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Peterson hears citizen concerns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

Several concerned citizens were on hand for the September 14 Peterson Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

Several citizens packed into the council chambers for the Wednesday, September 14 Peterson Council meeting. Mayor Tim Hallum noted to those in attendance that no public comment would be allowed during the agenda portion of the meeting. Concerns ranged from city action on delinquent utility and zoning limitations to council pay scale and property problems

Resident Deb Hoff noted concern with what was initially cited as 22 delinquent utility properties. The number of properties was later corrected to just 11 properties of the 118 served within the city. The council approved sending letters to the delinquent properties at the August meeting. If the noted past due amounts were not paid, they will be put on tax roll for the property. Nine letters were sent. According City Clerk Leanne Kasper, the city is unaware of where the other two individuals are.

“I don’t agree with taxing them more,” said Hoff. “If they can’t pay, why charge more? If they don’t have the money, they don’t have the money.”

Hoff also brought forth concern over properties zoned as commercial, which bar residency. “In a city this size, 200 people, why are we telling people they can’t come?”

Councilor Loren Rue, who also serves on the zoning commission, indicated that the zoning is being reviewed. “We’re assuming it happened with prior administration. There is no provision to grandfather them in.” The commission is considering a multi-purpose district.

Also noted during the public comment portion was a concern over a call for discussion to review council pay. Currently, the council receives $75 per month. Councilor Rue suggested the council look at the option of raising the pay scale to $100 per month, plus $25 per additional meeting, except for the zoning commission. “My thinking is that there are seven people running for three positions on the council. Only one retired. Anyone who has a job and takes on the responsibility; that’s extensive time and cost,” said Rue. The council will continue to review the topic before deciding in November.

Developments in an ongoing dispute between property owners Gary and Shirley Quarve and Mike and Heidi Halverson continue to move forward. The parties have been disputing the boundary of their properties for some time and have conflicting surveys for their properties. Halverson’s sent a letter to the city notifying them that a shed is being .....
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The other view of who you are

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Who are you? Do you know? What dumb things to ask, you say, of course I know who I am. True, you may know yourself, but in the world of the lamestream media, on college campuses, and in the view of many in the political establishments, especially ..... 
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Peterson gears up for bicycle grant

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson may be on the fortunate end of a Statewide Health Improvement Program grant through a partnership with Root River Trail Towns. The grant was brought into the forefront by Brenda Pohlman of Fillmore County Public Health, who has ..... 
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State auditor says “conflict of interest laws apply to Peterson”

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RDN The State Auditor’s letter from last December to Peterson states, “In reviewing the City’s general ledger, the OSA found five disbursements to Purchasing Power, a business owned by Councilor Lauren Rue. One of the ..... 
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City of Peterson, MN Notice of Filing for City Election

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Legals

City of Peterson, MN Notice of Filing for City Election NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that filing for Mayor and City Council will open Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and close Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. OFFICES TO BE FILLED: One (1) Ma ..... 
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Who is right?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson How many Christian faiths exist? In Rushford alone there are at least seven Christian church flavors, counting two different Lutheran varieties. Wouldn’t one think that Christianity would have a single unified faith if the ..... 
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Biggen’s BBQ incorrectly labeled at council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Chad Rich At the July 13 Peterson City Council meeting, Councilor Gail Boyum incorrectly stated that “come to find out, Biggen’s BBQ is not a registered business in Peterson and should not be allowed as a vendor in city celebrations.” I wa ..... 
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City celebrations and events policy at July 13 Peterson City Council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Dave Colbenson At the July 13 Peterson City Council Meeting, I brought forward a city policy that would protect and promote ALL businesses within the City of Peterson, whether in-home or located in the downtown area. It also required food vendor ..... 
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Peterson council discusses events vending policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A quick July 13 Peterson council meeting hit at several items of old or continuing business, but two items brought forth by Councilor Dave Colbenson garnered the majority of discussion. The first was a concern over City of Pet ..... 
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