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Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:17

8-year-old hopes to collect, donate 150 pairs of shoes by Thanksgiving


LOFTY GOAL — Madisyn Ferguson, 8-year-old granddaughter of Blaine and Judy Lewer of New Richland, has set a goal to collect 150 pairs of shoes to donate by Thanksgiving. (Submitted photo)


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Never underestimate the value of a child. They have feelings and empathy beyond what an adult might believe.

Little Madisyn Ferguson, 8-year-old daughter of Janda and Dwight Ferguson of Rochester, and the granddaughter of Judy and Blaine Lewer of New Richland, set a goal of collecting 150 pairs of shoes by Thanksgiving.

She set the goal, which seemed like a lot for one little girl, but she was determined. So far she has been able to collect a little more than 100 pair of shoes. Madisyn has been keeping an eye on the calendar and realizes Thanksgiving will be here before she knows it and realizes she still has some work to do to reach her goal.

Wagner gets starting nod PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 November 2014 17:55

Carlie kicks off college hoops career Friday



High school is history for Carlie Wagner.

A new chapter begins Friday, Nov. 14 on the court where she captured so much glory last March: Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

The freshman phenom from New Richland will begin her college basketball career as the Minnesota Golden Gophers face Southwest Louisiana at 7 p.m.

Wagner, of course needs no introduction around here. The 2014 NRHEG High School graduate grew to legendary proportions while leading the Panthers to three consecutive state tournaments and the last two state championships. She could have attended virtually any college in the country but picked Minnesota, mostly to stay close to family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:00
NRAF goal: $500,000 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 November 2014 13:13

Committee hopes for more commodity donations


New Richland Area Foundation

As we near the end of 2014, it reminds me that this is a good time for me to update everyone on the activity of the New Richland Area Foundation. 

This year, through the NRAF Fund, the NRAF Grants Committee was able to grant $15,000 to seven different grant recipients in April. These grant dollars available are a result of approximately 5% of the interest income from the NRAF Fund of $426,000. The Grants Committee received eigh applications totaling $35,382. The committee carefully reviewed each and every one in order to meet the grant guidelines and yet assist in fulfilling the needs of the NRHEG Public Schools and the City of New Richland. The grants were presented at a NRHEG School Board Meeting and a City Council Meeting as well as announced at the NR Farm & City Days pancake breakfast.

Two years was quite enough PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:43

Lee Johnson talks about WWII like it was yesterday


RIGHT THERE — Lee Johnson of Ellendale points to a picture of himself during Basic Training in Arkansas in 1945. Also in the picture, fourth from top in the far right row, is rural New Richland resident Richard Crumb, featured in an earlier article in the Star Eagle. Johnson, 90, is a 69-year member of the American Legion. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)



Lee Johnson still remembers the day the lieutenant pulled him aside.

“He said, ‘Lee, you might think I’m nuts, but I just wanted to know if you wanted to re-up for another two years,’” said Johnson.

The lieutenant was right.

“I said, ‘Hell no! I’m ready to go home,’” said Johnson.

And so it was at the end of World War II for Johnson, a lifelong area resident who still lives in his home across the street from NRHEG Elementary School in Ellendale.

Interviewing Johnson is not like talking to a normal 90-year-old.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:43
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:29

Veterans invited to open house Saturday at Albert Lea VA Clinic

The Minneapolis VA Healthcare System invites military veterans to the Open House for the Albert Lea VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic on November 8 from 8 a.m. to noon, 1665 West Main Street Albert Lea, MN. Refreshments will be served, so bring a fellow veteran! Call us at 507-377-6051 if you should have questions. The Albert Lea VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic is dedicated to providing quality health care to Veterans. Please bring a copy of your DD-214 or honorable discharge certificate and join us on November 8 to learn more about VA Healthcare enrollment and available benefits in your area. 


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