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A green wedding for a lively couple


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Evan Meier and Shannon Hyter with Alaina, who will be the junior bride at their wedding. Photo by Midwest LifeShots

Ask a bride how she hopes the big day will be and you’ll frequently get “beautiful,” “classy,” “fun,” and sometimes even “perfect.” While it’s obvious that Shannon Hyter and Evan Meier’s wedding will be these things, the first words out of their mouths are something a little more grounded. “It’ll be green, organic; colorful. I want people to feel like they’re at a sunset,” notes Shannon enthusiastically. The lively Rushford couple is planning a June 22 wedding on the fields where they first met at Featherstone Farm.

Evan, the son of John Meier and Molli Kook, grew up in Winona the eldest of three children. He left the area briefly to attend Mankato state, double majoring in automotive and manufacturing engineering. He moved to Rushford permanently in 2009. He is employed at Featherstone Farm as the equipment manager.

Likewise, Shannon also grew up right here in southeastern Minnesota, on her parents Brett and Carol’s valley farm in the Choice Township south of Rushford, the eldest of two daughters. She is currently attending Western Technical College in LaCrosse, studying to be a paralegal and graduating in May. She is employed at Chiglo Law Office in Rushford as paralegal intern and also has works as a photographer part-time from her home studio.

Together nearly three years, the couple was introduced by mutual friend Julie Scuderio, who suggested Shannon seek out some summer work at the organic vegetable farm. “I wasn’t sure who this girl was that she wanted me to meet,” says Evan, 25, smiling at his bride to be. “I was her boss.”

“I thought he was interesting. He spent a lot of time in the field when I was around,” notes Shannon, 24, before they both break into a chuckle. Something apparently clicked, because now, the duo have an easy banter, filling in where one leaves off, and that telltale twinkle when they look at each other. Shannon’s six-year-old daughter, Alaina, who is the spitting image of her mother, squeezes right into the conversation, the trio wrapping their arms around each other and laughing. It’s clearly family life at its finest.

Matching their playful personalities, Evan admits to ramping up the theatrics for the proposal, having sidetracked Shannon by having a meeting. “I was mad, because I thought he’d bought a farm,” Shannon says, laughing. “I was in the hallway, turned around the corner and he was down on .....
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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Virgil E. Johnson

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Virgil E. Johnson, 71, of Highland, Minn. died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home. Virgil was born on April 18, 1941, in Highland, Minn. to Vernon and Evelyn (Hjelle) Johnson. He was raised in Highland where he lived and farmed all of his ..... 
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Bertram Hovland

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Bertram Benson Hovland, 91, of Rushford passed away at Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home on December 16, 2012. He was born March 30, 1921, to George and Laura Hovland. A graduate of Rushford High School, he excelled at Football, Baseball and B ..... 
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Rushford sets levy, looks for cost savings

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Last week, the council tabled setting the levy for the 2013 budget to allow for further review of the budget. Following an in-depth discussion of line item areas, the council proceeded with setting the levy at $740,000, a 0 percent increase from 201 ..... 
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Rushford looking at no levy increase

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Municipalities within the state must certify the levy to the county auditor on or before five working days after December 20 each year. With that date rapidly approaching, a Rushford budget subcommittee of city staff, Mayor Chris Hallum, and council ..... 
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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I attended the RP referendum meeting, took the tour of the facilities and listened intently to presenters, numerous questions and answers. I learned new facts and gained greater understanding of what assumptions were used in developi ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When I mentioned to a proponent that increased taxes for a new school are problematic for people on a fixed income, she said, “There are a lot of old people with money here. They are just greedy.” The 2007 flood was absolutel ..... 
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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