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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an alternative site for the new facility on a lower parcel owned by the school district. That 17 acre parcel, east of the athletic complex, would require additional soil to bring it to a buildable level. Early calculations by Tim Roberston, of ICS Consulting, indicated approximately 116,000 cubic yards of fill, at a cost of $26 per cubic foot, or roughly $3 million, would be required for feasibility of the site. Soil borings on the site have not been done due to cost. At the time, ICS Consulting determined further exploration of the site was necessary due to cost and availability of the originally-designated parcel, north of Eiken Drive.

Board Director Jon Pettit, prompted by concerns of district residents, called for the district to investigate further into land usage of the lower parcel. Pettit specifically questioned comments which stated review of the parcel determined soil alterations were “not a good value” to the district. Additionally noted by Pettit was a conversation with Fillmore County Commissioner Randy Dahl regarding costs of land alterations in an adjacent subdivision. Pettit stated land alterations removing 23 feet of soil from the Tyrol Hills subdivision prior to development cost the developer $112,000, according to Pettit. He estimated in today’s market, that cost would be approximately $300,000. “Between $300,000 and $3 million – that’s a tremendous difference,” added Pettit. “I think there’s more to look into. It was brought up by the Design Team. I think he gave the answer he wanted to give and inflated it tremendously.”

Board Director Taylor Peterson agreed, citing a conversation with which brought to light the county currently paying $8 per cubic foot for sand fill. “If he’s inflating sand that much, what else is he inflating?”

Present at the meeting via Skype, Board Director Dean Mierau added, “With the current model, there’s no incentive for the cost to be less. What we’re up against is not really looking at cost savings.” What is unclear, however, is whether or not the cost estimate of $26 per cubic foot including additional work such as borings, permitting, and labor. The project would require the use of state and fede .....
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Music legend Jonathan Edwards will play at the St. Mane Theatre

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro, Minn. – Music legend Jonathan Edwards will perform at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception for all concert attendees following the show, held upstairs in the newly renovated studio space ..... 
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Correction - March 16, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal the press release titled “Mabel Area Food Shelf seeking volunteers and holding training”

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Features

In the March 16, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal the press release titled “Mabel Area Food Shelf seeking volunteers and holding training”, it was stated that the food shelf is open Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., except for the third Thursd ..... 
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Houston City Council amends city several city codes

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, ..... 
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A view From the Woods - Through a Child’s Eyes

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

We left home during a below zero cold snap and returned a couple of weeks later to full-on springtime. While we were lounging around the sandy Mexican beach under coconut trees, soaking up the warmth, Minnesota experienced the big thaw. Driving h ..... 
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the ..... 
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of th ..... 
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