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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the suggested options, keeping in mind referendum results and local opinion. Ten options were ultimately put forth by architectural firm ATS&R, following the presentation of a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis, provided as a joint effort between ATS&R and ICS Consulting, last February. The analysis sought to provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs as the task force moved forward.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted last January that several key items to the defeat of the results were evident to him. As written, they included:

•We have to keep the building in Peterson open and will need to plan to update the building.

•Tax impact – Our citizens felt the tax impact was too great.

•There is a belief that we can invest in our current facilities versus a new building.

•We need to more directly involve our government entities (City of Peterson, Village of Rushford, and City of Rushford).

•Our citizens and residents want a plan that is long-range and comprehensive. They want a “one and done” project.

Keeping these in mind, the facilities task force worked through the 10 options, eventually whittling them down to just four. “I recommend you give us a sense of direction,” said Ehler. “What would you like us to do?”

The front runner, garnering 68 votes from the task force, was Option 7. That plan includes the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 school on the property adjacent to the current high school football field. While the plan would highlight energy efficiency and the culmination of “a truly 21st century school,” it ultimately abandons both the current Rushford and Peterson school facilities. The estimated price tag could ring in at $34.5 million, with estimated state debt equalization payment near $8 million.

Option 10 came in with 27 votes as a second potential solution. It calls for the construction of a new EC-3 school and a new 7-12 school on the property adjacent to the current athletic facility and a conversion of the Peterson facility into a 4-6 middle school. The option also includes abandoning curren .....
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Peterson preps for project planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

As the massive 2014 County 25 project continues to take shape, Peterson is looking to further refine the overall scope of work. The project will contain a new roadway and sidewalks, but could potentially include a water main upgrade, as well as a ha ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Peterson received final feasibility report for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a thorough field investigation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer systems, Yaggy Colby presented its report to the city council Wednesday, October 9. Included in the report was the engineer’s opinion of probable cost for seve ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Teigen James Johnson

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Big brothers Caden and Carson Johnson welcome their baby brother, Teigen James Johnson. Parents are Trinity and Emily Johnson of Peterson, Minn. He was born on September 5, 2013. Teigen weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are ..... 
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Wanda Alice Eide

Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Wanda Alice Eide, 88 of Peterson died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse surrounded by her family. Wanda was born October 23, 1924 in Peterson to Joseph and Mary (Lindberg) Johnson. She graduated from Peterson Hi ..... 
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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. “Wai ..... 
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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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