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Rushford City Council Report: Building inspection process under fire


Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jay Kruger of CMS appeared before the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting August 23rd to answer their questions about the citys current building inspection program. Mayor T. S. Roberton asked when the inspector makes the final inspection. Kruger explained that is done when the majority of the job is completed and the electrical work is finished. Insulation inspection is done before the walls are covered. Kruger told the council his company uses a half card to make notes as a job progresses as well.

Council member Ron Mireau suggested the company use hangtags to let people know inspection has been done, noting that some businessmen were not contacted when inspection was done and were frustrated at being left in limbo. Kruger assured the council he does indeed use hangtags.

Council member Les Ladewig proclaimed to the council that not one of the contractors he had spoken with were behind the inspection process wholeheartedly; rather they felt the process was an expense that was then necessarily passed on to the owners. Ladewig pressed for a change in the inspection process with a local person doing the inspections such as in Lewiston. He felt this would eliminate wait time for inspection. City Clerk Kathy Zacher responded that the contractors needed to learn when to call in to schedule the inspection without wasting workman hours.

Kruger commented that the situation in Lewiston would not be continuing because it was his liability for the city-employed inspector and he was uncomfortable with that. Kruger told the council the city of Rushford, however, could legally train a person locally to do only the residential inspections if they wished. (Other inspections would still need to be done as they are currently.)

Council member Larry Johnson questioned inspection of vinyl siding and reroofing projects. What can you see after the jobs done? Johnson asked.

Kruger agreed, responding, Enforcement of reroofing is a bear. He added that such inspection was mandated by the state as a result of the fleecing of residents of St. James after tornados hit the town. Kathy Zacher said that the fees for such inspection were minimal because of that.

Since the city has adopted the state building code, inspections are now mandatory. Ladewig made a motion to unadopt the state building code; it failed for lack of a second. Ul .....
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Fillmore Central School Board Report

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

The preliminary audit shows Fillmore Centrals undesignated fund balance at roughly $250,000 reported Superintendent Myrna Luehmann at the districts monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 24, held at the middle schools media center. Though board member ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: Board gets ready for start of school year

Fri, Aug 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

A decision that was applauded by many last spring, to offer half-day every day kindergarten in the Rushford-Peterson district this fall, is now causing a few complications in the area of transportation.

At its monthly meeting Au ..... 
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Sally Forth visits Berwood Hill Inn

Mon, Aug 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Over the years, Berwood Hill Inn, the elegant Victorian Bed & Breakfast, located between Preston and Lanesboro has received its share of publicity. The country estate, with its exquisite gardens, has long been featured in tourist magazines as a must ..... 
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Cancer survivor to run fundraising marathon

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - In the beginning, she never asked why.

Brenda OHare of Rushford says that when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in December, 2002, and throughout the subsequent treatments and hospitalizations, it didn ..... 
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The Lanesboro Sons of Norway turns 75

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Originally started in Minneapolis in the 1890s from a similar program in the Trondheim, Norway area, the first Snner av Norge provided security to Norwegian-Americans in the form of insurance. From the small group of men reaching out t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council: Lanesboro considers skatepark

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - In a well-planned presentation, skateboarding youths of Lanesboro detailed their plans for a skatepark to the Lanesboro City Council Monday night, August 16. The young men have already approached the Swim and Rec Committee and have receiv ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Gary Arnold Faber, 46, of Austin, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday with one count of felony assault in the third degree stemming from a fight at a Lanesboro bar on June 25, 2004. Faber was ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Budget sent back for trimming

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Prestons Monday, August 16, council meeting, lasting less than forty minutes, was relatively light in citizen attendance and with few items of business. City administrator, Joe Hoffman presented the overall budget proposal for 2005. He noted increas ..... 
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