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Rushford City Council Report: “Gamma Log” days in Rushford


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

No, it’s not a take-off on Peterson’s Gammel Dag, but rather days when the city of Rushford will literally delve deeply into current well number three and its ability to supply good water to the residents of Rushford.

The City Council approved at their March 22 meeting the pulling of the pump for city well number three, installing a temporary pump, taking a video of the well, and doing a gamma log of the well at a cost of $5,320. The well pump will be pulled March 29 or 30 with the gamma logging on March 31st.

The pump, new in 1988, was pulled in 1995 and rebuilt; it now has a bad bearing and needs repair. Because the well was pumping sand at 350 gallons per minute, it had been set down to 175 gallons per minute. The temporary pump would be experimented with, pumping at different rates and checking water quality (for sand) in order to determine the optimal operating rate for the well. The video and gamma log, after a reading by an expert, would help find the problem with the well, so necessary repairs could be made. If a hole in the casing of the well is causing the problem, the well could be recased, but this would cause a decrease in diameter of the well and in pumping capacity.

Jeff Copley, city PWD, advised the council to put in the temporary pump because of the time needed to read the gamma log (a week and a half). Copley felt the city needed the pumping capacity during that period. When council member Larry Johnson suggested running well number four for the period instead, Copley responded that, although the well could indeed be used, the water would then smell and be colored from the ammonia, iron, and manganese and result in citizen complaints.

Once again the council discussed the problems with well number four. In drilling well number four, the engineer at the time (Davy Engineering) suggested digging deeper into the Mt. Simon aquifer than needed. Councilman Larry Johnson stated, “These engineers should be held accountable.”

Mayor Pro-tem Ron Mireau responded, “That’s why Davy Engineering is no longer the city’s engineer.

Councilman Les Ladewig commented, “We paid for something we didn’t get. We’re not using that well and we should be able to.”

City administrator Larry Bartelson offered to write a letter to Davy Engineering asking the questions the council wants answered. Bartelson added, “W .....
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Elstad Lutheran Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Editor’s note: The following is the second in a two part series on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. The two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest congregations of Norwegian heritage. Bo ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: DNR acquires land in York Township

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Gary Nelson, DNR Area Wildlife Manager from Winona, asked the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, March 23 meeting, to consider giving approval to an 80 acre land acquisition in York Township owned by Roger Sanford.

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Special Section: Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County.

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

“People don’t realize how ..... 
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Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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  Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

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Vaccination and disease prevention for your horse

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Spring is here, and it is time to prepare your horses for the coming summer season. Now is the time to vaccinate, before they are exposed to infectious diseases.

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Horses are a billion dollar industry in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Minnesota’s horse industry generates nearly $1 billion in economic activity every year in Minnesota, according to a new analysis conducted by a University of Minnesota applied economics professor.

Associate professor Brian Buhr ..... 
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The “Village Smithy” goes to school

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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  Under the spreading chestnut tree   The village smithy stands;   The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms   ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: School board looks to combine counseling with principal position

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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“Due to Mr. Zmyewski’s resignation, we have the opportunity to adjust the job description for the High School principal position,” Supt. Myrna Luehmann told the school board members at their Tuesday, March 16 meeting. “Our initial discussions have ce ..... 
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