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R-P gears up for referendum


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

R-P is moving forward with preparations and its Yes Campaign for a new, $15 million pre-K through grade 5 facility. Recently, brochures highlighting the upcoming referendum in the district were mailed out to district residents. There was some concern locally that there was a lack of information on the tax impact for businesses, but district staff is working diligently to get as much needed information out as possible prior to the December 19 vote. Property owners within the community can contact the district office directly to find their tax impact.

There are two upcoming informational meetings for the bond referendum. The first is Monday, November 26, from 4:30-6:30pm, at the middle school cafeteria in Peterson. The second is Monday, December 10, from 6-8pm, at the elementary cafeteria in Rushford. The public is encouraged to attend and bring forth any questions or comments that they may have.

“We need to be proactive and involved in this; bring a lot of energy to the table,” stressed board member Greg Smith.

“That’s a good point,” responded Ehler. “We need to collectively say, ‘What can we do as a united front.’”

Another key issue in the event is having the availability of absentee voting. “We need to make a significant effort to have it in place for individuals who cannot be here,” added Ehler. Those wanting an absentee ballot for the referendum will need to request an application from the district office. Two packets are ready for mailing, depending on whether or not the voter requesting the ballot is registered or not. The ballots must be back at the district office up to the day prior to the election to be counted as a valid vote. Ballots will be opened and verified, but not counted prior to the vote. Further press releases from the district on the referendum and voting will be coming.

In other news, the district conducted a recount in the election of the fourth open board seat. First-time board member Taylor Peterson originally won the seat, but the margin of votes between Peterson and Len Strapp was less than 10 and Strapp requested the recount. The recount took place this past Tuesday, in Preston at the Commissioner’s Room of the courthouse. In a narrow result, with the recount yielding four more votes for both candidates, the seat was retained by Peterson, 918 to 910 votes.

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Government this week

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Government

Government this week • Monday, Nov. 26, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 26, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 26, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6: ..... 
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Greenleafton established as subordinate service district

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Several Greenleafton residents addressed the county commissioners raising their concerns and questions about the Greenleafton wastewater treatment project at the November 13 board meeting. Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, and ..... 
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Rushford considers deer hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

As a topic of interest that’s been ruminating for some time, the city council once again discussed the possibility of allowing the harvesting of deer within its borders. The city and its residents have been the roaming grounds of an excess deer po ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Government

•Monday, Nov. 19, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 19, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 20 Rushford Villa ..... 
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Chatfield adopts new policy for sale or disposal of city equipment

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council meeting on November 13 was sandwiched in between an extended meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Discussions at the Committee of the Whole included reviews of the 2013 operating budget and the anticipa ..... 
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Fillmore County Performance Measurement Survey

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The 2012 Fillmore County Performance Measurement Survey is now ready for you to complete. Feel free to distribute to those who have an interest in Fillmore County operations. The County Board and other county officials welcome your feedback on issue ..... 
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State Representative Greg Davids earns Guardian of Small Business Award

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The state’s largest small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, today announced that State Representative Greg Davids of Preston was awarded the prestigious Guardian of Small Business award. The National Federat ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses street report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton Engineer Brett Grabau was Bonestroo was at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 13 to talk about the street engineer report that was recently done. Grabau explained that the report looked at Harmony’s immediate and long ..... 
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