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Peterson removes portion of County project; reviews school options


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

While the Peterson City Council had no new updates on the County 25 project currently being prepped for bids at the Wednesday, April 8 meeting, there was plenty of discussion regarding the option to extend sewer services to an area dubbed Myrtle Avenue. The area sits just west of South Church Street and has the potential for development of three residential lots in the future. Water service is already being stubbed in to Myrtle Avenue with the County 25 project and an option to stub in sewer lines was discussed at a special meeting March 24.

“I have concerns with the city spending substantial money,” noted councilor Loren Rue, who was the lone opposition vote at the March 24 meeting. The extra cost for stubbing sewer lines to the area is expected to be $2,000-$3,000.

“The sewer motion which was passed at the last council meeting benefits only one property owner at the expense of all others,” Rue continued in a written letter, dated March 30. “Currently, there are no plans to develop or sell the property for development. It has not been surveyed or plotted, therefore it is impossible to determine over what period of time the city would be able to recover its investment, or if the city would ever recover its investment.”

“Currently, Myrtle Avenue is only 15 feet wide, this is inadequate for fire, ambulance and residential traffic, and raises questions regarding public safety,” Rue continued in the letter. “Presently, the city does not have any regulations or codes regarding sub-divisions. To spend tax dollars for a project which may not happen, or may not be approved by future guidelines, is not prudent.”

Peterson councilor Gail Boyum, who made the original motion March 24 to include the sewer line extension, followed up after the last meeting by contacting city clerk of Rushford, Kathy Zacher. “I called her after the meeting because of what was said. In Rushford, the entire cost of subdividing is done by the developer,” said Boyum. “We’re not doing what’s in the best interest of the community. It didn’t seem appropriate,” she added, referencing the earlier decision.

After further discussion from councilors Dick Lee and Rue, the council voted unanimously to not extend water and sewer service to Myrtle Avenue.

A majority of discussion at the meeting also centered on the future of the current Rushford-Peterson Middle School, situated on the so .....
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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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Peterson sees wastewater plant conclusion; runs into city hall issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson will finally see resolution to long-standing problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Councilor Dick Lee has been meeting with representatives from engineering and planning firm WHKS & Co. and Wieser Brothers General Contra ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hits at security issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at ..... 
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Accusations fly at Peterson meeting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Following the appointment of newly appointed Councilor Loren Rue to the Peterson Council on January 14, the Council’s actions, particularly to appoint Rue, have been questioned. Councilor Dave Colbenson requested time to speak, prior to citizen co ..... 
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