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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Nine citizens turned out for the July 22 Peterson special meeting. Pictured left to right, are Heidi Halvorson, Laurie Johnson, Jean Rue, Shirley Quarve, Gary Quarve, and Steve Paulson. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage reconstruction project.

The issue has been a topic of discussion for the council since earlier this year. The Quarves were present at a May 13 council meeting as the council reviewed a permit application. At the time, the two were disappointed in the length of time for adjacent property owners to secure a survey, as property lines were in dispute. Quarve suggested moving the electrical pole further into the property, but was advised the city prefers to keep utility easements on the property line whenever possible to limit future issues. No utility easement was ever recorded on the property deed.

At the June 17 meeting, it was noted by City Clerk Megan Boyum that there appeared to be no known easements for power lines. The council determined that the moving of electrical utility poles, by the request of the property owner, would be paid for by the property owner, with work done by a contractor hired by city and paid up front. The council was apprised of the Planning Commission’s work to create a policy for easements and utility movement. After reviewing several policies of other municipalities, a draft policy was approved. The policy was formally adopted July 8.

Mayor Tim Hallum began discussion at the special meeting, noting the cost for moving of the utility pole was determined by Tri-County Electric to be $5,800. It was proposed the line be bored underground. The city of Peterson would pay $3,100 for the cost of disconnect, moving of the pole, and reconnect. The Quarves would be responsible for $2,700, the cost of the boring and service from the pole to the home.

Councilor Gail Boyum made a motion to formally accept the breakdown of costs to allow the moving of the utility pole. Councilor Loren Rue seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Mayor Hallum asked Gary Quarve if he was in agreement. Quarve responded, “No. You know my position. No.”

The council then turned to the second agenda item, a Land Use Permit for Quarves garage project. However, without agreement on moving the utility pole, the application for permit of the garage project was denied by the council. “I don’t know how you can approve the addition o .....
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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Wayne Arnold Pederson

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Wayne Arnold Pederson of Peterson passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years. He was born May 20, 1939 in Money Creek, Minn. to Arnold and Arlene (nee Sanden) Pederson. Wayne married Karen Regelman on September 21, 2013. He was employe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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