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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, aimed at highlighting Minnesota communities to an ever-growing bicycling audience. “The goals of the ride are to promote Share the Road, fitness, tourism and bicycling as a transportation mode as well as to promote the Scenic Bikeways System of Minnesota.”

According to the group, the concept for the ongoing tours began in part from members of the State Bicycling Advisory Committee, as well as several enthusiastic individuals. Beginning in 2006, with just 30 riders, the initial number tripled in the first year, more than doubled again the third year, and has now grown to require a limit of 275 riders annually. Tour registration opens up shortly after the communities are selected and typically fills within days.

There are currently seven regions which are basis of the communities chosen; north and west central, central, northwest, northeast, southern, and southeast. At the conclusion of last year’s tour, the group made the decision to return again to southeastern Minnesota after a five year absence. The communities of Preston and Peterson were contacted by BAM last August and encouraged to fill out the two-page application. Chosen based on features, highlights, and amenities, the cities have been working collaboratively to secure the 2014 tour here.

“We’re trying to plan some fun events to keep them entertained,” enthused Kathy Dahl of the Preston Tourism. Preston, in particular, was chosen as the start and end host city, based on the county fairgrounds. Quite an undertaking to organize, the event requires parking availability for 175 vehicles for the tour’s duration, as well as water for ‘shower trucks’ and local campgrounds or lodging. “We’re very appreciative to the Fillmore County Fair Board working with us to provide the fairgrounds as a wonderful venue. We’re also grateful to the city of Preston utilities working to set up the water for the event.”

Roughly 30 percent of the riders will stay in area accommodations during the tour, while 175 will camp out in primitive tent sites. Country Trail Inn & Suites, Jailhouse Historic Inn, and Trailhead Resort, all located in Preston, and Geneva’s Hideaway, The Crossing B&B, and The W .....
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Rushford and Peterson to Join Cities for “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Rushford, Minn. and Peterson, Minn. are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National ..... 
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