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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

The Great Skate Giveaway attracted a crowd of more than 75 people, including more than 40 children ages 12 and under. Photo Kirsten Zoellner

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet.

Years ago, the community had a flooded area of ice just west of the athletic field in the parking lot and some can likely recall its bumpy, gravel-strewn surface. Still, people made do. When Creekside Park was developed in the ‘90s, a paved south lot was installed and the rink became a thing of the past. Now, two eager volunteers and a crew of supporters are bringing back the ice and introducing a whole new generation to the sports.

Terry Lesser and Scott Tarras, dubbed “The Rinkers”, first proposed a plan in 2010 to the city of Rushford, Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce (now Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce), and Rushford-Peterson Schools. They would construct the rink and maintain it if the entities could assist. They struck a cooperative deal; the city would provide water and snow removal, the chamber the cost of the side boards around the rink, and the district would allow usage of a relatively unutilized portion of land, as well as provide insurance liability coverage. Even the R-P industrial education class pitched in, assisting with construction of the side boards. In 2011, the city of Rushford purchased the side boards from the chamber of commerce, as well as installing a hydrant specifically for the rink.

While the last five years have had some widely varied weather, the ice rink has been a booming success. “We are seeing a lot more interest this year,” says Lesser. “Just about any time of day you will find someone on the ice.”

With a donated warming house and extra skates donated for those visiting the rink, things seemed to be working out well for the exciting endeavor. Still, they saw the need to get more skates into the hands of families and kids that needed them. “We thought the best solution would be to have a day that we could not only distribute the skates, that they could then keep, but also to sharpen them and show them how to put them on and lace up. We wanted to find a way to draw more people to the rink,” adds Lesser.

That idea eventually became The Great Skate Giveaway, which was held Saturday, January 17. More than 75 people, including more than 40 kids, ages 12 and under, arrived at the rink, rosy-cheeked and a .....
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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the commu ..... 
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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the commu ..... 
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Working Mom - 1.19.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Find your sparkle There is never a more appropriate and needed time than the cold winter to find your sparkle. But as I was driving to work this week when the outside temperature was a brisk 17 degrees below zero, the only sparkle I could muster w ..... 
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Scammers grew more ambitious last year BBB lists top ten schemes of 2014

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

BURNSVILLE, MN – Scammers tried out some new tricks in 2014, but stuck with some old “classics”, as well. Better Business Bureau of Minn. and N.D.® (BBB) looks back on 2014 and offers an informal list of the top ten scams from last year. ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 1.12.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Gas fuels vehicles, coffee fuels people, chocolate fuels souls. That’s how I see the world, and I didn’t even start drinking coffee until I was in my twenties. Before that I got my energy (caffeine) from a can of Coke or Pepsi. My mother dra ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 1.05.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Here we are in the month of January 2015, named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces…one allowed him to look forward into the coming year and one backwards into the past year. Typically, January is the coldest month of the year and the Vik ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Easing Up

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Easing Up In the depths of winter, a gardener may be grateful for the respite from labor, but our thoughts turn toward the coming spring. Seed catalogs beckon and we dream of creating a better garden next year. We are all growing older, and our b ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeks new VISTA partner sites

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Social Scenes

Do you need an extra hand in creating capacity and support in your organization? Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is seeking proposals from organizations ..... 
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