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Velkommen! Norwegian tourists visit area


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

In this area, we take national heritage as a badge of honor. The Irish, Germans, and Norwegians who settled these bluffs and valleys could still see many of their traditions being held today. In something of a reverse of ancestral path walking, an eager group from Norway recently expounded on the heritage of their family that settled in this area through a multi-day tour.

Fifty-five Norwegian visitors from Byneset, Sor-Trondelag, Norway arrived in the states, via New York, September 11, and after touring the Twin Cities area, made a three day stop in the Rushford Peterson Valley and Houston areas. The group, who mostly belong to the Byneset Historical Society, come from the area around Tronheim and had hopes to talk with descendants of early settlers in the late 1800s. These included the family names of Overby, Gaustad, Peterson, Braa, Rye, and Bodsberg.

The tour had been in the planning stages for more than a year, according to local coordinator Lori Peterson. Begun in part by a kinship between local residents Truman and Pat Dahl and a Norwegian friend they’d met in Norway, the group had initially planned to bring two tour buses, as the tour sold out quickly in Norway. However, according to Peterson, the size was reduced to one bus due to the scale of the 10-day U.S. tour. The Norwegian tour company is contemplating a second visit in 2016.

While the tour did have a preset itinerary, portions of it were amiss and a meeting was set up two days prior to the group’s arrival to formulate a local itinerary. Additional coordination for the tour was aided by Bill and Patti (Gaustad) Hovertson of Waseca, and Rushford residents Anne Spartz and Susie Olson. The group was divided at times to better accommodate more detailed small group tours.

The group ventured for lunch at Norsland Lefse in Rushford upon arriving in the area. While one might think this would lend some comfort of home to the group, the traditions we hold here are vastly different from in Norway. Our curious affinity for lutefisk and lefse is not at all their experience, as they prepare the dishes in an alternate manner. While delighted with the lunch and the gift shop, they were not particularly curious about the mass-production of lefse, according to Peterson.

After lunch, the group traveled to the Oak Ridge area, the South Fork Cemeteries, and then stopped in the Choice community to visit and see the creamery. Peterson state .....
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village 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 an ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village 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 ..... 
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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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Fire claims Rushford Village barn; family grateful for outpouring

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By all accounts, the Scaife family of Rushford is soft-spoken, hard-working, and faithful. When an early morning fire swept through their two-story dairy barn this past Tuesday, while shaken, the family trudged on, grateful for what the fire spared. ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served wi ..... 
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The Place to be Seen in 2013: Rushford Days

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By Sara Pecinovsky It’s already July, Independence Day has come and gone quickly, but don’t fret! There is still more summer left to relish the festivities in Southeast Minnesota. The city of Rushford, Minn. has been preparing for another fun a ..... 
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Rushford Village businesses bloom

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

When a long-time Rushford Village business, Jim’s Building Center, closed its doors in the spring of 2011, the town took an economic loss. Many wondered what business would occupy the facility in the future. Turns out, it is an odd couple- pairing ..... 
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