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Rushford welcomes new manufacturing firm


Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

While moments of a public hearing to determine opinion for a business subsidy may have been slightly heated at times, the Rushford City Council kept it all in check at the Monday, January 25 meeting.

The hearing was in regards to a loan application by the manufacturing firm, GFORCE Ink, for a public subsidy in the amount of $150,000. The council had received a recommendation January 12th from the Economic Development Authority highly in favor of granting the revolving loan to the start-up company. While the company had originally applied for a $210,000 amount, loan fund guidelines limited the amount to a maximum of $150,000.

Local business owners Terry Lesser, of Rush Creek, LTD, and Scott Taras, of WonderInk Printing, expressed several times to the council their wish for a non-compete agreement between themselves and GFORCE Ink as a stipulation to final arrangements. As stated by Lesser, an agreement between the companies had been drafted, reviewed, and amended by both themselves and legal counsel for GFORCE Ink. While the final agreement had been drafted by GFORCE Ink attorneys, the firm was advised against signing it.

"I believe an agreement is crucial in keeping the relationship in tact," stated Lesser. "I'm not trying to derail anything, but trying to clear away obstacles to make it beneficial for all."

Hearsay, by an unknown person, also came into play via Lesser during the hearing, with Lesser stating he believed that someone on the EDA had led the new firm to the assumption that the loan was a done deal, prior to the council's approval. Dennis McManimon, of GFORCE Ink, assured those in attendance that by no means did the company feel assured of any loan.

Jeff Hepting, the firm's national sales manager, went on to assert, "We didn't come to compete back and forth with local businesses. We have a niche program that we've worked hard on. It is in no way to compete with local businesses." GFORCE Ink specializes in a highly individualized, national high-margin market. Sales are web-based and there will be no retail store.

Lesser responded that his attorney felt the city's refusal to include such an agreement as a part of the loan could potentially open the city up for a lawsuit. However, City Administrator Windy Block assured the council that legal counsel for the city believed that any such suit would be unfounded. Block went on to note that dismissing a recommendation from the unanimous EDA would be mo .....
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Preston to update street parking ordinance

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Councilman David Collett, at the January 19 meeting, requested a discussion regarding parking in the courthouse square area. He noted there have been complaints from county workers who are trying to remove snow from the streets and also from busines ..... 
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Lanesboro school board approves board salaries

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its annual organizational meeting, followed by its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meetin ..... 
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Peterson city council

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, and Rick Lee. Molly Melander, city administrator, was also present. Jan Smaby wa ..... 
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Wykoff discusses water usage

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7:01 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Harmony discusses projects

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the Harmony City Council meeting on January 12. Several residents who have property adjacent to 3rd St. SW in Harmony were in attendance to discuss the upcoming street repairs and assessments.

Brett Grabau, t ..... 
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Boundary expansion for Forestville?

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government



Mark White, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and Lake Louise State Park, informed the board about a possible boundary expansion for Forestville State Park. The proposed boundary line expansion would include about 469 acres of Vreeman famil ..... 
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Rushford city council gets off to a fresh start

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The new council convened for the first time Monday, January 11, and there were slight, yet noticeable changes to the flow of the meeting. While some of the changes were simply aesthetic, such as the rearranging of council seating to allow for more a ..... 
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Potter transfer

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Questions and Answers

A joint meeting including the Chatfield Economic Development Authority, the city council and the school board was held at Potter on January 13 to discuss questions and details related to the transfer of title from the sc ..... 
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