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Rushford responds strongly in election


Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for grabs, the incumbent mayor, Les Ladewig, and two incumbent councilors, Nancy Benson and Jim Wolter, have been voted out. Coming into the positions are first-time candidate and mayor-elect Chris Hallum, former mayors and councilors Vern Bunke and Ted Roberton, and first-time candidate Mark Honsey.

The election tallies, courtesy of the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State:

Candidate/# of Votes/Percentage

Chris Hallum /394/ 57.35%

Les Ladewig /290/ 42.21%

Write-In /3/ 0.44%

Vern Bunke /358/ 28.53% Mark Honsey /317/ 25.26%

Roger Colbenson /292/ 23.27%

Jim Wolter /283/ 22.55%

Write-In /5/ 0.40%

Ted Roberton /461/ 67.60%

Nancy Benson /219/ 32.11%

Write-In /2/ 0.29%

The clean sweep outcome may come as a shock to some, but the need to feel heard and respected was an important point for citizens heading into the election. Newly elected councilor Vern Bunke responded to the outcome by noting how the events of 2007 left the community with not only physical damages but psychological as well. "We would all probably like to 'just get over it' but that is not being realistic."

Giving a nod of thanks Bunke continued, "All of us need to remember, and credit to them, the efforts of our mayor, council members, and all the city staff. It is my opinion that they did a very credible job in most instances. I think the majority of the community feels a need to 'slow down' or at least a feeling of 'let me understand this' before the council decides." Citing issues in other governmental levels Bunke concluded, "There may have been reasons for all the recent actions taken, but unfortunately the community didn't feel included. It causes mistrust, whether it is deserved or not."

The Rushford-Peterson School District's proposed new operating levy referendum was also passed with 623 votes (55.38 percent) to 502 (44.62 percent). The levy revokes the current amount of $840.19 per student that was set to expire June 30, 2012. The new levy is $940.19 per student for a ten year term and includes an inflationary clause. This revenue is intended for the district to maintain daily operations and becomes even more important as th .....
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Board discusses redesign plan progress

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

An effort to partner with other counties in the Southeast Region of the state to more efficiently deliver social services is still a work in progress. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked the commissioners the direction they want to take to bui ..... 
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Preston seeks highway 52 speed adjustment

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDot, explained their process for determining appropriate speeds at the November 2nd Preston City Council meeting. One of Schweyen's responsibilities is to recommend speed limits in the eleven county ..... 
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Fountain's plant to be operable by mid December

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. dominated the November 5 Fountain City Council meeting with updates, change orders, and discussion of employee time necessary for the wastewater treatment plant operation. He acknowledged the wet Octobe ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for ..... 
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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and ..... 
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County board yet to make decision on emergency communication options

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County commissioners continued to discuss the state's new 800 MHz system at the board's October 27 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase said fifty-two of the state's counties have decided to use the 800 MHz system so far.

The Federal Com ..... 
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Zimmer reports on trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very routine night at the Spring Valley City Council on Monday. City Administrator Deb Zimmer reported on the trip to Chicago taken by city officials. The visit was a required trip by the Department of Commerce through the Federal EDA for t ..... 
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Kingsland discusses "influenza-like illnesses"

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Keep the rudder straight and try to steer through the difficult times ahead."

These were the words from Senator Sharon Ropes in wrapping up her conversation with the Kingsland Board of Education during their work session Monday afternoon. T ..... 
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