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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet


Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show that too many deer per acre, as is likely the case in Rushford, risk starvation and disease.

Dahl had led a request at a previous city council meeting to have city staff report on the possibility of an archery harvest for deer within Rushford city limits, as has been done in other cities around the state.

Administrator Windy Block reported at last Monday's meeting that cities like Vadnais Heights and Sandstone have conducted deer harvests within city limits, although both cities appeared to have a large unpopulated open area within city limits where the deer could be hunted.

City staff looked into the merits of guns v. archery, restricted v. open areas, and open registration v. restricted lottery.

But Rushford archers shouldn't get too excited yet. There was some reluctance expressed by council members, primarily Laura Deering.

Deering had done her research, too, and said there's really no proof that such a harvest would really thin the local herd. City ordinances would have to be changed, and Deering was uncomfortable with that, plus she wondered whether there'd be any way to determine whether those granted permits had the skills to assure accuracy.

The safety of citizens was also a major concern to Deering, who is a biker and hiker of local trails.

"Do we really want to take that risk?" she asked. Deering said she considers the presence of deer to be an inevitable part of living near the woods, and she therefore fences her garden.

Others on the council seemed a bit reluctant, too, and finally directed staff to check with the DNR as to whether they could provide any assistance, and whether there was proof that such a herd thinning program would work.

Infrastructure

The August '07 flood left weaknesses in the city's already aging infrastructure, some known and many yet to be discovered.

For that purpose, Block presented a far-reaching proposal for the preparation of a "City of Rushford Street and Utility Improvement Program" put together by BDM Engineering and Otomo Engineering Services with the aid of public works director Jeff Copley.

The proposal includes preparing plans to improve streets, sewer and watermains, elect .....
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

Fiv ..... 
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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

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