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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an alternative site for the new facility on a lower parcel owned by the school district. That 17 acre parcel, east of the athletic complex, would require additional soil to bring it to a buildable level. Early calculations by Tim Roberston, of ICS Consulting, indicated approximately 116,000 cubic yards of fill, at a cost of $26 per cubic foot, or roughly $3 million, would be required for feasibility of the site. Soil borings on the site have not been done due to cost. At the time, ICS Consulting determined further exploration of the site was necessary due to cost and availability of the originally-designated parcel, north of Eiken Drive.

Board Director Jon Pettit, prompted by concerns of district residents, called for the district to investigate further into land usage of the lower parcel. Pettit specifically questioned comments which stated review of the parcel determined soil alterations were “not a good value” to the district. Additionally noted by Pettit was a conversation with Fillmore County Commissioner Randy Dahl regarding costs of land alterations in an adjacent subdivision. Pettit stated land alterations removing 23 feet of soil from the Tyrol Hills subdivision prior to development cost the developer $112,000, according to Pettit. He estimated in today’s market, that cost would be approximately $300,000. “Between $300,000 and $3 million – that’s a tremendous difference,” added Pettit. “I think there’s more to look into. It was brought up by the Design Team. I think he gave the answer he wanted to give and inflated it tremendously.”

Board Director Taylor Peterson agreed, citing a conversation with which brought to light the county currently paying $8 per cubic foot for sand fill. “If he’s inflating sand that much, what else is he inflating?”

Present at the meeting via Skype, Board Director Dean Mierau added, “With the current model, there’s no incentive for the cost to be less. What we’re up against is not really looking at cost savings.” What is unclear, however, is whether or not the cost estimate of $26 per cubic foot including additional work such as borings, permitting, and labor. The project would require the use of state and fede .....
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Norma Muriel Bratberg

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Norma Muriel Bratberg, 94, of Rushford, Minn. died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Norma was born on May 20, 1920, in Norway Township of Fillmore County, Minn. to Oscar and Amelia (Tompte) Gravos. She wa ..... 
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Letter about wrong-doing in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

To the Editor, The first writing of the U.S. Constitution gave only white male landowners the right to vote. People saw how unjust and mistaken that was. Over the course of our history, the constitution was rewritten to become an inclusive document ..... 
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Letter about lies in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Have you heard the 3 biggest lies in Houston County? 1. Lie number one; we can’t ban frac sand mining because we will get sued. The truth is both the County Attorney and County’s consulting land use attorney said the opposite. ..... 
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Letter about something smells fishy...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Something smells fishy in Houston County, and it’s not the lutefisk. On February 18, 2015, hundreds of concerned Houston County residents gathered for a public hearing in Caledonia to beg the Commissioners to ban frac sand mining ..... 
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Letter about something smells fishy...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Something smells fishy in Houston County, and it’s not the lutefisk. On February 18, 2015, hundreds of concerned Houston County residents gathered for a public hearing in Caledonia to beg the Commissioners to ban frac sand mining ..... 
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Letter about Houston County Animal Farm?...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Have you ever read “Animal Farm” by George Orwell? If so… you may remember how the pigs eventually took over control of the farm, a.k.a. local government. If you haven’t read it, here is a more modern and yet very adapted ver ..... 
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Rushford clarifies Lodging Tax issues; looks to possible reallocation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 9 followed on the heels of a meeting with representatives from local lodging establishments. Currently, 3 percent of total sales from the establishments, not including campgrounds, is collected by th ..... 
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Leslie Glenna

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leslie “Les” G. Glenna, 67, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, March 05, 2015, at his home. Les was born on October 22, 1947, in Bratsberg, Minn. to Levi and Mildred (Miller) Glenna. He was raised in Bratsberg and graduated from Rushford H ..... 
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