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Rushford-Peterson hits at security issue


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education



The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at offices, but additional efforts have been mulled over. Late last year, the district modified policy for school usage times and documentation following concerns over entry to the facility during non-school hours. The district has also revised actual entry points to the facilities during school hours, now limiting it to east elementary and south playground doors at the elementary/high school in Rushford and one north door at the middle school in Peterson. All other doors locked to the facilities are locked at 8:15 a.m., remaining locked until 3:15 p.m.

The district also utilizes a system of security cameras at the northwest entrance and in the gymnasium, but even that is limited. “It records, but doesn’t tip you off,” stated Superintendent Chuck Ehler. “If someone coming in with intent to do harm, it’s after the fact. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it.” Also noted was the unalterable situation of having none of the district offices near entrances. “Part of the dilemma is the flow of traffic,” added Ehler, citing frustration. “You’d be surprised at the number of people in and out of our building on a given day.”

Looking at two options for increased security, the district sought out price quotes on both additional camera systems and Airphone system, which requires visitors to identify themselves to the office and be “buzzed” in. With the latter, unidentifiable persons would require office staff to physically walk down to the doors for identification. Both systems would allow monitoring in four office areas. The cameras and monitors option was quoted as $2,000 for the equipment and wiring and would be installed by district staff and Norman’s Electric Service (NES). The Airphone system, which would be installed by Per Mar Security and NES, rang in significantly higher at $8,800.

While the camera system could be transferrable to the new facility, Ehler stressed that the district will looking for a complete system, with doors that lock and unlock via scheduled programming, as well as additional features.

Board Director Jon Pettit questioned whether having a keyfob or card system for door entry would address the issu .....
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Accusations fly at Peterson meeting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Following the appointment of newly appointed Councilor Loren Rue to the Peterson Council on January 14, the Council’s actions, particularly to appoint Rue, have been questioned. Councilor Dave Colbenson requested time to speak, prior to citizen co ..... 
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New owner, hosts at Peterson’s Wenneson Inn

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

Changes are happening in the hamlet of Peterson. In the last few years, the town’s historic bandstand was restored; then, in 2012, the Penger Vault, the former bank, was creatively renovated for distinctive lodging. In 2013, the go-to spot, Burd ..... 
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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the commu ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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