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Frost freezes out Rushford residents


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endless deep freeze has sent communities scrambling to find a way to help residents and Rushford is just the latest.

The freezing is occurring on water line laterals, extending from the water main to homes and businesses, under the street. Problems of deep frost are being made worse when streets are plowed clear, causing the uninsulated laterals are seizing up. Several communities, including Rushford have already issued warnings regarding the signs to watch for and what can be done. In some areas, however, even that isn’t enough.

For the Rushford residents of East Grove Street, the problem has been persistent. eighty year old resident Helen Overboe has been without water service for a week. Neighbors Brian and Pauline Espe and Joe and Dorothy Himlie are experiencing problems, as well, but have been able to thaw the lines with the help of professional services. Overboe’s line is plastic, rather than copper, and is unable to be thawed using arc welders. Local plumbing service G.S. Woxland spent several hours trying to clear the line, using steam, but was unable to. “They put in 77 feet of tubing and never got past the ice,” said Overboe. “It was like running into a wall.”

The three residents are the only on a line section and are wondering if upgrades done in 2010 may have had a hand in their recent woes. “We lived here for 12 years prior to that and it never froze. Since construction, it has frozen twice in three years,” noted Brian Espe.

“We’ve been here more than 30 years and it has frozen twice,” added Dorothy Himlie. “Has something happened since the ground was disturbed? It seems awful coincidental.” Both families paid to have the problem remedied, with Himlie’s residence thawed by a two-man crew, with three arc welders, over nearly 30-hours. To prevent further freezing and under professional advice, they are running a pencil-sized stream of water constantly and running large amounts of hot water twice a day to keep the sewer line from freezing due to the influx of frigid water down the drain. “That water is cold, and I mean cold,” she cautioned.

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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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Rushford debates police staffing, coverage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The ongoing issue over whether or not to fill the police department vacancy left by recently resigned, full-time officer Chris Frick continues to bring out public support and heated debate. Police Chief Adam Eide came before the council on November ..... 
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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel ..... 
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Rushford moves projects, motel forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a long road for several underway Rushford projects. Time delays, special agreements, and plan modification have hampered at least two, but both projects are now moving favorably forward. Not wanting to further hinder the wait time on t ..... 
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