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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Paul Peterson after his first triumphant solo helicopter flight in 2013. Peterson now operates Peterson Aviation in Rushford. Photo courtesy of Hummingbird Aviation

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 around them. Roll that all into one, turbine-powered ball and you have Peterson Aviation, a local company looking to not only put its stamp on the area’s economy, but to improve life and opportunities for those here.

Paul Peterson is adamant about his love for flying. Surprisingly, he’s terrified of heights. “Put me a few steps up on a ladder and I shake like a leaf.” Peterson first developed a love of flying during his time in the Army, where he served for six years. “The first time I took off, that feeling in the pit of my stomach just leapt, then was gone,” he adds, noting the peace and comfort of flying in a chopper. “In a helicopter you don’t get closed in feeling. It just feels like it’s you out there flying. I love to fly with the doors off,” he laughs heartily.

Originally from Lake Benton, Minn., Peterson moved to the area 18 years ago. Originally situated in Winona, he says the people and the landscape eventually pulled him to relocate to the Valley. “Rushford has been a very special place for me. There are a lot of things that happened to turn my life around.”

Peterson wasn’t able to shake the itch to fly and when he found support for his goals, and a way to give back to his community at the same time, he jumped in. “Where I’m at in the community and in my faith, I feel I want to give something back and hopefully, that’s through aviation. I want to do something to help support the Rushford Airport and the local economy; to help the youth, to help the farmers, to keep dollars in Rushford’s pockets.”

Peterson signed up for flight lessons with Hummingbird Aviation in Eden Prairie. After eight weeks of night school in the cities, and flying on the weekends, Peterson earned his private pilot helicopter license August 24. The entire process, including ground portions, physicals, and flight time took five months to complete. “It really depends on the motivation of the student,” noted Peterson.

By November 14, 2013, Peterson Aviation was locally licensed. He approached Rushford Airport Commission about rental of its 2011-constructed hangar and the base for business was set. Currently Peterson Aviation .....
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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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Rushford agronomy facility upgraded to better serve farmers

By David Bau

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

April 10, 2015 — Work on Farmers Co-op Elevator’s Rushford agronomy facility upgrade is nearing completion. The new receiving and blending system will substantially increase capacity and speed up receiving, blending, and shipping this spring. Sp ..... 
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Rushford authorizes bond sale, contract with Chamber; looks to Highway 43 completion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The city of Rushford has approved a bond purchase agreement in relation to a bond refinancing effort discussed in depth last February. The opportunity to refinance a 2009 General Obligation Improvement Bond, purchased for downtown street reconstruct ..... 
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RINtek annual meeting

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The annual meeting of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 starting at 11 a.m. in Stumpy’s basement meeting room. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn about the goals and o ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Rushford Days 2014 packed full of fun

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The City of Rushford, Minn. was blessed with perfect weather for Rushford Days 2014 which was held July 14-20. The sunshine and warm temperatures brought a large crowd who did not let road construction in town stop them from enjoying the celebration ..... 
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