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SE Minnesota Historic Bluff Country to hold annual meeting April 14


Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, MN - Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country will be holding its annual meeting on April 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Stumpy’s Conference Room in Rushford, Minn. The group is committed to encouraging visitors and interest to the area and charged with maintaining the National Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway, covering 88 miles of scenic natural beauty and traditional American living from Dexter to La Crescent, Minn., and points stretching both north and south. HBC is looking to rebuild following a tumultuous period in the organization’s history, hoping to focus on uniting the counties and small towns in its area to the betterment of all.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck call,” said Eric Leitzen, the representative of Hokah, Minn., a small town of 600, “we all need to work together in order to turn Southeastern Minnesota into a tourism destination that will bring visitors, exposure, and income to our many working families.” Historic Bluff Country is looking to position itself as a complement, not a replacement, for various area Chambers of Commerce, hoping to build a network that is stronger together than working separately. Comparisons have been made by the HBC board to New England, Upstate New York, and Napa Valley for previous examples of geographic regions of smaller towns that have united as tourism destinations.

Historic Bluff Country is a sweeping cross-section of classic American life, from broad farmland atop the area bluffs to warm, welcoming villages down in the valleys. The area is a favorite for artists, conservationists, historians, and lovers of year-round outdoor recreation. HBC plans to use the April 14 meeting as a jumping off point for a new era in promotion and prosperity for all towns and townships both on the bluffs and along the scenic Root River.

The event will begin with the annual meeting, statement to local members, and presentation of new board members and officers from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Following the meeting, there will be an hour-long discussion of the Historic Scenic Bluff Country Scenic Byway Corridor Plan, which will be used as a template moving forward of how the organization will operate over the next ten years. All are urged to attend, from Dexter to La Crescent, and give their feedback at the 10 a.m. meeting and set HBC on a course forward to serve the entire area.

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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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The ABC's of bees

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

A free beekeeping class, “The ABC’s of Bees,” will be held Wednesday, July 9, from 5-6 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford, Minn., in the small pavilion. The class is part of an ongoing educational and community effort by the Rushford Peterson ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Recap of Weekend Power Outages

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature. Power outages began Friday morning (June 21) and continued on ..... 
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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the st ..... 
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