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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen


Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ownership being satisfied; taxes on the property are paid up. The family has opted to donate the land provided the city puts up a plaque recognizing their grandfather, Asmund Vaagen. The donated land runs along the hillside in back of homes on Stevens Avenue as far as Danny Mann's home and goes up the bluff to forty or fifty feet below the well-known Rushford letters. Placement and specifics of the plaque have not been determined yet.

City Attorney Terry Chiglo does not anticipate any problems in the land transfer and does not expect that a survey would be needed. The walnut trees on the property were harvested several years ago. The land had been offered the city in the past, but the city had turned down the offer at that time.

Fire Contracts

Assistant Fire Chiefs Dave Lombard and Paul Corcoran presented the proposed fire contracts with surrounding townships to the council for their approval. The new contract, which would run from April 2007 to April 2009, would be at .018 of the tax capacity, down from the previous contract, which was at .022 of capacity. Even with the reduced percentage, the actual amount garnered would increase to $44,578.10, a 4.5 percent increase over the old contract's $42,649.59 because the tax capacity of the townships has increased.

Council members learned the state draws the lines for the areas covered by each fire department. Rushford, for example, covers all of Peterson and Rushford Village, but only 53 percent of Arendahl with the remainder of that township covered by the Lanesboro Department. The townships cover the expense of purchasing a new tanker in the next five to seven years as well as fifty percent of the cost of pagers and radios for the department.

Alternate water main route

The council approved going out for RFPs (request for proposals) to hire an environmental consultant for the construction of an alternate water main in the area of highways 43 and 16. City engineer Otomo presented two routes: the first route would be in line from the Muni, along the highway by Pam's Corner, and then the pipe would be directional bored under Hwy. 43 to Darr's D&D; the second route would go from the Muni, under Hwy. 16 to McGeorge's, alon .....
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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Preston 2007 street and utility improvments go forward

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the order for plans and specifications for the 2007 street and utility improvements at their March 19 meeting. Because of the tight time frame the council had no choice but to tak ..... 
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Spring Valley raises sewer rates by $2.00

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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SPRING VALLEY - Residents will be paying more for sewer service as a result of City Council action on March 12. With three members of the Council at the meeting, it was decided to increase the base rate by $2.00. This will mean that the average resi ..... 
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Debate begins on Rushford police protection

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Police protection has been a hot topic recently with both the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village; on March 12 the Rushford City Council discussed the issue at their regular council meeting. Emails and letters have gone back ..... 
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Boyd reports to county board

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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PRESTON - The county board faced a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd updated the board on Fillmore County's position with the disbanding of the Root River Education District (RRED). An article going ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council looks at police contract, new squad car

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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HARMONY - Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen attended the Harmony City Council meeting on March 13 to talk about the new police contract. The council approved the contract, with no changes being made from the previous agreemeent. Jensen pr ..... 
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Preston citizens share questions and concerns about assessments

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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PRESTON - A strong showing of Preston property owners first listened to, then questioned Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates about the proposed improvements and the estimated assessments at a public hearing held at Christ Lutheran ..... 
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