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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor


Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

Held during Peterson’s Gammel Dag celebration, the auction successfully raised around $10,000 for a new gym floor at the middle school.

Items included in the auction ranged from a 22-passenger school bus/camper to stamp collections, handmade quilts from several church groups, old flat irons, exercise equipment, furniture, wooden cheese boxes, and an antique wooden change drawer.

The Rushford IGA donated a thirty-second Kemps’ products shopping spree and a meat bundle that included ground beef, rib eye steaks, brats and pork. Judy Graham became the proud owner of a Hardanger doily given by Susie Nordby.

A rather unique item was the "farmer’s gazing ball." Bearing a label instructing the purchaser to "place it on a stump and it will bring you good luck," the ball was made of rusty barbed wire rolled into a ball shape. The lucky bidder was able to purchase the gazing ball for a mere $ 13.00.

Maynard Thompson was the successful bidder on a Steve Heiden football card. Thompson, former principal of Rushford-Peterson Middle School, had fond memories of shooting baskets with Heiden when Heiden attended the school. Thompson bought another piece of memorabilia when he purchased the Peterson gazebo float, a replica of the city’s gazebo built in 1910. Planning to use it on his farm during seed corn promotions, Thompson commented that he will be keeping the signs and would be willing to share it with the city of Peterson if it was ever needed.

Other old Peterson High School memorabilia auctioned included cheerleader outfits, basketball uniforms, a Peterson Tiger framed "Homer Hankies," and old library books. Auctioneer Darr encouraged bidders to find their names in the old volumes.

In addition to the regular auction, customers could buy hostas and other plants, and food such as barbecues, chips, bars and pops. A silent auction was held in the entrance of the school. The top price ($100) was claimed for a Minnesota Twins basket containing four tickets to an upcoming game and other Twins items. A birdhouse condo sold at the silent auction for $80.00.

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Rushford Electric Commission struggles with some "Powerful" decisions

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

A roomful of citizens listened to expert presentations Thursday night at the special meeting of the Rushford Electric Commission before getting the chance to air their questions and concerns.

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County to hold public hearing on new feedlot ordinance

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Fillmore County feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed a new proposed feedlot ordinance at last week’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Paul Monteen addressed the Lanesboro City Council Monday night using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Monteen gave a brief overview of the board and its purpose, the licensing of po ..... 
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Bids approved for Ridge Road and Spring Avenue at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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The Preston City Council at their June 16 meeting found itself with no attractive choices when the bids came in for two road projects. The low bid for Ridge Road was about $87,000 higher for the City's share of costs, approximately 27% more than prev ..... 
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“Other People’s Money” another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with “Other People’s Money,” written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

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Renaissance man returns to his Rushford roots

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Friend hear the  words my wandering  thoughts would say.  I’ve found the grandest  place in all the   U.S.A.– &nb ..... 
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County wrestles with Sumner moratorium

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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While the county may have its own ordinance regarding planning and zoning, townships have the right to require even more specified regulations when it comes to land use. Sumner Township has exercised this right by passing a one-year moratorium on bui ..... 
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Court of Appeals hears Tuchek case

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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On Tuesday, June 10, the defense attorney for former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek presented oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Tuchek’s sentence be reduced.

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