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Rushford debates police staffing, coverage


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

Several Rushford residents turned out to address the council regarding the issue of police protection. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

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 12 to seek replacement for the position, but the recommendation was tabled to allow for further consideration. That conversation continued recently at a labor management meeting involving Mayor Hallum, Councilor Vern Bunke, Administrator Steve Sarvi, and Eide, but it was clear by the November 25 council meeting, little had changed in perception of a remedy to the problem.

In September of 2012, Eide came before the council, following direction from Bunke, regarding a plan for various community safety projects to bolster the police protection. “While all those projects are very good, admirable, effective, there’s still a bit of concern whether or not we’re doing as much as we can as a council and community to support our officers and public safety effort,” noted Bunke in reference to Eide’s plan. “The consensus is that the public might have to take greater ownership of public safety, while controlling cost. We need to look at all options available. We have a great crew in this town. It’s outstanding. At the same time, if we’re not diligent in looking at all of the options, openly and honestly, without accusation and emotion, then we’re not doing the right thing. I don’t have the answer, but I’m suggesting we look at every possible option before we nail ourselves down to the cost of a full-time officer.”

Mayor Chris Hallum, who recently took his opinions on the issue to local editorials, spoke increasingly in favor of Eide’s recommendation. “The one thing police department is; insurance. You have it when you need it. I don’t want there to be a need, but if something happens and there’s no cop on duty, great, I saved a dollar,” said Hallum.

“That’s an emotional response,” responded Bunke.

“It’s my opinion,” countered Hallum, “And you’re trying to cheapen it by saying it’s emotional. My viewpoint is as valid as yours.”

More than 15 citizens turned out to voice their opinion on the issue and they were just as passionate about their viewpoints. Several who work in emergency rescue, including Kenny Highum, a volunteer firefighter, and Lynn Humble, Rushford Ambulance Director, highlighted the conve .....
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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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Rushford moving forward with multiple projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The end of a long process in getting a motel in downtown Rushford is almost over. Following a public hearing and a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the city council has approved a $500,000 EDA revolving loan fund subsidy ..... 
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Rushford runs into MnDOT stumbling block

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The massive Highway 43 project slated for Rushford, Minn. in 2014 continues to create headaches for the city. Already dealing with having to give up the city’s main thoroughfare for the duration of the project, it now seems th ..... 
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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out. The city is already painfully aware of th ..... 
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Rushford Hypersonic seeks and gets controversial funding

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

A full house packed city hall for the Monday, August 26 council meeting in Rushford, Minn. The joint meeting of the council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) included a public hearing regarding futher funding of Rushford Hypersonic. After ..... 
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Rushford prepares to lease former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Finally, the long wait to see the vacant community center may be at an end. Approved in November of 2009, the ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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