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All work is work worth doing well


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” This may conjure images of supremely noble work. But, what of those working women, putting their nose to the grindstone, working to serve us in roles we may not appreciate day to day?

For Deb Kitchens, co-owner Kitchens Enterprises, Inc., which operates Nordic Lanes and Lounge bowling center and The Creamery in Rushford, all work is work worth doing well. Her work, focused mainly at the bustling restaurant, motivates her daily to find success. “I want to be able to close my eyes at the end of the day knowing I did my best,” she says. Putting forth one’s best effort, no matter what the job, is a key piece in Kitchens’ philosophy. She’s noticed that strong work ethic is not what it once was and she takes pride in having a staff and business that puts forth every effort to exemplify a customer service and food service industries.

Growing up in Tomah, Wis., Kitchens had the influence of both bowling centers and a family restaurant early on. Her uncle owns the Strike Zone and Pizones in Tomah and from age 11, she was hands on at her grandmother’s restaurant. “I started working for my grandmother, washing dishes in her restaurant. I got up at 4 a.m. to help turn donuts.”

Kitchens grew up, met and married her husband Jim, and the two spent 15 years at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska before settling in Rushford. She never expected to find her way here, but it proved a providential turn. In 1991, the family, including two daughters, took the suggestion of her uncle and came to look at the bowling center that was for sale at that time.

“You fall in love with Rushford as soon as you drive down that hill. It was May and it was beautiful. When we were driving I said, ‘Lord, I need your help here.’ If my business is here in Rushford, which I really didn’t think it would be, give me a sign that I should move to this next phase of my life.” At the time, Kitchens was working for Pacific Telecom, Inc. and the family knew it would need a second income to support a possible business venture. “We drove downtown and then, as we were leaving, there was a big Pacific Telecom, Inc. sign. There was a literal sign that said, ‘Rushford, Minnesota’.” That sign and a leap of faith set the next 24 years of their lives in motion.

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Velkommen! Norwegian tourists visit area

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

In this area, we take national heritage as a badge of honor. The Irish, Germans, and Norwegians who settled these bluffs and valleys could still see many of their traditions being held today. In something of a reverse of ancestral path walking, an e ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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New auto body business takes hold in Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Take a drive along Rushford’s Industrial Way and you’ll notice something has changed; a step from the town’s past is taking a new leap to the future. Rushford businessman Leigh Volkman has taken ownership of the former auto specialist Dahl’s ..... 
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Local electric cooperatives receive regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

RUSHFORD, MN (May 1, 2015) – Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) received state regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory in a verbal decision on Thursday, April 30, 2015, by the Minnesota Publ ..... 
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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Southeastern Minn., Fillmore County in particular, is already well known for its stunning views and agricultural capabilities. It’s also known for its people; those who call it home and want to make a positive impact on the communities and people ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford 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 a ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford 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 S ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16) ..... 
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