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Rushford council accepts resignations


Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

A pair of resignations bookended last Monday's city council meeting.

Christina Friederichs, Vice-Chair of the Rushford EDA, resigned her post, effective April 9.

Friederichs, Business Manager for Winona Health, had asked for time at the beginning of the council meeting, during which she presented the council with her resignation letter.

Writing that she's "been honored to serve this community in the area of Business Development...", Friederichs explained that she has recently come to find herself "at a rather constant state of odds with our City Administrator Mr. Block."

Her letter referred to what she sees as Block's "disregard for citizens and business people in this community," and while speaking to the council, she mentioned specifically "snide remarks" and "rude behavior."

"Mr. Block's behavior has seriously damaged what previously was a strong and trusting relationship between the business community and the City government in Rushford," her letter states. "I am deeply concerned that if this continues the mistrust will not simply exist with him personally but the entire council."

At the end of Friederich's presentation, Mayor Ladewig asked for the council to take some kind of action regarding her presentation, i.e. make a motion to accept her resignation. The council was silent.

Council person Laura Deering asked if she might be allowed to comment. Deering said that in the early days of flood recovery, she'd been told by FEMA employees that "down the road" there would be lots of resignations because flood recovery would continue to be difficult for a long time to come.

Deering asked whether Friederichs would be patient with the council until April 9 and then perhaps reconsider her resignation.

Friederichs pointed out that her letter stated she would be happy to continue "service on the EDA but not in conjunction with our current City Administrator."

Deering turned to the council and recommended a closed door meeting in the future to discuss Friederich's concerns because "this isn't the first time we've heard this."

Ladewig said it could be put on the agenda for the next meeting and a motion could be made then.

Ladewig said, "We can discuss whether we need to do a..."

"Performance review?" suggested Larry Mierau from the audience.

"Yes," said the mayor.

The last item on the agenda was the official resignation letter from city attorn .....
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Harmony hires architect for Community Center project

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Council members in Harmony have been looking at ways to finance the projects that need to be done at the Community Center, both to the building and the parking lot. At the regular meeting on March 11, City Administrator Jerome Illg presented th ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council holds brief meeting

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

It was one of the shortest meetings in months as the Spring Valley City Council breezed through a handful of agenda items.

Liquor License Application

An addition was made to the recently approved Liquor License for Johnny Ringo's. It ..... 
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Preston council committed to eminent domain

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Ristau made a plea to the Preston City Council at the March 3 meeting to reconsider and rescind their motion of last fall to institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire land for the bicycle trail from Preston to Forestville State P ..... 
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Social Service programs reviewed

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The history, operation and goals of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) were detailed at the March 4 county board meeting. Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor, explained that the M ..... 
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Rushford City council: Joint session looks at flood loans

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In a special joint-session of the Rushford City council and EDA on Monday, March 3, members presented tailored specific disaster loan policies to meet special-case needs, but largely decided to stick with program guidelines that have resu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses need for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently attended a Hazardous Mitigation meeting, and spoke to the City Council about it during their regular meeting on March 3. Information has been acquired from every city in Fillmore County regard ..... 
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Rushford council okays $1 million in loans to non-flood businesses

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Oh, the headlines. Nobody signed up to be front-page-news when the Feds-and-the-State tipped a dump truck full of disaster recovery funds on Rushford. Like-it-or-not, that money belongs to the taxpayers, the People. And exactly how the Pe ..... 
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Fillmore County joins Southeast Region Joint Power Agreement for communications

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff Scott McNurlin and consultant Tom Hannon brought the Fillmore County Board up to speed on the formation of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Radio Board at the February 26 county board meeting. At this time ele ..... 
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