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Rushford hears from concerned resident; approves commission appointment


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The swift Monday, August 8 Rushford Council meeting was a bit of annual boilerplate renewals, but concerns from a resident and one consent agenda item pulled for special consideration made up the bulk of the meeting.

Former Rushford Councilor Nancy Benson spoke to the city council encouraging greater driver awareness after her great-granddaughter had a close call in late July. According to Benson, Sophie Meyer was nearly stuck by a car crossing Highway 43/Mill Street on the north side of the Rush Creek bridge on July 26. Benson stated witnesses said the driver was speeding and not paying attention, despite signage on the bridge. The area had a crosswalk, but it has not been repainted by the state following road construction in 2014-2015.

“I would like to see the city push the state to make it safe,” said Benson. “My day could have ended so differently. In a second our lives could have changed.”

City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Zacher has spoken to the Police Department about the incident and has been assured a renewed effort in policing the area will happen. Public Works has also been informed and the city is looking for options to increase signage or awareness, perhaps adding flashing lights. Due to it being a state highway, MnDOT must be involved in any decisions made, prior to the changes being made. Zacher also noted that if the city is successful in getting Safe Route to School grant funding, additional protections can be made for pedestrian and bike traffic.

“People need to pay attention,” added Shauma Meyer, Sophie’s mother. “With the pool, park, and new school, there won’t be a busier part of Rushford.

Benson thanked the city for acting immediately after the event. “I hope we never have to see a [roadside] memorial place within city limits,” she said.

Following time for public comment, the council pressed on to approval of the consent agenda. Included in the seven items was appointment of Dan Wilkemeyer to serve a three-year term on the Planning Commission. Councilor Vern Bunke asked that the application for the position be pulled for special consideration in light of an incomplete application. Bunke also questioned whether Wilkemeyer was the right person for the position given his responses to some of the application questions.

Planning Commission council representative Jim O’Donnell made a motion to approve the appointment and coun .....
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Rushford Village considers Tiny House Ordinance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

A swift August 2 Rushford Village Council meeting, with Mayor Pro tem Dennis Overland at the helm, sorted out several items of continuing discussion and hit at a new ordinance from the state geared towards the Tiny House Movement. According to Cit ..... 
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2017 County budgeting

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the August 2 meeting of the county board, several department heads reviewed their proposed 2017 budgets comparing them to 2016. All departments are figuring a possible 7% increase in health insurance rates and a 2.5% cost of living wage increase ..... 
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Lanesboro prepares for street repair project in 2017

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Brian Malm from Bolten & Menk, Inc. presented a preliminary engineering report to the Lanesboro City Council at their August meeting. The project would impact Auburn Avenue, Circle Drive, and Zenith Street. The report looked at the area’s existi ..... 
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Kingsland to put facility referendum on ballot

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

August 3, a special meeting of the Kingsland School Board was held to consider the operational costs associated with the facility options being proposed. All board members were present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howar ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, August 8, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, August 8, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, August 8, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, August 8, Chatfield Ci ..... 
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SMIF expands local community philanthropy through three new Community Foundations: Eagle Lake, Lanesboro, and St. Charles

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Government

OWATONNA, MN, July 21, 2016 - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is happy to announce the addition of three new community foundations this past year: Eagle Lake Community Development Foundation, Lanesboro Area Community Foundation, and ..... 
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Ostrander sets meeting on granny pods

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on August 2 for a regular meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). The council unanimously approved the consent agenda items. The ..... 
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Preston Fire Relief Association retirement increase

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fire Chief Dave Keene and treasurer Dustin Arndt made the case for a $100 per year increase in Fire Relief Association retirement at the council’s August 1 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. The mayor and city ..... 
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