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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 rejected.

The plans have been part of an ongoing project by the district in its New School Initiative. Originally, the district had hoped to construct an Early Childhood-Grade 12 facility at the cost of $29 million, utilizing potential state funding for up to $20 million of that cost. When all attempts to secure outside funding for the project failed, the district shifted its plans to a phased project that would construct the elementary portion of the school first, with a proposed middle and high school in an additional five to seven years.

With the referendum for the phased project now being denied, where does the district go? Many residents that were contacted were neither disappointed nor satisfied, but rather felt “in between” or “torn” both before and after the results were tallied.

Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum, a long-time proponent of the district’s efforts, believes a new school is needed. “It’s how you go about it,” he said the morning following the vote. “I think there were two things that decided this vote. One is the tax burden. The second is that clearly people didn’t support a phased project. The wanted a complete school. The state has to come through. We need to say, ‘Hey, we tried and these are the results.’”

“I always come to the conclusion that there’s really not a right answer,” said Kendra Eide, who had a “Vote Yes” sign in her Rushford yard. “We need to do something, whether remodel or building. What’s the next step? What’s the right answer? I do know, so much effort was put into this. You have to respect them for taking charge and trying.”

Still, others were not surprised that it failed. The referendum would have relied heavily on the farmer’s within the district taxing them not only for their homestead, but for each additional acre. Still, many of them, like everyone else, were torn. “The timing was just bad for people right now,” noted Rushford farmer Richard Anderson. “My thinking is that for now, they’re just going to have to fix up the building.” Anderson was also surprised at margin of the vote. “For now it’s done with, but it’ll be back. Sooner or later .....
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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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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing with regard to the direction of the Rushford and Peterson School District. It appears that the district is in need of some improvements to the buildings in Rushford and Peterson. From what I understand there have been su ..... 
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Letter about closing the middle school

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about closing the middle school To the Editor, My name is Maynard Thompson. When the Rushford-Peterson middle school was started in 1990, I had been working on a middle level teaching degree. There is a degree for middle level instruction. ..... 
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Donald E. Shofner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Donald E. Shofner Donald E. Shofner, age 90, formerly of Peterson, passed away on October, 23, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Sheridan, WY. Don was born on March 31, 1922, in Aiken County. He was a WWII Veteran in the 52nd Armored Infantry. ..... 
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Donald Shofner

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Donald Shofner, age 90, formally of Peterson, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Mountains View Veterans Home in Sheraton, Wyoming. The family is planning a memorial service in December at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson. Johnson ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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Engagement - Peterson ~ Pepin

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Rochelle Peterson and Matthew Pepin, both of Pine Island, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Bonnie Peterson of Preston, Minn. The groom is the son of Lynette McCabe of Zumbrota, M ..... 
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