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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 addressed the board.

"What was the reason for the misunderstanding or miscommunication?” asked board member Taylor Peterson.

“It was a case of misunderstanding and miscommunication with the Winona Agency,” says district superintendent Chuck Ehler. “When we sent out the proposals the due date listed was April 4. In a conversation with Winona Agency, they thought there was a verbal agreement of a due date of May 4. After the due date, both Winona Agency and Vaaler Insurance Agency, who submitted bids, were contacted and the situation was explained. The Vaaler Agency consented to allow an extension until May 4th for the Winona Agency to have time to secure a viable quote.”

The district advertised for bids in mid-February and received inquiries from four agencies. The district received bids from Vaaler Insurance Agency and Winona Agency. Currently, Vaaler (Trident Insurance) provides the district’s property insurance and Winona provides the district’s workmen’s compensation coverage.

“I put that on him and his agency. They missed the deadline,” responded Peterson.

Johnson, one of the agencies interested in bidding, addressed discrepancies in valuations in the bid, as well as what he believed was a lack of information needed for formulating a bid. “What are we bidding on? It’s not spelled out. Can you make heads or tails of that? The information is not there,” stated Johnson. “My concern is what information are the agencies getting to put a bid on it? I’m wondering if the other agencies are getting special information. It’s totally unbiddable. The whole thing is incomplete. Period.”

Ehler noted his hope that agencies with questions would call for clarification. “All I ask is a phone call.”

Johnson responded regarding a discussion three years ago, at the time the last insurance bids were sought. At that time, he says he indicated to the district that the information was unbiddable. Additionally, Johnson noted that most companies won’t put bids out over 90 days, not being able to guarantee risk. Currently, bids are approved by the school board in August, with an effective date of September 1.< .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 3 A/B Honor Roll

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Grade 8: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Olivia Hoff, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp Grade 7: Cora Bauer, Ka ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll: 3rd Quarter

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 2013-2014 Grade 9 Ashley Agrimson, Halle Bauer, Bailey Bestul, Brooke Bestul, Noah Carlson, Neil Courrier, Mikayla Crawford, Nell Himlie, Haley Johnson, Spencer Majerus, Katie Mensing, Sarah Mensing, Aaron Munson, Ellen Nelson, Logan ..... 
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 8th Grade—Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Oliva Hoff, Anna Kjos, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp 7th Grade—Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyt ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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