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Peterson holds two meetings over sidewalk debate


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

More than 21 concerned persons met with the Peterson City Council July 23 regarding the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the Church Street portion of the Country 25 reconstruction project. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Peterson City Council held two special meetings, within four days of each other, to discuss the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the west side of south Church Street. The July 23, the council allowed the public to comment and ask questions of County Engineer Ron Gregg, who is the project head. Mayor Tim Hallum made it clear that no decision would be made that evening. July 27, the council met a second time to take additional comment from those who couldn’t be in attendance the previous week and to make a formal decision for the in-process project.

More than 21 concerned persons attended the July 23 meeting. Concerns raised included the slope of the ditch between the proposed sidewalks and County 25, water control measures, maintenance of the sidewalks, and the threat of litigation facing the city if sidewalks are not installed.

Gregg clarified that the slope would be no greater than 3:1, or three feet across for every one foot drop. The sidewalk was proposed at five feet in width, a foot wider than the minimum allowed, while the cross slope of the sidewalk was proposed at less than two percent, sloping away from residences. Crosswalks are planned at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Park Street and Church Street and Mill Street, across County 25, to aid pedestrian and bike traffic. Pavement markings and signage will designate the area.

“The end of town, it’s not a high traffic area. It really isn’t,” noted Carol Liss. “For the amount of work you’re going be putting us through just to maintain it, is it worth it? I understand maybe on the back end maybe they need a sidewalk. We don’t. If we’re coming into town, we’re not going to walk down to the end and cross over. We’re just going to cross over or use the trail. If anyone is out walking in winter, I haven’t seen it in many, many years. I just don’t see that much traffic to warrant this, especially on this end. It seems the people on that end want a sidewalk. We don’t need it.”

Resident Chuck Eidenschenk questioned a petition put forth to the council in October 2014. Mayor Hallum noted that in the petition 14 residents of south Church Street were opposed, while just six were in favor of sidewalks.

The council voted January 28 to include the sidewalk in final drawings for the County 25 project largely because of the threat of litigation from former mayor Jennifer Wood and husband Chad Rich and kno .....
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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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Wayne Arnold Pederson

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Wayne Arnold Pederson of Peterson passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the age of 76 years. He was born May 20, 1939 in Money Creek, Minn. to Arnold and Arlene (nee Sanden) Pederson. Wayne married Karen Regelman on September 21, 2013. He was employe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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