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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to the weight room and gym will be limited. During the school year, both sites will be open to currently-enrolled R-P students from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then again from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., as long as the use does not conflict with school-sponsored or pre-scheduled activities.

During the summer, the sites will be open to organized student use/captains’ practice during scheduled times, which will be set through the facility scheduler on the R-P website. Scheduled times will be posted at the gym and on the district calendar.

Additionally, an individual, 18 or older, may reserve the gym for a private function for a fee of $25 per four-hour time slot. They will be required to sign a waiver and will take full responsibility for all individuals who participate. They will be granted an entry key to access during the time slot, which must be returned immediately after via lockbox.

Individuals, 18 and over and out of high school, who would like access to the weight room, may purchase a key for an annual fee of $200. Allowing access to the northwest entry door only, the keys will be individually numbered and will allow access for that individual only. The district was quick to point out that an individual may not purchase an annual key and give admittance to others. These individuals will also be required to sign a waiver indicating full responsibility for injuries and damages that may occur.

Another key area revolves around the children of staff members utilizing the facilities. According to the new plan, staff members may only allow their children access to the gym or weight room if they are currently enrolled in the district as students and if supervised. Staff members, and their children, who abuse the privilege, or allow other children to access the building, will be held to the same standard as other community members.

New safety measures include rekeying all outside doors to the Rushford building with a laser-cut, non-duplicable key and rekeying the northwest door to allow access to the gym and weight room only, using the same technology. Additionally, five entry points at the facility are being eliminated, reducing the number of monitoring points. Th .....
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Damon Prestemon’s “Lanesboro Live” Show features the Slick Newhouse Band and more

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s upcoming “Lanesboro Live” show will feature Chef Johnny Mango -- of catering fame in Rochester, Minn., and University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse Political Science Professor -- and frequent Wisconsin Public ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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Elinor M. Olson

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Elinor M. Olson, age 95 of Lanesboro, Minn., died Tuesday July 23 at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony, Minn. Elinor was born April 16, 1919 in Waseca, MN to John and Bertha (Stone) Wendland. She grew up in St. Charles, Minn. where she ..... 
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Marjorie Earley

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Marjorie Earley, 98, of Spring Valley, Minn., died on July 23, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Living Center. Marjorie was born in York Township, Minn. to Gerit and Mary (VanGrevenhof) Zwart on November 4, 1915. She attended Bristol Center Sch ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board passes referendum

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

At their regular meeting on July 17, the Lanesboro School Board adopted a resolution authorizing a board approved referendum authority. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the state allows school boards to pass up to $424 per pupil unit without g ..... 
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Western Days Stampede registration opens

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Chatfield Western Days Stampede. Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Dis ..... 
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Open your heart and home to an international exchange student

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Face The World is an International High School Exchange program that is inviting Minnesota families to host a teenage exchange students for five or ten months starting this fall. Students have their own spending money and insurance. They have a wi ..... 
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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(p ..... 
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