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New owner, hosts at Peterson’s Wenneson Inn


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

The Historic Wenneson Inn in downtown Peterson, Minn. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner



Changes are happening in the hamlet of Peterson. In the last few years, the town’s historic bandstand was restored; then, in 2012, the Penger Vault, the former bank, was creatively renovated for distinctive lodging. In 2013, the go-to spot, Burdey’s Café, blossomed with new ownership while a new business, Turned Write Handcrafted Art, put up shop on Mill Street. The Root River State Trail is currently undergoing upgrades, city hall is scheduled for remodeling this month, and the main thoroughfare, County 25, is scheduled to see a complete reconstruction this spring.

Now, the community will notice another change, even if it’s not a new face in the crowd. Resident Megan Grebe, an enthusiastic 29-year old with a heart for hospitality, recently completed the purchase of the former Historic Wenneson Inn. Renamed the Andor Wenneson Inn, for 1904 builder and businessman W. Andor Wenneson, Grebe has a vision for the distinguished piece of town history.

The property has already seen massive changes in the last 20 years. It was essentially vacant for a decade until Barry and Pam Erickson purchased it in 1994, renovating it to its original splendor. In 2001, the Ericksons completed additional work on the property, converting the carriage house for added lodging space. In 2011, the property was purchased from the Ericksons on a contract for deed, but that deal eventually fell through, putting the Ericksons back in ownership and looking to sell the property once more.

“I’ve been dreaming of owning a hotel for ten years,” smiles Grebe. She admits that the Ericksons tried to dissuade her from taking on the property, but determination won out and she closed on the property December 11.

The hospitality bug bit initially while Grebe, an Indiana native, was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Employed as a hospital concierge, the industrious youngster quickly transitioned to working as a hotel company coordinator for the hospital, negotiating rates between the two. It was then she saw the industry up close and found herself realizing there was a need for additional affordable lodging and specifically, temporary non-profit housing for hospital patients and their families. “Someday, I absolutely want to run one.”

That need and her charitable personality led Grebe to getting involved with Habitat for Humanity to learn more about working in the non-profi .....
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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the commu ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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