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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnings have been placed throughout the city along the Highway 43 corridor. Additional signage noting “local businesses are open” will appear with the construction signs. Meanwhile, the city is busy working a marketing campaign to keep the strong economic community moving.

While truck traffic will be rerouted around the city via I-90 and Highway 76 and 16 to the city’s south side, local traffic visitors will be able to utilize a detour along the city’s east side. Prior and during the project, the city will be utilizing a Marketing/Communications Plan to keep area residents informed of updates, business promotions, and other related issues.

“We’re all going to get through this,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “Little hiccups will happen. We’ll deal with them as they come.”

The city is expected to sign the contract this week. A pre-construction meeting will likely be held the following week where issues such as mail delivery and garbage pickup will be ironed out.

Illegal dumping in the city’s compost area has led to its temporary closure by the city. Multiple warnings went out to residents details what could and couldn’t be left at the site. After a recent spell where trash and construction materials were left for the city to remove, the city issued a public announcement for the site closure until further notice. “The straw that broke the camel’s back was a large doghouse filled with shingles,” noted Sarvi, expressing frustration, especially following a city-wide large garbage clean-up. “There are multiple ways for people to do the right thing.”

Any time non-approved items are left at the site, the city could face non-compliance repercussions from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The council heard various suggestions on preventing such issues in the future. They included hiring someone to supervise the site, utilizing trail-type cameras, and opening the site again after a period of time. For now, residents wanting to use the site for approved items can borrow keys for the lock from city hall.

Also discussed at the June 9 meeting was the use of Veteran’s Memorial Park as the site of a donate .....
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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount di ..... 
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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction. There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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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 endl ..... 
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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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