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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to the community. The issue had been brought before the Village council by the petitioners, Alan Lipowitz and Jan Smaby, December 3 and was again discussed by the council January 21, before being tabled.

According to Mayor Dale Schwanke, a slight modification has been made to the petition, which calls for a time limit on a decision by the Village. “I’ve had a number of discussions with Mayor Wood and discussions with Al and Jan. If we work together well, we should be able to talk this out with discussion between our councils. My thought is, do what we can do. I’ve heard it will ruin our relationship, but something is wrong with that picture if we can’t sit down and talk about it, or are unable or unwilling to sit down and talk about it.”

The time limit will move the process along. “It can’t stay out there forever. I don’t know at this time, but I’d hate to throw the towel over this issue,” added Schwanke. “If we can’t accomplish anything then so be it; if we can, wonderful.”

“I stewed and stewed on the information sent, struggled with it for a long time,” added Councilor Gordon Johnson. “People have rights. People have the opportunity to go to the court system. There’s bits of information here and bits of information there. We’re not looking to take anything from Peterson, but we’re the ones who have to make a decision. In a way, I feel like we’re a scapegoat.

I’d like it to become an issue with the residents and the city of Peterson.”

“This was thrust upon this council. We didn’t ask for this,” added Schwanke. “It’s not an issue of he said, she said. That’s immaterial. This is a legal issue. Let’s work the issue through, talk to Peterson, take some time, and move the issue forward a step. One way or another, you have to say, ‘Yes,’ or ‘No.’ If they don’t want to talk to us, then the monkey is on their back.”

It has been argued by the City of Peterson that in this case, both cities must vote ‘yes’ for it to proceed, showing a mutual benefit to both. However, Rushford Village legal counsel, Tom Manion, has suggested that the level of advocacy can vary. If the .....
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Mabel City Council presented with standpipe project bids

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on February 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. Council members Susan Amunrud and Terry Torkelson were not present. Sean Welty and Mark Davy from Davy Engineering presented the council with the bids for the standpipe project. The last ..... 
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Rep. Greg Davids invites public to respond to session survey

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2014 legislative session will begin in a few days, and State Representative Greg Davids (R Preston) wants to know how the public feels about several issues that have made or will be making news at the State ..... 
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Fountain City Council shows support for Taste of the Trail

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the city office. All members were present with the exception of Chad Wangen. Mayor Richard Kujath, City Clerk Ronda Flattum, and Police Chief Tom Mosher were also present. ..... 
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Peterson preps assessment policy, appoints new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With the feasibility study on the 2015 County 25 project completed, the City of Peterson needs to hammer out an assessment policy before the final design work is done. An assessment policy will be needed because general obligation bonds funding the ..... 
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County Board updated on Semcac activities

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Wayne Stenberg, Semcac’s executive director, reviewed a summary of Semcac activities at the county board’s February 11 meeting. Semcac, a non-profit organization, serves an 11 county area in southeast Minnesota. The 21 member board of directo ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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