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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secured the services of Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc.

“There’s a strange emphasis on what we envision,” noted Superintendent Chuck Ehler at the Monday, August 18 board meeting. Ehler went on to note his impression that the cities are relying on the district to shape the direction of what happens to the facilities, especially Peterson. “We viewed it as a community resource. We didn’t want to have a plan to force on them. These buildings belong to the community, so we want input on our community members.”

Should the referendum pass, the district will not retain ownership of the Rushford facilities; however, it will retain ownership of the Peterson facility, minus acreage the city has to option to purchase for $100. The district could sell the Peterson building to the city of Peterson or developers or individuals for a negotiated price. “There are a lot of different options,” added board chair John Linder.

As for Rushford, Ehler noted that he had a sense that the city wants to be in control of how the facility is repurposed. “I have a feeling they’re not willing to let go of it.”

Kane & Johnson, Inc. has a history of working with similar projects and Ehler noted that the firm has an appreciation for older buildings and feels there are good, feasible options and is confident of the incentives for others to invest. Potential redevelopment options for the Rushford facility may include a library, community center, retail space, and condominium living. For Peterson, options discussed include a community center, arts center, and lodging to be used in connection with the city park.

The City of Rushford has indicated a willingness to share half the cost of architectural services provided by Kane & Johnson, Inc. Estimated fees are $9,650 in total, plus estimated reimbursable expenses of up to $480. Services will include the facilitation of two Steering Committee meetings to identify community facility needs that might be housed in district buildings, to document and assemble drawing-based sheets of the sits and building floor plans, and coordinate with the State Historical Preservation Office and Minnesota Historical Society, and will .....
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Highway 43 detour for culvert repair south of Rushford postponed

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A planned one-day detour on Highway 43 south of Rushford has been delayed by weather and will likely be started on Monday, weather permitting. Motorists on Highway 43 south of Rushford will encounter a detour as Minnesota Depart ..... 
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Marvin Clarence Baker

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marvin Clarence Baker, 83 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his home. Marvin, the youngest of four siblings, was born in Rushford on January 7, 1931 to Carl and Mabel (Maguson) Baker. Marvin’s father died before he was born, which le ..... 
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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Projec ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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Lyla A. Kahoun

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

RUSHFORD, MINN. – Lyla A. Kahoun, 90, of Rushford, Minn., died on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Lyla was born on March 13, 1924, in Norway Township of Fillmore County, Minn. to John and Hannah (Austad) E ..... 
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Billie Virginia Hansen

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Billie Virginia Hansen, 92 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Billie was born February 7, 1922 in Anoka County to Theodore and Marie (Dosh) Jensen. She graduated from Albert Lea High School and attended te ..... 
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Rushford Clinic Open House on August 20

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Meet your new healthcare providers, enjoy a free light dinner, stuffed animal checkups, prizes, tours and more! Rushford Clinic is hosting an Open House to celebrate several recent changes at the clinic. The Open House is Wednesday, August 20, fro ..... 
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Rushford considers managed hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The issue of deer population control in Rushford has once again been brought to the forefront of council discussions. The council had reviewed options in 2012 and 2013 due to the damage inflicted on vegetation and hazards to traffic. In 2013, the co ..... 
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