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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

The Great Skate Giveaway attracted a crowd of more than 75 people, including more than 40 children ages 12 and under. Photo Kirsten Zoellner

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet.

Years ago, the community had a flooded area of ice just west of the athletic field in the parking lot and some can likely recall its bumpy, gravel-strewn surface. Still, people made do. When Creekside Park was developed in the ‘90s, a paved south lot was installed and the rink became a thing of the past. Now, two eager volunteers and a crew of supporters are bringing back the ice and introducing a whole new generation to the sports.

Terry Lesser and Scott Tarras, dubbed “The Rinkers”, first proposed a plan in 2010 to the city of Rushford, Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce (now Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce), and Rushford-Peterson Schools. They would construct the rink and maintain it if the entities could assist. They struck a cooperative deal; the city would provide water and snow removal, the chamber the cost of the side boards around the rink, and the district would allow usage of a relatively unutilized portion of land, as well as provide insurance liability coverage. Even the R-P industrial education class pitched in, assisting with construction of the side boards. In 2011, the city of Rushford purchased the side boards from the chamber of commerce, as well as installing a hydrant specifically for the rink.

While the last five years have had some widely varied weather, the ice rink has been a booming success. “We are seeing a lot more interest this year,” says Lesser. “Just about any time of day you will find someone on the ice.”

With a donated warming house and extra skates donated for those visiting the rink, things seemed to be working out well for the exciting endeavor. Still, they saw the need to get more skates into the hands of families and kids that needed them. “We thought the best solution would be to have a day that we could not only distribute the skates, that they could then keep, but also to sharpen them and show them how to put them on and lace up. We wanted to find a way to draw more people to the rink,” adds Lesser.

That idea eventually became The Great Skate Giveaway, which was held Saturday, January 17. More than 75 people, including more than 40 kids, ages 12 and under, arrived at the rink, rosy-cheeked and a .....
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Wedding - Hatleli/Halvorson

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorson ..... 
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Wedding - Hatleli ~ Halvorson

Mon, Jun 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorso ..... 
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