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Rushford Council chooses cemetery road for generator site


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council held a special meeting Monday night, July 7th to continue discussion of site selection for the city’s planned back-up generator. At their June 23rd meeting the council felt the issue deserved a special meeting because of all the citizen concerns. The July 7th meeting consisted of presentations on four proposed sites with Steve Schreurs of Associated Consultants Engineering, Brian Guenther of PowerPlus Engineering, and Mike Wish of Dairyland Power available for consulting. No audience was given to concerned citizens in attendance even though Eric Hoiland came with another prepared list of questions for the council.

The council discussed again the pros and cons of the three previously presented sites—the substation site, the industrial park, and the bluff. A new site was also presented. Located on West Winona Street (Cemetery Road), the site would cost $262,500 compared to the substation site at $164,500, the industrial park at $333,750, and the bluff site at $312,000.

Pros for the Cemetery Road site were that it was cheaper than the bluff or industrial park sites, it was not as close to homes as the substation site, it would not need the 12.47 kV circuit as the industrial park does, it has better access than the substation and bluff sites, and the lines could be all buried underground.

Cons for the site were that it was more expensive than the substation site, and there are bluff protection and zoning issues to deal with.

The council chose the Cemetery Road site as the new home for the standby generators. The site was considered to be a good compromise with an additional cost of $98,000 over the substation site. That $98,000 difference in cost will amount to a true cost of $200,023 with a repayment at five percent over twenty years. The electric rates will need to be minimally increased to cover that cost. With the substation site there would have been a positive cash flow sooner.

The council felt the new site was a "reasonable, sensible compromise," one which would appease residents of the substation site and save money over the more expensive proposed industrial park or bluff site.
TJ Liquor

Committee will present final report on Preston Recreational Facility on July 21

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Steering Committee for the proposed Root River Recreational Facility in Preston will make their final report to the Preston City Council at their July 21 meeting.   The committee has been looking into the feasibility of b ..... 
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County Poor Farm served the needy in years gone by

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Before the days of nursing homes and the welfare system, counties in Minnesota used county farms, more commonly known as “poor farms”, to take care of the elderly and down trodden. Located near Henrytown on the Amherst, Canton township line, Fillmore ..... 
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Friendship Wagon Train raises over $36,000 for Camp Winnebago

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Rains kissed our cheeks, winds echoed our enthusiasm, the sun’s rays warmed sullen times . . .

As individuals, our lives are but fleeting images through destiny’s doors. But, uniting as a family to help others, we have been mold ..... 
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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over program’s status

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids,” stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners a ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATV’s and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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On Monday, June 30, about twenty residents of Lanesboro came to the Community Center to hear and ask more about the plans of Northcounty to develop the old Lanesboro Elementary School as a housing cooperative. Margaret Lund, executive director of Nor ..... 
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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Envi ..... 
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Generators “generate” public interest at Rushford Council meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Citizens opposed to the addition of standby generators at the substation site had a chance to address their questions and comments to the Rushford City Council as they began their meeting on June 23.

Eric Hoiland handed out a l ..... 
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