Plenty of people would be happy to avoid doing their taxes every year, but Jim Peterson is a little different. He signs up to do extra.
For the past decade or so Peterson has volunteered with AARP’s senior tax assistance program. Since February 8 he’s spent each of his Monday mornings holed up in a room at the Rosemount Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as seniors and low-income families lined up on chairs in the hallway, looking for someone who could help them make sense of tax forms.
Rosemount didn’t make a good first impression on Helen Judkins.
Judkins and her husband moved to Rosemount in August of 1954, when his job as a tinsmith brought him to Genz Ryan. They moved into a small home on what was then known as Maple Street, a dirt road just west of where Fluegel’s Elevator stands. There was no grass in the yard. It had been raining. The house was surrounded by mud. The refinery east of town was belching out fumes.
There are a few things you can count on at a Rosemount High School girls basketball game. The court will always be 94 feet by 50 feet. The rim will always be 10 feet from the floor. And Forrest Krogh will probably be in the stands.
Step into the yard of Marlin Rechtzigel’s east Rosemount home and take a look around. See the barn? The big one? Rechtzigel built that. And the house where Marlin and his wife raised their children? He built that, too.
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