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Hunter Bergo to be remembered with 3-D archery shoot


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

When 10-year-old Hunter Bergo passed away in an ATV accident on Easter weekend earlier this year, entire communities mourned with his family. One group in particular that was impacted by Hunter’s passing was the archery community.

It was no secret that Hunter Bergo loved archery and being outdoors. He often went on hunting and fishing trips with his dad, Ryker Bergo, with whom he was very close. Hunter was also a diehard shooter. Some of Ryker’s favorite memories with his son were their experiences hunting together. “Hunter just wanted our time more than anything, not things,” he said. “We want Hunter’s life to make others’ lives better by helping people to make every second count with each other, because you never know when you won’t have another second together.”

When Ryker heard that Brad Stephans was planning a 3-D archery shoot for the Chatfield Fish and Game Club, he knew it would be the perfect memorial for his son. Ryker approached Stephans to ask him what he thought about the idea, and Stephans immediately jumped on board with it. Together, they came up with the Hunter Bergo Heart of Gold Memorial Archery Shoot.

Stephans knew Ryker and Hunter as customers in Magnum Sports where he works and was deeply impacted by Hunter’s passing. “Something that really struck home is that you never know what’s going to happen,” Stephans said.

“When I heard about the accident, I was pretty sure I knew who it was even though I’m terrible with names,” Stephans remembered, “The community of archery is small so it doesn’t take a lot to impact a lot of people.” He want on to explain how one individual can be linked to so many others through the connection of the sport. “It doesn’t matter if they (the archery community) knew him or not, they were still impacted,” he pointed out.

Losing Hunter also affected Stephans on a personal level. “As a father, it’s devastating,” he said. Stephans has since changed his outlook on his relationships with family and friends and knows of many others who have done the same, adding, “it’s sad that it takes a tragedy to bring these changes.”

Stephans has been working at Magnum Sports for three years and became its new manager in March, 2015. He is also on the board of directors for the Chatfield Fish and Game Club. “I love what I do,” he said. One of Stephans’ goals is to promote outdoor you .....
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Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

It’s been an eventful summer with storms producing gusts of wind and heavy downpours of rain throughout the region. On the eve of Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Mother Nature unleashed a wall of force that called upon emergency response units all throug ..... 
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Schwarz enjoying his new position as principal

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Features

Jacob Schwarz is more than excited to be the 5-12 grade principal at Grand Meadow school in Grand Meadow, Minn., he is in his words “ecstatic” about his new job. Schwarz, 36, grew up on a farm between Preston and Fountain, and graduated from ..... 
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Fillmore Central graduate bikes 40 states in 40 days

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

Harmony native Michael Himlie first met David Jones from Wickenburg, Ariz., while the two were working in Palestine for two weeks in December, 2014 with CPT, or Christian Peacemaker Teams. After they went their separate ways, the two remained frien ..... 
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Patriotic shed catches the eye on Highway 52

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Hannah Wingert If you’ve driven on Highway 52 from Fountain to Chatfield in the last month and a half, then you may have noticed a unique painting job on the side of a shed that sits almost right next to the highway. The shed belongs to Brian ..... 
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Living in Harmony True happiness comes from living life in harmony with all that is

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

By Karen Lind Brazas Channel Islands, California Main Street in Harmony looks like any main street in a sleepy little town. Other than a thriving Amish community and the Niagara Cave, there doesn’t appear to be much for the average person to se ..... 
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Rushford native nabs spot in influential ranking

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner Mark Runkel, a Rushford native and 1995 Rushford-Peterson High School graduate was selected earlier this year as a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award. An annual award put forth by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, i ..... 
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Senator speaks to local Chamber of Commerce

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Thursday, June 30, at the Andor Wenneson Inn in Peterson. Chamber members were privileged to hear Senator Jeremy Miller speak to several topics regarding the state ..... 
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A proposal on the Root River

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

When adventurers travel down the Root River in a tube, kayak or canoe, they never know what wonders they will witness. They may see eagles, deer, trout, turtles, ducks -- an abundance of wildlife. But, people may also observe a once-in-a-lifetime ..... 
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