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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 findings, it was noted the district quickly put controls in place to mitigate the issues.

The district general fund is down $37,380 for the year at $2,085,022. Of that, $1,216,643 is in unrestricted funds, which can be a cushion for unforeseen financial events, according to Hillberg. The district operating capital is $802,057. “I do like to see it healthy,” she continued. “It allows availability to pay for capital projects, freeing up unrestricted funds. Districts have no short list of needs and this allows you the availability.”

The district currently has no debt service. “No debt is very unusual. There aren’t a lot of districts that have that,” said Hillberg.

Of the general fund revenue, 79.9 percent is currently coming from the state. The remaining 14.1 percent, 2.8 percent, and 3.2 percent are coming from property taxes, federal payments, and “other” sources respectively. The district’s Weighted Average Daily Membership has increased to 760 and is expecting another increase for fiscal year 2014.

“You’re demonstrating that you’re putting the money in the classrooms,” concluded Hillberg. The audit report was approved unanimously.

In other news, an unforeseen glitch in the contact with Ready Bus Line has caused the need for some last minute negotiations. A clause in the contract, in which an option for renegotiations was allowed, went undetected by both Ready and the district. Per the contract, which expires this year, renegotiations were to have taken place prior to November 22.

“My concern is that if there are two competitive possibilities out there, I don’t want to close the options,” said Linder suggesting the district might want to open it up for multiple bids, including Ready.

Ehler indicated that since the November deadline was already passed, there was not enough time. Instead, the district will meet with Ready first and negotiate, then open it up for bids if needed. The item will also be reviewed by legal counsel. The transportation committee of Valerie Howe, John Linder, and Taylor Peterson will meet with staff and Ready Bus Lines to discuss the renegotiations. The goal is .....
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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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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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