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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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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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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson schools receives books to promote early literacy

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Owatonna, Minn. - Rushford-Peterson Schools was one of 29 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone. This grant program, which awarde ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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R-P moves new referendum forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, rega ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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