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Letter about Farmers Elevator


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about Farmers Elevator

To the Editor,

In the last newsletter from the Farmers Elevator in Rushford to their customers, the manager and the board of directors are pondering the near lack of a quorum at the annual meeting. They don’t seem to have a clue that either they or a previous manager and board of directors created this problem themselves by taking away the right to vote and not paying dividends to 83 farmers because they did not buy at least $11,000 of goods and services from the coop. Why would I go to the meeting if I can’t vote? They talk about increasing sales, but this kind of action chases businesses away. The right to vote and an annual dividend is what created loyalty to a cooperative. Most of these eliminated members are now buying some of their inputs elsewhere. The timing of this decision seems like retaliation by management and the board for patrons failing to support their recommendation to sell out to the Goodhue Farmers Elevator. Their wish could become a reality if the co-op gets down to 50 patrons in their four stores or, sadly, it could pass into private hands as a bin site for mega farmers. How many jobs will be eliminated if that happens?

They thought they could increase sales by buying the Benson Farm Services in Lewiston. The increase in sales they talk about can be mostly attributed to the increase in the cost of seed corn and fertilizers in the past few years. So what happened to the money that was usually paid out as dividends to small farmers?

Something to think about.

Robert Anfinson

Peterson, MN

Peterson photography studio thrives

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Family has a way of weaving momentous occasions in and out of daily lives. Graduations, weddings, and births are obviously so on their own. But ask a mother of a twinkle-eyed, drool-faced infant or a pair of cherub siblings and every day is momentou ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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Letter about a good samaritan

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, On Sunday, December 9, my family and I were returning home from La Crosse via Highway 16. About a mile from Rushford, we hit an ice patch, lost control, rolled and ended up in the ditch. Fortunately, while our vehicle was totaled, we ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This is Preposterous! Tell me how you can live in a house without constantly repairing and upgrading it. When you need a new roof, are you going to go buy a new house? When you need new floors, are you going to go buy a new house? ..... 
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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing with regard to the direction of the Rushford and Peterson School District. It appears that the district is in need of some improvements to the buildings in Rushford and Peterson. From what I understand there have been su ..... 
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Letter about closing the middle school

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about closing the middle school To the Editor, My name is Maynard Thompson. When the Rushford-Peterson middle school was started in 1990, I had been working on a middle level teaching degree. There is a degree for middle level instruction. ..... 
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Donald E. Shofner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Donald E. Shofner Donald E. Shofner, age 90, formerly of Peterson, passed away on October, 23, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Sheridan, WY. Don was born on March 31, 1922, in Aiken County. He was a WWII Veteran in the 52nd Armored Infantry. ..... 
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Donald Shofner

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Donald Shofner, age 90, formally of Peterson, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Mountains View Veterans Home in Sheraton, Wyoming. The family is planning a memorial service in December at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson. Johnson ..... 
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