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Fire Department receives massive donation


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Fire Department accepts a donation from Farmers Co-op Elevator, Land O’Lakes Foundation, and CoBank. (L-R) FCE board president Steve Oian, FCE general manager Gordy Elliott, chief Paul Corcoran, and 1st assistant chief Chad Rasmussen. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

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.

Seizing the opportunity to maximize funding, FCE partnered with Land O’Lakes Foundation and CoBank, a national cooperative bank. Both entities offer programs aimed at benefiting rural communities and cooperatives. Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Member Co-op Match program is part of a larger commitment to rural communities that matches donations of member cooperatives dollar for dollar. Additionally, CoBank’s Sharing Success program is aimed at supporting longstanding principals of community and collaboration among cooperatives. “As FCE’s financial partner, they made this contribution to help improve the quality of life in our community,” states FCE general manager Gordy Elliott.

“When FCE board of directors learned we could almost triple our donation, we knew we needed to make a contribution for our community,” stated board president Steve Oian. The initial contribution donation of $7,500 by FCE was matched by a $7,500 Land O’Lakes Foundation. CoBank’s match offered an additional $5,000.

“The Rushford Fire Department was chosen to receive the donation because it is an integral resource for the entire Rushford Peterson Valley and one that we count on to be there if there was ever a problem at any of our cooperative’s Rushford facilities,” added Elliott.

The funding will cover the costs associated with a new thermal imaging camera. The compact camera works in various applications to determine hot spot heat sensitivity, determine structural stability, identify gas leaks, and to locate potential victims. Corocoran admits the ISG Infrasys camera has been on the department’s list for more than a decade and that the camera will immediately impact the department’s risk assessment in a wide variety of situations.

Also planned with the donation is the outfitting of the department with new helmets, complete with light emitting diode (LED) headlamps on both the front and back of the helmet. Helmets typically have a usage span of 10 years, at maximum. The department’s current helmets are already 10-12 years old. “Both of these were really needed,” adds Corcoran.

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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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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long a ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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