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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secured the services of Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc.

“There’s a strange emphasis on what we envision,” noted Superintendent Chuck Ehler at the Monday, August 18 board meeting. Ehler went on to note his impression that the cities are relying on the district to shape the direction of what happens to the facilities, especially Peterson. “We viewed it as a community resource. We didn’t want to have a plan to force on them. These buildings belong to the community, so we want input on our community members.”

Should the referendum pass, the district will not retain ownership of the Rushford facilities; however, it will retain ownership of the Peterson facility, minus acreage the city has to option to purchase for $100. The district could sell the Peterson building to the city of Peterson or developers or individuals for a negotiated price. “There are a lot of different options,” added board chair John Linder.

As for Rushford, Ehler noted that he had a sense that the city wants to be in control of how the facility is repurposed. “I have a feeling they’re not willing to let go of it.”

Kane & Johnson, Inc. has a history of working with similar projects and Ehler noted that the firm has an appreciation for older buildings and feels there are good, feasible options and is confident of the incentives for others to invest. Potential redevelopment options for the Rushford facility may include a library, community center, retail space, and condominium living. For Peterson, options discussed include a community center, arts center, and lodging to be used in connection with the city park.

The City of Rushford has indicated a willingness to share half the cost of architectural services provided by Kane & Johnson, Inc. Estimated fees are $9,650 in total, plus estimated reimbursable expenses of up to $480. Services will include the facilitation of two Steering Committee meetings to identify community facility needs that might be housed in district buildings, to document and assemble drawing-based sheets of the sits and building floor plans, and coordinate with the State Historical Preservation Office and Minnesota Historical Society, and will .....
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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College News 8.18.14

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Dean’s/President’s List •Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.: Stefani Elliott, Tia Gurtner, and Stephanie Prinsen of Chatfield, Minn.; Autumn Mulhern of Fountain, Minn.; Rebecca Bakke and Jacob Prinsen of Preston, Minn.; and Steven Koenen, M ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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Houston School Board seeks director of curriculum and instruction

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on August 5. This was the first school board meeting with Krin Abraham as acting superintendent. At the meeting, Superintendent Abraham was pleased to report that the teacher computer systems update will actua ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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 th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford 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 th ..... 
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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 th ..... 
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