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There was no parade


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Features

My brother, Norman Peterson, was an Air Force Aviator, having enlisted in the Air Force in 1947 and served his country for 22 years. Being a younger brother I have many memories of my brother, mainly when he would come home on leave to Cresco, Iowa. He took the time to teach me about airplanes, fishing and hunting. Even at a young age I would consult a world map and imagine the travels he would be on. But little was known about his life experiences and it was only recently that he had given me a packet of notes and pages he had written.

There were notes, all hand written, that gave details of some of his missions. I never knew many of the accounts and I feel sad that I never had the opportunity to sit down and speak to him about these important events in his life.

My parents, Alice and Alvin Peterson, had three sons and for several years all three of us were in the Air Force. I was stationed in Ben Guerir, Morocco and Norman always joked about me living in the desert! Norman was located in Europe and north Africa flying C-130’s. One of his missions was to fly for the Shah of Iran. He worked with Francis Gary Powers by transporting the U2 pictures that Powers had taken over Russia to England.

In 1956 Major Peterson aided the retrieval and airlifting of refugees from Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution. That same year he was awarded the Italian Gold Star of Solidarity by the President of Italy for heroic relief flights during the European blizzard. One of the most dangerous jobs in the sky was being a Forward Air Controller. He spent two tours in Vietnam Name flying missions along the DMZ. There is no way to tell how many American lives were saved because of his ability to fly “low and slow” in his 0-1 observation plane.

My brother was a man who “Got the Job Done.” He was selected to evacuate the ill-fated President Diem of South Vietnam from Saigon to the Philippines. Following his return to the States, he taught Forward Air Controller classes to dozen of young men that would go to Vietnam.

The three brothers got out of the Air Force about the same time. Norman and his family retired in North Carolina, my other brother to Cresco, Iowa and my wife and I in Minnesota. There were many negative experiences associated with the members of our military coming home from Vietnam. Many of them were sworn at, spit on and turned down for one job or another because “they were ove .....
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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty ..... 
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Christmas on Historic Broadway 2013

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

For the eighth consecutive year the lights on Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn. were a little brighter than usual during Christmas on Historic Broadway, which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The annual event brings residents and visitors ..... 
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Preston residents enjoy visit with bearded guest

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Excitement was in the air early on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Fillmore Central Elementary School as children bound through the doors with one goal in mind - to talk to Santa. Santa needed to know what was on their lists for this holiday seaso ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Santa Day in Harmony brought smiles and wishes

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. was filled with kids who were there to see the man dressed in red. As they stood in line and watched other children climb on Santa’s lap, they were going over their lists ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just ..... 
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Christmas comes to Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Peterson is all about tradition, but the creative town also thrives on new opportunities and a chance to blend the two during the holidays was just the thing they were looking for. Looking to draw visitors out of their winter shells, the city is gea ..... 
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