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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 district. Two spoke directly to the facilities debate.

“I want to thank the board for their work,” said Sandy Rumstik. “It takes a lot of time and sacrifice, and I’m willing to pay whatever it takes to sacrifice for them [the students]. I commend you. Keep at it. It’s so important,” she continued.

Board member Peterson, a vocal opponent to the school’s past New School Initiative, took the brunt of other comments. “You use your seat to perpetuate your personal issue with Mr. Ehler. I see you as negative, as anti-education. I find it appalling,” said Joellen Bingaman. “I think you have you own personal agenda and your axe is sharpened by the minions who voted you in. Things don’t last forever and you won’t.”

A brief banter between Peterson and Bingaman was halted by board Chairwoman Angela Colbenson, who advised that comments be directed at the board for advisement, rather than conversation on the issue. Discussions then turned to ongoing talks revolving around a potential flip-flop move of middle school grades to the Rushford facility and upper elementary grades to Peterson, also a hot button issue for the community.

“I think we need to see more pros and cons as to why we’re considering making this realignment,” said Judi Tekautz. “There doesn’t appear to be much discussion. The experts, the teachers, have told us about the benefits of the closed setting for the kids over there. You want to transport those grades to Peterson, but they have their sports practices in Rushford and grades 7-8 have theirs in Peterson. It seems counterintuitive; a bad use of resources. You want to make those fourth and fifth grades line up and wait for a bus, when they should be running off energy before school. It’s a bad age to be bussed, and it seems a poor use of their time. There seems to be more potential for negative consequences.”

Superintendent Chuck Ehler spoke concisely and positively, seemingly to both issues brought up by those in attendance. “At the May 29 meeting, this came about with an administrative recommendation. There is still ongoing discussion. Let’s take a breath, before the guns come out let’s l .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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Charles “Chuck” Henry Musselman

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Charles “Chuck” Henry Musselman, 65, of Peterson, Minn., died after an eight-year battle with dementia on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center in Spring Grove, Minn. surrounded by his family. Chuck was born in Glen ..... 
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Rushford and Peterson to Join Cities for “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Rushford, Minn. and Peterson, Minn. are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Owen Nathan Olsen

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Owen Nathan Olsen Nathan and Mandy Mensink Olsen of Apple Valley, Minn. are happy to announce the birth of their son Owen Nathan Olsen. Owen was born on July 9, 2013, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and was 22 1/2 inches long. The proud grandparents are Cr ..... 
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