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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, September 30, 2015 2:30 PM

The Rushford-Peterson school board approved the bid collected by Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc. for $33,406,770 to build the new early childhood-12th grade center, approved in the referendum vote last November.


  • 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. 

  • “I don’t know where this rumor came from, but it is 100 percent made up. If the library closes, I won’t be sitting in this chair,” said Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum emphatically Monday night, after four local residents asked the city council to not defund the local library.


  • “We are very pleased with the way the bidding process played out. We had six general contractors provide us with six extremely competitive bids. And the low bid was $50,000 under our architecture team’s estimate,” said Rushford-Peterson Superintendent Chuck Ehler.

  • The Rushford-Peterson school board approved the bid collected by Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc. for $33,406,770 to build the new early childhood-12th grade center, approved in the referendum vote last November.


  • Bangkok to Peterson is quite a shock  for R-P foreign exchange student

    For Phim “Punch” Munikanond, it is a quite a culture shock to go from living in the capital city of Bangkok, Thailand, to Peterson, Minnesota. After all, Bangkok has six million citizens compared to Peterson’s 200.

  • What a difference a week can make. A week ago area residents were treated to golden fields of corn and soybeans, maturing in the late-summer sun. Near record-breaking temps, little or no rain and windy weather during the first three weeks of September drastically accelerated Mother Nature's drying process and pushed area farmers into their fields in droves.

  • An 84-year-old man from Harmony was injured Friday, Sept. 25, just before 11 a.m. when a tree fell on top of him as he was cutting trees near Lanesboro.   
  • Local veterans to discuss Vietnam War as 1968 exhibit comes to an end

    The year 1968 is not only remembered for its Summer of Love, but also when the Vietnam War reached a flashpoint.

  • A Lanesboro motorcyclist was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 8:46 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, on County Road 12 near County Road 19 outside of Preston.

  • Glen and Denise Palecek are planning to file a lawsuit against the Rushford-Peterson School Board. In Monday night’s school board meeting, the Paleceks announced their intentions in the public comments portion of the meeting. This news follows the city of Rushford meeting that approved the plans and permits for the school by a 4-1 vote.

  • The Monday night Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting opened with passionate claims and heated accusations from several community members, including the Rushford-Peterson Concerned Citizens (RPCC).

  • The City of Rushford Village took a good portion of the Sept. 15 meeting to discuss and vote on the 2016 budget. While the budget isn’t finalized, most of the decisions made will be a starting spot that will likely remain the same.

  • “You can see it’s pretty extensive,” said Peterson City Clerk Megan Boyum, referencing the mass amounts of past due utility payments the city of Peterson is facing. “This has been an ongoing problem.”

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