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Rushford City Council: Rushford and Winona Health at odds over clinic building


Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council, meeting for the first time in 2008 on January 14, immediately swore-in newly-elected council members. Not since former Mayor Ted Roberton resigned 2½-years-ago after only 5-months into his second term have residents enjoyed a full-team of elected officials.

In June-06, the 4-member council appointed Les Ladewig to replace Roberton. Laura Deering won a coin toss, besting 2-other candidates to fill Ladewig's vacant council seat. Then one-year-ago, the council appointed Herb Highum to fill the seat left empty when Ron Mireau passed away.

Last November, fewer than 300-voters went to the polls to reevaluate the local governing body - only 2-of-5 posts filled by elected officials - that intrepidly navigated through uncharted waters after the great August flood.

Ladewig, very much the City's voice during hectic late summer and fall weeks of disaster relief, won a 4-year term.

Laura Deering organized flood relief volunteers. She persistently advocated on behalf of home-owners and renters, taking a long-term approach to recovery when most others were occupied with responding to more immediate needs. Deering led her competitors in a 2-out-of-3-race and earned a 4-year term.

Herb Highum also served his constituents tirelessly, attending continuous meetings and participating in critical decisions that will affect the community for years to come. Highum lost his council seat in close 2-way race won by his next door neighbor, newcomer Robert Dahl.

The Health Business

In August 1996, Rushford-EDA entered into a lease-purchase agreement with Winona Health to create a modern family-practice clinic that has served the City and surrounding communities for more than a decade.

Total clinic financing in the amount of $516,000 was provided through community contributions, City bonds and $171,000 in cash from Winona Health. Adhering to a 10-year schedule, WH repaid bond principal-and-interest in the amount of $379,000, making the final payment in December-2007, 16-months after the lease/purchase agreement quietly expired, and 4-months after the flood caused an estimated $650,000 in damage to clinic equipment and property. Professional cleaning of the Mill Street facility alone cost $92,000. Insurance will cover much of the loss, but WH wants to use the settlement to relocate into the Norsquare Mall building. The plan is to anchor a medical center that offers family practice medicine, d .....
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Spring Valley City Council discuses new swimming pool

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night was typical of the beginning of a new year. Committees were filled with new members and the legal steps of passing resolutions consumed most of the agenda.

The Mayor brought up t ..... 
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Kelleher tells county board "flood victims need to apply"

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - With the new year the county board elected a new chairman, Randy Dahl, and a new vice-chairman, Chuck Amunrud. Dahl started by again thanking everyone involved in the flood recovery effort including city and county staffs and the many volu ..... 
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Preston will blacktop Industrial Drive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their January 7, 2008 meeting to proceed with blacktopping Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park.

General Manager Richard Eichstadt of POET Biorefining (Pro-Corn, LLC) had first requested an imp ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Chamber activities updated

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting on January 14 to discuss highlights from 2007 and plans for the next year. Executive Director Julie Kiehne presented the City Council with the Annual Chamber Report at the regular mee ..... 
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Rushford Council considers flood loan for business start-up

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The process for distributing state flood recovery loans to Rushford businesses, a bumpy ride initially, is becoming more smooth: a flood-damaged business fills out a mountain of paperwork which then goes to the EDA and a special loan comm ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: SELCO funding reduction explained to council

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - At the request of the Lanesboro City Council, Ann Hutton from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) attended the regular meeting on December 17 to explain the reason that the Lanesboro Public Library is receiving $4,000 less this ye ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston union accepts COLA increase

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council met December 17 with only an operating quorum. David Harrison and Robert Sauer were absent. The Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA) had voted not to contest the council's offer of a 3% Cost of Living Adjust ..... 
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County board debates snow removal policy

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioners hashed over ways to improve snow and ice removal with Highway Engineer John Grindeland and Maintenance Superintendent David Nelson at the December 18 meeting. Complaints from the public about the recent ice and snow events ha ..... 
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