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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public


Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that "have been at it longer than we have", R-P Superintendent Chuck Ehler told a crowd of 50-60 residents last Thursday evening, "We are sensitive to what the community is currently going through. The school board is not proposing or attempting to move forward with this without other assistance. We have no intention of asking [district taxpayers] for $25-million."

The school board is, however, asking residents to consider the costs and consequences of stopping there, of taking "No" from legislators as the definitive answer to a question many have been asking for a least a decade: Can we replace the Old School with a New School?

Ehler walked the audience through the same short slide show that district officials have presented to area representatives as well as to both House and Senate education committees in St. Paul.

First slide, the Old School. 1906-main-building. 1936-addition. 1957-elementary-wing. 1970-gym-auditorium. Ailing-boiler the size of an aircraft-carrier. A list of mold and air-quality issues long as your arm. Hallways and staircases too narrow to comply with Americans with Disabilities standards. Inadequate plumbing, not enough sinks urinals and toilets. Leaky roof. Stinky crawlspaces. Making matters worse, "the flood exposed structural problems."

Ehler summed-up the Old School punch list in stark terms, "We are functionally unable to provide a quality and safe education."

And the proposed alternative to facility dysfunction? Ehler listed a number of advantages on top of the primary benefit of getting R-P's current 660-students out of the unsafe, unhealthy Old School.

A New School would provide the district with a foundation for long-term sustainability. The proposed "Green Building" on the slope east of Pine Meadows Drive, and rehabilitation of the existing Peterson building, would mean the district can continue to support local businesses with jobs, provide an economic boost to the community and give the community a renewed reason and a new place to "get involved" in school activities.

The New School would move activities off of Highway-43 to a residential neighborhood bordered by a wooded bluff. It would provide parking, green space and contin .....
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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Lanesboro council looks at Whittier Street and Maple Drive improvements

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council have to make some major decisions about financing the much-needed repairs on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. At the regular meeting on March 17, Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the council ..... 
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Preston City Council: Farmer's Market starting in May

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston will have a Farmer's Market beginning this May. The Preston City Council gave the go ahead to a group of organizers at their Monday, March 17, meeting.

The market will be located on the grass near the Preston trail head and be held o ..... 
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County addresses Minnesota budget deficit

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners invited department heads in for a discussion about the state budget shortfall and how the county could be affected at their March 11 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Finance announced a forecast in February of a $9 ..... 
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Use of flood money for start-ups questioned

Fri, Mar 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the days immediately following the flood of 2007, it was difficult for Rushford residents and civic leaders to imagine anything worse than the muddy water covering their town and nearly everything in it.

Now, seven months later ..... 
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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 ..... 
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