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Rushford approves new school variances, permit


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Representatives for Rushford-Peterson School District met with the Rushford City Council to discuss a request for conditional use permits and variances related to the new school. Pictured clockwise, beginning at bottom left, are R-P Superintendent Chuck Ehler, ATS&R architect Ron Spoden, R-P Board Chairman John Linder, ATS&R Consultant Dean Beeninga, City Clerk Kathy Zacher, and Councilors Robert Dahl and Vern Bunke. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting.

In an application to the city, dated May 21, R-P Schools requested a conditional use permit (CUP) for agriculturally zoned property west of Eiken Drive and R-2 zoned property east of Eiken Drive for the purpose of constructing the new school, parking, and future ball fields. Additionally, two variances were requested. The variance descriptions include tree removal, grade alteration, and construction of retaining walls within the Bluff Overlay District and for a narrow-access roadway to the area along the western boundary of the school site, including shared use of the private Grimsrud drive.

The city council noted no concerns regarding the CUP, but there were concerns regarding the variances. According to a letter from the school to the Zoning Board, dated May 20, the northwestern and northeastern border of the property currently has an existing slope of less than 25 percent. The request maintains it is necessary for “functionality of a typical school’s receivables and refuse area,” the “circulation of larger delivery vehicles, and to allow fire and emergency vehicles. The school had been advised by the city to bring forth as few variance requests as possible, but according to the request, this variance was led by an “imposed 66-foot easement on the south edge of the site and a necessity to create open play space for the school.”

Adjacent land owner’s Glen and Denise Palecek were present at the meeting to discuss concerns. A letter from Palecek, who is in favor of a new school, notes that the current site plan contains items which he and his legal counsel believe are an infringement of his easement rights. “The site plan shows a drop-off land and a very large wall on the roadway property. Legal documents clearly state that I have the right to build a road on the roadway property and that it is to be kept clear of all obstructions at all times. Surely the land and wall interfere with and endanger this. A wall is certainly a structure and a legal document specifically denies the building of structures on the roadway property,” wrote Palecek.

Architect Ron Spoden, from ATS&R, representing the school, clarified to the council that the wall, 13 feet tall in .....
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By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Letter about Linder quote...

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Linder likes to cherry-pick his facts as he fails to mention his recorded quote that “the school didn’t flood but the community did.” The fact is the R-P school is using a disaster from over seven years ago, that caused the ..... 
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County 25 reconstruction in Peterson set to begin

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 25, running through the heart of Peterson, is finally at hand. A pre-construction meeting that included City representatives Mayor Tim Hallum, councilors Dick Lee and Loren Rue, clerk Megan Boyum, and m ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley kicks off demonstration and class season

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

The Rushford Peterson Farmers’ Market, now in its third year, is planning several demonstrations and classes from local growers and artisans. Markets are held Wednesdays, May through October, from 4-7 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford. On June ..... 
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Letter about Linder quote...

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Linder likes to cherry-pick his facts as he fails to mention his recorded quote that the school didn’t flood but the community did. Jon Peterson Peterson, MN

Twin foals become world famous

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Twin Appaloosa foals born at Brush Poppin’ Ranch near Peterson, Minn. have gained notoriety around the world since their birth on May 13, 2015. Jeff and Sylvia Passow, owners of Brush Poppin’ Ranch were very surprised by the twins birth and al ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist an ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial ..... 
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