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Is Silk Stocking Avenue an appropriate home for a recycled school bus?


Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

The May 27, 2003 meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a visit from Duane and Sonja Cook.

Prefacing her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the "upscale neighborhood which has just seen a 51% increase in real estate taxes" in which they live, Sonja questioned the appropriateness of an old bus parked in a neighboring yard on Stevens Avenue (which locals once referred to as Silk Stocking Avenue because it was believed residents who lived there could afford “silk” rather than cotton stockings).

The old recycled school bus, currently situated on the Konkel private property, is equipped with an extension cord for electrical service and several large barrels behind it and is apparently being used as a residence. The Cooks also asked if there was any ordinance addressing waist-high weeds or yards not mowed for five years. Adding that the resident of the bus was a good neighbor—no excessive noise, no bad language or gestures—the Cooks voiced their concern for the appearance of the neighborhood and asked what could be done about the situation.

The council referred the matter to the city attorney and plan to revisit the item at the next meeting.

Another concerned citizen, Paul Erickson, wrote to the council regarding the driving of a metal track vehicle on the city streets. Erickson alleged that Mike Sexhauer was harming the city streets by driving his vehicle on them. The council decided to write a letter to Sexhauer asking him to repair any damage caused by his vehicle if it was driven on the streets without the necessary street pads.

Sewer rate hearing

A sewer rate hearing was finally held at the same meeting. The hearing had been postponed when it was discovered that the notification period had not been satisfied before the previously scheduled hearing. Apparently a longer time period did little to affect the citizen turnout (no citizens spoke). Noting nothing had changed in that time, Russ Stammer of SEH Engineering presented the suggested rate increases to the council (from $16.62 to $19.40 for residential users per month). This rate is the first increase in three years, averaging essentially a little over 5% increase per year. The new rate will not provide the funds for the necessary $430,000 capital improvements that will be needed before 2006. The monies for those improvements will most likely need to be b .....
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Farmers Market in Lanesboro open for business

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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"I’m very excited about buying food for my family from friends and neighbors," said Liz Dybing, volunteer Lanesboro Farmers Market manager. "I believe this market has the potential to strengthen our local economy and to serve as support for our commu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art center back on table maybe

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Ken Graner addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday and asked if they could reconsider their April 7 motion to return the $1 million bond by the state for the Lanesboro Art Center to the state. Graner urged the council to keep the money availab ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Back to normal issues here

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Comparatively mundane business occupied the Preston City Council at it's regular Monday night meeting. Few citizens were in attendance as the controversial issues of the past several months were not being discussed.

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Agriculture Department launches 2003 Gypsy Moth trapping program

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Gene Hugoson today announced that the department will soon begin its summer trapping program to monitor the state for evidence of start-up populations of gypsy moth, a destructive tree pest gradu ..... 
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No one satisfied with special assessment decision in Preston

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Ron Laughlin stood on the sidewalk in front of his home on Spring Street in Preston on Monday evening looking northward toward Highway 52.   “Now, tell me how a new curb and gutter and sidewalk are going to improve the value ..... 
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Spring Valley Care Center honors nursing staff

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sixteen years ago, a family situation spurred Spring Valley’s Dave Thouin into a career change that would eventually lead him to a position as a Charge Nurse at the Spring Valley Care Center (SVCC). Thouin’s son, Christopher, was born with a multi-ha ..... 
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MPCA: “This facility is not a significant health risk”

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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“This seems like a show,” Bonita Underbakke said near the end of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) public information meeting in Preston on Tuesday . “Does what these people say have anything to do with whether they will have a tire burni ..... 
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Rushford City Police will patrol Peterson

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the request of Peterson Mayor Dick Lee and the Peterson City Council, the Rushford City Council voted Monday night, May 12th, to have the Rushford Police Department patrol Peterson streets five hours per week. The money paid by Peterson for the se ..... 
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