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Rushford council will see new faces


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Changes to the Rushford City Council are on the horizon. While not yet canvassed and accepted by the city, results from November 3 voting indicate Incumbent Roger Colbenson has lost his council seat following a write-in campaign that appointed two new councilors to four-year terms.

Earlier this year, councilor Robert Dahl decided not to seek reelection. That alone indicated one of the two council seats would be filled by a write-in candidate. However, an enthusiastic local effort looked to not only fill Dahl’s seat, but to replace Colbenson as well. City Clerk Kathy Zacher released voting results last night and they indicated Terri Benson and Jim O’Donnell had swept the election with 199 and 166 votes respectively. Colbenson received just 58 votes and another 45 were cast for various other write-in candidates.

Both Benson and O’Donnell have a long history of public service to the Rushford community. Benson grew up in Rushford has worked for the Rushford Chamber of Commerce, served on the Rushford Peterson Valley Brand Council, is an active member of the First Presbyterian and Trinity Fellowship Church, chairs the annual ExpoCulinaria, and volunteers her help for many other civic and charitable events. “Her no nonsense, get it done attitude, combined with a good dose of civic pride and fiscal responsibility will make her a council member we can count on to consider what is best for the citizens of Rushford,” stated a campaign bio.

Likewise, O’Donnell is a life-long resident of Rushford who spent 12 consecutive years on the Rushford-Peterson School Board, including chairmanship of that board, was a member of the Rushford Library Board for nine years, also serving as chairman. O’Donnell is an active member of the Rushford Lions Club for 20 years and is currently serving as the group’s president. “Jim shows a passion for his community and is a calm, rational, level-headed leader. He is a good listener and makes sound decisions that are community-based, not politically based.”

The mayoral seat will once again be filled by Incumbent Chris Hallum. There was little opposition to Hallum’s reelection, with 208 votes to an additional 41 various write-in candidates.

The new councilors will be sworn in to office January 11.

Rushford council discusses engineering changes, school permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

In a surprisingly brief Monday, October 26 meeting, the Rushford council swiftly detailed a public works purchase, a change to banking services, street work, engineering changes, and local discussions over school site permitting. At the October 13 ..... 
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Rushford approves subdivision ordinance addition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford city council held a public hearing Tuesday, October 13 during its regular council meeting. Public comment was taken regarding an amendment to the subdivision regulations ordinance of the larger zoning ordinance. Only one person, Glen Pa ..... 
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Rushford reviews renewable energy systems ordinance, city hall move

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing was held September 28 during the regular Rushford City Council meeting in regards to an amendment to the Rushford Zoning Ordinance. The proposed new chapter will address renewable energy systems with the intent to encourage systems ..... 
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Rushford approved R-P site plan; landowner continues to object

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, September 14 Rushford Council meeting had several in attendance, including Rushford-Peterson District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, R-P School Board Chairman John Linder, and Ron Spoden, Landscape Architect with architectural and engineeri ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Rushford hires new public works director

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council formally approved the hire of Roger Knutson for the position of Public Works Director Monday, August 10. The position, which had been held by Jeff Copley, was declared vacant at the July 27 meeting, following Copley’s req ..... 
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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the counc ..... 
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