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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Several members of the new Rushford Peterson AWANA enjoyed a picnic at Creekside Park this summer. The group officially kicks off with a rally night September 17. Photo submitted

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles and Winona). Started in 1941 in Chicago, the ministry currently reaches over 22,000 churches or communities and has reached children in 110 countries across the world and leaders believe that the need is there.

“This is a generation that we’re losing from the church,” stresses organizer Jenny Prinsen. “It’s been shown that kids will establish their faith by age 14. It’s a critical time for them and they need as much involvement from the family as possible. It’s meant to be a well-rounded program.”

Geared to be offered through local churches, AWANA’s goal is to reach kids where they’re at and walk alongside them in their faith journey through a fun, engaging atmosphere. “It takes kids through the Bible and shows how the Bible applies to everyday life,” adds Prinsen. “It’s a way to support Sunday School, not replace it. The basis is to get into scripture, work on memorization, and really understand the Bible.”

While regional clubs have been growing, Prinsen notes the desire to have something right in Fillmore County. “A number of us had been driving eight or nine kids to Spring Grove for AWANA. We thought, ‘Why don’t we start a group here?’” The majority are participants are currently from Pleasant Valley Church in Winona, which is sponsoring the Rushford Peterson AWANA club, but volunteers from other churches are also eager to participate. Also assisting with the local, non-denominational club are representatives of Root River Community Church and Rushford Lutheran Church.

The Rushford Peterson AWANA club will begin with offerings for kids in grades K-6. Club Nights will include “Handbook Time,” that delves into individual Bible verse study and memorization, followed by small group games centered on verses. “That encourages a bit of competition,” adds Prinsen. “Kids like that.” Also included in each evening are a song time and large group teaching with local pastors or other speakers. Groups are led by trained adult community volunteers from various churches. “We try to have a theme each week, tying it all together if we can,” notes Prinsen.

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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson schools receives books to promote early literacy

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Owatonna, Minn. - Rushford-Peterson Schools was one of 29 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone. This grant program, which awarde ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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R-P moves new referendum forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, rega ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 3 A/B Honor Roll

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Grade 8: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Olivia Hoff, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp Grade 7: Cora Bauer, Ka ..... 
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