Community leader, Bud Peterson, diesLong-time Alexandria businessman Maynard “Bud” Peterson died Sunday.
Long-time Alexandria businessman Maynard “Bud” Peterson died Sunday.
Peterson, owner of Pete’s County Market in Alexandria, was also one of the founders of Viking Savings Association.
He was a key contributor to many community organizations and causes in the Alexandria area.
Peterson donated $1.5 million to the Alexandria Area YMCA, which is naming the facility after him and his late wife, Sylvia, who died in 2003.
He also donated 48 acres of land, valued at $1.26 million, to School District 206. The land is the site of a new school, Woodland Elementary, which will open this fall.
Peterson, an avid sportsman, was also a major contributor to Ducks Unlimited. Last fall, the organization erected a stone monument in his honor in the Runestone Waterfowl Production Area near Kensington.
He was a founding member and a major contributor to the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. A fishing exhibit gallery in the museum bears his name: The Maynard " Bud" Peterson Gallery.
He was also a supporter of local arts. He contributed $50,000 to the Alexandria Area Arts Association’s renovation of the downtown theater building.
A graduate from Alexandria High School’s Class of 1949, Peterson was inducted into the Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Anderson Funeral Home.