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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 Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), was submitted by Benson earlier in the month. Superintendent Chuck Ehler was confident that it would be expedited by the MDE quickly, so the district may proceed with plans for a building referendum December 19.

Potential tax impact amounts have been calculated for the $15 million project at 20, 25, and 30-year variables and will be a key area of the campaign leading up to the referendum vote. A proposed floor plan, as well as the timeline for the scheduled referendum, was also presented.

The Facilities Committee, including board members Kathie Ingram, John Nitecki, and Dan Munson will meet Monday, October 8, at 5:00pm to discuss the project.

The district has long sought various funding for their New School Initiative, some of it out of the norm, including $7.5 million through a Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant aimed at business development. Recently, the district received word it would not be given consideration for its DEED grant application. Still there’s always hope.

An interest in the school’s struggles by the Ellen DeGeneres Show has many in community crossing their fingers once again. Somehow the show received word of the district’s difficulty in securing funding for the project and both emails and local conversation about it has been a hot topic. Apparently, the show has historically helped other districts and many in the community are aiming to bring enough of the show’s attention to the initiative that they may also get support. They are encouraging people to log onto the show’s website, www.ellentv.com, and leave up to a 1,500-word comment about how the school might benefit the community.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, October 15, at 5:30pm, in the high school biology room. The public is encouraged to attend.
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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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Auditions are scheduled for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatres

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Rushford-Peterson School Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of Alladin and His Magic Lamp will be held at 3:05 PM on Monday, October 14 at the R-P High School Theater in Rushford. Up to 81 young people ..... 
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Taste of the Trail in Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Features

Beginning Saturday, September 8, eight communities along the Root River State Trail will begin hosting the first ever Taste of the Trail over a three-weekend period. Peterson, one of three communities hosting the first Saturday, is gearing up for th ..... 
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Peterson Kid's Club finishes annual Community Service Project

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

Kids’ Club, a school-age child care program through Rushford-Peterson Community Education, just finished their annual Community Service project. They advertised for and sold lemonade, then took the proceeds and purchased food for the Semcac Foodsh ..... 
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R-P looking at phased new facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Gammel Dag highlights its Norwegian heritage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Just as in the “Good Old Days,” this weekend’s Gammel Dag festival in Peterson will bring revisit countless forms of Scandinavian heritage, including arts, dance, and games through modern interpretation. The Vesterheim Museum, of Decorah, Io ..... 
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Peterson gears up for Gammel Dag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Features

Who hasn’t heard someone complain about missing the good old days? Luckily, Peterson has a solution to the nostalgia with its 31st annual Gammel Dag (Norwegian for “Good Old Days”). Scheduled for Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, the ..... 
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