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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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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Peterson approves bid for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At a special meeting of the Peterson Council, Wednesday, May 20, the city council voted unanimously to approve the bid for the reconstruction and utility work of County State Aid Highway 25. Two bids were received by the county, ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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