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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Paul Peterson after his first triumphant solo helicopter flight in 2013. Peterson now operates Peterson Aviation in Rushford. Photo courtesy of Hummingbird Aviation

Southeastern Minn., Fillmore County in particular, is already well known for its stunning views and agricultural capabilities. It’s also known for its people; those who call it home and want to make a positive impact on the communities and people around them. Roll that all into one, turbine-powered ball and you have Peterson Aviation, a local company looking to not only put its stamp on the area’s economy, but to improve life and opportunities for those here.

Paul Peterson is adamant about his love for flying. Surprisingly, he’s terrified of heights. “Put me a few steps up on a ladder and I shake like a leaf.” Peterson first developed a love of flying during his time in the Army, where he served for six years. “The first time I took off, that feeling in the pit of my stomach just leapt, then was gone,” he adds, noting the peace and comfort of flying in a chopper. “In a helicopter you don’t get closed in feeling. It just feels like it’s you out there flying. I love to fly with the doors off,” he laughs heartily.

Originally from Lake Benton, Minn., Peterson moved to the area 18 years ago. Originally situated in Winona, he says the people and the landscape eventually pulled him to relocate to the Valley. “Rushford has been a very special place for me. There are a lot of things that happened to turn my life around.”

Peterson wasn’t able to shake the itch to fly and when he found support for his goals, and a way to give back to his community at the same time, he jumped in. “Where I’m at in the community and in my faith, I feel I want to give something back and hopefully, that’s through aviation. I want to do something to help support the Rushford Airport and the local economy; to help the youth, to help the farmers, to keep dollars in Rushford’s pockets.”

Peterson signed up for flight lessons with Hummingbird Aviation in Eden Prairie. After eight weeks of night school in the cities, and flying on the weekends, Peterson earned his private pilot helicopter license August 24. The entire process, including ground portions, physicals, and flight time took five months to complete. “It really depends on the motivation of the student,” noted Peterson.

By November 14, 2013, Peterson Aviation was locally licensed. He approached Rushford Airport Commission about rental of its 2011-constructed hangar and the base for business was set. Currently Peterson Aviation .....
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Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery keeps cheese fresh and local

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford All

For the Metz family, every month is dairy month. Jeff Metz has been dairy farming just outside of Hart, Minn. on 25909 County Rd. 102 for 30 years, and according to his wife, Mariann, has “always talked about cheese making”. That idea began ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist a ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial S ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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