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February 17, 2013

On ski hill's 75th anniversary, skiers remember the early days


One of her fondest memories about Ski Haven was the Andersens’ kindness.

“Harvey Andersen never turned any child down,” she said. “If they didn’t have the money, he’d say, ‘Go out and bring two armloads of wood, and I’ll give you a ticket.’”

Peterson has skied on many hills, and Mount Kato is one of her favorites, she said.

“I think, No. 1, it’s probably the oldest, or close to it, and boy, it’s good — it’s very, very good,” she said. “They take excellent care of it.”

That’s been nice to see over the years, said Jon, whose early love of outdoor recreation led him to go on to own Flying Penguin Outdoor Sports in Mankato.

Jon was just a kid 35 years ago when Ski Haven was sold. And he doesn’t remember being sad about it.

The hill wasn’t going anywhere, after all. And Mount Kato’s business has grown to include many more facets over the years than Ski Haven had offered.

“It just seemed like maybe it was time,” he said.

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