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In response to Brett Kues commentary


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

Recently a guest commentary in the Fillmore County Journal said that if United South Central School District (USC) in Wells, Minn., could build an EC-12 school for $28.8 million, Rushford should be able to do the same. I talked to USC Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen and learned that, as usual, we need to look beyond the numbers to explain why the R-P school will cost $38.165 million — more than the recently-opened school in Wells.

When the USC referendum passed in 2012, they had 600 EC-12 students. Their recently-opened, beautiful 161,000 square foot building can comfortably serve the 680 students they now have enrolled. (Of note: more students than anticipated switched from other schools to USC once the new building was completed.) USC has space for more growth, but rooms like the elementary physical activity center would have to repurposed into a classroom. In contrast, R-P currently has 724 EC-12 students and is planning a 166,000 school for an estimated 750 students with flexible growth space to accommodate many more.

So, R-P has more students and is planning a 3% larger school at a cost that is nearly 33% higher. Does that mean the R-P plan is extravagant? No. Dr. Jensen said the USC school contracts came in just before construction costs began increasing dramatically, and their architect and construction management team estimated it would cost 15-20% more if they were starting the school today. Plus, Wells Concrete, located in Wells, built the exterior structure a very competitive price, a 5-10% luxury that R-P schools won’t have. Those three things — size, timing, and local concrete — explain the majority of the cost difference. And the largest of these — timing — reinforces why the time is now to pass the R-P referendum.

Sally Ryman, Rushford

R-P Vote Yes Committee

Letter about R-P school referendum

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The Vote Yes R-P Committee knows that there may be people out there who want to support this fall’s school referendum, but are afraid they won’t be able to handle a property tax increase. If you’re worried about the affordabili ..... 
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Letter to the Editor regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Chuck Ehlers and the school board have made the comment that the people of Rushford aren’t like their ancestors because we don’t want to put any money towards the school. The problem, as I see it, is that they have not given us t ..... 
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In response to “Working like a dog (or cat)”

Sun, Sep 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Pardon me…but I was overlooked by your writer of, “WORKING LIKE A DOG (OR CAT,)” on Monday, August 25’s news article. Let me introduce myself. I am “Gus,” a 16 pound, grey and white tabby cat, adopted by Gundersen Harmony ..... 
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In response to Col. Stan Gudmundson’s “WWII: Who really won, or lost?”

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Right-wing radicals are becoming more delusional as they are propagandized by a far right media seeking profits in a highly lucrative market where more radical leads to greater profits. Their divisiveness and evil are becoming ever m ..... 
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Response to Col. Stan Gudmundson’s WWII Commentary

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, To answer the Sage of Lanesboro Stan Gudmundson’s far right revisionist view of World War Two would be an exercise in futility. The lies, innuendo, leaves one breathless. I suppose the good Colonel would have us allied with Der Fue ..... 
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The Battle Against Frac Sand Mining

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I live in Saratoga Township near St. Charles. Last Sunday I walked in the Gladiolus Days Parade with township neighbors and other Land Stewardship Project members working to stop frac sand mining. Some people I talked to thought this ..... 
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Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortion

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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Letter about a 9/11 update

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, After voting against the Iraq war, voting against the Homeland Security Act, and voting in favor of a 9/11 investigation, Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. When Senators Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy proposed a 9/11 investi ..... 
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