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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’s no wonder why; his grandfather Herb Borah, the original CEO of Polaris.

The Polaris racing team, based in Roseau, Minn., rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s, and Rushford local Jerry Bunke was one of its shining stars. Nicknamed the Starfire Kids, for their clear domination of the sport. Then, one horrific day, February 26, 1978, Bunke’s bright life came to an unimaginable stop. In his third professional year, the 26-year old Bunke lost his life in a racing accident at the Beausejour Power Toboggan. The team’s racing years ended.

When Polaris pulled the plug on the program, Larry admits that he forgot all about snowmobiles for nearly 25 years. “It was a ride on my brother Jim’s beautifully restored 1972 800cc Polaris Starfire that brought back old memories of the Polaris Race Team,” says Preston. “Very quickly I found myself on a mission to learn more about the team and share their story with the rest of the world.”

“Thirty-five years later, the surviving members of the Polaris race team opened up and shared the real story of how an under-estimated group of farmers, inventors and mechanics became not only the best of the best, but one of the biggest legends in motor racing history,” adds Preston. “Starfire Kids Midnight Blue Express is the unauthorized and previously untold true story of the people from Roseau, and the machines they built to find fame and fortune in the brutal, challenging, and often very dangerous sport of snowmobile racing.”

This past Wednesday, a book-signing and meet the author event was held in Rushford, Minn. along with a special celebration of Jerry Bunke’s life and times. “We had books available and some of the people from the book were available for autographs, including local people who are in the book,” says Preston. Also, a hit was a special display of Polaris factory race sleds, including rear-engines, 60s models, Starfires, SnoPros, and RXLs. Prominent was Bunke’s World Champion 1978 #1 Sno-pro sled, which was on loan from the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis.

These days, Polaris Racing is back at the top of the game and the sport is surging in growth. One .....
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Engagement - Howe ~ Beyer

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Eric Howe and Angela Beyer of Coon Rapids, Minn. are proud to announce their engagment and upcoming wedding on September 14, 2013. Eric is the son of Rick and Sharon Howe of Rushford, Minn. He graduated from Rushford-Peterson High School and fro ..... 
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A Taste of Iowa in Rushford

By Sara Pecinovsky

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Sara Pecinovsky Being home from college, I try to connect back with a few friends from home to catch up on our lives. A couple weeks ago, I asked a dear friend of mine to accompany me to check out the Rushford Days celebration. I had a plan to a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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Rushford Days 2013 was “the place to be seen” last week

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers The City of Rushford, Minn. was definitely the place to be seen the week of July 15-23, 2013 for a person looking for a good time. The week began with the Queen Pageant in the high school gymnasium on Monday, July 15. The results of ..... 
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ExpoCulinaira plans cooking for food and entertainment appetites

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria On the heels of a 2012 sell-out, celebrated success and the rave reviews of participants and patrons, ExpoCulinaria—An Experience of Taste, will for its third year fill the streets of downtown Rushford, Minn. on Saturday eve ..... 
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Leslie Kenneth Hovde

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leslie Kenneth Hovde, 93 of Rushford, Minn. died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Les was born July 11, 1920 in Rushford to John Peter and Hazel (Torgerson) Hovde. Les graduated from Rushford High School in 1938. He farmed hi ..... 
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Rushford and Peterson to Join Cities for “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Rushford, Minn. and Peterson, Minn. are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National ..... 
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Rushford discusses upgrades, land surveys, bluff issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Rushford, Minn. has seen its share of upgrades in the last six years of recovery from massive flooding. Several upgrades were revealed by the flood itself and even more revealed by those initial upgrades. As the work is being do ..... 
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