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Rushford deliberates over motel location


Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Even though the agenda included a discussion of over $10 million in street, sewer and water improvements needed in the city, arguably the most anticipated discussion at the April 13 Rushford City Council meeting was the EDA recommendation to approve final platting and infrastructure development for the Himlie Business Park in the north part of town, along with drafting an agreement for the sale of approximately four acres in the park to F & L Development, Inc, for their purpose of constructing a 21-unit Guardian Inn motel.

And yet, for all the anticipation, the audience was nearly empty.

Tom Serie of F & L Development, Luverne, Minnesota, was present to once again speak for his project which has caused a mixed reaction, most notably resistance from some downtown business people and others who would prefer to see a motel in the downtown area.

Serie had contacted the city about his intentions before the 2007 flood, and for awhile the flood delayed further talks.

But not many months passed before Serie was back with his idea of a motel in the Himlie Business Park, and in the same development phase, he wished to develop a new community banquet center and a small development of town houses. Serie offered several scenarios, from simply building a 21-unit motel, most rooms with attached garage units, to developing the community center and housing as well.

Last August, the council approved unanimously scenario "B": a motel in the Himlie Park and a new community center somewhere in town (not necessarily on the same site as the motel)

The council approved similar motions with Scenario "B", including an engineering study, four more times in 2008, with votes always being unanimous until December when Laura Deering was the lone vote against a motion "for the development of a motel by F & L Development, Inc. and to continue the investigation of developing an improved and enlarged community center," according to minutes. The motion still passed without her vote.

The council next approved a public hearing on the preliminary platting of Himlie Park in January, and in February, 2009, passed a resolution to approve the preliminary plat for the "Himlie Business Park."

At last Monday's meeting, however, councilmen Dahl and Johnson dragged their feet about moving ahead with the final platting, and peppered Serie with questions.

Early on, Dahl told the council that he'd heard from "people on the street" who were plan .....
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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements

Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well ..... 
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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County recognizes Child Protection Month

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social worker ..... 
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Preston Historical Society seeks bonding for further elevator restoration

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Richard Petsch updated the council at their April 6 meeting on the efforts to obtain up to $450,000 from the sale of bonds through the state to further renovate the grain elevator to its 1916 condition. The plans include a bagging shed, scale house, ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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