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Rushford aims to build Nanobridge into 21st century


Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Nanotechnology? Nanu, nanu? No, it’s not a flashback to the old days of Robin Williams’ Mork and Mindy! According to Kevin Klungtvedt of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINT), nanotechnology is the “direct manipulating of atoms and molecules at the atomic level.” (A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, the size of a small molecule.)

Matt Kramer, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), visited Rushford August 27th to learn more about nanotechnology and the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology. Rushford is the only small town in Minnesota to take such an interest in the development of nanotechnology at this time.

Klungtvedt, in his nanotechnology PowerPoint presentation, predicted that the 21st century will be the nanotechnology century. As a result of this technology, products will be cheaper, cleaner, faster, stronger, quieter, more efficient, and produce less waste and pollution in production. With nanotechnology, customers could specify properties desired in a material and the material could be created to the customer’s specifications.

Getting practical, Klungvedt gave illustrations of nanotechnology currently in use. MCM 41 from Exxon Mobil is used to screen molecules in gasoline production, increasing gasoline production by 40 percent. L’Oreal Plentitude uses nanotechnology to treat the third layer of skin with vitamins and minerals. Stain resistant clothing also uses nanotechnology. Plumbing companies are working on a nonstick coating for bathroom fixtures, and medical clothing suppliers are working on clothing to which bacteria will not be able to adhere.

Klungtvedt emphasized that if companies were “not into research, they would not be into production.” RINT’s purpose is “to act as catalyst for organizations and individuals pursuing their goals.” RINT will furnish lab space, collaborate on research and provide business support services with 80 percent of funding going for lab equipment. Early stage business advice is seen as very helpful by scientists who often lack that skill and are concentrating on research.

Education is a big part of the planned RINT’s function. Already Community Education nanotech classes have been offered and two of R-P’s teachers have written the first nanotech graduation standards for their classes. Southeast Technical College is currently working on a two .....
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Court of Appeals upholds Tuchek conviction

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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On Tuesday, August 26, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Fillmore County District Court’s conviction of former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek for the April 2002 “hero fire” that destroyed three historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro. [Read the Rest]

Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Garwick Robert Sneed, 30, Rochester, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 25, with felony theft of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on June 17. Sneed was relea ..... 
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Heartland opponents ask for county board’s support

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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Over the past several months, citizens of Preston and outlying areas have been in a dispute over the proposed Heartland tire burning facility, dividing its residents.

Concerned citizens came to the County Commissioners on Tuesd ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford officials respond to drought conditions

Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
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At the advice of Public Works Director Jeff Copley, the Rushford City Council urged voluntary citizen cooperation in water conservation at the August 25th council meeting. Citizens have been asked to refrain from watering lawns and washing cars until ..... 
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Professors from Eastern Europe learn about market economy

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Four university professors from eastern Europe were browsing around the Fillmore County countryside this past week looking at the economics of agriculture. Some of the their activities included talking to farmers in the Rushford area, meeting with se ..... 
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Chaos serves no one

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Preston City Council meeting ended in chaos on Monday night, August 18, some three hours after it began.

When the meeting started, there was a quorum of four council members, with council member Mike Gartner, who is being t ..... 
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Lanesboro explores police options

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Sheriff Jim Connolly appeared before the Lanesboro City Council August 18th to share his suggestions for police coverage in the city of Lanesboro. Pointing out the unique situation caused by the influx of tourists in the city, Connolly suggested join ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: City to consider joint police operation with Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz was given the go ahead by the Preston City Council at their Monday, August 18 meeting, to research the feasibility of entering into an arrangement to provide law enforcement coverage for the city of Lanesboro. The ci ..... 
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