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ECFE Spring Kickoff set for March 2 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:44

ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) is having its Spring Kickoff Monday, March 2 in the Ellendale School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Bingo, bowling, and banana splits will be enjoyed by all. Free books will be given to all preschoolers. This event is free. ECFE is available to families of preschoolers age birth to 5 (not yet in kindergarten).

The spring ECFE classes start on Monday, March 9 in New Richland and Tuesday, March 10 in Ellendale. Classes are in the preschool rooms at both sites and start at 6:15 p.m. Call Marilyn Dobberstein at 417-2667 for more information. 

No stranger to excellence PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:42

Nafe nominated for ExCEL Award


NOMINATED — Jessica Nafe, daughter of Terry and Karen Nafe, is NRHEG’s nominee for the Minnesota State High School League’s ExCEL Award. (Star Eagle photo by Nicole Billing)


Editorial Assistant

Jessica Nafe is no stranger when it comes to excelling in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

So it’s no surprise she is NRHEG’s nominee for the Minnesota State High School League’s ExCEL Award. Jessica is the daughter of Terry and Karen Nafe of Waseca.

ExCEL – Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership – is a unique recognition designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who volunteer in their communities.

Nominees must be a junior in high school, make satisfactory progress toward graduation, participate in a MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity, hold leadership position(s) in their school, and work voluntarily in their community. This is the 19th year the MSHSL has sponsored the ExCEL Award. 

Owatonna Auxiliary offers scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:22

The Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications from students planning or attending a college, university or graduate health care program. In order to qualify, the student must show a financial need, pursue a career in health care and live within Steele County.

The Donald Sanford Nursing Scholarship is for applicants entering their first year or more of nursing school and the second is the Auxiliary Health Related Career Scholarship for applicants entering their second year or more of schooling in health careers. 

Scholarship applications are available at Steele County high school guidance counselor offices or Owatonna Hospital Information Desk. You can also download the application by going to www.allinahealth.org/owatonna-hospital, select About Us, then Volunteering. The completed application and other required information are due by March 20, 2015.

Register by March 4 for Farmers Forum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 15:40

On Wednesday, March 11, Waseca County and co-sponsors will host their annual meeting known as the Farmer Forum at Farmamerica from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event will feature Jason Garms, the new Agricultural Program Liaison for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Garms will discuss proposed changes by Governor Dayton regarding the implementation of the existing shoreland buffer law. Minnesota has required buffer strips on farmland for years to prevent nutrients, sediment, pollutants, manure, pesticides, etc. from entering and harming our water. However, the law is not uniformly enforced in each county. Governor Dayton announced in January that there is a need to amend the law and assign the DNR to take on this responsibility in order to make it consistent. Our public waterways bordering agricultural field have rules that affect their use and the use of the adjoining shoreland. Buffer strips have been in the drainage law since 1959 and have been included in DNR requirements for some time. Penalties for noncompliance would help provide funding for the proposed program. At the forum, Garms will provide an update on the proposed law change and provide farmers and property owners an opportunity to ask questions and get more information.

125 years and still going strong PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:39

St. Peter’s celebrates anniversary


IN CHARGE — The committee for St. Peter Lutheran Church’s 125th anniversary included, from left, Judy Thompson, Marilyn Quiram, Sharon Eckart, Rachel Romine, Amy Kitzer, Thelma Kormann and Larry Crabtree. (Star Eagle photo by Kathy Paulsen)


Staff Writer

The bells tolled at St. Peter Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 25 as the Sunday School children, which numbered about 30, all dressed in red, entered the sanctuary singing, "We Can Pray," followed by, "How Great Thou Art,” which was very appropriate for the day.

The Rev. Scott Williams welcomed everyone to the 125th anniversary worship service, saying he was grateful for everyone's presence. He went to talk about what the church has been and what it has meant to the people of the congregation.

Pastor Phil Lewison, who served as pastor of the St. Peter’s congregation for 32 years, from 1976-2008, had been asked to share his memories during the program.

The Rev. Steven Delzer, Bishop of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, delivered the morning sermon. He began: "We gather this day for worship and the celebration of 125 years of faithful ministry. For 125 years this congregation has been a symbol of God's presence in this community. The article in the NRHEG Star Eagle about the celebration of your 125th anniversary began with these words: ‘When a new piece of land was settled in the early years the most important thing to be established was a church. The congregation that was formed were devoted in their religion and feelings ran deep for the need of God’s house where they could meet and praise the Lord.’"


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