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The passion, triumph, dominance and tragedy of one of the most successful efforts in motor sports: The Polaris professional race team


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

Starfire Kids - Midnight Blue Express is the unauthorized and previously untold true story of the men and their machines from Roseau, Minn. who rose to fame and fortune in the brutal, challenging and often very dangerous sport of snowmobile racing in the late 1960s and 1970s.

The Polaris team dominated in an ever-increasing fashion during those years when the sports popularity reached unimaginable popularity. But a tragic accident claimed the life of one of the team’s brightest stars, ending it all in March of 1978.

Thirty-five years later, the survivors who lived it opened up and told the real story of how an often under-estimated group of farmers, inventors and mechanics became the best of the best and are now among the biggest legends of the sport.

Author Larry Preston is a software executive, but is best known in the snowmobile world as the founder of vintagesleds.com, with over 180,000 visitors looking at five million pages each month. Larry interviewed almost everyone involved with the Polaris race team over a five-year period, and then compiled the interviews with press accounts from the time. The book also includes seventy-five photos - most of which have never been seen by the general public before.

A special event will take place in Rushford, Minnesota on August 31, featuring some of the racers and mechanics from the book themselves, and a special display of 60’s and 70’s era factory Polaris race machines, including the World Champion, #1 SnoPro sled of Rushford’s own Jerry Bunke, as well as a 1976 Polaris SnoPro piloted by Jerry Bunke, and the biggest, baddest machines of the Midnight Blue Express. One of the Midnight Blue Express machines will even be started for the event. Polaris legend Bob Eastman and others from the book will be on hand for autographs, along with author Larry Preston.

Starfire Kids Midnight Blue Express will be on sale for $49.95 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. adjacent to the Nordic Lanes/Creamery in Rushford. There will be a tent there as well for the display.

Books ordered via http://starfirekids.com are now shipping, and there will be a booth at Princeton on August 24, and a booth with Gabe Bunke at Hay Days on September 7.

For more information, email info@starfirekids.com or call (763) 267-7800
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Ruth E. Estes

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Ruth E. Estes, 94, of Rushford, Minnesota formerly of Ely, Iowa died Tuesday August 6, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford after a short illness. Per Ruth’s request there will be no service or visitation. Burial at Cedar Memorial P ..... 
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Engagement - Feine ~ Jonsgaard

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Alison Feine and Travis Jonsgaard are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Ellen and Thomas Feine of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Diane and Dale Jonsgaard of Rushford. A September 7, ..... 
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Senior Wagon Rides Along the Root River State Trail

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at the Rushford Depot in Rushford, Minn. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Rushford Depot to Houston, Minn. and then travel to ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator Company Breaks Ground for Grain Facility Expansion

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Earlier this month the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company broke ground for an additional 750,000 bushel storage bin at its South Fork location in the Village of Rushford, Minn. Last year Farmers Co-op added a 514,000 bushel storage bin, 4,700 bu ..... 
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Betty J. Dolalie

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Betty J. Dolalie, 83, formerly of Bratsburg, died Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Betty was born April 29, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Thomas and Ovedia (Landsverk) Rude. Her family later returned to the Rushfo ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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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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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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