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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up


Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each candidate's well-chosen words, but facial expressions and body language, which in some instances, may be more telling than words.

Questions ranged from basic personal and work background to experience, motivation behind seeking the position, and what benefits each offers the community. Also discussed were recent hot button topics in the community, such as the relationship between the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village, the next steps for the growth of the community, and what some property owners have deemed, "irresponsible spending." Showing a bit beyond common political poise, both men were invited to comment on a personal failure and what the greatest attribute of their opponent is.

Both interviews may be viewed at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com accompanying this article.

There is a town-hall debate scheduled at the Rushford-Peterson High School on Wendesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. The Rushford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an event for all city candidates to participate and will be asked a series of questions from an independent moderator. The public is highly encouraged to attend.

Les Ladewig (Incumbent)

Raised in the Warren township and graduating from Lewiston High School, 63-year old Ladewig spent 31 years as a Minnesota State Trooper, with the last eight in a management role. Officially retired since 2001, Ladewig first joined the Rushford City Council in 2002. He also spent seven years on the Rushford School Board and an additional four years on the Rushford-Peterson School Board.

Citing civil service as "interesting" and noting the responsibility involved, Ladewig believes that under his leadership the council has done an outstanding job and made a tremendous effort. Discussing his experience, Ladewig believes his years of experience in the public arena have fostered numerous relationships. "I have an underlying care of the people," he affirmed.

While the road to recovery has been a challenge, Ladewig believes that Rushford has taken great strides forward, noting 19 projects that encompassed 39 million in improvement funds. Of that amount, all except 1.5 million has been federal and state dollars. While admitting that part of the 1. .....
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Canton's liquor licenses

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, October 7, 2009, with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. The min ..... 
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Rushford, 2009 Municipal improvement projects

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a relatively short meeting, Tuesday, October 13th, the council proceeded to tie up paperwork with the loan application for 2009 Municipal Improvement Projects.

The completed PFA (Public Facilities Authority) loan application indicates tha ..... 
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Harmony sanitary sewer extension

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on October 13. A sanitary sewer extension will be placed on 2nd Ave. NW near Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. City Administrator Jerome Illg had ..... 
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Six in the running for Rushford's City Council seats

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

While we often hear from candidates regarding their views and goals, it is unusual for the public to be granted a forum to question the candidates. Taking this position, the six Rushford City Council candidates were recently asked a series of questi ..... 
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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 ..... 
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Preston extends until 2050 with SMMPA

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Public Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met jointly early on October 13, to hear City Attorney Dwight Luhmann's opinion on his review of the current contract offered by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held their meeting Monday night and timewise it was probably one of the shortest meetings ever held, barely 12 minutes.

The main item on the agenda was giving permission for three city representatives to trave ..... 
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