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Nano - Nano


Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - My dogs, Mel and Brother, prop muddy paws against a stone safety wall and peek over the edge of Magelssen Bluff at downtown Rushford. Farmers Cooperative Elevator, which employs about 25 people, dominates the small town landscape. Sunlight softens a battery of gray-steel grain silos tethered together by red conveyors. At the only stop light for miles around, drivers caught in the morning mini-rush queue up and wait their turn to roll through the intersection.

One block west, the warehouse roof of Tri-County Electric 57 work there spreads like a silver fishpond. From where I stand, a mottled quilt of old residential roofs seeps blue shadows slowly clockwise across lawns chewed into wet tobacco by winter.

Brother, a lithe, black & white Border Collie, flips me his red Frisbee with one paw then lunges back, crouches, focused: an old fashioned working dog stuck in the 21st Century without an old fashioned job. Not his fault yesterdays agriculture careers have blown away like so much topsoil. Rushfords still a beautiful place to live, what with the bluffs, rivers, wildlife.

I float the Frisbee down a rubble path toward the eastside outcropping. My dogs scramble toward a 40-foot tepee of braided cable strung with colored bulbs invisible from the street. A few weeks every year Rushford plugs in the lights, and from 500-feet below a Christmas tree appears suspended in mid-air over the little town. People love it. Brother splashes high, spine arched, all four paws touching. He snags the Frisbee in his teeth before a warm updraft can ease it down into rusty cedar tops.

Mel, my shaggy terrier, sniffs rocks too close to the edge. I bark him back then resume studying the old stone school, built 1906, same as the elegant Lutheran Church across the street. Soon, the schools age-spotted roof will have to be replaced. R-P District employs 75 people, ranking fourth behind TRW (400) and Riverside (100), both electronics plants, and Good Shepherd Home (100) among Rushfords largest employers. In 2001, voters soundly rejected an 18.4-million-dollar new school referendum. Opponents listed declining enrollment, shrinking tax base, rising property levies and a disproportionate number of tax-payers on fixed incomes among the arguments against what most people agreed would otherwise be a fine idea. Shifting rural demographics is nobodys fault. Families are smaller. Towns gray .....
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Commissioners Report: County approves agreement with Harmony for development

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates came before the county board at their Tuesday, March 22 meeting, to discuss a development agreement for tax abatement. The agreement requires cooperation between Harmony, Fillmore County and the developer, Lute ..... 
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Special Section: Horses

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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The coffee pot is always on, said Jordy Johns and Kim-Ann Hogan, the new owners of the Stone House Stables just outside of Preston. We want people to come, watch, visit and ask questions.

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Special Section: Horses

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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While some kids grow up riding their bikes or playing cops and robbers for fun, hundreds of American youth have a very different way of life: riding and training horses. Katelin Redalen, an eighteen year old from rural Lanesboro, is one of those youn ..... 
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A family of blues

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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GRANGER Schwarz und Weiss in German means black and white and refers to the simple life and old way of doing things. Like milking cows by hand, cooling it with groundwater and ice and transporting it in traditional milk cans. The Golden Ridge Chees ..... 
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Heartland withdraws application from MPCA

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Features

ROCHESTER The owners of Heartland Energy and Recycling, a proposed tire-derived fuel plant, have officially withdrawn their air permit application for the Preston, Minn. site. In a letter dated Mar. 7, 2005, and received at the Minnesota Pollution ..... 
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Agreement reached on engineer fee cap

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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HARMONY After an hour of negotiations, between engineers involved in the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development, an agreement was reached that would place a cap on city engineer inspection fees paid for by the developer of the project. A not to exceed ..... 
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L.A. Stories

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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The great thing about going to L.A. for a few days is that you dont have to hassle with carrying your passport or going through customs, which doesnt necessarily mean you are not entering another kind of country.

Ive always ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Im confident I can get you out of the contract, declared Attorney Terry Chiglo to the Rushford City Council at their meeting March 14. Chiglo informed the council the generator contract with Ziegler had seven deficiencies within it that could enab ..... 
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