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Hillcrest Drive not a “Rotten Cake”


Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Bertram Boyum

In 1965, that is 50 years ago, Hillcrest Drive cul-de-sac in Rushford was established. I have lived on Hillcrest Drive for 48 years, having moved in in 1967. There has never been a problem with the underground piping, but now the City of Rushford Engineer Mr. Malm says that Hillcrest Drive must be completely redone. Why? Some systems are 100 years or more and still operating. The storm sewer must be extended and catch basins installed. Why? They were not needed for 50 years and no problem. He says the sanitary sewer pipe must be replaced with a larger pipe. Why? There was never a problem for 50 years and there will be no more homes on Hillcrest; no lots available. The curb and gutter is just as good today as it was 50 years ago, yet Mr. Malm says they must be torn out and replaced. Why? Mr. Malm likens our no-problem Hillcrest Drive to a “Rotten Cake”. Wow! And, it appears that our intelligent city council believes him. If the Hillcrest job is done, I liken it to someone buying a brand new car, drives it for a short time with no problem, then goes back to the garage and says he needs a complete overhaul. Does that make any sense at all? Of course not. Yet, it appears that our Rushford City Council agrees with Mr. Malm. As per the article in the Tri-County Record, I will be assessed $14,590 for my 100’ frontage. If I do not pay them up front, I will have an annual payment of nearly $2,000, which is almost twice what my real estate taxes are. Will this have an affect on the value and the sale of my home? It sure will. More than half of the residents on Hillcrest Drive are retired and living on a fixed income, and yet our city council expects us to pay this unnecessary expense. The City of Rushford already has a huge debt of over $10 million. At the polls, I voted for intelligent people that I thought would use good judgement, make wise decisions and above all, use some good ol’ common sense in taking care of our fine city and most important, spending the money wisely. If the Hillcrest reconstruction is done, I will definitely say that my city council has failed.

Think about it.

P.S. If the city council feels that they must spend some money, I will not object to a blacktop job, but we do not need a 9-ton road, as the traffic is only a few cars per day. I need not go far to find state highways and streets that are in poorer condition than Hillcrest Drive.

Beyond transparency, we need accountability

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often ..... 
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Part one: The past and the present

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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In 1966, a woman named Charlotte Keyes wrote an article in McCall’s magazine with a famous title: “Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came.” I actually went and looked that one up, because it’s a phrase I’ve heard an awful lot and I alway ..... 
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Baby steps: Moving the Early Childhood conversation forward

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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As Week of the Young Child wraps up, it’s a good time to remember how much progress has been made in the field of early childhood education and development. In the early 2000s, the leaders of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) serv ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Crowdfunding takes away from beneficiaries

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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Over the past couple years, “crowdfunding” has become a popular online social media driven funding tool. There are many websites that provide similar services, but I’m going to focus my attention on one website that has been used quite a bit ..... 
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Pieper endorsed to seek Senate District 28 seat

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
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DFL State Senate candidate for Senate District 28, Jon Pieper (DFL-Lanesboro) has been endorsed for State Senate by the local DFL. With previous campaign experience, having run in 2014 for HD28B which covers Houston and Fillmore counties, Pieper has ..... 
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A future with promise

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
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We have endured months of silly wrangling in this important election year. Understandably, issues that are most important to the majority of voters are often issues that have a bearing on short term goals. It is well past time that we get some actio ..... 
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There’s too much secrecy in government

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction. In fact, I’m d ..... 
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Fiat money?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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Fiat money? Some might wonder what that is. It’s actually simple. Let’s pretend I am the government. I print fancy paper with numbers on them and give them to you. You say, what’s this? I, the government, tell you that it is money. Us ..... 
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