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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Roger shows his award-winning archery form. Photo by Rich Wicks



What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those words, and more.

Roger grew up in Minneapolis, but moved to the Peterson area after he graduated from college, because he and his wife wanted to raise their children away from the big city. He worked as a Registered Nurse for 30 years, from 1977 through 2007. Regarding his athletic background, Roger said, “I ran in high school, and I ran in the Air Force. I ran until ’04, and then I had so much pain in my back that I couldn’t even run 200 feet.” In such a predicament, many athletes, even those who are not senior citizens, might give up, but not Roger. He switched to other sports that didn’t cause him such pain, such as biking, swimming, and archery.

“Then, in ’09, I read a flyer from Humana about the Senior Games,” Roger explains, “and I said ‘Hey, I could do that.’ I had an old 1970 JC Penney bike with a 3-speed shift between the legs. And I thought it would be fun to throw the javelin, too.” Roger has been participating in (and excelling in) the Senior Games ever since. He added, “I swam in high school, and about two years ago, I thought I’d try swimming just to see what the competition was like. Well, I got three first place finishes in the backstroke (50, 100 and 200 distances). It blew my mind!”

Roger has competed in the Senior Games in five states (Minn., Wisc., Iowa, S.D., and Mo.), and he recently returned from the National Senior Games, which was held this year in the Twin Cities. At Nationals, he placed eighth in archery. At this year’s Minnesota Senior Games, he won two silver medals (second place) in cycling, and he has an impressive collection of medals from his years of competition. But he has an even more impressive collection of friends and memories from these experiences. Roger says that he’s made friends in all of the sports he competes in, from all over the country, and says the competitors are friendly and helpful, but when the game is on, it becomes highly competitive. He explains, “I saw an 80-year old woman who could not get on the bike by herself, but when she went for the time trial, she just took off! She was fast!”

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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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Wayne Arnold Pederson

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Wayne Arnold Pederson of Peterson passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years. He was born May 20, 1939 in Money Creek, Minn. to Arnold and Arlene (nee Sanden) Pederson. Wayne married Karen Regelman on September 21, 2013. He was employe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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Arlyss Jean Peterson

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Arlyss Jean Peterson, 84, of Peterson, died Saturday, June 13, 2015. Arlyss was born September 19, 1930 in St. Charles to Charles and Ruby (Elliot) Lowe. She was raised in Winona, graduating from Winona High School. She worked at Bay State Millin ..... 
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R-P School Board approves extended leave amid concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

For several months, the R-P School Board has been gathering information regarding a request for an extended leave of absence from teacher Judy Vix. Twice the issue has been tabled pending more information. At the Monday, June 15 meeting, the issue w ..... 
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