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Peterson mayoral race cuts close


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

While only one candidate may have been on the ballot for the mayor of Peterson, the city waited with baited breath the day following November 4 mid-term elections to find out who had snagged the position: incumbent Jennifer Wood or write-in candidate Tim Hallum.

There was a late push leading to the election by a group of supporters for Hallum. Initially, it appeared Wood would run unopposed, but a series of local advertisements late in the game showed there was a drive by some to change up the council.

With the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 project looming large, voters turned out in force for the election. According to one source, 17 never-before registered voters joined ranks with 128 mayoral voters.

By the time all precincts had reported, the office of Minnesota Secretary of State showed 67 (52.34%) to 61 vote (47.66%) lean in favor of a write-in. But, just who was the write-in and were those 67 votes split between numerous candidates or had Hallum’s camp ousted the current mayor?

According to a local source, three write-ins were for a second write-in candidate, narrowing the write-in lead for Hallum over Wood by just three votes. Additionally, there was some speculation over whether or not absentee ballots had been counted in the reported results. It was also determined that hand-counting would also be needed on ballots where voters had not filled in the circle next to the write-in candidate blank.

The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer’s office has confirmed all official information has been sent to the City of Peterson. As it currently stands, unofficially, Peterson will have a new mayor come January 2015. Mayor-elect Tim Hallum couldn’t be reached for comment.

“I one hundred percent agree with the democratic process,” noted Mayor Wood. “I wish Tim the best for the next two years.” Wood did express some frustration, however, that the campaign for Hallum was not on the ballot. “It’s unfortunate that there’s been this campaign behind doors, rather than putting a name on the ballot where there’s time for public conversation. It’s kind of a back way into it. Some of the supposed facts weren’t even accurate. It would have been nice to have a discussion of the facts.”

The city councilor openings will be filled by incumbents Gail Barnard-Boyum and Dave Colbenson, who garnered 38.69 percent and 41.71 percent of the vote respective .....
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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City of peterson notice of general election

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Legals

City of peterson notice of general election Notice is hereby given that the following terms of office will expire January 1 and will be voted on at the General Election Tuesday, November 4th at the Rushford Village Community Center, 43038 State Hw ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The district continues to address issues regarding the $38 million referendum, specifically those raised at recent forums, which haven’t eased public rumor and speculation. While the cost continues to be a major issue for many, as noted during the ..... 
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