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Peterson eyes strategic plan


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

As a large-scale County 25 reconstruction looms on the horizon of 2015 for Peterson, the city has been whittling down the scope of the project. During that process, the strong need for a city-wide strategic plan has come into play on more than one occasion.

“It’s really been pushed along by the fact that we have to do County 25, but we need to develop long-term goals and plans,” noted Peterson Mayor Jennifer Wood. “It’s been mentioned, but there wasn’t a lot of interest. This council is really open to the idea.” Wood also attributes recent fiscal impact studies and opportunities for grant funding as another factor in the city’s desire to plan with a broad, well-thought vision. She also partially credits a professional services firm with continuing to spur on the notion.

When the city was in the initial stages of the County 25 Project, the idea of securing grant funding for portions was often mentioned. However, in order to garner that funding, many of the grants required a more thorough and strategic plan that what the city currently had available. The city was told, “You need to think differently about the approach. If you have a plan for the future, for more than just this project, you can take the projects and make them fundable and look at all sorts of funding agencies for workable options. You want to be proactive and to have project thought out to fit the program.”

“We might perhaps define the scope of project differently if a grant was available and could include other things. It might even make it more feasible to get grants if certain aspects of the project are included,” said Councilor Dick Lee last November.

It was decided, at that time, to focus solely on the creation of a master plan for the County 25 project. and revisit the idea of a more encompassing strategic plan at a later date. Grant funding would certainly be an appreciated assistance for the city, but essentially, the city would have to have the plan first and that would take considerable time and they were already under the gun to nail down the road project. “We have to have a plan, something to present,” noted Wood at the November 18 meeting.

The need for a comprehensive plan is clear to the city. “It gives you an ongoing goal of where the city is going,” noted City Clerk Megan Grebe last fall. “It’s a fluid document that can be updated as things happen.”

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Andrew Peter Kingsbury

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Andrew Peter Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse, Wis. died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, due to an automobile accident in the Winona, Minn. area. Andy was born on December 8, 1984, in Waseca, Minn. to Allan and Linda (Peterson) Kingsbury. He moved with his ..... 
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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking anne ..... 
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Gesina J. Brueggeman

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Gesina J. Brueggeman, 95, of Peterson, Minn., formerly of Wykoff, Minn., passed away December 19, 2013, at her home in Peterson. Gesina Jeanette Simonson was born at rural Kiester, Minn., on May 16, 1918, the daughter of John and Martha (Johnson) ..... 
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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 fin ..... 
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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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