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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism


Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic growth by tourism, have assimilated into one cohesive, creative force. With structuring from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, this Tri-City facilitation has produced abundant ideas for trail development and tourism related activity.

Serious conversation exists of at least two new motels in Rushford. With vacations being spent closer to home (regionally), existing tourism establishments are anticipating an encouraging summer. Even now, during an economic slow-down, the cities are active and contemplating growth. Local businessman Brad Hoiness stated, "tourism in Rushford gets a bad rap (as if it's not wanted), but that's not the case." There are several underutilized opportunities in the community and there is "more to offer than people know." Continuing, Hoiness acknowledged that the task will take "each business owner to make it work."

While the State Trail has always been a draw in the communities, it hasn't kick-started further tourism the way some had hoped. Careful restructuring and expansion could easily bring much needed tourism dollars to the area. Some of the potential developments include:

• An exercise trail to and from the new Creekside Park area and an expansion of other park related activities. One such activity, which has surfaced numerous times at various planning meetings, is the suggestion of a skate park as an outlet for the energy and enthusiasm of the pre-teen and teenage kids in the community.

• Connecting the distinct neighborhoods of Rushford and the State Trail with a biking/walking trail.

• Accessing Magelssen Bluff scenic lookouts, birding sites, natural habitat, and historic sites with developed walking trails.

• Self-guided tours of Rushford and Peterson highlighting sites of interest.

• Improved access points to the Root River for water enthusiasts.

• Working with Minnesota DNR to promote family oriented usage of the portion of the trail which winds from Peterson to Rushford.

• Trail development for the activities of horseback riding, ATV and snowmobile use, and cross-country skiing. Competitive biking events are also being considered.

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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting May 5, 2009

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor, Gordon Johnson; Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke and Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

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'Junk Ordinance' revisited at Spring Valley City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

The first order of business to be tackled by the Spring Valley City Council at the May 27th meeting was another round at violations of the Junk Ordinance. Things have been relatively calm over the winter but now that the snow has cleared and the gra ..... 
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County employee health screening

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood ..... 
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Audit shows city status at Rushford City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government



The May 26th meeting of the Rushford City Council commenced with a detailed start, courtesy of an audit report from Smith Schaefer & Associates, Ltd. Tom Wente documented the findings.

The information presented further showcased the ..... 
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Preston looking at community gardens

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Councilman Jon Haugan encouraged the establishment of community garden plots at the city's May 18 meeting. He explained the gardens could be helpful for people that lack their own space for a garden during this time of economic woes. Haugan ..... 
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Lanesboro reviews expenses and revenues

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer and Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with their audit report for 2008. Boynton went over the highlights with the council, starting with the city's revenues.

Boynton pointed out that the levy co ..... 
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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the mee ..... 
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EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol To ..... 
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