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Spring Valley progress


Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

It's obvious that Spring Valley Mayor Jim Struzyk takes a lot of pride in the accomplishments of the city. He has represented the city as mayor and city councilman since the 1990's and says the reason he got involved was that "the City was 5 million dollars in debt and something needed to change." He speaks highly of City Administrator Deb Zimmer and her expertise in making good financial decisions. This has lowered the debt and made it more manageable during tight economic times.

His list of community accomplishments includes making the Community Center renovation a top priority, to the tune of $100,000.00 of donated labor and funds without using taxpayers' money. The new library was also a community project using no taxpayers' dollars. Much of the labor was furnished by the Sentence to Serve people through corrections on several projects in the city.

A decision was made to keep the old library a viable building, and this resulted in a renovation to move City Hall from its old location in the Fire Department. That made more room for the Fire Department and Law Enforcement on Courtland.

Other projects that have been completed include: reconstructing the downtown sidewalks, a new ambulance facility, the purchase of the Kasten farm for the Industrial Park and constructing and expanding the bike trails through the city.

"Tourism is a big part of our future," said Struzyk. "We are currently in the process of forming a five-member committee to promote tourism in our community," he continued.

In the past year at the swimming pool a new splash pool was built and the roof was replaced on the bath house. Visitors to the parks also saw a new playground at South Park and new ball field lights.

Infrastructure replacement has been a big item in the last few years. Reconstruction has been done on Hudson/Courtland and Jefferson and the city is in the progress of installing infrastructure for phase 1 of the Industrial Park expansion. The Industrial Park is full and the expansion will result in many businesses stepping up to the opportunity to grow in Spring Valley.

Two new ambulances have been purchased in recent years, along with a new fire truck-pumper and motor grader.

The mayor also pointed to the upgrade of the old hotel downtown and the housing opportunities this has provided.

When asked about his vision for the future, he responded, "keeping the budget balanced and making sure that growt .....
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Rushford sees big changes

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

A bevy of at least eight projects seemed to wrap up Rushford's year, many of which also seemed to draw a considerable amount of media attention and some controversy at times.

The 2009 Street and Utility Improvement Project, geared at updatin ..... 
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Determined Rushford Village works out solutions

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

Starting out with a definite list of determined goals, the city of Rushford Village made ample progress during the course of last year. According to City Clerk Joyce Iverson there are still some matters which are progressing forward, but not yet at ..... 
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Preston's ambitious dream for the future

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

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Preston has been building on some new ideas in 2009 which will extend into the coming year or years. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said he was very excited about the efforts to establish a National Trou ..... 
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Peterson continues community improvement

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

With LGA cuts looming large on nearly every small municipality, the city of Peterson recognizes the tasks lying before it. As a city with a population of under 500, and state and district leadership being able to offer little assistance, the city co ..... 
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Ostrander progress story

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

For the last eight years Linda Schwenn has been the mayor of Ostrander, and we found her in city hall on Martin Luther King's birthday, working with City Clerk Rhonda Klapperich. It's common to find her in the office from 8am to noon most days.
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Mabel progress

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

The people in Mabel have been working on raising enough money to build a new Community Center. Plans have been drawn up and a location picked out. The building that was on the creamery lot was torn down to make room. Several fundraisers have been or ..... 
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Lanesboro flourishes as niche community

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

When economic gloom and doom seemed to dominate the nation's landscape in 2009, the city of Lanesboro's report card was far more positive last year. Not only was lodging up some nine percent, according to Lanesboro's Mayor Steve Rahn, but the town's ..... 
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Harmony strives to add value

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Progress Edition

This past year was a busy one for the city of Harmony as they were involved in several projects aimed at improving the city. There are also some new businesses in town, as well as some projects planned for 2010 that are much needed.

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