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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 edition for 2014. The new edition may not directly highlight changes, but the updates are likely related to changes in and referencing state statutes. The update provided a suitable opportunity to further discuss clarification of why the city opted to use basic code, except for its zoning and chicken ordinances.

Mayor Jennifer Wood explained to the council that the code was adopted through a series of legal consultation by the League of Minnesota Cities specifically to assist small communities. In addition, the code is often more enforceable that existing ordinances in some cases.

Other points of discussion related to zoning included seeking clarification and definition of ordinances and/or basic code guidelines on sexually-oriented businesses, a private matter related to a purported land encroachment, variances on property, potential changes to commercial land ordinance, and rezoning land from commercial to residential and residential to industrial, as the city seeks to map out zoning areas within the city.

Also discussed was the need for clarification on livestock within the city. With property that is currently for sale, which has a currently conditional use permit allowing horses, it has come to light that that permit may not be transferred to new owners. The city zoning ordinance does not allow livestock within the city, excepting chickens. Conditional Use guidelines also do not allow for livestock, but basic code does. The council felt this could open the city’s three agricultural areas to unwanted types of livestock operations. A subcommittee will be formed to discuss verbage to clarify and allow, if approved, limits on number and type of livestock in agricultural areas, and the minimum distance to adjacent properties.

With land currently for sale within the city, the council also took the time to discuss what it envisions for future development, if any. “It’s a tough discussion, but it’s an important discussion,” noted Mayor Wood. “We have no room to grow.”

“I’m intrigued by the idea to develop growth within the city limits,” added Councilor Dave Colbenson. “There are a lot of possibilities. The opportunity is there. W .....
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City of Peterson - Public Notice

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Legals

Notice is hereby given that the city council of the City of Peterson will meet in the council chambers of the city hall at 118 Fillmore St. at 7:00 p.m. on September 10, 2014, to consider the making of Improvement No. 2015-1, an improvement on CSAH 2 ..... 
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City of Peterson - Notice

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Legals

The City of Peterson Council has approved a change of MONTHLY MEETINGS to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to enable the Council to do business more effectively. Future council meetings in the Peterson City Hall at 7 p.m. will be: August ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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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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Birth Announcement - Ellie Dawn Highum

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Jess and Dawn Highum are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie Dawn Highum. Ellie was born in July 2014 in Casper, Wyo. She joins a brother, Talon. Ellie is the third grandchild for Tim and Val Kulhavy of Casper and the eighth grand ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to th ..... 
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Wedding - Kingsbury ~ Miller

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Allan & Linda Kingsbury of Peterson, Minn. is proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Allison to Jeffrey Miller, Son of Gloria & Gunther Tausch, West Allis, Wis. and Evan Miller of Weyauwega, Wis. The bride is employed in the Office of ..... 
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Olive Aletta Peterson

Tue, Jul 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Olive Aletta Peterson, 96, of Peterson, Minn. died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn. Olive was born on September 4, 1917, on the family farm in rural Peterson, to Cornelius and Anna (Quamen) Fossum. ..... 
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