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Rushford-Peterson goes in different direction


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The R-P School Board approved a proposal from Bernard Bus Company, of Chatfield, for a new two-year contract, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The Transportation Committee recently sought Requests for Proposal and received two transportation bids; one from Bernard Bus Company and one from Ready Bus Lines. Ready has provided service to the district for the last six years. Bernard served the district for the previous 18 years.

Ready Bus Lines owner Pat Regan was present at the Monday, July 18 board meeting to express his concerns and offer a reduced rate to the district. “We were not expecting the RFP process. We understood we had a four year agreement two years ago,” said Regan. “We’re prepared to offer the same prices as our competitor and ask that you consider it.” The district originally had a two year contract with Ready Bus Lines, but a clause was added to the contract to add a second two-year agreement when Regan’s Minnesota Coaches purchased and took over Ready Bus Lines in 2014. Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted that there were no complaints with the service Ready Bus Lines.

Ready Bus Line’s bid indicated a $320,675 cost for seven regular routes during the 2016-2017 school year and $327,088.50 for the 2017-2018 school year. Bernard’s bid came in at $312,000 and $302,000 for the same time period. Additional items on both bids include shuttles between the Rushford and Peterson facilities for this next year, as well as extra-curricular and athletic trips, leased bus, and a fuel clause. Bernard Bus Company’s bid was also lower on these items.

“I find it alarming that Ready is able to sharpen their pencils after bids have been opened,” stated Board Member Dean Mierau.

“The numbers you looked at when you open bids should be the numbers you use,” added Board Member Joyce Iverson. “The same information and a set deadline; I don’t feel we can go back on that.”

The board also approved the construction of a two-story press box for the baseball fields in Rushford. R-P teacher and baseball coach Dan Mlsna explained to the board that the idea of putting in a press box for the fields has been in the works for over two years, but until recently, it wasn’t feasible. Plans for the building include a 18 by 12-foot structure that is capable of housing equipment for the fields and team, full sound and video capabilities, and potentially room for a future con .....
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Semcac’s Volunteer Driver Program is vital to many

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

As we grow older, it may become more difficult to get to where we need to go. The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps someone has never had a driver’s license or has had to give up driving due to medical reasons. It could be that a friend or rel ..... 
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Lorene M. “Lori” Roberton

Tue, Jul 19th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Lorene M. “Lori” Roberton, 45, of Winona and formerly of Rushford, Minn., died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her home. Lori was born on May 15, 1971, in Winona, Minn., to Ted and Anne (Biesanz) Roberton. She was raised in ..... 
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Concerned Citizens – Writ of Mandamus vs. R-P Schools case dismissed

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford-Peterson Superintendent Chuck Ehler received the Order in the Responsible Citizens case on Monday, July 11, in which Judge Opat dismissed the case with prejudice for all of the reasons that were argued by Eric Quiring, of Ratwik, Rozak & Ma ..... 
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Rushford Council seeks appraisal of former municipal liquor store

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been nearly five years since Rushford voters checked their ballots in favor of closing the municipal liquor store and the city council is whittling down the last available unexplored option for the facility. Approved unanimously at the Monday ..... 
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Rushford native nabs spot in influential ranking

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner Mark Runkel, a Rushford native and 1995 Rushford-Peterson High School graduate was selected earlier this year as a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award. An annual award put forth by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, i ..... 
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Rights and responsibilities

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every r ..... 
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Senator speaks to local Chamber of Commerce

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Thursday, June 30, at the Andor Wenneson Inn in Peterson. Chamber members were privileged to hear Senator Jeremy Miller speak to several topics regarding the state ..... 
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Semcac marks 50th anniversary with July 12 open house

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN – Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966; this year marks Semcac’s 50th anniversary of helping people. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight Am ..... 
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