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Rushford grows Nanotechnology


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Picture taken with the Agilent 5400 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). It is a titanium alloy and the scale is 25 micrometers or 25,000 namometers. Notice that this smooth sample is very rough at the nano level.

In 2002, Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology put the city on the map with the growing technology. Now, Rushford NanoElectroChemistry, an independent company, has garnered further attention and hopefully given rural technology development a boost.

“Approximately 18 months ago, there was a session where a rural nanotechnology strategic plan was developed. It brought the rural technology to attention at federal level. I’m most proud of rural technology being added to that plan,” says company owner Kevin Klungtvedt. “I’ve been at it long enough. 90% of all U.S. nanotechnology manufacturers have less than 100 employees and 60-70% have less than 20. I made the bold assertion, do we want to be a part of a $1 trillion industry?” he continues.

The growth in the industry could have a significant impact on the community, which is Klungtvedt’s goal. “I’m here to make jobs. We’re not a company that sits in the corner and hides money. We’re vested in the community. Nanotech businesses bring living wage jobs to the rural community, attracting talented workers. This is the perfect business for a small town. It’s a win-win for the company and the community,” he notes.

What’s more, Klungtvedt believes that the industry is a way to keep the best and brightest right here in our communities. “We educate them and send them off. We want these people back in our community. You can come back home to work,” he stresses.

The technology has applications in every industry, including medical, environmental, energy, heavy industry, and consumer goods. “This is the largest change since industrial revolution,” adds Klungtvedt. “I call it my green Escort theory. I used to have this green Escort. I never knew they existed and then I saw them everywhere. Look at it [the technology]. Notice it. It’s there,” he enthuses.

The small company currently has two full-time employees and one part-time individual. That could change as new products continue to be designed and developed by the team. “We’re involved in several projects and we’ve got several on the board. With the latest, a bio impedance meter for medical and consumer application, we didn’t go looking. They came to us asking to have it built.” The company has put out 5 prototypes of the meter and has its first order of 150 due mid-February. After more than a year invested in its development, the meter has great poten .....
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A green wedding for a lively couple

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Ask a bride how she hopes the big day will be and you’ll frequently get “beautiful,” “classy,” “fun,” and sometimes even “perfect.” While it’s obvious that Shannon Hyter and Evan Meier’s wedding will be these things, the first ..... 
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R-P referendum forum hits at questions before big vote

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

There was a packed house with more than 100 local residents at the second R-P referendum open forum last Monday evening. Administration staff, school board members Angela Colbenson, Daniel Munson, John Nitecki, and Greg Smith, and representatives fr ..... 
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Marine Credit Union has made its move

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Marine Credit Union has relocated its Peterson Branch to Rushford, Minn. The new location was opened on Monday, November 12, 2012. Marine Credit Union is now located at 218 South Mill Street in Rushford. The new location offers more privacy for st ..... 
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Rushford Days 2012 featuring sanctioned Pedal Pull

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Days Festivities Committee is thrilled to announce that this year the Pedal Tractor Pull will be a qualifying sanctioned event by the Minnesota State Pedal Pulls Association. Kids ages 4 through 11 compete against kids from their own ag ..... 
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RINTek to host nanotechnology conference, youth camp, and trek

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) dubs nanotechnology as “the most all-encompassing enabling technology of our time” and rightfully, so. According to data, the nanotechnology field is currently a $200 billion industry. That number i ..... 
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Rushford pecking at proposed chicken ordinance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

The city council has taken a proposed chicken ordinance draft, put forth by the Planning Commission, under review. The draft is exceptionally thorough and should be straightforward to maintain, as well as making it easy for the city to pull the lice ..... 
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“The Rushford Question” gets its answer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Prominent members of the Rushford’s council, the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority, and the Rushford Area Branding Council were among the 30 gathered this past Monday to hear the results of “The Rushford Quest ..... 
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Rushford Library confined to Tew Memorial Library building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

After weeks of back and forth debate, on a subject that ultimately spans more than a decade, it appears that the Rushford Public Library not only will not see a new building built downtown, but it will be confined within the existing space of the Te ..... 
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