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Wiese recalls Eisenhower School

Published 10:24am Monday, February 4, 2013 Updated 12:29pm Monday, February 4, 2013

John Wiese of John Wiese Ford, Sauk Centre fame, is a 1966 graduate of Fergus Falls High School. He never forgot his roots in this community. Some of his fondest memories include his days as a student at Eisenhower School on the southeast side of town.

“The first thought into my head is about my fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower, Ruth Matchinsky,” said Wiese. “I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I suppose I was 10 years old.”

Wiese, as a youth, also thought that his teacher had the most beautiful car he had ever seen.

“It was a 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop,” said Wiese, “black with chrome fender skirts and lots of other chrome. She kept it shining all the time. Her husband, Russ, also was a car buff.”

Several years later, Wiese reconnected with Ruth and Russ when they stopped and talked cars with Wiese at his auto dealership in Sauk Centre.

“It was nice to see them and rekindle the memory of that ’59 Galaxie,” said Wiese.

About a year ago, Ruth, in her early 80s, stopped again in Sauk Centre to visit with Wiese. Russ is deceased, and Ruth now lives near Elk River.

“Looking back, Ruth taught me much in the fifth grade at Eisenhower School,” said Wiese. “She also helped me learn how to ‘do my time in the hallway.’ On her most recent visit she reminded me about the hallway. Apparently I was there quite often.”

When she left Wiese gave her a hug.

“I told her I think she is still beautiful,” said Wiese. “She liked that.”


Congrats to PPHS grad

What a thrill it must be for Parkers Prairie High School graduate and Gopher women’s basketball player Sari Noga to perform on the big stage at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. She also performs as part of the Big Ten Network.

A regional television audience saw Noga, a junior, hit some three-pointers when the Gopher women played Illinois on Monday evening, Jan. 28. This year (through Wednesday) the former Parkers Prairie star had connected for 29 three pointers, second to leading U of M scorer Rachel Banham who made 32 baskets from three-point range.

Last year, as a Gopher sophomore, Noga saw action in 30 games for the Golden Gophers with nine starts. She earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten Team, was named to the Subway Classic All-Tournament Team and finished her sophomore campaign ranked third in three-point field goals (21).

She is the daughter of John and Nancy Noga of Parkers Prairie. Her father was her high school coach. She has an older brother, Kellen, and a younger sister, Micaela. Sari enjoys traveling, so going with the Gopher squad to out-of-state games and seeing new places is to her liking.

A year ago she was fifth in free throw percentage (.767) for the Gopher women and ninth in points (118). Noga led the team in steals five times, and displayed this facet of her game in the Illinois game on Jan. 28.

Last season she scored a career-best and team-high 16 points and tallied six rebounds in the contest versus Binghamton. During a game against No. 14 Florida State she had six points, three rebounds and a steal. Her first career start, as a sophomore, was against Arkansas in the season-opener.

Among those cheering for Noga this year is Otter Tail County Commissioner Roger Froemming who hails from Parkers Prairie. He also notes that the high school girls team in Parkers, through this week, remained unbeaten.

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