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Merle's Girls pay tribute
To honor long-time bus driver Merle Evenson, who passed away last month, the Rushford-Peterson female athletes wear shirts with a school bus and “Do It For Merle” on the front and “Merle’s Girls” (as he affectionately called them) on the back. For many years, Evenson transported the volleyball and girls basketball teams to their away games. Pictured above, front row (L-R); Haley Johnson, Ashley Agrimson, Olivia Hoff, Carissa Bieberdorf, Kensay Clobes, Megan Oian; Back row (L-R), Abby Wieser, Savannah Skalet, Tatyanna Bronk, Shayna Bellock, Clara Wieser, Taylor Warnken, Andrea Larson, Nicole Blagsvedt, Anna Kjos, Lauren Bedard. Photo by Charlie Warner
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 1:40 PM

Over a dozen residents came to the Rushford-Peterson Middle School cafeteria Monday night to hear insight and provide feedback concerning the repurposing of the middle school when the property reverts to the City of Peterson once the new school is built in Rushford.


  • Klungtvedt receives nearly perfect ACT score

    Kate Klungtvedt, daughter of Kevin the Debra Klungtvedt of Rushford, has done what only .38 of one percent of ACT test takers do, she scored a 35. Out of 36 points, Klungtvedt missed a perfect score by just a point. But she still outscored the nation’s average by 25. Minnesota’s average of 22.8 is slightly higher than the national average.

  • Dedication and copious amounts of training are needed to be a modern day firefighter

    When you hear the sirens and see the shiny red fire trucks heading out to another call, we know the local fire department is going out to another fire or accident call. But do we realize just how much training and dedication it takes to be a firefighter?

  • Whispering Hills Girl Scout Camp closing after more than 40 years

    “Because we’ve experienced several 100-year floods in the past few years, sustained considerable damage and found out that it just wouldn’t be financially feasible to make all the changes needed to keep it open, we made the decision to close it.” That’s the way Tish Bolger, incoming CEO of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys explained the recent announcement of the closing of Whispering Hills Girl Scouts Camp.

  • German exchange student happy to take life one day at a time

    According to Taissia Friesen, exchange student from Oldenburg, Germany, America is “not that different from Germany.” Having watched movies and read about America, not much has surprised Friesen so far.


  • Middle School may convert into housing, community center

    Over a dozen residents came to the Rushford-Peterson Middle School cafeteria Monday night to hear insight and provide feedback concerning the repurposing of the middle school when the property reverts to the City of Peterson once the new school is built in Rushford.


  • Sheriff Tom Kaase asked the board to consider approving the state of Minnesota’s income contract for the Sentenced to Serve (STS) program during his visit to the county board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 

  • The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners reviewed zoning language and procedures during its Tuesday, Oct. 6, meeting, including how to set boundaries for rural home construction. 

  • The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the location of a man with felony warrants who fled from authorities in Preston Friday morning, Oct. 2.

  • Horizons is a state funded program for adults with disabilities in Fillmore County that has been in operation for a number of years, but, according to program director Lois Suckow, most people probably haven’t heard of it.

  • Members of the Fillmore County Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment gave their approval to a variance in the first group and a conditional use permit (CUP) in the second related to the proposed expansion of an existing sand pit near Preston.

  • Veterans engage in difficult talk  about losses, effects of Vietnam War

    “It went from six to 11 veterans.  Three of the six up here I knew, and I buried two of them.  Three, I didn’t know, but I’ve been to the gravesites of the ones I know of.  I’ve been in tons of Fillmore County cemeteries, looking for names.  I take it a day at a time,” said rural Spring Valley resident Marv Grabau, his voice wavering.  

  • Fillmore County Court system to implement e-filing

    The Fillmore County Court will implement a new, online filing and service system beginning Monday, Nov. 9. This change comes as a part of the Minnesota Judicial Branch initiative to begin operating in an electronic information environment and providing convenient, timely and appropriate access to court information, statewide, by July 1, 2016.

  • For the first time in six years, the City of Rushford will be increasing its levy. The city council approved a motion Monday evening to set the preliminary levy for 2016 at $790,000, which is a 6.76 percent increase over the 2015 levy of $740,000.

  • Over the past three years of riding, success has earned Rushford’s Kjersta Hinz an invitation to the Minnesota State 4-H Show and the WSCA (Western Saddle Club Association) Champ Show, held at the fairgrounds in Minneapolis in 2014 and 2015.  These shows are held in September, with representatives from all Minnesota counties in attendance.

  • There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating with ideas for the repurposing of the Peterson Middle School on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the middle school lunch room. 

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