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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 rather than a document of unjust control by the privileged few.

Today in Houston County some pro-frack sand miners and three complicit commissioners—Storlie, Walter and Schuldt--seem to want to go back to that earlier mistaken thinking and make it even worse: Only some property owners—the frac sand miners--will have property rights. All other land owners will only have the “right” to pay more taxes to repair pulverized roads. We will have the “right” to see our home values drop even if we live miles from a mine. We will have the “right” to see our groundwater depleted and polluted.

And as for people who don’t own property, perhaps because you rent? You and your children will have the “right” to breathe respirable particulates that cause cancer, asthma and silicosis. You and your children will have the “right” to be put at greatly increased risk of being crushed by sand trucks. You will have the “right” to watch the scenic beauty you love destroyed all so that some landowners can make a lot of money doing the wrong thing.

This democracy-hating power grab reminds me of the novel Animal Farm, wherein George Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Donna Buckbee

Rushford, Minn.

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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Rushford completes property sale; looks to the sky

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford is in the process of completing the sale of the former Historic Bluff Country building, at 303 Elm Street, to Doug and Cindy Thesing, owners of Root River Floral. The final sale came in just $300 less than expected, at $39,700 ..... 
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Rushford sees potential bond opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, February 9 city meeting was short, at just 43 minutes, but wasn’t lacking in discussion as the council hit on several opportunities for the city, including a bond refinancing of impressive proportions. The opportunity to refinance a ..... 
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Rushford approves rate increases; housing study

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A Monday, January 26 public hearing, during the Rushford Council meeting, presented very little public, but a good deal of information. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment regarding proposed water and sewer rate increases. Mar ..... 
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Rushford approves sale of HBC building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The first Rushford Council meeting of 2015, January 12, brought the expected annual housekeeping of boards, committees, meeting dates, and more. It also brought an opportunity for the city to sell a viable piece of downtown property and get the pr ..... 
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Rushford hits at rate changes, law enforcement trends

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Discussion from the December 8 council meeting, regarding water and sewer rate structure and charges, continued December 22. The city is eyeing plans to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. Any rate ch ..... 
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Fire Department receives massive donation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Christmas has come early for the Rushford Fire Department. December 17, representatives from Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) presented the department with a $20,000 donation to the volunteer department to be used for the purchase of equipment. Seizin ..... 
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Rushford considers rate changes

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating ne ..... 
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