Peterson honored by Cottage Grove for her service
Myra Peterson's community contributions don't fit neatly into a specific category. She volunteers with local organizations, advocates for others and was an elected official for many years.
The city of Cottage Grove's recent recognition of Peterson reflected that variety of public service. She received a "special recognition" award in appreciation for her service to the community at an April 26 city volunteer banquet.
Peterson and her husband, Roger, attend the city's volunteer recognition event each year, but she did not expect to be recognized last week.
"It's very humbling," Peterson said. "It's an honor. I happen to believe that public service is what you should be doing in your community.
"I try to live what I believe," she added.
Peterson served for nearly 18 years on the Washington County Board, losing re-election last year. Before serving as a county commissioner, Peterson was Oakdale mayor.
She also has served on leadership boards for local and regional nonprofit and government organizations; leads the South Washington County Garden Tour fundraiser for the Youth Service Bureau; supports and advocates for the Stone Soup Thrift Shop and Friends in Need Food Shelf; and has been active with the South Washington County Heritage Preservation Committee and other local organizations.