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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Project, the commission will seize the chance to complete the upgrades while the roadway is disrupted.

Following community input and working with engineer Tom Nigon, of STAR Engineering, the commission has opted to replace the current mix of steel and wood poles with black aluminum and copper poles with a tear-drop shaped lighting surface, complete with LED lights. According to City Administrator Steve Sarvi, the poles were chosen due to the composition of metals and their rust-inhibiting qualities. Additionally, the base of each pole will be a black-dyed concrete to create a seemless and appealing aesthetic, as well as measures to keep the base of the pole elevated off the ground, reducing salt exposure.

Bids for the project were split to allow maximum savings to the city. Bids were opened August 7 and awarded August 11, at the council meeting. Norman’s Electric, of Rushford, was selected for labor, wire and conduit installation, in the amount of $120,641. Werner Electric was selected for street light poles and fixtures in the amount of $185,612.

The concept of bow hunting within city limits was also discussed at the August 11 meeting. After further review of similar policies in other municipalities, Administrator Sarvi detailed several key points to the council, including potential hunt sites, landowner permission requirements, and changes needed to current city ordinances prohibiting the firing of weapons within city limits.

According to Sarvi, if hunting measures are approved, several guidelines will be set. Included are limitations on hunting the top or north side of Magelssen Bluff, due to walking trails that have been recently developed. On the levee system, hunters will be required to discharge bows away from the city, towards the water, only. Additionally, they will be required to hunt from stands and carry them in and out each day. A fee for the hunt will be put in place to cover administrative costs only.

If the city moves the hunt plan forward, it will likely limit the in-city season from November 15 to December 30, within the normal bow season. Restricted by length, the city believes it will get a taste for how the project could go, .....
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Summary of Fillmore County Primary Election results

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Summary of Fillmore County Totals •Number of persons registered as of 7 a.m.: 11,789 •Number of persons registered on Election Day: 54 •Number of accepted regular, armed forces and temporarily overseas absentee ballots: 30 •Number o ..... 
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New ambulance director selected for Spring Valley

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A new ambulance director has been named for Spring Valley. Todd Jones informed the Council that Brett Rima of Thief River Falls has accepted the position starting Sept. 2. Previously an offer of employment had been made to Ryan Marking and he decli ..... 
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Houston prospects possible radium treatment plant

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On August 11, the Houston City Council held a meeting in which the majority of the topics discussed had to do with the betterment and beautification on the city. One such item was a proposal to make an official archery range in South Park. The DNR h ..... 
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Fountain City Council locks brush dump

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Due to misuse, the city council of Fountain, Minn. has decided to lock the entrance to the town’s brush dump. During last week’s council meeting, which had been re-scheduled from August 7 to August 13, 2014, city maintenance worker John Hans ..... 
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2015 budget dominates county board agenda

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

It is that time of the year. The county commissioners at their August 12 meeting looked line by line at several departmental budgets searching for ways to trim them down. They only have two options to cut expenses or to increase revenue or a combina ..... 
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Wykoff city attorney sits in on council meeting

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 11. All previous minutes were approved, including minutes from a special meeting held on August 6 pertaining to employee PTO. Fire Chief Wade Baker brought the attenti ..... 
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Harmony street project nears completion

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the Harmony City Council meeting on August 12 to update the council on the First Avenue street project. Grabau said there have been a lot of questions about the curbs. For the most part, the curbs are the same ..... 
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Ostrander welcomes county commissioner candidate

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Harry Root, an upcoming candidate for Fillmore County Commissioner, was the only visitor at the Ostrander City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 5. Root introduced himself to the council and explained what he felt his role as Commissioner would be ..... 
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