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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 the option to fix the old school. If I remember this correctly, Chuck said that it would cost $8 million to get the school back up to good repair and that was pretty much the end of discussion.

They have had meetings with architects to figure out what they should do and always came up with …. build a new school. My sister-in-law was on one of those committees and she said that the architect wouldn’t even listen to the people. The options were so pathetic that of the nine proposals they were given to remodel the school, they rated them all a 1 out of a possible 10. As for the plan for building of a new school, they rated it a 2. They made it sound like the committee was all in favor of that. The school board wants a new school and it doesn’t matter what the people of this district want. They won’t even give us the option to remodel. It’s either build or nothing. Meanwhile they keep letting it get worse and worse to a point where there will be no other option. Shame on them. Didn’t we elect them to listen to the people?

They want $38.2 million to build a new school. I don’t see anything in that amount for what it will cost to get rid of the old schools or take care of the old schools until someone buys it.

The location where they want to build is a safety hazard. It’s right on a corner. Will parking be in the field across the street from the school? They would then have to cross the road on a blind spot. This is much more dangerous than the present school. Someone said that there could be an overpass bridge built. I don’t remember them saying anything about a bridge in the quote. And would the kids use it anyway.

We have a beautiful stone building in Rushford. It is sad that they have let it go like that. We have a good gym and a beautiful stone facade that would cost a lot of money to replicate in a new building. Is there any funding out there regarding repair of historical buildings?

Comments have been made that they need a new school because there just isn’t enough room. They have made it so dysfunctional, that I can see why the teachers, parents, and kids think that they need more room. With just a few minor .....
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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County Sets Preliminary 2015 Levy

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County board, at their September 23 meeting, set the preliminary budget/levy. The levy numbers can be reduced, but not increased, when the final levy is set in December. The increase in the levy for 2015 now is 4.9 percent. The budget ..... 
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Lanesboro makes changes to school bus routes

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Two bus stops in town will be added to the Lanesboro School bus routes starting in October. The Lanesboro School busing policy states the school buses will only pick up students that live at least one mile from the school. At the August school boa ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Adeline Jo Johnson

Sun, Sep 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Adeline Jo Johnson Brothers Caden, Carson and Teigen are proud to welcome home their baby sister, Adeline Jo. Adeline Jo was born August 28, 2014 to Trinity and Emily Johnson of Peterson, Minn. She weighed 8 lbs. 9.2 oz. and measured 21.5 inches lo ..... 
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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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A View from the Woods - Peace of Mind

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

I garden for many reasons, such as fresh food, colorful flowers, butterflies and a lovely landscape. Yet increasingly, I find that I am seeking peace of mind. When it happens, the experience is sublime, hard to describe and fleeting. It can come w ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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