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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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To the Editor,

Since moving to the Peterson area in 55 we heard how Rushford wanted the Peterson area school district. In the early 90s, they got it by hook or by crook. Some families went to different school districts because of the way consolidation was handled. Will history repeat itself?

In all the discussions weve read and heard, the school buildings were never reported to have structural problems which could be a good reason to rebuild. Routinely we hear of buildings being gutted and rebuilt to satisfy the needs of today.

Replace the boiler to get the heating system operating efficiently - fix that 20 years old hole in the wall the I believe has been used before as saying how the building is deteriorating. Today there are so many improvements in insulation and windows that several problems can be improved with these additions.

Thirty years is a long time to pay on anything and do you think the upkeep will stop just because you build new? How many times will wages have to be adjusted?

The price tag is very high and be sure to figure in all the interest charges which ups the beginning figure at least twice. How the state can be so generous is hard to understand with the deficit they are now having to deal with. Solution: they will come to the taxpayers to get their monies. So it isnt a free gift. Many of us will be paying for it.

The second reason for building a new structure usually is you have outgrown the former one. That definitely isnt a reason here.

Where does this poor air quality come from? Someone said carbon dioxide - I believe thats what we humans exhale in the breathing process. I remember teachers always having plants in our rooms at school, would they have been on to something, besides beauty.

When we get our tax statements with the last referendum tax included; do some serious calculations as to whether you can afford to help build a new school. $700 additional tax to some is trivial - but not to all - and remember it goes on for at least 30 years.

The majority of the taxpayers will be here paying on this debt for years because this area is their home. We are not mobile such as superintendents who in an area for so long and move on leaving their high taxes behind them.

Before the $600,000 referendum it was said if they didnt get it the Peterson School would be out. Sounds like thats a fact now even if the referendum passed. Unless someone liste .....
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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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To the Editor,

If we saw a child drowning, how many of us would do everything in our power to help that child? If we saw a child starving, how many of us would give that child food? If we saw a child bleeding, how many of us would try to stop ..... 
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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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To the Editor,

Nothing we can do will improve the quality of life in any community more than quality schools. Young people who are involved in quality education do not engage in self-destructive activities and are an asset to the community.< ..... 
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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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To the Editor,

I have read with great interest the many articles and letters to the editor surrounding the vote for a new Rushford-Peterson school coming this April 23. I think that is it human nature to want to get the best value for the mon ..... 
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Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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April 1, 2002

To the Editor,

Much information is being fed to us in our local paper regarding the Rushford-Peterson school district building referendum and the reasons why we need a new school. Id like to comment on just a few ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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Ardith H. Ristau

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Ardith H. Ristau, 70, of Preston, died February 9, 2002 at Park Lane Estates in Preston.

Ardith Hellickson was born March 12, 1931, in rural Ostrander, and attended country school there. Her family later moved to Carimona Township in Fillmor ..... 
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LaVonne Petersdorf

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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LaVonne Petersdorf, 76, of Mabel, formerly of Rochester, died of cancer February 7, 2002 in the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

LaVonne Blagsvedt was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Lenora, Minn. to Ole and Frieda (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She gradu ..... 
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A. Milo Omodth

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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A. Milo Omodth, age 91, of Spring Grove, and formerly of Mabel, MN, died Feb. 11, 2002 at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove.

He was born Sept. 13, 1910, in rural Blackhammer, MN to John and Julia (Tollefson) Omodt. He attended South Fo ..... 
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