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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Paul Peterson after his first triumphant solo helicopter flight in 2013. Peterson now operates Peterson Aviation in Rushford. Photo courtesy of Hummingbird Aviation

Southeastern Minn., Fillmore County in particular, is already well known for its stunning views and agricultural capabilities. It’s also known for its people; those who call it home and want to make a positive impact on the communities and people around them. Roll that all into one, turbine-powered ball and you have Peterson Aviation, a local company looking to not only put its stamp on the area’s economy, but to improve life and opportunities for those here.

Paul Peterson is adamant about his love for flying. Surprisingly, he’s terrified of heights. “Put me a few steps up on a ladder and I shake like a leaf.” Peterson first developed a love of flying during his time in the Army, where he served for six years. “The first time I took off, that feeling in the pit of my stomach just leapt, then was gone,” he adds, noting the peace and comfort of flying in a chopper. “In a helicopter you don’t get closed in feeling. It just feels like it’s you out there flying. I love to fly with the doors off,” he laughs heartily.

Originally from Lake Benton, Minn., Peterson moved to the area 18 years ago. Originally situated in Winona, he says the people and the landscape eventually pulled him to relocate to the Valley. “Rushford has been a very special place for me. There are a lot of things that happened to turn my life around.”

Peterson wasn’t able to shake the itch to fly and when he found support for his goals, and a way to give back to his community at the same time, he jumped in. “Where I’m at in the community and in my faith, I feel I want to give something back and hopefully, that’s through aviation. I want to do something to help support the Rushford Airport and the local economy; to help the youth, to help the farmers, to keep dollars in Rushford’s pockets.”

Peterson signed up for flight lessons with Hummingbird Aviation in Eden Prairie. After eight weeks of night school in the cities, and flying on the weekends, Peterson earned his private pilot helicopter license August 24. The entire process, including ground portions, physicals, and flight time took five months to complete. “It really depends on the motivation of the student,” noted Peterson.

By November 14, 2013, Peterson Aviation was locally licensed. He approached Rushford Airport Commission about rental of its 2011-constructed hangar and the base for business was set. Currently Peterson Aviation .....
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Local bowling team wins state tournament

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

A league bowling team from B & B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. rolled their way into the top spot in the Division 1 - five person Minnesota State USBC Women’s Tournament. The Rockin R Syrup team consists of Pam Ruen of Lanesboro, Minn., Kenda F ..... 
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Ribbon cutting set for “Equal Play” playground

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Park Board invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Equal Play” accessible playground at the Preston Swimming Pool. The ceremony will be Monday, June 8, 2 p.m. at the Preston Swimming Pool. About the pl ..... 
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Area residents observe Memorial Day

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All Features

Many area towns held ceremonies on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, which gave all who attended a stark reminder of what the day is all about. According to the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, [Read the Rest]

Saved by the Belt Award

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All Features

Traffic safety partners from across Southeast Minnesota gathered in Albert Lea on May 18, 2015 to encourage seat belt use and kick-off the annual “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement effort. Fillmore County resident, Brittany Erding, sha ..... 
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Outstanding chapter service recognized at third session of state ffa convention

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All Features

ST. PAUL – Minnesota FFA chapters and individuals were recognized for their service to FFA, agricultural education, and communities at the third general session of the 86th Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities on ..... 
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Twin foals become world famous

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Twin Appaloosa foals born at Brush Poppin’ Ranch near Peterson, Minn. have gained notoriety around the world since their birth on May 13, 2015. Jeff and Sylvia Passow, owners of Brush Poppin’ Ranch were very surprised by the twins birth and al ..... 
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Girl Scout Bronze Award project

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Girl Scout Troop 40181 in Lanesboro just completed the Girl Scout Bronze Award leadership project. The Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior (grade 4-5) can earn. Amanda Amdahl, Arianna Huntington, Malia Tessum, and Hannah Luck spen ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist an ..... 
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