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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford officials respond to drought conditions


Fri, Aug 29th, 2003
Posted in Features

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 the drought situation lessens. Exceptions were made for new lawns and newly planted trees. With the aquifer that feeds well #2 down, Copley was concerned that the pump might start pumping air and get ruined. If well #2 were to go down, the city would need to use well #4, a well known for its bad water quality and considered a back-up emergency well.

Fire Chief Mike Ebner has declared a moratorium on all burning in the city, canceling all burning permits until the drought is over. This includes previously issued burning permits and fire rings at the city campground and throughout the city.

Both Copley and Ebner had expressed concern with the current methods of communicating this information with the citizenry. The council opted to call radio stations with public service announcements as well as using the local cable access station and newspapers.

Water Improvements

With the discussion of the water shortage, it seemed only appropriate to discuss the status of the city water improvement project. Councilman Ron Mierau told the council that three sites were being considered for the circulation pump placement: next to the city garage, between the liquor store and the firehall, and along the driveway north of the old Mobil station. No decision has been made on the sites yet, nor has a timeline been set.

Mayor T. S. Roberton asked if the city employees could lay the necessary waterline once the project has been engineered. Some of the work includes directional boring for which the city doesnt have the equipment, but there is a possibility city employees could do other work on the project and do much of the refurbishing on well #3.

Other business

Other business of the evening included:

Submitting a permit application to MNDOT to work in DOT right of way to create a gravel underpass under the north end bridge;

Deciding to fix the fence at the Creekside tennis courts, but to leave the painting of basketball court lines for possible volunteers;

Agreeing to make a dumping station for the campgrou .....
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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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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Felony Charges  According to court records, the following individuals were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18:  Travis Ryan Jonsgaard, 19, Rushford, was charged with felon ..... 
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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.  The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the A ..... 
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits, stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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