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Twin foals become world famous


Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Jeff and Sylvia Passow, owners of Brush Poppin’ Ranch, are pictured with their mare, Baby Dolls Secretary, and her two week old twin foals. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 also by the attention they have gained.

The world has taken notice due to the infrequency of twin foals being born healthy. Normally when a mare carries twins “you usually lose one or both, and sometimes even the mare,” states Sylvia.

The mare was “huge” says Sylvia, “but it never crossed my mind that she was having twins” saying that she thought the reason the mare was so big and uncomfortable during the last month was due to the fact that she was an older mare who had already had eight foals.

But “there was something always telling me in the back of my mind that there was something different about this birth,” Sylvia explained, saying “I’ve never put in a mare as early as I put her in,” and she “kept an extra close eye on her” way before her due date.

The mare was three days past what Sylvia thought was her due date and had begun “waxing” on May 12, which means she was getting close to delivery. Sylvia posted on her facebook page that she would be on “foal watch” that evening.

With a camera in the barn and a monitor in her bedroom, Sylvia is able to keep an eye on mares when they are close to foaling from the comfort of her bed, getting up periodically to check on them.

About 2 a.m. on May 13, Sylvia could tell the mare was in labor and continued to check on her occasionally. At approximately 3 a.m. she could see a “bubble”- the first part of the placenta - “which means the foal is in the birth canal”, she explains.

Now watching intently, Sylvia suddenly saw the mare’s flank “start bouncing” and she thought “oh that’s not good” explaining “if the foal is in the birth canal it shouldn’t be bouncing in the flank like that” so she thought it may be a breech birth and went out to the barn to watch.

When she got out to the barn the hooves had appeared and were presenting the right way, so it wasn’t a breech birth, and she says she began to think “maybe I don’t know as much as I thought - maybe there can be kicking in the flank still when the foal is in the birth canal!”

When the filly was being born, Sylvia sa .....
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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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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 first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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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 Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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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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Peterson set for a big trail town celebration

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Taste of the Trail, now in its third season, is a Root River Trail premier event. Showcasing nine towns along the trail, during various weekends, the event is the culmination of unique events, the beauty of the natural surro ..... 
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Take root in Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
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There it is in three little words; Rushford Peterson Valley. More than two years of research, collaboration, and effort and an embraceable brand sets roots in three communities. The Rushford Peterson Area Branding Council, made up of volunteers fr ..... 
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