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Rushford council will see new faces


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Changes to the Rushford City Council are on the horizon. While not yet canvassed and accepted by the city, results from November 3 voting indicate Incumbent Roger Colbenson has lost his council seat following a write-in campaign that appointed two new councilors to four-year terms.

Earlier this year, councilor Robert Dahl decided not to seek reelection. That alone indicated one of the two council seats would be filled by a write-in candidate. However, an enthusiastic local effort looked to not only fill Dahl’s seat, but to replace Colbenson as well. City Clerk Kathy Zacher released voting results last night and they indicated Terri Benson and Jim O’Donnell had swept the election with 199 and 166 votes respectively. Colbenson received just 58 votes and another 45 were cast for various other write-in candidates.

Both Benson and O’Donnell have a long history of public service to the Rushford community. Benson grew up in Rushford has worked for the Rushford Chamber of Commerce, served on the Rushford Peterson Valley Brand Council, is an active member of the First Presbyterian and Trinity Fellowship Church, chairs the annual ExpoCulinaria, and volunteers her help for many other civic and charitable events. “Her no nonsense, get it done attitude, combined with a good dose of civic pride and fiscal responsibility will make her a council member we can count on to consider what is best for the citizens of Rushford,” stated a campaign bio.

Likewise, O’Donnell is a life-long resident of Rushford who spent 12 consecutive years on the Rushford-Peterson School Board, including chairmanship of that board, was a member of the Rushford Library Board for nine years, also serving as chairman. O’Donnell is an active member of the Rushford Lions Club for 20 years and is currently serving as the group’s president. “Jim shows a passion for his community and is a calm, rational, level-headed leader. He is a good listener and makes sound decisions that are community-based, not politically based.”

The mayoral seat will once again be filled by Incumbent Chris Hallum. There was little opposition to Hallum’s reelection, with 208 votes to an additional 41 various write-in candidates.

The new councilors will be sworn in to office January 11.

Government this week

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday November 2, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday November 2, Preston City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, November 3, Fillmore County Commissioners, Fillmore County Courthouse, 9 a.m. • Tuesday, November ..... 
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Rushford council discusses engineering changes, school permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a surprisingly brief Monday, October 26 meeting, the Rushford council swiftly detailed a public works purchase, a change to banking services, street work, engineering changes, and local discussions over school site permitting. At the October 13 ..... 
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Rushford council discusses engineering changes, school permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

In a surprisingly brief Monday, October 26 meeting, the Rushford council swiftly detailed a public works purchase, a change to banking services, street work, engineering changes, and local discussions over school site permitting. At the October 13 ..... 
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County discusses pictometry contract

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s October 27 meeting, county recorder David Kiehne asked the commissioners to consider approval of the pictometry contract for a 2016 aerial flight. The last aerial flight was done eight years ago. Commissioner Randy Dahl sai ..... 
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Sidewalk talk in Spring Valley

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a public hearing on October 26 regarding the Lyndale/Fremont Improvement project. A large crowd was on hand, and the hearing opened with a statement by Brian Malm and Bryan Holtz, both representing Bolton & Menk ..... 
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Chatfield increases Fire Department officer pay

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 26 meeting approved the doubling of fire officer’s pay. This pay increase was recommended after being discussed in the Public Services Committee. Councilor Robert Pederson said they did question the am ..... 
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POET GM on Capitol Hill

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Government

By Chris Hanson, Poet GM The ethanol industry is a fantastic Midwest success story, but one that many federal decision makers in Washington are unfamiliar with. For that reason, I traveled to Washington, D.C. in September with two POET Biorefinin ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses changes to parking ordinances

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 21 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health was present at the meeting to discuss the development of a wellhead protection plan for the City of Mabel’s drink ..... 
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