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World War II was not about feeling good PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 18:30

After all these years, Thompson talks about it

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DAMN LUCKY — That’s what Harold Thompson’s nickname was in the Philippines during World War II, where he survived many brushes with death. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

For many years, Harold Thompson did not talk about what happened in World War II.

That doesn’t mean he forgot; but it wasn’t necessarily where he wanted to be. Like most young American men, he felt a need to be there.

For its part in helping to defeat Germany and Japan, his has been called the Greatest Generation, and it’s something he’s proud of.

“It makes you feel good,” he said.

But World War II was not about feeling good.

 
They got the name correct PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:28

Comeback queen Jade a true gem

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ENJOYING THE VIEW — Jade Schultz poses for a photo on the deck of her family’s Beaver Lake home. The 2014 NRHEG High School graduate has experienced many ups and downs while helping the Panthers win two state basketball championships and dealing with knee injuries. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


By KATHY PAULSEN

Staff Writer

Jade is a hard translucent mineral.

Jade is a gemstone supposedly able to cure pain in the side.

Jade is also a girl that is a gem.

When John and Wendy Schultz named their baby girl Jade, they couldn't have been more accurate.

Jade the mineral is a gem unique for its symbolic energy and the lore that surrounds it. Jade the girl is unique for her beauty, her wide, romping expressiveness, and her robust elegance and commitment.

 
After 34 years, the timing is right PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 11:54

Conway retires after long career as elementary teacher

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THE TIME IS NOW — After 34 years as an elementary teacher, Mary Conway now has more time to spend in her back yard. (Star Eagle photo by Jessica Lutgens)


By JESSICA LUTGENS

Staff Writer

When it comes to teaching, you could say it’s in her blood.

“It’s like this profession was handed to me on a gold platter,” said recent NRHEG retiree Mary Conway.

One of several beloved and longtime staff members bidding adieu to the district this year, Conway dedicated 34 years to her career, although education is something she’s been involved with since she was young.

Born and raised in Waseca, where her mom was a kindergarten teacher for many years, Conway’s motivation behind her career choice is obvious; one of her favorite activities as a child was playing “school” with her sister, and she taught Sunday school.

 
Dacoda keeps smiling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:01

Six years after being diagnosed with pre-leukemia, rural Hartland boy to be honored at Freeborn County Relay for Life

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ALL SMILES — David Malakowsky and children Dylan, Tiara, Dacoda and Tylar at a recent ice cream social for the Freeborn County Relay for Life. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


By KATHY PAULSEN

Staff Writer

While sitting at the Albert Lea Relay For Life Ice Cream Social recently, my eye landed on a young boy sporting an NRHEG Panthers T-shirt and his siblings. It was a chance, enlightening experience that won’t be forgotten.

Visiting with the David and Amanda Malakowsky family, which includes Tiara, Dacoda, Dylan and Tylar, was a joy. What a happy, outgoing family that has had more than their share of problems. But in spite of it all they keep smiling.

The biggest smile was from 8-year-old Dacoda, who at 2 years old was diagnosed with pre-leukemia that required a bone marrow transplant that came all the way from Germany. David said that was good place to come from because their ancestry was German and Dutch.

 
Dedicated to those we miss PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Lutgens   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:59

Bench, tree dedicated at ‘new’ Memorial Park

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MEMORIALIZED — Above, Pastor Paul Andree speaks during the dedication ceremony at New Richland’s Memorial Park July 11. Below from left are NR firefighters Dan Budach, Cody Dobberstein, Anthony Svoboda, Tom Gislason, Craig Eustice, Curt Pederson, Brian Svoboda, Tyler Hansen, Mike Thompson, Mike Shurson and Mitch Thompson. (Star Eagle photos by Chris Schlaak)

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By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

In a solemn, inspirational ceremony, the recently landscaped Memorial Park — as it has become known — was dedicated Friday evening, July 11, during New Richland’s Farm and City Days.

The new hospice tree — donated by Mary Ignaszewski and family, and the bench that was donated in memory of Tommy Bruzek by the NR Fire Department 10 years ago — were the main focus.

Gail Schmidt of the New Richland Area Foundation, which donated $2,200 toward the project, was the first to speak.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 16:03
 
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