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Local veteran takes historic tour


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

Mike and Pauline at the Mall. Photo submitted

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 the United States Marine Corps, 65-year old Hammell arranged the trip with his party of six, which included his fiancé, Pauline, and extended family. Leaving from Decorah, with a larger group from Legacy Tour and Travel, they headed east September 16. The majority of the group came from northeast Iowa, but three veterans hailed from southeast Minnesota. Close to fifty participated in the weeklong tour including veterans, their companions, widows of veterans, and a handful of volunteer guides. “We were totally impressed with this group,” adds Hammell. “They were up and ready to go early each morning. They couldn’t get enough of it.”

The tour was comprised of multiple states, including the first a day and a half in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There, Hammel says he had the first of many key personal moments of the trip. As a young man, in junior high, he’d once given the Gettysburg Address for a Memorial Day service. Now, looking at a timeline of his life through historical sites, Hammell seized the opportunity to recite it again on hallowed ground. “It was really special for me,” he adds.

The tour continued to Washington, D.C. area where they were able to tour several key locations, including the White House. Interestingly enough, the group’s tour coincided with the day the now infamous jumper breached the White House gates and security. Luckily, it came just moments after the group had left the fence and they had no trouble proceeding on their journey as of Washington, D.C. reacted with security measures, but it did give Hammell pause for a chuckle.

Capital sights at the National Mall included the Lincoln, Washington, and Martin Luther King Memorials, among others such as the Smithsonian Museum, the WWII Museum, and the Pentagon. The National War monuments, a highlight for any veteran, included the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A majority of those on the tour were Vietnam-era and the experience could only be summed up by a humbled Hammell as, “Something else. That by itself is something else.”

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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
Posted in Peterson Features

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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Let your inner Norwegian shine at Gammel Dag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner In Peterson, Minn. it’s pretty hard to top the kick off to summer; Gammel Dag. Hailed by the town as a “hidden treasure where everyone is Norwegian for the day,” it’s jam-packed with enough fun events to make the whole f ..... 
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Burdey’s Cafe opens in Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Change can be hard. Just ask the locals of the Peterson area who have spent the last 14 years appreciating the down-home food and atmosphere of Judy’s Country Kitchen, the town’s busiest eatery. The restaurant has a loyal clientele and is popula ..... 
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Peterson photography studio thrives

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Family has a way of weaving momentous occasions in and out of daily lives. Graduations, weddings, and births are obviously so on their own. But ask a mother of a twinkle-eyed, drool-faced infant or a pair of cherub siblings and every day is momentou ..... 
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Taste of the Trail in Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Features

Beginning Saturday, September 8, eight communities along the Root River State Trail will begin hosting the first ever Taste of the Trail over a three-weekend period. Peterson, one of three communities hosting the first Saturday, is gearing up for th ..... 
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