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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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To the Editor,

I have read with great interest the many articles and letters to the editor surrounding the vote for a new Rushford-Peterson school coming this April 23. I think that is it human nature to want to get the best value for the money we spend, whether that would be for a car, horse, or tax dollars to our school district. No one wants to pay higher taxes if there is no perceived value for their money. I believe that by taking a more long-sighted approach to the needs of our school district, we will see a much greater value for our tax dollars spent, and ultimately be getting more for less. By voting yes to build a new school now, the financial health of our school district will be much better over the long haul. Rushford-Peterson district taxpayers currently pay the least tax dollars of any area district. With a new more efficient school building, the frequency of future referendums for health and safety issues would not be required.

This new building would spare us the cost of renovations to two school buildings. These renovations, that facility experts have already told us are not advised, are a poor value for our money. Because repairs, maintenance, and education all come from the operating budget, a new more efficient school would mean no money for repairs, less money for maintenance, and more money for education; a good value for our money.

The state would now pay 36% towards our new school project. Less than two years ago it would have only paid 12%. The Minnesota state taxes we already pay are going toward other Minnesota districts new schools, why not enjoy the benefits for our own district? Who knows how much the state might pay, if any, by waiting until later to build a new school. Waiting would also mean higher construction costs, due to inflation.

Once I got the facts, and learned that my property tax increase because of a new school would be much less than some people have claimed, my decision to vote yes has been an easy one.

Finally, it would be wonderful to see our school district come together, as one community, for the benefit of our children. If our children are our future, and if education truly is the key to democracy, just think what it is you can say yes to.

Gary Hoff
Rushford, MN



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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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April 1, 2002

To the Editor,

Much information is being fed to us in our local paper regarding the Rushford-Peterson school district building referendum and the reasons why we need a new school. Id like to comment on just a few ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

Ardith Hellickson was born March 12, 1931, in rural Ostrander, and attended country school there. Her family later moved to Carimona Township in Fillmor ..... 
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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVonne Blagsvedt was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Lenora, Minn. to Ole and Frieda (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She gradu ..... 
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A. Milo Omodth

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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A. Milo Omodth, age 91, of Spring Grove, and formerly of Mabel, MN, died Feb. 11, 2002 at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.

He was born Sept. 13, 1910, in rural Blackhammer, MN to John and Julia (Tollefson) Omodt. He attended South Fo ..... 
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Frances M. Miller

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Frances M. Miller, 96, of Harmony, a homemaker, died February 9, 2002 at Harmony Healthcare Center where she had resided since 1998.

Frances M. Sprague was born Dec. 17, 1905, in Todd County, Minn., and grew up in the Fergus Falls area. On ..... 
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Donald Earl Mercer

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Donald Earl Mercer, 61, of Chatfield, retired owner of Wander Inn Bar and Grill, died February 10, 2002 in a car-bus accident on U.S. 14 east of Utica.

Born July 27, 1938, in Douglas, he graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and live ..... 
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Bernice Westphal

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Bernice Westphal, 87, a resident of Ostrander Nursing Home, died February 25, 2002 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient a short time.

Bernice Tienter was born Nov. 23, 1914, in Forestville Township, Fillmore Cou ..... 
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