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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 Lipowicz, represents a parcel of land just under 40 within the city. The pair petitioned for annexation based on their current land zoning (agricultural) and because their land goals fit “naturally” with the Village’s comprehensive plan and ordinances.

At the time it was presented, the Village made no official vote on the matter. However, the council noted the delicacy of the issue due to the cooperative nature between the cities. The council indicated at that time that they would have no issue with annexation so long as the Peterson council had no concerns.

According to Nethercut, a state statute allows for detachment and annexation of properties if both petitioned entities agree. If no agreement can be reached, the statute allows for a governing state board to determine whether or not the property petition should allowed. If the entities have opposing wishes, a hearing would be held with a board examiner, the board would then vote on examiner’s findings. The statute lays out six points of criteria. The Smaby/Lipowicz petition meets at least three of the criteria: All property owners must have signed the petition; property must be rural in character and not developed; and property is within city limits and abuts property of township.

The other three criteria are more limiting in their definition and it is unclear how they would be interpreted in this case: detachment/annexation would not unreasonably affect symmetry of boundaries; land is not needed for reasonably anticipated development; and determination that detachment does not interferes with city’s function of government without undue hardship. The property, which represents the northwest corner of the city boundaries, represents one of the most developable areas within the city. Standing less than one square mile, to lose it would be significant to the small community, according to the council. The tax revenue from the property is currently $1,307 annually.

Nethercut also noted that most detachment/annexation issues are resolved before a hearing. Costs for the effort are usually shared 50/50 between the petitioner and the city. Based on recent cases, the timeframe is typically 6-9 months .....
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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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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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