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Rushford City Council Report: A step toward decision on generators


Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council had several local businessmen as visitors at their meeting on February 28. Richard Holle, Larry Dahl, and Paul Engrav all voiced their support of an agreement with Tri-County Electric for purchasing wholesale electric energy. Holle, speaking first, expressed concern over the increase in the cost of the generators from Ziegler. He was told the cost of the generators themselves had not gone up. Dahl asked if the maintenance and cost of upkeep of the proposed new generators had been compared to the cost of service from Tri-County. This type of comparison would be difficult to make and has not been done. Engrav told the council about the many times he has seen Tri-County respond quickly in storm conditions to outages and mentioned the dollars Tri-County adds to the local economy. He finished by saying, “I don’t know the figures, but I do know what they do for the community.”

Mayor T.S. Roberton declared that the council needed to make a decision on the wholesale electric contract and the back-up generators, even if the decision was to do nothing. He reminded the council that consultant Merle Lebakken had named the current Rushford with GenSys “the best electric contract in the state.” Lebakken had urged Rushford not to jump into something else. Lebakken had also opined that the responsible thing would be to go out for proposals. Richard Fogal, Chairman of the Electric Commission concurred, saying it would be “due diligence” to go out for RFPs (request for proposals).

According to Lebakken, Ziegler plans to charge the city $225,000 if the generator contract is canceled. Lebakken feels Ziegler did not do the engineering and has no right to charge for that. Council member Ron Mierau expressed his feeling that canceling the Ziegler contract was akin to “throwing a lot of money down a rat hole.”

Council member Nancy Benson read a prepared statement in which she said she felt it would be bad business to go ahead with the generator purchases in light of all the recent changes in the electric industry. She stated support for a contract with Tri-County.

Council member Les Ladewig agreed with Benson, noting there were other economic issues at stake as well. He declared, “I’d rather sit here ten years from now and say I wish we did (go with generation) than I wish we didn’t.”

Council member Larry Johnson pointed out that Mike Wish of G .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Mar 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Nathan Randal Gossman, 20, of Canton, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution by Fillmore County District Court judge Robert Benson on Monday, February 28.

Gossman pled guilty to three felony counts of b ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Board votes to continue half day/every day kindergarten

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

The R-P District School Board voted to continue the half day/every day kindergarten program for next school year at its regular meeting February 22.

“We know we can’t afford the ‘Cadillac option’ of all day, every day,” chairman ..... 
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FC and Kingsland to hold talks over joint high school

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
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The Fillmore Central School District agreed, at their Tuesday, February 22 school board meeting, to continue to meet with representatives from Kingsland School District about the possibility of a combined high school for the two districts.
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Fillmore Central signs on to Early Risers pilot study

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
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The Fillmore Central School Board voted unanimously at it’s Tuesday meeting to join a University of Minnesota pilot program called Early Risers that will target a high risk group of 12 to 15 children in kindergarten and first grade.

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Cornucopia proposal gets chilly reception

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

The Cornucopia Art Center sent a proposal to the commissioners to have a design competition in order to commission public art for the newly remodeled Fillmore County Courthouse. The county board discussed the proposal at their Tuesday, February 22 me ..... 
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Looking for Lost Lake

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

Spring backwards a few hundred years. It’s March. The muddy Root River sashays unconstrained. No fields cultivated to the river’s edge, no highways, bridge abutments, parking lots, riprap dikes, just wetlands to absorb high water. Wood Ducks flap the ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Park grant offered

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
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Andy Bunge offered to donate fifty cents (up to $500) for every dollar donated to the Lanesboro City park system before October 31, 2005. Calling his donation the Bunge Construction Challenge Grant, Bunge addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Kansas Street revisited

Fri, Feb 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

A public hearing will be held March 21, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers with reference to the street and utility improvements of Kansas Street and Highway 52. This proposal went through the entire process and was approved in 2003, but ..... 
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