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Another campground north of the Root River Trail


Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joyce Iverson, SEMDC/Southeast Consultants.

AGENDA was approved on motion by Schwanke, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously, with the addition of garbage collection. Overland said pick-up in South Rushford had occurred early morning vs. closer to noon so people were missed.

MINUTES of the February 22, 2010, regular meeting were approved as corrected regarding a quote by member Ekern, on motion by Schwanke, seconded by Atkinson and carried unanimously.

CITIZENS/GUESTS: 1) Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Town Meeting Initiative (TMI) follow-up presentation by Susan Hart and Vern Bunke. Several projects came out of the TMI process in which Rushford Village residents had participated with Rushford and Peterson. "Timeless Trails" became Tourism and Trails with goals of expansion from previous trails. This is also an offshoot from the Minnesota Design Team with the belief that what happens in one city benefits the area and phases are planned through 2013. Canoe launch improvements are also planned with the DNR at Peterson, a new launch northeast of the Root River bridge in Rushford, and a new wayside rest farther east along the Highway 16 Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway. The DNR is a huge player providing funding while local volunteers will provide labor. Last fall the city of Rushford was awarded a Legacy grant through the DNR to link the Root River Trail via the dike system to Creekside Park and the Magelssen Bluff Trail that was worked in 2009.

Coordinated, year-round use is the ultimate goal and a non-profit will be established under the Rushford Area Community Foundation. Board members are planned to represent the three cities as well as area organizations so events are coordinated overall. Initially, they would like to have representatives of the three cities appointed for a steering committee. With health, fitness, and recreational opportunities enhanced for local residents and visitors, this can become known as a "great place to go biking/hiking/canoeing in the Midwest," e.g., in Backpacker Magazine.

CITIZENS/GUESTS: 2) Campground discussion with Harold and Mary Naber, Michael Spende, Mary and Val Gudmundson. The Nabers own .....
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Rushford City Council considers Village water issue

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a potential arrangement between the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village reared its head again at the Monday, March 22nd, meeting. Regarding the state of the water supply, the Village is facing an increasingly urgent matter ..... 
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Budweiser cans, pot holes and trailer park trash

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council met during its regular monthly meeting, Monday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. Two members were absent.

Minutes from the March 8th meeting, as well as the list of accounts payable items, were approved with no discussion.< ..... 
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Ostrander discusses website

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and councilman Christenson were absent.

Motion was made by Ruehmann and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carri ..... 
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National Passport Day

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA." This is the second annual national passport acceptance and outreach event. The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office at ..... 
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Budget concerns reign over Preston agenda

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman admitted the necessary reductions in the 2010 budget were overshadowing every item in the Preston City Council's March 15 agenda. He suggested the recently announced lower state deficit, which could reduce additional c ..... 
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Chatfield reviews 2010 budget

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

At a special city council meeting on March 16, the Chatfield City Council reviewed their 2010 budget to consider options on how to deal with the expected additional cut in Local Government Aid (LGA) of $153,000. City Clerk Joel Young said the notice ..... 
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Wilson aiming for seat in U.S. Congress

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

On March 2, 2010, the Fillmore County Journal conducted an exclusive interview with Steven Wilson, a self-described "conservative independent."

Residing in Rochester, Minn., Steven Wilson is running under the Independence Party for U.S. Cong ..... 
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Jennifer Gumbel enters political arena

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

When Jennifer Gumbel and her husband, Axel, left the Twin Cities a few years ago, it was with the intention of returning one day to make their permanent home there. Not anymore. "We are both very comfortable with rural living, especially after movin ..... 
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