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Peterson preps for project planning


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

As the massive 2014 County 25 project continues to take shape, Peterson is looking to further refine the overall scope of work. The project will contain a new roadway and sidewalks, but could potentially include a water main upgrade, as well as a handful of other items. For the small community, such a project represents a significant impact to residents and business owners and the council is taking a hard look at what is most needed. Last month, the council suggested the formation of a committee of two council members and at least two citizens, especially property owners along route, to “Iron out the scope of the project.”

At the Wednesday, November 13 council meeting, business owners Mike Eidenschenk and Colin Schroeder stepped up to be a part of the committee. Other names were tossed around, as the council attempts to get the best representation of the community, through a handful of people. Once the volunteer committee is determined, the group will work through proposed project details and hopefully bring back recommendations at the December meeting. Also suggested was having project manager Brian Holtz attend the committee meeting to offer input as details are discussed to avoid ruling out items that are required or are most feasible and favorable for the city.

Councilor Dick Lee questioned whether or not grant funding was still being considered for the project. “We might perhaps define the scope of project differently if a grant was available and could include other things. It might even make it more feasible to get grants if certain aspects of the project are included,” said Lee.

While grant funding is certainly a lucrative option for the city, engineers involved with the project have informed the city that there aren’t any available, according to Mayor Jennifer Wood. “It’s possible to get some funding from “Complete Streets” through the state. But, we have to have a plan, something to present. This falls under strategic planning,” noted Wood.

Another key discussion at the meeting was the hiring of a firm to assist the city in that comprehensive planning. Two firms put forth proposals; David Drown Associates and SHE. Both will include basic SWOT analysis, which aims to determine a framework for analyzing the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. David Drown Associates, a consultant firm specializing financial planning, offered a $2,000 proposal for the .....
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Peterson received final feasibility report for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a thorough field investigation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer systems, Yaggy Colby presented its report to the city council Wednesday, October 9. Included in the report was the engineer’s opinion of probable cost for seve ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Teigen James Johnson

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Big brothers Caden and Carson Johnson welcome their baby brother, Teigen James Johnson. Parents are Trinity and Emily Johnson of Peterson, Minn. He was born on September 5, 2013. Teigen weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are ..... 
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Wanda Alice Eide

Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Wanda Alice Eide, 88 of Peterson died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse surrounded by her family. Wanda was born October 23, 1924 in Peterson to Joseph and Mary (Lindberg) Johnson. She graduated from Peterson Hi ..... 
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Peterson continues County 25 discussion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

The massive project slated for County Road 25, running through the heart of Peterson, Minn. continues to see more questions. The county is eager to get the project underway in 2014, but has said it is willing to wait until the following year. “Wai ..... 
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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Arnie Truman Severtson

Wed, Sep 18th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Arnie Truman Severtson, 85, of Peterson, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Rushford Good Shepherd Lutheran Home where he had been a resident since April. Arnie was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Fillmore County, to Ole and Martha (Slinde) Severtson on t ..... 
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