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JoAnne Agrimson
JoAnne Agrimson
Monday, July 24, 2017 3:51 PM

Cancer is one poster JoAnne Agrimson never wanted to be on. 

“I am a poster child for getting a colonoscopy at age 50, but because my mother was ill at that time, I waited until I was 51 – and Easter break – to have my first routine colonoscopy, where I was found to have cancer March 31, 2010, at Winona Health,” recounted Rushford-area resident Agrimson.

Agrimson will be featured as the guest speaker of the Fillmore County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life survivors’ tea. The event will be held Friday, July 28, at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford. It will kick off the night-long event, which will include many activities to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

  • Over 200 paddlers will launch  kayaks and canoes from the banks of the Root River when the Great River Rumble starts Sunday. The annual paddling event, which starts on July 30 in Rushford and ends on Aug. 5 in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., will feature a record 207 paddlers.
  • Caregivers share stories of support as Relay for Life nears
    Being hand in hand with someone who has cancer could be described as being on a runaway rollercoaster – having volunteered to get on when someone realized this was going to be a ride they didn’t want to take alone. Many such individuals have stepped up and will be honored as part of the Fillmore County Relay for Life in Rushford this Friday, July 28.
  • While they took no action, the Rushford City Council spent some time discussing the possible acquisition of two residential properties at its Monday night meeting. City Administrator Tony Chladek brought the issue before the council, explaining that Lamplighter’s Lane — the  steep city street that accesses the properties — is in very bad shape.
  • “The theme this year is ‘Knock Out Cancer’,” said Fillmore County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life co-chair Jim Stennes.

    He and his fellow co-chair Beth Tudahl are lacing up their “boxing gloves” — or their tennis shoes — to fight cancer from the ground up as Rushford hosts the Relay this year at the historic Rushford depot along the Root River bike trail.

  • The Rushford-Peterson school had two tie votes at its Monday, July 17, meeting.  Clerk Bonnie Prinsen was absent. Both votes focused on one issue; the hiring of a basketball coach to replace Tom Vix , who retired earlier this year.
  • The Shop Salon opening this month in Rushford
    Dreams really can come true, if you’re willing to put the time in to make them happen. Southeast Minnesota native and Rushford-Peterson High School graduate Nikki Johnson is living proof of that.
  • The City of Peterson discussed four main issues at its July 12 meeting.
  • Rushford Days Pedal Tractor Pull results
    Results from the Pedal Tractor Pull held during Rushford Days.
  • The Rushford Economic Development Authority had a light schedule for their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, at the Rushford City Hall. The board dealt with a couple of Micro-Grant requests and continued talking about their strategic plan to improve the economic vitality in Rushford.
  • The City of Rushford Village spent most of their July 11 meeting discussing dust control reimbursement for residents living on county roads.
  • Rushford Days Car Show results
    Results from theRushford Days Car Show was held last Saturday, July 15, at Pam’s Corner parking lot.
  • Bunke Field dedicated during ceremony Saturday
    Over 100 people celebrated the naming of the Rushford Municipal Airport  as “Robert W. Bunke Field” last Saturday. Ninety aircraft, including three vintage WWII military planes, flew into the scenic ridgetop airport, now named for the man whose vision made it possible.
  • The final curtain call for R-P theater

    As the cast of the recent Rushford Area Society for the Arts (RASA) musical Annie took their bows, Chris Hallum, the RASA veteran who portrayed Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, did something out of the ordinary.

    “No one leave quite yet,” he instructed the audience. “Let’s give one more big hand for this theater.” Hallum reminded the audience of the years of RASA performances, All-School plays, community education dance programs, and music concerts held in the facility through the years.

     Audience members joined in a standing ovation to honor the theater that has housed performances for nearly 40 years.

  • Rushford Days Photo Contest winners
    A listing of photo contest winners at Rushford Days
  • Mabel man helping to ‘knock out cancer’ with tractor

    Joel Amdahl of Mabel is giving cancer a one-two punch with a tractor. 

    A member of Team C.H.R.I.S. from Mabel, Amdahl, who donated a pink tractor last year for the Fillmore County Relay for Life held in Chatfield, has done it again for the annual event held in Rushford this year. The event, which has a theme of “Knock Out Cancer,” will run July 28 and 29.   

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