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Debate begins on Rushford police protection


Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Police protection has been a hot topic recently with both the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village; on March 12 the Rushford City Council discussed the issue at their regular council meeting. Emails and letters have gone back and forth between the two mayors concerning the issue following a letter from Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen. In the letter, Jensen had urged the two entities to meet and come to an agreement.

Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson had emailed the city of Rushford suggesting a Tri-City meeting format to discuss the matter. Such a format would include the city of Peterson as well.

Rushford Mayor Les Ladewig responded with a letter offering three options for meeting: one, a meeting of Rushford Village, Rushford, and Sheriff Jensen; two, a Tri-City meeting at which a quorum of all councils would be required so action could be taken; or three, sponsor a joint public hearing (Rushford and Rushford Village) dedicated to law enforcement.

Johnson responded on the behalf of the Village that they had decided to first determine the needs and expectations of their citizens. The Village plans on informing their citizens about the police protection issue and then holding a meeting with Jensen and Rushford Village citizens in the fall to discuss the issue. Because of these plans, the Village sees no need to meet with the city of Rushford about police. In his response, Johnson had noted the Village sees no need for a quorum at Tri-City meetings because they don't see the meetings as "decision-making events."

Currently, there is a police contract dated May 6, 2003 in place; according to that contract anytime a dispatcher from the Sheriff's department calls with a 911 call in the village, the Rushford police will respond. For such service the Village pays $1,000 a year. Either party can terminate the agreement.

At the city of Rushford council meeting, council member Larry Johnson suggested discontinuing police service to the village and instead charging them for police service by the hour. Johnson later mentioned the possibility of using the same formula the fire department does to determine charges.

When council member Laura Deering asked if the issue was the money or coverage, city administrator Windy Block answered that $1,000 was "not realistic, not even close to the cost."

Ladewig declared the police contract was not intended to be a moneymaking scheme, but th .....
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Boyd reports to county board

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - The county board faced a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd updated the board on Fillmore County's position with the disbanding of the Root River Education District (RRED). An article going ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council looks at police contract, new squad car

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government



HARMONY - Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen attended the Harmony City Council meeting on March 13 to talk about the new police contract. The council approved the contract, with no changes being made from the previous agreemeent. Jensen pr ..... 
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Preston citizens share questions and concerns about assessments

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
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PRESTON - A strong showing of Preston property owners first listened to, then questioned Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates about the proposed improvements and the estimated assessments at a public hearing held at Christ Lutheran ..... 
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Tourism growth noted

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County board members dealt with a light agenda at their March 6 meeting. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent.

Deb Thompson and Holly Zuck of the Preston Tourism Committee offered statewide and county statistics demonstrating the gr ..... 
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Lanesboro has "snow" problems

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council spent much of its regular March 5 council meeting dealing with snow problems. The first snow related issue was the consideration of a snow emergency ordinance for city streets. Currently no parking is permitted ..... 
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Agreement with Family Dollar okayed

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Members of the Preston City Council wrapped up their business in less than a half hour at their March 5 meeting. Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kurt Reicks.

A development agreement with Sore ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Future airport project may be moved ahead

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Commissioners adopted an airport plan for future hangers at the county airport at their February 27 board meeting. Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained that it was just a 'floor plan' or a layout for how future hangars will be ..... 
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Rushford approves tax exempt funding for residential home

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Neighbors of the proposed FCHS (Fillmore County Handicapped Services, Inc.) residential home turned out for the public hearing February 26 regarding potential tax-exempt funding for the home. Steve Fenlon, representing FCHS, reminded the ..... 
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