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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

The Great Skate Giveaway attracted a crowd of more than 75 people, including more than 40 children ages 12 and under. Photo Kirsten Zoellner



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 community had a flooded area of ice just west of the athletic field in the parking lot and some can likely recall its bumpy, gravel-strewn surface. Still, people made do. When Creekside Park was developed in the ‘90s, a paved south lot was installed and the rink became a thing of the past. Now, two eager volunteers and a crew of supporters are bringing back the ice and introducing a whole new generation to the sports.

Terry Lesser and Scott Tarras, dubbed “The Rinkers”, first proposed a plan in 2010 to the city of Rushford, Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce (now Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce), and Rushford-Peterson Schools. They would construct the rink and maintain it if the entities could assist. They struck a cooperative deal; the city would provide water and snow removal, the chamber the cost of the side boards around the rink, and the district would allow usage of a relatively unutilized portion of land, as well as provide insurance liability coverage. Even the R-P industrial education class pitched in, assisting with construction of the side boards. In 2011, the city of Rushford purchased the side boards from the chamber of commerce, as well as installing a hydrant specifically for the rink.

While the last five years have had some widely varied weather, the ice rink has been a booming success. “We are seeing a lot more interest this year,” says Lesser. “Just about any time of day you will find someone on the ice.”

With a donated warming house and extra skates donated for those visiting the rink, things seemed to be working out well for the exciting endeavor. Still, they saw the need to get more skates into the hands of families and kids that needed them. “We thought the best solution would be to have a day that we could not only distribute the skates, that they could then keep, but also to sharpen them and show them how to put them on and lace up. We wanted to find a way to draw more people to the rink,” adds Lesser.

That idea eventually became The Great Skate Giveaway, which was held Saturday, January 17. More than 75 people, including more than 40 kids, ages 12 and under, arrived at the rink, rosy .....
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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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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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