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Peterson continues County 25 discussion


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

The massive project slated for County Road 25, running through the heart of Peterson, Minn. continues to see more questions. The county is eager to get the project underway in 2014, but has said it is willing to wait until the following year. “Waiting could be beneficial, but nobody can predict what’s going to happen,” said Bryan Holtz,” of Yaggy Colby, the engineering and consulting firm assisting with the project. Currently, the county has a 50 percent share policy on a portion of the project and although it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, the policy is subject to change. In addition, material costs could increase.

The city consensus, according to mayor pro tem Dick Lee, appears to be starting the project next year, as planned. The final decision on a timeline will be made at a later date. For now, the city is trying to iron out any potential hiccups that could disrupt the project or cause unforeseen additional costs.

One large unknown that is looming is the condition of the city’s water main. One hundred years old, it could potentially sustain damages during road work. While there are no known issues with the main, construction activity atop the roadway, in the absence of load bearing asphalt could literally shake things up.

Water testing will be conducted, including hydrants, but it’s not clear if it will tell the city anything about the overall condition of the pipes. Holtz stated that the city would likely have problems already if the pipes were in poor condition, but without knowing the depth of composition of the pipes, making a determination of what will be needed is difficult. The total project cost will go up significantly if the water main is added in. For now, the city will proceed with testing and make the decision of whether or not to include the water main in the project at a later date.

Another key issue is underground wiring along the roadway. It appears that there’s a possibility for the wiring having been laid years ago without a protective conduit of some sort. “We need to make sure when everything else is torn up,” stressed Lee. Electrical work could be coordinated with on the project, but the city will need to consult with MnDOT.

The county, according to Holtz, is not keen on the city’s request for sidewalks on the west side of South Church Street. Instead, the county would prefer that the a stripe for a pedestrian lane be .....
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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Arnie Truman Severtson

Wed, Sep 18th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Arnie Truman Severtson, 85, of Peterson, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Rushford Good Shepherd Lutheran Home where he had been a resident since April. Arnie was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Fillmore County, to Ole and Martha (Slinde) Severtson on t ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Peterson set for a big trail town celebration

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Taste of the Trail, now in its third season, is a Root River Trail premier event. Showcasing nine towns along the trail, during various weekends, the event is the culmination of unique events, the beauty of the natural surro ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Peterson continues progress on County 25, zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The County 25 project, a massive undertaking for the city, is still underway and a feasibility study is ongoing. The city, which will share a portion of the cost with the county, is still relatively in the dark about their share ..... 
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Shelby Harris Westby

Tue, Aug 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Shelby Harris Westby, 83, of rural Peterson, Minn. died on Monday, August 19, 2013, at his home. Shelby was born on October 28, 1929, in Spring Grove, Minn. to Gynther and Clara (Erickson) Westby. He was raised on the family farm in rural Peterson ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Whalan, Peterson & Lanesboro on September 14

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 14, the towns of Peterson, Minn., Whalan, Minn., an ..... 
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