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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking annexation to the City of Rushford Village. They discussed their case for a petition for annexation with the Village council at the December 3 CRV meeting.

“We presented our case to them by their invitation,” said Lipowitz. “They asked us to come to their meeting to discuss our case.” At the December meeting, the Village council discussed the matter at length, agreeing to wait upon Peterson’s actions before making more comment on the petition. The council also agreed that any decision would have to be agreed upon by both cities due to the cooperative nature of the communities.

At that time, Rushford Village Councilor Gordy Johnson cautioned the city not to jump the gun. “We’ve been down this road before, on both sides. In order to maintain a relationship with Peterson, this would need to be done orderly. We rely on each other.”

“Both cities would have to agree,” added Mayor Dale Schwanke in response to Johnson’s comment. “This would need to be a concurrent agreement. We need to be cautious of not suggesting to Peterson that we’re trying to take something away from them.”

The relationship between the cities has been an ongoing effort for years and has been contentious at times. Both Rushford Village City Clerk Kristina Mart and Mayor Dale Schwanke were reached for comment on Lipowitz’s claim of invitation by the Village, which would have oddly come prior to the duo asking for detachment from Peterson. When asked whether this was accurate or whether Lipowitz misspoke, Schwanke said, “Yes, I’d have to say he misspoke. We have an open invitation to anyone who wants to speak to the council and anyone can come.”

Clerk Mart noted, “They contacted the Village stating their reasons why they wanted to detach from Peterson and asked if they could come and share them with the Village Council.” Mart also noted via email that Lipowitz and Smaby were on the agenda for the January 7 meeting, but did not attend.

“What is your need for leaving?” asked Councilor Barry Erickson. “What fear do you have? Can you give us a good feeling to this as to why you want to leave? Is there something you need?

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Gesina J. Brueggeman

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Gesina J. Brueggeman, 95, of Peterson, Minn., formerly of Wykoff, Minn., passed away December 19, 2013, at her home in Peterson. Gesina Jeanette Simonson was born at rural Kiester, Minn., on May 16, 1918, the daughter of John and Martha (Johnson) ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Paul Emerson Erickson

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Paul Emerson Erickson, 63, of Rochester, Minn. and formerly of Byron, Minn., died on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Golden Living West Care Center in Rochester. Paul was born on August 1, 1950, in La Crosse, Wis. to Hollis and Marilyn (Johnso ..... 
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Peterson responds to petition for detachment

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a formal petition for annexation to the City of Rushford Village on December 3, the Peterson council discussed the issue at length, along with City Attorney Richard Nethercut. The petition, presented by Peterson residents Jan Smaby and Al ..... 
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Engagement - Todd ~ Agrimson

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Tracy Todd, of Rushford, Minn. and Mark Agrimson, of Peterson, Minn. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. The bride, 21, is a senior at Winona State University and will graduate with a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood E ..... 
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Christmas comes to Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Peterson is all about tradition, but the creative town also thrives on new opportunities and a chance to blend the two during the holidays was just the thing they were looking for. Looking to draw visitors out of their winter shells, the city is gea ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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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 ha ..... 
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