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Sever Peterson Received Award from Eden Prairie Heritage Commission

Sever Peterson honored at the Eden Prairie City Council Meeting on May 15, 2018.

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Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and Heritage Preservation Commission Chair Person Steve Olson presented the award plaque at the council meeting in front of a very full house. Sever is proud of his life-long residency here in Eden Prairie, and has continually participated in the tasks required to preserve assets for the future generations to enjoy. Thank you Sever!20180515_190723
 Severin (Sever) Peterson III is a third generation Farmer in the city of Eden Prairie. His grandfather was a Swedish Immigrant and began farming in 1880 in Eden Prairie. Like his father and grandfather, Sever is an outstanding community member, as well a local farmer.
Lorraine Sohm, wrote in her book Once Upon a Time, “Let us turn the pages back to the story of the Severin Peterson family, the family most admired in the pioneer community for their honesty, generosity, and helpfulness in the face of trouble or need”.
Sever has continued this family legacy! Sever and his wife Sharon live in the farmhouse his parents built in the 1920’s. His Grandparents had a home up the hill from their property today (Charleston Road). The meadow in front of Flying Cloud Drive, where Lion’s Tap currently stands, was called “Ma’s Meadow”, for his Grandmother Mary. The Peterson’s family owns 300 acres in the valley known as the River Bottoms. This land was once an Indian Village. Sever continues to carry on the care of this historic Eden Prairie land, as well as his farmhouse, outbuildings, and the job of local farming. His two adult children and their spouses are involved with the family farming as well. Sever has served on the Eden Prairie Historical Society Board, and is today an Honorary EPHS Board Member.

Sever has a great love for the many former farmer’s of Eden Prairie. He will tell you endless fascinating stories of the many of the farmer’s he worked for as a young boy and man. He can talk about the Jarretts, Moran’s, Goods, Roger’s, Miller’s, Pauly’s, Kerbers, Mitchell’s, Kopesky’s, Andersons, Tuckey’s, Ames, just to name a few! Sever was born in 1944 and graduated in Eden Prairie in 1962. He is a college graduate, and served in Vietnam twice as a volunteer with a medical relief organization. He paid his own way there. He designed and built buildings for x-rays and medical care. His farm sense proved helpful changing tires in the dark on ambulance runs.  This information sends a picture of the goodness in Sever. Sever worked with Kathie Case, and the Eden Prairie Historical Society in 1999 to help save our Historic Consolidated Gym. When we presented the case to the School Board to save the Gym, Sever shared to story of the bird called the “killdeer”. This bird builds a nest on the ground in the farm fields. Their loud cry alarms the farmer on the tractor that there a eggs in the nest and to stay clear. Sever used this analogy about the many there that evening sharing their stories in hopes of saving the historic gym. Of course Sever always stayed clear of the nestlings, and the School Board did save the Gym!

Heritage Preservation Award

 The goal of the Heritage Preservation Award is to recognize an individual, family or business who has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and use of Eden Prairie’s heritage resources.

Nomination Process and Timeline
Nominations may be made by persons on behalf of themselves or others, and one award is given each year. Nomination materials are available in the first quarter each year and the awards are presented at a City Council meeting in May, in conjunction with National Historic Preservation Month.

Note: There is no monetary award for the Heritage Preservation Award and members of the Heritage Preservation Commission are not eligible for the award while serving on the Commission.

Heritage Preservation Award Eligibility
The nominee shall be a person, family or business whose recent activities:

  • Have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and use of Eden Prairie’s heritage resource
  • Lives in or maintains a historic property in Eden Prairie
  • Volunteers and/or goes above and beyond a paid employee’s usual job responsibilities to promote heritage

Past Heritage Preservation Award Recipients

For questions about the Heritage Preservation Award, contact Lori Creamer at 952-949-8481.

Sever Peterson with the Eden Prairie Heritage Preservation Commission Board Members.

Sever Peterson with the Eden Prairie Heritage Preservation Commission Board Members.

Sever Peterson with his family after the presentation.

Sever Peterson with his family after the presentation.

Sever Peterson with Eden Prairie Historical Society President Kathie Case and Board member Jeanne DeSanctus

Sever Peterson with Eden Prairie Historical Society President Kathie Case and Board member Jeanne DeSanctus