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Hagers win Jaycees light contest

By Staff | Dec 27, 2013

Paul and Holly Niemi’s house at 1100 Unique Dr., was one of three Rugby houses recognized as Week 4 winners in the Rugby Jaycees Christmas Light Contest.

It’s hard not to stop when passing by 502 12th St. SE in Rugby. You may miss the Christmas lights with one blink, but the constant flashing sure caught the attention of many holiday enthusiasts in the city.

Dustin and Angela Hager’s first Christmas light display in Rugby was a successful one as their lights-to-radio production earned them first place overall in the Rugby Jaycees Christmas Light Contest.

“It’s really all my husband,” Angela Hager said. “He just loves to do Christmas lights, so he set out to get as many as he could and he wanted to set them to music.”

Passersby could switch their radio dial to a frequency spelled out by lights on the roof and enjoy the whole collection of lights dancing to the rhythms of Christmas tunes.

“They’re nice and flashy,” Angela Hager said. “There was lots of compliments. We’ve had lots of traffic checking it out. Everybody seems to like them. My husband says his best critics are his daughters and they love them.”

Donny and Maryann Jaeger’s house at 302 8th Ave. SW was one of three Rugby houses recognized as Week 3 winners in the Rugby Jaycees Christmas Light Contest.

Brooklyn, 6, and Abigail, 4, gave their dad the OK and may deserve partial credit for the family earning the top honor.

“In the end that’s the reason I do it,” Dustin Hager said. “They were pretty excited this year in October when I started dragging out the Christmas stuff.”

Dustin Hager previously set the musical lights up when the family lived in Towner. They moved to Rugby in November 2012, but didn’t have the time to set up lights last year.

Hager is already thinking about improvements for next year’s display. Thoughts include a 15-foot Christmas tree and a nativity scene.

“Every year, we look at different music and different songs and try to come up with something new,” Hager said. “I always let my kids pick out a couple songs, so we had a couple non-traditional Christmas songs this year.”

Otter Tail Power Company is presenting billing credit for first, second and third places, overall, in amounts of $75, $50 and $25, respectively.

Second place goes to John and Linda Axtman of 316 3rd St. SE and third place was awarded to Richard and Cindy Schaan at 607 2nd Ave. SE.

Week 4 winners were also recognized by the Jaycees this week. The Schaans are included with Paul and Holly Niemi of 1100 Unique Dr., and Duane Johnston of 1308 6th Ave. SE.

Donny and Maryann Jaeger’s house at 302 8th Ave. SW was one of three Rugby houses recognized as Week 3 winners. The other third-week honors went to Doug and Shirley Hauck at 1106 Leisure Lane and Chad and Kathy Bogar at 510 2 1/2 Ave. SE.

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