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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

The Great Skate Giveaway attracted a crowd of more than 75 people, including more than 40 children ages 12 and under. Photo Kirsten Zoellner



The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet.

Years ago, the community had a flooded area of ice just west of the athletic field in the parking lot and some can likely recall its bumpy, gravel-strewn surface. Still, people made do. When Creekside Park was developed in the ‘90s, a paved south lot was installed and the rink became a thing of the past. Now, two eager volunteers and a crew of supporters are bringing back the ice and introducing a whole new generation to the sports.

Terry Lesser and Scott Tarras, dubbed “The Rinkers”, first proposed a plan in 2010 to the city of Rushford, Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce (now Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce), and Rushford-Peterson Schools. They would construct the rink and maintain it if the entities could assist. They struck a cooperative deal; the city would provide water and snow removal, the chamber the cost of the side boards around the rink, and the district would allow usage of a relatively unutilized portion of land, as well as provide insurance liability coverage. Even the R-P industrial education class pitched in, assisting with construction of the side boards. In 2011, the city of Rushford purchased the side boards from the chamber of commerce, as well as installing a hydrant specifically for the rink.

While the last five years have had some widely varied weather, the ice rink has been a booming success. “We are seeing a lot more interest this year,” says Lesser. “Just about any time of day you will find someone on the ice.”

With a donated warming house and extra skates donated for those visiting the rink, things seemed to be working out well for the exciting endeavor. Still, they saw the need to get more skates into the hands of families and kids that needed them. “We thought the best solution would be to have a day that we could not only distribute the skates, that they could then keep, but also to sharpen them and show them how to put them on and lace up. We wanted to find a way to draw more people to the rink,” adds Lesser.

That idea eventually became The Great Skate Giveaway, which was held Saturday, January 17. More than 75 people, including more than 40 kids, ages 12 and under, arrived at the rink, rosy .....
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Engagement - Johnson ~ Anderson

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Todd and Theresa Johnson of Lanesboro, Minn., are happy to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Haeli Johnson, to Clay Anderson, son of Steve and Lisa Anderson of Rushford, Minn. Haeli is a 2008 graduate of Lanesboro ..... 
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Engagement - Snyder ~ Meisch

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Amber Rae Snyder and Christopher John Meisch are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Amber is the daughter of Mary Ann and Marlin Carrier of Rushford, Minn. and the late Kerry Snyder. She is a graduate of Rushford-Peterson ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Teagan Lynn Cords

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Jared and Erin Cords of Rushford, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Lynn Cords, born on March 1, 2014. Grandparents are Mark and Dawn Volkman of Winona, Minn. and Clark and Mary Ellen Cords of Rushford, Minn.

Birth Announcement - Brikena Grace Crowder

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Justin and Kristina Crowder of Phoenix, Ariz. announce the arrival of their daughter Brikena Grace. Brikena was born on January 14 and weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. She is welcomed by big brothers Caleb and Elijah. Proud grandparents are Randy and Susie Crow ..... 
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Engagement - Todd ~ Agrimson

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Tracy Todd, of Rushford, Minn. and Mark Agrimson, of Peterson, Minn. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. The bride, 21, is a senior at Winona State University and will graduate with a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood E ..... 
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Engagement - Lind ~ Olson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Brenda and Bill Falkowski of Houston, Minn. and Doug and Becky Lind of Rushford, Minn. announce the engagement of their daughter Chellsey Lind to Nathan Olson, son of Linda and the late Roger Olson of Nodine, Minn. Chellsey is a 2003 graduate of R ..... 
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Engagement - Hungerholt ~ Meyer

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Cassandra Doris Hungerholt & Andrew Thomas Meyer are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Steven & Lori Hungerholt, of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Thomas Meyer, of Zumbrota Minn. and Fred ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Tate Michael Lind

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Colby and Tracy Tweeten-Lind are proud to announce the birth of their son, Tate Michael. Tate was born on June 17, 2013 weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Donna Tweeten of Spring Grove, Minn. Patern ..... 
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