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New school proposal in the R-P district


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold

of Rushford, Minn.

As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor building site and the abandoned old school sites.  All of these are the result of a lack of information about the latest proposal. 

This current plan is the result of much study and the review of several community wide committee.  First, this proposal is the only one where the entire state is offering to pay over one half of the total cost.  It shows that the State of Minnesota values education. It is also different than the last proposal.  It is a proposal to build the whole school, not part of a school, and at approximately the same cost as last time.

To think that taxes will not increase if we do not build a new school is not realistic.  In my almost 50 years of paying real estate taxes, the only decreases have been small and temporary.  It costs money to maintain a building, especially an old building that does not meet current building codes and was constructed before insulation was used.  Retrofitting a building like this results in having an old building with a patchwork of modern ideas.  It does not solve the issues of crowding, small classrooms, small hallways, lack of space for group activities, poor location and traffic patterns, no parking for staff, and many other issues.

Some people think the new site is not safe. What about the current location? Having the new site off the main highway with off street parking, loading and unloading seems to be a vast improvement over the existing site. To me there is no comparison.

Lastly, what about the existing school buildings? I took part in a planning session to work on a plan to use the vacated buildings.  In that discussion I learned that there is a 40% tax credit available for use in upgrading old buildings. One of the ideas coming from the group was to develop residences near the downtown. A recent article in the Tri County Record describes this proposal. We have been informed that there are three developers willing to take a look at this if the new school proposal passes. Think about the increase in local taxes this will provide for the school, city and county. Peterson also has an opportunity to explore ideas to re-purpose the building.  I have heard comments that .....
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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Support for Kaase

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Mike Ask of Lanesboro, Minn. I am a concerned citizen of Fillmore County and would like to express my personal feelings regarding the upcoming election for the position of Sheriff of Fillmore County. I started working as a Dispatcher/Jailer ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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The big muddy divide

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As someone who is still looking to put down roots, I’ve got to say there’s a lot of reasons to look toward Minnesota as a place to raise a family. In fact, since 2010 it’s become increasingly clear that Minnesota seems just like a bette ..... 
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Common good news

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By LuAnn Wilcox of Lanesboro, Minn. Back in August, a wise woman advised a frequent FCJ commentary writer that he was too much of a “Debbie Downer” and he conceded that “she was absolutely right.” That may be the only thing he and I will ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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A letter from your Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Daryl Jensen Fillmore County Sheriff There are just a few days left before Election Day in Fillmore County. This has been an awkward time for me as I prepare for my retirement in the midst of an election for my job. As many of you may kno ..... 
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