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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 Quanrud. Police Chief Adam Eide sought to replace the positions as soon as possible, and following labor management protocol, recommended Quanrud fill the first open full-time position.

“The training and certification list is impressive,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi, with reference to an updated listing of Quanrud’s qualifications. The resume boasted some 30 specialty trainings or certifications and several items of volunteer work. Eide also noted Quanrud’s willingness to fill in on every night shift over the last three or four weeks since the other officers’ departure, which he had volunteered to do. The council accepted the chief’s recommendation unanimously.

Having previously stressed the need for three full-time officers, the chief has also wasted no time in securing applications for the remaining vacancy. To date, ten applicants, which were noted as quite diversified, have filed for the position. “I’m excited to get the ball rolling on this,” noted Eide.

Applications will be scored upon several factors, including education and experience, before oral interviews will begin. Top applicants will be selected for further interview with a pre-determined panel. Included in the panel are Chief Eide, Administrator Sarvi, Labor Management Committee members Mayor Chris Hallum and Councilor Vern Bunke, as well as local business owner Brad Hoiness, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Officer Mitch Boyum, and a representative from Fillmore County Social Services.

“I think it’s good to have community at-large people involved,” noted Bunke in reference to the panel. “It brings different perspective. They are the people being served.”

“There’s some ownership in it,” added Eide.

The panel will have a brief meeting before interviews begin, to review guidelines of hiring in the public sector, as it varies from typical hiring practices. Eide hopes to have a recommendation to the council, of two or three potential candidates, by the October 27 council meeting. “We need to make it as fast as possible, but also quality,” stressed Eide. “We need to get something done.”

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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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Letter about unsafe R-P facilities...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As many of you know, we had 2 sons in wheelchairs that attended Rushford-Peterson Schools. They loved being students at R-P. After the last vote on a new school, our son Michael told us of how very unsafe he felt at the high school, ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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Auditions for “Snow White” slated in Rushford

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be held at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, October 13 at Rushford-Peterson High School theatre in Rushford. Seventy-three local young people ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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Grace Place concert

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Enjoy the songs of John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary at an upcoming concert in Rushford. Anything Goes Trio will be performing at a free will offering concert to be held at 2 p.m. on October 18, at the Rushford Lutheran Church. Upon his ret ..... 
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