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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 workforce and transitional housing which has come to light in recent years. The study will assess current housing conditions, analyze sales and rental markets, and provide development recommendations.

By making the study more current, the city believes it may increase attraction and assistance of potential developers, as well as open opportunities for grants, tax credits, and other funding sources. Additionally, should the Rushford-Peterson School District’s proposed referendum pass November 4, the timing of the city study may coincide with the opportunity of redevelopment for current district facilities.

Minnesota Housing Partnership offers a matching funds grant for housing studies which the city intends to utilize to cover a portion of the cost. By having the study, the city will be in better position to prove to the state its housing needs.

Levee work continues for the city. Some $360,000 of Department of Natural Resources grant money from the state, earmarked for levee correction, is still available to the city. Minor portions of the project are still underway and some yet to commence, but the city wants to secure the funding, or at least have it held for the project.

Currently, the city is accepting quotes for the removal and restoration of riprap work at headwalls, restoration of ditches, and other riprap work. The items have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as necessary to meet standards. The council opted to pre-approve the best-price bidder at the October 27 meeting, prior to actual bid opening. This was in effort to facilitate a quick response on the work timeline, keeping the project moving.

“We have to keep moving or we might lose it. We have to show we’re still working on it,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

“We’re going to more lengths than needed to do it right. That way, if the Corps comes back and says anything we can show them,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. The city also believes that it will have a better case with the state this way, showing continued progress and fiscal responsibility with state dollars.

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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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Tri-county electric public notice

Mon, Oct 20th, 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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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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