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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 council June 22, contingent upon a public hearing for a business subsidy, approval by the Planning Commission to verify the sale met with the comprehensive plan of the city, and the rezoning of the lot.

A joint council and Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting was held July 27 for the purpose of a public hearing. There were no public comments. The Revolving Loan Fund Business Subsidy was needed due to the sale being 75% or less of the estimated market value of the building ($570,000). The building is being sold, “as is” for $200,000, but requires some extensive remodeling.

Five specific facts and findings were presented to the council prior to the vote. First, as terms of the subsidy, Win-Tech pledges to employ five people by the end of 2015 and has a goal to reach 10-15 employees by the end of five years. Also, with the sale, the building will transition to generating property tax for the city, will no longer represent any city investment, and will no longer require the city to pay utilities for the property.

“It makes sense for the community,” acknowledged City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

The Planning Commission did approve the sale as compliant with the comprehensive plan.

The Board of Zoning recommended that Lot 4, Block 2 of the Himlie Business Park, 1108 Miller Circle, as well as Lot 5, Block 2 and Lot 6, Block 2 be rezoned from arterial commercial to light industrial. The idea behind rezoning is both to allow the sale to Win-Tech and to prepare for expansion or creation of similar businesses. It was noted that originally the area was zoned arterial because the city was planning for supportive businesses to be located near a motel and community center. Allowing for the rezoning opens the door to more business opportunities in the community. Lots 1-3, which face Highway 43, will remain arterial commercial. There are two additional lots zoned R3, or multi-family residential district, and one large I1 Light Industrial district within the Himlie Business Park.

“We’re thrilled to have your business here,” enthused Mayor Chris Hallum.

“It’ll be good,” added Steve Brown, owner of Win-Tech Electr .....
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Letter about Houston County planning commission votes not to enforce ordinances...

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the July 23 Planning Commission meeting a motion was made and seconded to require that the county board mandate enforcement of county mining ordinances by the Planning and Zoning department. As you may know, over 90% of the c ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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Rushford rejects airport bid; approves hearings for sale of former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Municipal Airport Commission has received and rejected a bid for an airport fuel tank replacement and upgrade project. The lone bid for the estimated $240,000 project came in 25% higher than engineer’s projections. According to City Admin ..... 
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Engagement - Schiltz ~ Hanson

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Troy & Carrie Schiltz of Rushford, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Carina to Eric Hanson, son of Jerry & Mari Hanson of Cherry Valley, Ill. Carina is a graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and Eric is a graduat ..... 
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Engagement - Snyder ~ Potter

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

The parents of Leah Marie Snyder and Cory John Potter are pleased to announce that Leah and Cory will be married August 15, 2015 at Our Savior Moravian Church, Altura, Minn. Leah’s parents are Mary Ann and Marlin Carrier of Rushford, Minn., and ..... 
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Richard Theodore Anderson

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Richard Theodore Anderson, 79, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus. Richard was born April 20, 1936 to Russell and Thelma (Barnewitz) Anderson in Rushford, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed ..... 
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Rushford Area Society for the Arts will present “Noises Off”

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society for the Arts will present “Noises Off” for its summer theater production at Rushford Peterson High School Theater. The play is directed by Eric Decker and has numerous area actors portraying the participants in this hilari ..... 
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