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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 weeks of discussion by the EDA, it was recommended that the city approve a $145,000 subsidy loan financing the low-scale production of products for distribution. For some in attendance, it was just the same old story.

Hypersonic has to date received $500,000 in funding through the EDA Revolving Loan Fund, the maximum amount allowed to one company. Those funds, according to Rushford Hypersonic President Jay Skranka, were utilized for research, design, development, and fine tuning for testing. This funding would allow the company to begin production of its coated drill bits for industrial use. Fastenal has provided a letter of intent to the company regarding the product but no purchase or distribution agreements are in place.

“We have amazing, wonderful technology here. We’ve spent six years developing the technology to take Nano particles, to take a product a product and make it better. This will help bridge the gap into production,” said Skranka.

Contrary to what some thought, this funding will not provide new machinery. Instead, it will fund a carousel component that will be inserted in existing machines to allow for greater consistency in the product. “We’re working on repeatability to a consistent performance standard,” he added. The bits themselves, when coated, are remarkable. When compared to a standard carbide bit, which drilled 60 holes before wearing out, the Nano-coated bit drilled 1,500 holes and under inspection, the 1,500th hole was no different than the first.

Still, not everyone was sold. The initial loan to Rushford Hypersonic is in a period of forbearance. “My concern is where the $145,000 will be spent. Will it be spent in a logical way and will there be a way for us to get something out of this as a city?” asked Mitch Bublitz. “This is all well if it works, but if it doesn’t, do you have a plan?”

“We were skeptical, too,” responded EDA chair Tom Driscoll. “But the arguments were persuasive when weighed against the alternative of letting this company languish. We tore this thing apart, went through everything, asking every possible question given the history of this company and the city. It’s i .....
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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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Rushford discusses upgrades, land surveys, bluff issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Rushford, Minn. has seen its share of upgrades in the last six years of recovery from massive flooding. Several upgrades were revealed by the flood itself and even more revealed by those initial upgrades. As the work is being do ..... 
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Rushford seeks land values on properties

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The city is seeking professional appraisals on two of its properties; the lot immediately west of the fire hall and the community center and lot in the Himlie Business Park. With parties interested in both locations, City Admini ..... 
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Make it great, make it grow

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner So what’s in a name, or in a brand for that matter? One can hardly think of a city other than New York when you see a big red heart preceded by the letter “I.” What about our small towns? Can they build a lasting public im ..... 
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Rushford aims to reduce comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The city has entered into an agreement with Yaggy Colby Associates for professional planning services in an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan was last updated in 2008 and so after the flood, changes were ..... 
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Rushford cancels City Hall project, for now

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At least for the time being, Rushford’s city hall will remain at its present location. Plans to convert the former municipal liquor store into new city hall have stalled more than once due to cost and funding. The council vote ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation seeking proposals for grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Community Foundation is seeking proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The foundation supports new and innovative projects or programs that improve the quality of life and build on existi ..... 
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