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Your Challenge - Experience the Taste of ExpoCulinaria 2013


Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria

‘Bring it to the table,’ is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation. It will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, Minn. At the feature September 7 attraction of ExpoCulinaria—An Experience in Taste, the talents and knowledge of two chefs will be put to the fire under the big top in downtown Rushford as they create an array of scrumptious appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Utilizing an unknown pantry of food and surprise ingredients in a limited amount of time, the chefs will vie for top honors and prizes from a panel of three guest judges. The winner must achieve the highest point score for presentation, creativity and taste.

Proclaimed the ‘Year of the Battle of Women Chefs’, 2013 welcomes both well-seasoned and newly-seasoned competitors. Competitor Lisa Yunker was born and raised in a quiet south suburb of Chicago. Yunker had the blessing of a mother and a grandmother on her dad’s side that taught her to love food. She started professionally cooking at the age of 32 in California, and ended up in northern Minnesota, where her career really took off. Yunker is currently a chef at Tilly’s Bar and Grill in Oronoco. Minn.

Her favorite foods to prepare are what some call good old fashioned American cuisine, ranging from high-end steak, seafood, poultry and pork entrees to a list an arm’s length long of sandwiches, wraps, salads and lots of homemade desserts. Chef Yunker prides herself on a work ethic learned from her best friend, her father, and her former Head Chef Cody Zavadil. “I learned so many things from him, professionally as well as personally. He encouraged my imagination, he supported my decisions, and was/is my biggest cheerleader,” says Chef Yunker. “He is like a son to me and I’m forever grateful to him for his tutelage.” continues Chef Yunker. “In my spare time, (laughingly), I absolutely love to garden. Fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables. I love to plant things and see them grow into beautiful and yes, edible, things. Yard work used to be a punishment of sorts when I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I really enjoy it. It’s kind of my way of winding down and tuning out. My other passions are cooking at home, my 17 lb. Maine Coon cat Spaz, and creating a safe home for the two of us. My cooking at home is at times abstract. I never follow a specific recipe. I start .....
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Birth Announcement - Ashlyn Marie Brand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ashlyn Marie Brand Big brothers Austin and Ryan Brand welcome their baby sister Ashlyn Marie. Parents are Phil and Sara Brand of Rushford, Minn. She was born on August 3, 2013. Ashlyn weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents ..... 
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Marcella ‘Marcy’ Mae (Brand) Mierau

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marcella ‘Marcy’ Mae (Brand) Mierau, 84, of Hart, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. She was born on November 21, 1928, in Hart to Edward and Mabel (Bublitz) Brand. Marcy grew up on a large diary farm at Ha ..... 
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Highway 16 between Lanesboro and Rushford opens ahead of schedule to traffic

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Lanesboro to Rushford is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16, originally expected to remain closed through August, had been closed while ..... 
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TEC ANNOUNCES PEAK ENERGY ALERT

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (10:30 a.m. Aug. 21, 2013)— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) is issuing a peak energy alert to address the high demand for electricity in the regional power market. TEC asks members to help by reducing their electric use. ..... 
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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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Rushford prepares to lease former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Finally, the long wait to see the vacant community center may be at an end. Approved in November of 2009, the ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A ..... 
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It’s time to start taking care of what we have...

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I agree with Lori Peterson, “It’s time…to start taking care of what we have - our kids…” It’s unfortunate, however, that there exists such a negative attitude by some, as to how best to provide for our kids. Several y ..... 
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Taste of the Trail - 2013 on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Taste of the Trail is similar to many “Taste of…events in many towns all over the Midwest. On three Saturdays in September, during this annual trail wide event, you can experience the abundance of food and activities in southeastern Minnesota. E ..... 
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