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Council rezones part of Rushford downtown


Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - A zoning request approved by both the zoning appeals board and city council has paved the way for expanding the downtown business area for potential business growth around Rushford Foods.

In the aftermath of the 2007 flood in Rushford, amidst the devastation, there soon appeared many opportunities for change. At times, the possibilities seemed staggering. What will the future Rushford look like? What businesses will be here, and more important, where exactly will they be? While shortages of space and resources are occasionally an issue, a shortage of opinions is not.

It's no secret that a lot of the jawing on "main street" has centered around two philosophies: one is to expand the business district beyond the downtown area, specifically to the north side of town, where the possibilities of a motel, community center, additional housing and a hardware store have already materialized. Lack of space downtown for new projects and adequate parking is usually offered as rationale for expanding to the north.

The other opposing philosophy is to nurture and expand downtown-to keep as much business, and move as much new business into, the current downtown proper. Not surprisingly, the proponents of this philosophy tend to be those currently operating businesses in the downtown area.

A recurring and much debated issue has been the future location of Rushford Hardware. The owner, Greg Norstad, has made clear his own wish to move the store north of town to the area where a few FEMA trailers still remain, despite the expressed hopes of some that the store could stay downtown. Norstad has plans for an expanded store and garden center and concluded some time ago that there was no place large enough to accommodate his plans downtown.

As recently as September 2 of this year, Norstad made a request of the EDA to approve his purchase--"just in case"-- of land across the highway from his first location in the Himlie Business Park, as things were moving slowly to get his original location ready for building. But even this alternative location would have the store outside of downtown.

Against this backdrop has come a rezoning request from Rush Foods to have land surrounding the grocery store rezoned to "allow for higher density projects that could include a hardware store."

Rush Foods put in a request to the zoning board to have the area rezoned from Commercial Arterial to Central Business District. The area in q .....
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Planning board rejects Moulton zoning change

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
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Preston - At their October meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township to have his property re-zoned from agricultural to industrial. The matter will now b ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims budget

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decre ..... 
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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Flood damage to dam being studied

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
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LANESBORO - An evaluation of the damage done to the dam in Lanesboro is being done by Bonestroo Engineering. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman told council members at their Monday, October 6 meeting that in order for the city to get assistance fro ..... 
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POET rain garden approved

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
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PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an o ..... 
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Board discusses economic support programs

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the regular meeting of the county commissioners on October 7, Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked for and received approval for a regional grant plan that would include Fillmore County. Boyd noted that the dollars available for Fi ..... 
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County Commissioner District 5

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Gary Gunderson, County Commissioner District 5

My accomplishments include:

• Graduating from Mabel High School;

• Serving in the U.S. Army;

• Carpenter in AFL-CIO union;

• Operating a farm and h ..... 
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County Commissioner District 3

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

My name is Chuck Amunrud and I ask for your continuing support for re-election to the Fillmore County Board. I have now served six years on the County Board and have been working full time for the citizens who have elected me. Counties in Minnesota ..... 
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