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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!


By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary



When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are something I am thinking about again with the Peterson sidewalk issue.

I’ve had several back surgeries and I have troubled standing on my legs for very long. I can walk directly from one place to the next if it’s a short distance, but ask me to stand and talk to you and I can’t because of pain. That effects shopping, too. I have to use a motorized scooter or my walker often, which I call my portable chair.

I worry about falling on slippery streets during the winter, or tripping over a large chunk of sidewalk sticking up in Peterson. Many seniors worry about this too. About 10 people have reported falls in Peterson over the last couple of years. It was speaking up about the falls in our city and stating concern about walking on icy streets during the winter because of un-shoveled or removed sidewalks that started this sidewalk debate in Peterson.

The city is required to follow the American’s with Disabilities Act. All public entities, regardless of size, must comply with Title II’s requirements. 28 C.F.R. 35.104 (ada.gov). Whenever a city builds or alters an existing facility (sidewalks included), the city is required to make it handicap accessible. All city programs, services and facilities are required to be made accessible and kept in working order. In 1993, Congress ordered ALL cities to do a self-evaluation to become ADA compliant and Congress has stated that sidewalks fall under the ADA. City’s have had 25 years now to become compliant. Isn’t that long enough?

I have discovered that making things accessible to disabled people is not popular. It appears that it is more popular to keep them inaccessible to people with mobility issues. In fact, if eight households petition to keep sidewalks off their street, everyone with disabilities loses out. That means the disabled, seniors and children have to walk down a 10-ton highway with semi tractors and farm equipment in order to get to the trail, school, church, the park or even downtown to buy an ice cream cone. This in fact, is more popular than doing the right thing. I’m just checking here… this is 2015 correct?

Let’s change the color of this story, literally. If .....
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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