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Written by Jim Lutgens   
Friday, 28 August 2015 12:35

Doc Flor’s legacy spans generations

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REMINISCING — Albert Flor and his three sisters enjoy dinner together at Albert's cabin on St. Olaf Lake. From left: Phyllis Cooper, Ordelle Schmid, Albert Flor, Arlene F. Ros-Crum. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)



By KATHY PAULSEN

Staff Writer

For many folks, one of the happiest days of their life was the day they started going to Dr. Albert Flor’s dental office. One of the saddest days was when he retired and they had to find someone new.

For more than 50 years, "Doc" has been an interesting character in New Richland. At 95 years of age he still keeps busy, not doing dentistry work, though he jokingly said he still carries his trusty pliers in his pocket, which he proudly displayed.

Since his retirement in 1991, Flor has been using his garage to build utility trailers and picnic tables. He is not the type of person to just sit. He has to be up doing something and his garage has become like a second home. He said he has already made 15 utility trailers and 13 picnic tables. He has given picnic tables to some of his grandchildren, but he still has a few more to make.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 12:37
 
Walk like a man PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:24

Panthers win early opener at Mayer Lutheran

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NRHEG High School football captains Trey Hoppe (44), Wyatt Fitterer (71), Zeke Erickson (69) and Palmer Peterson (7) make the walk to midfield for the coin toss of the 2015 season opener at Mayer Lutheran Saturday afternoon. The Panthers prevailed, 14-7. See the Aug. 27 edition of the Star Eagle for the Fall Sports Preview. (Star Eagle photo by Nikki Erickson)

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:25
 
Connor’s fight PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 August 2015 16:40

Painting a picture of real life

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STILL SMILING — Conner Weckwerth of Blooming Prairie, son of Milo Weckwerth of New Richland, has been responding well since undergoing recent surgery to remove a brain tumor. (Submitted photo)


By MARK DOMEIER

Contributing Writer

Let’s paint a picture.

Start with some bright, vibrant colors. These are the colors of a young man who enjoys the outdoors, so maybe some verdant greens and sunshine yellows. Throw in the reds and oranges of fires in the summer, toasting s’mores.

These are good colors for the beginning of a painting of Connor Weckwerth of Blooming Prairie. He lives with his mom, April, and is the son of Milo Weckwerth of New Richland. Connor just finished kindergarten in Blooming Prairie last spring, but then found some new colors added to his painting this summer, some colors that were unexpected and had a darker hue.


Last Updated on Saturday, 08 August 2015 12:07
 
Pajamas in a castle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 13:37

Johnson enjoys semester of study in 18th-century estate

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TOP OF THE WORLD — Hailey Johnson stands with arms stretched wide atop Arthur’s Seat overlooking Edinburgh during her semester-long stay in Scotland. Johnson lived and studied in an 18th-century castle. (Submittted photo)


By TROY THOMPSON

Contributing Writer

When 2012 NRHEG graduate Hailey Johnson decided to go to college in Wisconsin, she didn’t anticipate attending classes in a Scottish castle while wearing her pajamas.

“You wake up, walk down to class in your pajamas, and learn in a castle,” said Johnson. “It was pretty cool.”

From August to November of 2014, Johnson, who’s attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls while studying Animal Science with a Veterinary Tech emphasis, decided to expand her horizons for a semester abroad. Scotland seemed like another world away, but her decision to pursue her general studies in that country proved to hit closer to home than she could have realized.

“It was a physical journey, but an emotional one, too,” said Johnson. “I thought it would be difficult being away from home at college, but I never anticipated being 4,000 miles away.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 August 2015 13:37
 
Peterson’s memory endures PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 July 2015 15:38

Inaugural 5K attracts around 200 entrants

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A GOOD DAY — The first ever Preston Peterson Memorial Fund 5K was held Saturday, July 18. Pictured here with a check for $5,000 are the Peterson family from left: Tom, Tammy, Paige, Palmer, Perry, Porter and Payden. More than 200 people were in attendance for the event. (Star Eagle photo by Nicole Billing)


By NICOLE BILLING

Editorial Assistant

Weather conditions were a little warm for the inaugural Preston Peterson Memorial Fund 5K.

But that didn’t stop folks from turning out.

Approximately 200 participants showed up in New Richland Saturday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. for the first scholarship fundraiser for Peterson, a 2014 graduate of NRHEG High School who tragically took his own life last December.

Some participants ran while others walked. Cindi Bartness, one of the organizers of the event said, “There were two reasons we decided to do this. One of them was to keep Preston’s memory alive and the other was to continue to add money to the scholarship memorial fund.” 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 15:40
 
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