War II for the National WWII Memorial to open for public viewing in Washington, D.C. On April 11 of this year, nearly 70 years after the war ended, 90-year-old WWII veteran Lee Johnson of Ellendale was able see it in person.

“It was a trip of a lifetime,” said Johnson while paging through a thick photograph album of his trip. “There were people everywhere, and wherever you went, they were always saying ‘thank you for your service.’”

The one-day jaunt to visit a number of war memorials in Washington, D.C., was made possible by Honor Flight - Twin Cities, a non-profit organization that is part of a national Honor Flight network in all 50 states.

Hitler’s hell PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015 12:08

Holocaust survivor tells area folks exactly how she made it


SURVIVOR — Anita Dittman holds a copy of her book, ‘Trapped in Hitler’s Hell.’ Dittman spoke about her life Sunday, April 26 at Ellendale’s First Lutheran Church. (Star Eagle photo by Nicole Billing)


Editorial Assistant

According to Anita Dittman, there is an old saying, “Love your enemies and do good to those that hate you.”

“Well,” said Dittman, “God made me put this into practice.”

Dittman, author of Trapped in Hitler’s Hell, got a little choked up, something that happened many times throughout the afternoon as she spoke at First Lutheran Church in Ellendale Sunday, April 26.

Dittman was born in 1937 in Breslau, Germany, near the Polish border. Her mother was an Orthodox Jew and her father was a pure-blooded German. They lived in a lovely suburban neighborhood in a nice, big house. She lived a very comfortable lifestyle for 5 ½ years until Hitler came into power. When that happened, each person had to write their names on a list, either Jew or Aryan. Anita looked at her mother and asked, “What am I? I’m both.” When her mother directed her to write her name on the Jewish list, she responded, “I would rather be on that list. I would rather be a victim than the oppressor.”

NRHEG’s 20-year strategy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:00

Superintendent speaks out on purpose behind referendum


Staff Writer

A question is being asked in communities, and it goes sort of like this: Why, in this time of declining enrollment and tight money, do we need to spend $14 million on a new gym and new classrooms?

NRHEG Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Goodwin had a few things to say about that in his office last Wednesday.

“We need to focus on what we’re trying to do for our kids,” he told the Star Eagle.

“Right now we’re graduating 94 percent of our students, as compared to the state average of 80 percent. That’s still not good.”

Goodwin wants to graduate 100 percent, and for those graduates to have stayed because the school found a way to excite them and give them what they needed.


“In the old days, every child began school pretty much the same. But today some have no skills, some have some skills and not others.”

Order yearbooks now PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 18:46

Last chance to reserve your 2014-2015 NRHEG Senior High Yearbook! Order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or with Mrs. Schumacher at the high school. Cost is $55 and the last day to order is May 15. Don't delay.


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