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R-P community continues to support our school leaders


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person to deal with our aging facilities. Within a month, the flood hit. Although not fully submerged in water, the school DID suffer damage. Mr. Ehler worked diligently to clean up the school and going through the proper channels to ensure that repairs and clean-up were funded appropriately.

Over the next few years, Mr. Ehler continued to address the issues of aging facilities. He knew that the community was still healing financially from the flood, so he and the school board worked within our budget to tend to deferred maintenance and code issues. Knowing that the facilities issues were not going away, Mr. Ehler and other community leaders worked with state and local officials until finally, the Debt Equalization bill came to fruition. What a gift this was. A community task force, made up of anyone who wanted to volunteer, recommended building a new pre-K-12 school. The Debt Equalization funds made this a very DIFFERENT proposition than the two previously failed school referendums. The NEW proposition was presented to the voters in November of 2014 and PASSED.

Once this plan was approved by the voters, bonds were sold, and the community received another gift. The interest rate was much lower than previously projected, reducing the total cost of the project by over $7 million, which equated to tax payer savings. We recap all this history to emphasize the importance of where we are today.

The R-P Concerned Citizens Group is attempting to throw these gifts away. They maintain that the 2007 flood damages reported and paid for by FEMA were overstated, and that the accounting between damages reported and funding received is not accurate. After numerous audits, and this group being told several times by state officials that their claims were unfounded, they continue with unsubstantiated accusations and threatened lawsuits. An article, published as recently as December 11, 2015, in the Rochester Post Bulletin entitled, “R-P Didn’t Inflate Flood Damage to School” calls out the R-P Concerned Citizens Group for believing R-P inflated flood damages. After stating both sides, this article ultimately quotes a FEMA official who states, “FEMA agrees with Mr. Ehler”. So, after al .....
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Peterson Council seeking more public comment on school facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The first Peterson Council meeting of the year, Wednesday, January 13, hit at several items of annual paperwork, but lingering old business garnered a good deal of conversation. A third community meeting regarding the future repurposing of the Ru ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board splits on Project Oversight Committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Peterson All

The R-P School Board waded through a full agenda and a scheduled Truth in Taxation meeting at the Monday, December 21 meeting. The majority of conversation related to the Project Oversight Committee, a new committee aimed at streamlining the new sch ..... 
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Peterson increases levy 5%; preps budget for increases

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held its monthly council meeting Wednesday, December 9. At the meeting, the council approved setting the final levy for 2016 at a 5% increase, or $3,821. The hike is intended to increase the general fund with any excess currentl ..... 
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Michael Bremmer

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Michael Bremmer Michael S. “Mike” Bremmer, 56, of Peterson, Minn., died on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan in La Crosse, Wisc. Mike was born on February 9, 1959, in Lanesboro, Minn. to Lyle and Carol (John ..... 
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Christmas in Peterson A Family Fun Event

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Rediscover the magic of the holidays on Saturday, December 12, when the City of Peterson comes alive with activities for all ages at the 3rd Annual Christmas in Peterson - Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Come for the day and make family ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson looks at World’s Best Workforce; Health Care industry elective

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner At the Monday, November 16 school board meeting, R-P High School Principal Jake Timm detailed for the board two initiatives the district is working on. The first, World’s Best Workforce, is an annual Minnesota Department of Ed ..... 
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Peterson Council takes a second look at utility policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The city of Peterson passed an updated Utility Policy in September. With that policy, residents with past due utility accounts would receive notice of delinquency in October of each year. Amounts not paid by the second Wednesday ..... 
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Adeline Skalet

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Adeline Skalet Adeline, R. Skalet, 95, of Peterson, Minn. died on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn. Adeline was born on May 29, 1920, in rural Lanesboro, Minn. to Hjalmer and Olive (Gilbertson) Be ..... 
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