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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 population and many believe their numbers should be cut down. Safety of such an allowance is the critical piece, as any deer that would be taken would be on an elevation and in close proximity to homes.

Other municipalities have allowed hunting within city limits, but they are served by specific ordinances on the issue. “I think those ordinances might be a little lax for what we need,” noted Councilor Vern Bunke.

“We have a unique set of circumstances,” added Councilor Mark Honsey.

The possibility would only allow for bow hunting and may be limited to a certain number of qualified individuals. Chief of Police Adam Eide, a bow hunter himself, was on hand for the discussion and suggested that perhaps an advanced bow hunter’s class could be a prerequisite.

If harvesting within the city limits were allowed, it would most certainly be limited to certain areas and public hearings would need to be held first. Some of the areas of discussion included Magelson’s Bluff, levee areas, and the stretch of green south of Highway 16, west of Kwik Trip.

“I don’t think the public has a realistic view of this ordinance,” cautioned Mayor Chris Hallum. “The last thing we want to do is give every household a permit to shoot deer. City staff will look further into other municipal ordinances and Rushford’s specific set of needs, as well as discussing the topic with the DNR.

In other news, Chief Eide discussed three part-time officers who are currently completing their training and licensing with the state. Derek Ellis, Ryan Quanrud, and Sheldon Hedke have passed their background checks and are fully-qualified for patrolling alongside Rushford’s officers. “They’re learning our procedures and how we do business,” noted Eide. This training will take various amounts of time, but other than the cost of conducted psychological examinations, has no cost to the city as the three are volunteering their time. “I think we have three people that are up and coming and will do a good job,” added Eide.

The council has directed Eide to proceed with getting Ellis, Quanrud, and Hedke qualified. The city will authorize them w .....
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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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Lanesboro City Council hears library report

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Tara Johnson and David Hennesey spoke to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on November 5 and gave their quarterly report about the public library. Johnson said this summer there were 21 programs at the library, including story t ..... 
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2012 Election Results

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

These results are from the MN Secretary of State website and are current as of the time of printing. State of Minnesota President •DFL: Barack Obama and Joe Biden- 1,542,225 (52.6%) •Republican: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan- 1,320,001 (45.02 ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Nov. 12, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 12, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 12, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, ..... 
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