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Peterson mayoral race cuts close


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

While only one candidate may have been on the ballot for the mayor of Peterson, the city waited with baited breath the day following November 4 mid-term elections to find out who had snagged the position: incumbent Jennifer Wood or write-in candidate Tim Hallum.

There was a late push leading to the election by a group of supporters for Hallum. Initially, it appeared Wood would run unopposed, but a series of local advertisements late in the game showed there was a drive by some to change up the council.

With the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 project looming large, voters turned out in force for the election. According to one source, 17 never-before registered voters joined ranks with 128 mayoral voters.

By the time all precincts had reported, the office of Minnesota Secretary of State showed 67 (52.34%) to 61 vote (47.66%) lean in favor of a write-in. But, just who was the write-in and were those 67 votes split between numerous candidates or had Hallum’s camp ousted the current mayor?

According to a local source, three write-ins were for a second write-in candidate, narrowing the write-in lead for Hallum over Wood by just three votes. Additionally, there was some speculation over whether or not absentee ballots had been counted in the reported results. It was also determined that hand-counting would also be needed on ballots where voters had not filled in the circle next to the write-in candidate blank.

The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer’s office has confirmed all official information has been sent to the City of Peterson. As it currently stands, unofficially, Peterson will have a new mayor come January 2015. Mayor-elect Tim Hallum couldn’t be reached for comment.

“I one hundred percent agree with the democratic process,” noted Mayor Wood. “I wish Tim the best for the next two years.” Wood did express some frustration, however, that the campaign for Hallum was not on the ballot. “It’s unfortunate that there’s been this campaign behind doors, rather than putting a name on the ballot where there’s time for public conversation. It’s kind of a back way into it. Some of the supposed facts weren’t even accurate. It would have been nice to have a discussion of the facts.”

The city councilor openings will be filled by incumbents Gail Barnard-Boyum and Dave Colbenson, who garnered 38.69 percent and 41.71 percent of the vote respective .....
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Peterson preps for County 25 hearing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Having set the new hearing date for Wednesday, October 22, the city of Peterson is not leaving anything to chance and has invited a large panel to address public concerns. This hearing is the second regarding the authorization of the project and it ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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