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Rushford hockey rink/skate park gains momentum


Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

Terri Benson, representing the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the city with a request for the purchase of custom-built boards for the hockey rink that was temporarily constructed in the winter of 2010. The materials, which totalled over $4,500, were paid for with $3,800 from a state grant and the remainder from the Chamber. Benson said the project would be estimated at $6,000 if done with outside assistance. $1,500 in financial support was suggested and requested by the Chamber.

Benson went on to detail a concept in which the rink area would be made permanent and used as a skate park and paved area for broom ball and field hockey in the off-season. In the least, the goal is to make the rink a permanent feature of Creekside Park. The idea of a skate park had been discussed more than once by the city during strategic planning sessions.

"This is a good opportunity to partner with chamber and school," said City Administrator Steve Sarvi. "It would be a good asset year-round."

The early concept calls for a 200 by 90 foot asphalted surface, whitewashed and maintained by a dedicated and driven group of hockey families. "This would be a draw for the city," added Benson. "We could host small-scale tournaments and events. This could be a great investment for the city."

Councilor Vern Bunke cautioned the council against getting into recreation-related responsibility. "I'd like to give it to the school and to let community education run it. I'm in favor of a one-time donation from the city to cover the cost of the boards," said Bunke. ""Let people drive it, rather than put it under the constant scrutiny of the city."

The issue with that option is the liability issue. While the city may desire to limit its exposure and ownership of such a venture, in the long-term, the school district will be giving up the land on which it will sit and covering it with their insurance, according to Sarvi.

Supportive, but leary, Bunke added, "I don't want to get back into the recreation business. We're getting involved in a project we just got out of. We should support it as we can."

"There are different things the city can bring to the table," countered Terry Lesser, a lead proponent of the venture. "This is a dedicated group, who spent hundreds of hours in 2010. It's going to take the entire community involvement."

The purchase was eventually approved unanimously, with Sarvi drafting an agreement between al .....
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Spring Valley to get Rescue Lift for ambulance

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 26 and dealt with several items on a rather thin agenda.

Members of the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service will be seeing a new piece of equipment in two of their units. Approval was ..... 
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Routine business for Chatfield

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at their September 26 meeting whisked through a light agenda. Councilors Dave Frank and Ken Jacobson were absent.

•A two-year agreement with the Joint Victim Liaison Program was approved between Fillmore Famil ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, October 3, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, October 3, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, October 3, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p. ..... 
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Ambulance issues dominate Preston agenda

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

Once again, ambulance service issues consumed most of the nearly two hour September 20 Preston City Council meeting. The meeting was closed for about half an hour to confer with attorney Peter Regnier (Jardine, Logan & O'Brien) who has been appointe ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Sept. 26, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 26, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 26, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, ..... 
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State adds 5,800 jobs in private sector in August

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Minnesota added 28,400 jobs in August, largely related to laid-off state employees returning to work after the three-week government shutdown ended, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DE ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday,Sept. 19, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 19, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

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Harmony looks at garbage proposals

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council spent a lot of time sorting out prices and discussing proposals for garbage and recycling options. A few residents and business owners were present to voice their opinion or ask questions.

The city currently uses Wa ..... 
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