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Local veteran takes historic tour


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Taking part in a public wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery are (L to R) Roger Bullerman, US Navy, Joe Schorr, US Navy, Mike Hammell, US Marine Corp, John Rossi, US Army, and James Hewitt, US AirForce. Photo submitted

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 the United States Marine Corps, 65-year old Hammell arranged the trip with his party of six, which included his fiancé, Pauline, and extended family. Leaving from Decorah, with a larger group from Legacy Tour and Travel, they headed east September 16. The majority of the group came from northeast Iowa, but three veterans hailed from southeast Minnesota. Close to fifty participated in the weeklong tour including veterans, their companions, widows of veterans, and a handful of volunteer guides. “We were totally impressed with this group,” adds Hammell. “They were up and ready to go early each morning. They couldn’t get enough of it.”



The tour was comprised of multiple states, including the first a day and a half in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There, Hammel says he had the first of many key personal moments of the trip. As a young man, in junior high, he’d once given the Gettysburg Address for a Memorial Day service. Now, looking at a timeline of his life through historical sites, Hammell seized the opportunity to recite it again on hallowed ground. “It was really special for me,” he adds.



The tour continued to Washington, D.C. area where they were able to tour several key locations, including the White House. Interestingly enough, the group’s tour coincided with the day the now infamous jumper breached the White House gates and security. Luckily, it came just moments after the group had left the fence and they had no trouble proceeding on their journey as of Washington, D.C. reacted with security measures, but it did give Hammell pause for a chuckle.



Capital sights at the National Mall included the Lincoln, Washington, and Martin Luther King Memorials, among others such as the Smithsonian Museum, the WWII Museum, and the Pentagon. The National War monuments, a highlight for any veteran, included the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A majority of those on the tour were Vietnam-era and the experience could only be summed up by a humbled Hammell as, “Something else. That by itself is something else.”



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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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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a mode ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Jim Hoiness honored as Minnesota’s Outstanding Grocer of the Year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

There are 1,100 stores affiliated with the Minnesota Grocer’s Association (MGA) with more than 200 retail members and more than 100 distributors and manufacturers. Still, few may have been surprised at Rush Foods, Inc. co-owner Jim Hoiness’ rece ..... 
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Minnesota author releases book with strong ties to Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner Author Larry Preston is a home-grown Minnesotan. Growing up Larry was an avid fan of the Polaris Professional Racing Team, who says his family always had Polaris machines around “to make Minnesota winters more enjoyable.” It ..... 
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