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Local veteran takes historic tour


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Features

A monument recognizing The Price of Freedom. Photo submitted

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.”







Having served with the United States Marine Corps, 65-year old Hammell arranged the trip with his party of six, which included his fiancé, Pauline, and extended family. Leaving from Decorah, with a larger group from Legacy Tour and Travel, they headed east September 16. The majority of the group came from northeast Iowa, but three veterans hailed from southeast Minnesota. Close to fifty participated in the weeklong tour including veterans, their companions, widows of veterans, and a handful of volunteer guides. “We were totally impressed with this group,” adds Hammell. “They were up and ready to go early each morning. They couldn’t get enough of it.”







The tour was comprised of multiple states, including the first a day and a half in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There, Hammel says he had the first of many key personal moments of the trip. As a young man, in junior high, he’d once given the Gettysburg Address for a Memorial Day service. Now, looking at a timeline of his life through historical sites, Hammell seized the opportunity to recite it again on hallowed ground. “It was really special for me,” he adds.







The tour continued to Washington, D.C. area where they were able to tour several key locations, including the White House. Interestingly enough, the group’s tour coincided with the day the now infamous jumper breached the White House gates and security. Luckily, it came just moments after the group had left the fence and they had no trouble proceeding on their journey as of Washington, D.C. reacted with security measures, but it did give Hammell pause for a chuckle.







Capital sights at the National Mall included the Lincoln, Washington, and Martin Luther King Memorials, among others such as the Smithsonian Museum, the WWII Museum, and the Pentagon. The National War monuments, a highlight for any veteran, included the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A majority of those on the tour were Vietnam-era and the experience could only be summed up by a humbled Hammell as, .....
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum succeeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The Rushford-Peterson School District #239 will see a new early childhood through grade 12 facility, successfully passing a $38.1 million referendum November 4. Of 2,135 votes cast, just 89 votes determined the decision, leaning 1,112 to 1,023. The ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council votes to refinance bond

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Features

A regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was called to order by Mayor Jim Struzyk at 6pm on October 27, 2014. All members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council approved prior minutes and October final accou ..... 
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Building a business wardrobe

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The transition from college student or stay-at-home mom to full-time professional requires a number of changes. Those changes include updating your wardrobe to give it a more professional feel. Clothing that’s acceptable for a jaunt to the store o ..... 
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Tips for female enterpreneurs

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Starting a business is no small task. But as the 21st century progresses, more and more female entrepreneurs are embracing the challenge of starting their own businesses. Though each entrepreneur has his or her own motivation for starting a busin ..... 
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Nursing, a wonderful career

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Joanie Betsinger was recognized as September’s KTTC “Amazing Woman.” She describes herself as a “talker and a teacher”. She insists she truly isn’t amazing. Instead, she praises her colleagues as an amazing group of people to work with. ..... 
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The Gundersen Harmony Clinic super eight

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Gundersen Harmony Clinic, located in Harmony, Minn., serves the medical needs of Harmony and the surrounding area. The clinic is a part of the Gundersen Health System. Eight women—the entire staff—work at Gundersen Harmony Clinic caring for ..... 
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