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Local communities rally around girl


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King with her mom and sister. Alysta is fighting for her life due to a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Photo submitted

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 active, outgoing, fun girl,” says her parents, Eric and Tara. That changed abruptly four weeks ago.

Hindered by a mysterious, severe pain in her hip, Alysta’s family brought her to Gunderson, in LaCrosse, Wis. on October 27. After initial testing, the family was sent home. They returned to Gunderson’s Emergency Room one week later and doctors suspected appendicitis. This was soon ruled out. Further testing revealed two tumors and doctors soon realized the pain was something far worse. On November 4, the family received word that the lively youngster was suffering from Burkitts, a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Of Non-Hodgkin’s, the third most common childhood cancer, Burkitt’s has notably the fastest growing human tumor. Typically identified among the children of Africa, it is uncommon outside of the continent. In the U.S., according to statistical data, roughly 1,200 people are diagnosed annually with the majority over age 40 and the disease is most often seen in males. However, it accounts for an estimated 40 percent of pediatric lymphoma cases. Essentially, Alysta’s case is rare.

Reeling from the news, the family wasted no time in making plans to tackle the disease head on with extensive chemotherapy. After several tests, scans, a spinal tap, and surgery to install a double port for chemo, Alysta began treatments November 11, just seven days after diagnosis. Three days later, the family was told that treatments were going well. The good news continued November 18, following further tests and examination.

“Dr. ‘Bob’ came to check her out, and said everything was going in the right direction. He felt for her tumors and is pretty sure they have shrunk. She also gained one pound, which is good,” noted mom Tara. An allergic reaction to a new chemo medication threatened to derail the progress, but Aylsta started back on the medication in slower doses with little problem. CT-scan results November 19 showed the problem has significantly decreased and organ function was normal. “Basically what it’s saying is the tumors have drastically decreased. Dr. ‘Bob’ said it was amazing and couldn’t believe how great she is doing,” she e .....
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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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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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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Caleb Leslie Hughes

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Caleb Leslie Hughes, 22, of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, November 16, 2013, due to a motor-vehicle accident near La Crescent, Minn. The son of Cherie and Jon Graham, Caleb was born on September 18, 1991, in La Crosse, Wis. He was raised as a ..... 
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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel ..... 
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Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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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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