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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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To The Editor,

The new school Information Committee has been working for the past several weeks to research questions that voters in the Rushford-Peterson district have regarding the new school bond issue vote on April 23. Some recent questions have focused on the timing of the bond issue and financial assistance from the state. After she spoke with Bob Buresch from the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, consultant Rosemary Schneiderhan provided the following answers:

QUESTION # 1: How are expenditures in the health and safety category funded? Will property taxes increase even if the bond issue for a new school fails?

Expenditures for Health and Safety projects are paid for by an additional local tax levy. Although the projects must be approved by the State, there is no State matching money for these projects (as is the case in the Bond Issue). If the Bond Issue for a new Rushford-Peterson school fails, the R-P School District will still need to spend funds (under the Health and Safety category ) to pay for such things as bleachers and indoor air quality compliance (details and estimates previously published). Since these projects must be done to meet State requirements, there is no vote of the residents needed for approval. The expenditures would be paid for from a local levy, which would increase the property taxes of Rushford-Peterson taxpayers.

QUESTION # 2: Why is a new school a good investment?
A new school is a good investment, and thus is a wise use of taxpayers' money for the following reasons:

1. Interest rates are at an historic low.

2. This is a good time to obtain bids on construction projects; future construction costs will probably be higher.

3. The State will pay for over 1/3 of new construction costs. This means that for every $2 that R-P taxpayers spend, the State will spend slightly more than $1. (It is questionable whether the State would approve bonding for renovation of the current buildings because of the amount of money needed and because of the buildings' age.)

4. Certain costs paid for in the General Fund (Operational), such as maintenance and repair, would decrease with a new building. This would "free up" more money for student programs and staff.

5. Several facility improvements MUST be made in the future, if the bond issue fails. The Rushford-Peterson District would then need to pay for these expenditures without receiving mat .....
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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At Eagle Bluff our role is to teach students to gather the information that they need on a subject, to look at the costs, the benefits, and the alternatives, and then to make a wise, informed decision on the particular issue. T ..... 
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Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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April 15, 2002

To the Editor,

Kingsland High School has lost a number of students to car crashes because they were not wearing their seat belts. This year at Kingsland we are stressing the importance of seat belts.

We h ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Apr 12th, 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, Apr 12th, 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, Apr 12th, 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, Apr 12th, 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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Frances M. Miller

Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Frances M. Miller, 96, of Harmony, a homemaker, died February 9, 2002 at Harmony Healthcare Center where she had resided since 1998.

Frances M. Sprague was born Dec. 17, 1905, in Todd County, Minn., and grew up in the Fergus Falls area. On ..... 
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Donald Earl Mercer

Fri, Apr 12th, 2002
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Donald Earl Mercer, 61, of Chatfield, retired owner of Wander Inn Bar and Grill, died February 10, 2002 in a car-bus accident on U.S. 14 east of Utica.

Born July 27, 1938, in Douglas, he graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and live ..... 
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