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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whether a quorum is present at the forum, there will be no risk of Open Meeting Law violation.

A number of meetings are scheduled in the coming months, specifically relating to the school board and the November referendum. All events are open to the public. They include:

Referendum Informational meetings to be held Monday, September 22, 6:30-8:00 pm, at the middle school in Peterson and Monday, October 6, 6:30-8:00 pm, at the high school theatre in Rushford

Repurpose & Development Committee meeting to be held Thursday, Octover 2, at 6:00 pm, in the high school theatre. The meeting is aimed at finding a vision for the repurposing and redevelopment of current facilities should the referendum be successful. The meeting will begin in the library, but will break into small group discussion into the upper library.

A School Board Candidate Forum to be held Monday, October 13, 7:00-8:30 pm, high school theatre. Eight candidates are vying for three vacancies on the board. Candidates include Dave Ansell, Trevor Auman, Joyce Iverson, Dean Mierau, Evan Meier, Jon Pettit, Ryan Oian, and Len Strapp. Elections will be held Tuesday, November 4.

The open meeting discussion prompted school board member Taylor Peterson to bring forth a concern regarding board members remaining at the district following the close of board meetings. Citing an August meeting in which he returned to the location of the board meeting following adjournment, Peterson noted he was surprised to find all board members and some administration still present and conversing. “This has been going on since I’ve been here. It’s frustrating that it continues to happen,” added Peterson. “Something’s got to be done. When the meeting is adjourned, the meeting is adjourned.”

“That’s not my perspective,” responded Superintendent Ehler.

“It’s personal,” noted board member Valerie Howe. “No one is asked to leave. We’re just socializing.”

“It happens very seldom,” added board chair John Linder. Peterson was further asked by the board about the frequency of the instances and if Peterson had specific dates.

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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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“Ask a Trooper” - 9.15.14

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

By Minnesota State Patrol - Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: How long does a person have to change their driver’s license address? Answer: It depends on the circumstance. I will name off some situations. If you’re already living in Minnesota ..... 
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State Gains 6,100 Jobs in August

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The August gains, combined with July figures that were ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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KSMQ-TV Wins Emmy Award for “The Typist”

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

AUSTIN, Minn.—KSMQ Public Television, the PBS television station serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, is the winner of an Upper Midwest Emmy®Award for its program chronicling the life of a Minnesota World War II veteran. At the ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.15.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Recently, there seems to be a bit of a chill in the air. A few trees are starting to show their brilliant colors. Birds are beginning to migrate south. It’s September, summer is more or le ..... 
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Houston discusses MNVA enrollment and proposed levy certification

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on September 16. At the meeting Superintendent Krin Abraham gave an update on the facilities improvements that have been made to the school in the last several weeks. The last part of the upgrades include sta ..... 
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