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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 of these and offer some alternative opinions. The comments Im responding to are in italics.

If a communitys school dies, so does the community. Does that mean that we are willing to allow Peterson to die when they lose their school? Look around. Rushford has been booming with new houses this without a new school. Our school is in the heart of our town everyone knows when something is happening there because of where it is. It brings people into town who may stop at some of our local businesses. With a new school on the edge of town, people might not bother to take that trip into town. Frontier Days, when it was moved to the north end park, is an example. We may also end up with dead empty buildings right in the center of town. How will that attract new building?

Property values are higher in a community with a new school. So are property taxes. The State of Minnesota legislature passed tax reform last year that was supposed to reduce our property taxes by as much as one-third. Our taxes on our homestead property for this year only went down only $24, without the school referendum that was passed last year. My revised tax statement shows that it is actually going up $354. If passed, both referendums will cost our family over $1050 next year. This was made possible through the miracle of increased assessed values up 9% this year and theyve gone up an additional 10% for next year for a compounded total of 21% in just two short years. At this rate, my house could be worth a half million dollars in less than 15 years. Imagine the taxes I will be privileged to pay on that amount. Do the math everyone now that youve received your newly revised tax statements to see what yours will be. Increased property values might be great for those planning to sell their houses and leave Rushford, but not for the families that intend to make Rushford home and for those who had hoped to retire here. Young families with children who want to own housing and live in Rushford are being priced right out of the housing market. If they arent living in Rushford, we wont need a new school. Higher property taxes will only deter people from building here.

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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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Flavia Harriet Rindels

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Flavia Harriet Rindels, 84, of Greenleafton, died February 23, 2002 at the home of her daughter in Rochester.

Flavia Harriet Miller was born Oct. 11, 1917, in Forestville Township, Fillmore County. She attended Flying Cloud School in Carimon ..... 
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