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Guest commentary: To the residents of the R-P School District


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Tayor Peterson, School Board Director, Peterson, MN

As a school board member, elected by you and to serve you, I feel it is my job to keep you up to date on what has gone on the past few months and what will be going on in the future relating to our school and our tax dollars that fund it.

The referendum on a new Pre-K through 5th grade facility is now behind us, with the residents of the district once again letting their opinion be known through defeat. But just because the most recent referendum is behind us does not mean that the school board and the administration are going to stop spending your hard earned tax dollars trying to push a new school onto you. At the last two monthly school board meetings the board has decided to spend approximately $23,000 on things needed to persuade you that we either need to gut and completely remodel the entire school or build a new facility. One item includes spending $19,500 on a “Comprehensive Educational Analysis & Facility Engineering Analysis” that will basically be telling you what ATS & R (this was not put out for bids either) thinks is wrong with the current facilities, how much it will cost to repair it, and prioritize each item to fix based upon its importance (All voted for this with the exception of myself). The second item we have approved is the hiring of a demographer (This was a 4-3 vote with John Linder, Valerie Howe and me voting “nay.”). The purpose of this is to tell us the projected birth and death rates and relate those to enrollment. As most of you know, the enrollment here has stayed fairly level with no significant gains or losses. This demographic study comes at a cost of $3,600.

Before the most recent board meeting I had contacted Mr. Ehler and asked for any and all documents relating to the amount of money that has been spent on making a new school a reality. The first time I asked I was essentially ignored, the second time I asked and was told that I would receive the documents “at the next board meeting.” What I received was a small spreadsheet containing the names of the five companies that have done work related to the referendum for the years 2008-2013, along with the totals paid to each company per year. Below are the five companies along with what was paid to them each year starting in 2008.

ATS & R- This is the architectural firm. For the 2011-2012 year they were paid $5,384.94. For the 2012-2013 year they rec .....
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Birth Announcement - Jace John Lange

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Jace John Lange Kurt and Tessa Lange of Peterson, MN are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jace John, born March 20, 2013. Jace was 6 lbs. 14 oz and 18 1/4 inches long. He is welcomed home by his big brother, Owen. Grandparents are Judy Lan ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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Burdey’s Cafe opens in Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Change can be hard. Just ask the locals of the Peterson area who have spent the last 14 years appreciating the down-home food and atmosphere of Judy’s Country Kitchen, the town’s busiest eatery. The restaurant has a loyal clientele and is popula ..... 
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Letter about Farmers Elevator

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about Farmers Elevator To the Editor, In the last newsletter from the Farmers Elevator in Rushford to their customers, the manager and the board of directors are pondering the near lack of a quorum at the annual meeting. They don’t seem t ..... 
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Peterson photography studio thrives

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Family has a way of weaving momentous occasions in and out of daily lives. Graduations, weddings, and births are obviously so on their own. But ask a mother of a twinkle-eyed, drool-faced infant or a pair of cherub siblings and every day is momentou ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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Letter about a good samaritan

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, On Sunday, December 9, my family and I were returning home from La Crosse via Highway 16. About a mile from Rushford, we hit an ice patch, lost control, rolled and ended up in the ditch. Fortunately, while our vehicle was totaled, we ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This is Preposterous! Tell me how you can live in a house without constantly repairing and upgrading it. When you need a new roof, are you going to go buy a new house? When you need new floors, are you going to go buy a new house? ..... 
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