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Rushford looks to the future


Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Monday, February 22, meeting, the council approved the submittal plans and specifications to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the upgrading of the city's waste water treatment plant. While this does not obligate the city to proceed with the plans, it does ensure that the project will keep its funding status and priority placement with the state.

Bill Chang, PE, of BDM Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, led the council through a powerpoint presentation highlighting the history and status of the facility, as well as an introduction to the proposed plans.

Originally built in 1983 and upgraded in 1996, the waste water treatment plant has struggled over the last decade with permit violations which were mainly caused by excessive flow. In addition, the facility was inundated by the flood in 2007. FEMA will assist in restoring the plant to pre-flood condition, however, it will not correct issues that existed prior to flood. This leaves the city looking at a potential $990,000 project.

PHASE 1 of this project would entail a new, one-unit sludge digester/storage tank, a new final clarifier, and completing flood-related repairs. There are additional items which need to be addressed with the facility's headwork, essentially, the beginning of the facility, prior to treatments. There are both hydraulic constraint problems and an ineffective grit removal system, which can significantly damage and prematurely wear on downstream equipment. Before these items can be tackled, however, the city must first focus on the items in PHASE I to prevent further permit violations.

Looking at 20-year needs, Chang identified at least two major faults with the current facility that would be remedied by the project. The first is with activator sludge which consumes pollution in the water by biological growth, which substantially removes organic material. The aerobic digester and storage tank are required to hold for 40-60 days. The Rushford facility currently holds for only 5-10 days. The new unit would provide more than 60 days holding.

Another issue is with the final clarifier. In purifying the water, clear water moves to the top as debris settles to the bottom. The deficiency in this clarifier is simply that the unit is far too small. Excessive flow from storm water pushes the unit past its maximum efficiency. While the 150,000 gallon capacity won't necessarily be increasing, the efficiency alone will remedy the problem. Chang .....
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Politics abound in Pilot Mound

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

As an audience gathers every month in the quiet little community of Pilot Mound, there's a good chance that someone is a going to stir the pot at the township board meeting.

On Tuesday, February 9, the drama continued with a slightly smaller ..... 
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Update on Canton wastewater treatment plant

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Donivee Johnson called the regular February meeting of the Canton City Council to order. Those present were: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. Hank Selden was absent. Visitors present were Barb K, and Ja ..... 
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Richardson variance approved

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment's first meeting of the year started with a little annual housekeeping. Gary Ruskell was elected once more as chairman and Jim Keune as vice-chairman. Meetings will regularly be held on the third Thursday at 7: ..... 
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Preston looks to slash 2010 budget

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council set up a committee to take a very hard look at their 2010 budget in an effort to cut another $100,000 from 2010 expenditures at the council's February 16 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman, in an effort to add a little ..... 
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A new chapter in Potter's history

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ownership of the old elementary school buildings, along with all of Block 19 in Chatfield, was transferred in a formal signing ceremony held on the Potter Auditorium stage on February 12. The transfer of ownership and responsibility for the property ..... 
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WALZ ENCOURAGES FAMILES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
Posted in Government



(Mankato, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz encouraged southern Minnesota families to take tax credits they are eligible for, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). He also released information to help constituents prepare their taxes ..... 
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Legislative session focused on budget, jobs

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

As lawmakers return to St. Paul this week to kickoff the 2010 legislative session, state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said today that the Minnesota Senate has laid out an ambitious agenda focused on balancing the state's budget and growin ..... 
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Jim Casey's wish come true

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government



Have you ever wondered if an ancestor of yours could have changed history? Well, Jim Casey doesn't wonder, he knows!

James Sheilds, a great, great uncle of Jim Casey on his father's side, was the only man to serve as a United States ..... 
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