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Frost freezes out Rushford residents


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endless deep freeze has sent communities scrambling to find a way to help residents and Rushford is just the latest.

The freezing is occurring on water line laterals, extending from the water main to homes and businesses, under the street. Problems of deep frost are being made worse when streets are plowed clear, causing the uninsulated laterals are seizing up. Several communities, including Rushford have already issued warnings regarding the signs to watch for and what can be done. In some areas, however, even that isn’t enough.

For the Rushford residents of East Grove Street, the problem has been persistent. eighty year old resident Helen Overboe has been without water service for a week. Neighbors Brian and Pauline Espe and Joe and Dorothy Himlie are experiencing problems, as well, but have been able to thaw the lines with the help of professional services. Overboe’s line is plastic, rather than copper, and is unable to be thawed using arc welders. Local plumbing service G.S. Woxland spent several hours trying to clear the line, using steam, but was unable to. “They put in 77 feet of tubing and never got past the ice,” said Overboe. “It was like running into a wall.”

The three residents are the only on a line section and are wondering if upgrades done in 2010 may have had a hand in their recent woes. “We lived here for 12 years prior to that and it never froze. Since construction, it has frozen twice in three years,” noted Brian Espe.

“We’ve been here more than 30 years and it has frozen twice,” added Dorothy Himlie. “Has something happened since the ground was disturbed? It seems awful coincidental.” Both families paid to have the problem remedied, with Himlie’s residence thawed by a two-man crew, with three arc welders, over nearly 30-hours. To prevent further freezing and under professional advice, they are running a pencil-sized stream of water constantly and running large amounts of hot water twice a day to keep the sewer line from freezing due to the influx of frigid water down the drain. “That water is cold, and I mean cold,” she cautioned.

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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Brikena Grace Crowder

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Justin and Kristina Crowder of Phoenix, Ariz. announce the arrival of their daughter Brikena Grace. Brikena was born on January 14 and weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. She is welcomed by big brothers Caleb and Elijah. Proud grandparents are Randy and Susie Crow ..... 
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Thora C. Hoiseth

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Thora C. Hoiseth, 101, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Gundersen – Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Thora was born on May 21, 1912, in Norway Towhship, Minn. to Christ and Cora (Carlson) Hatleli. She was raise ..... 
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Letter to the Editor: Hello to all in the Rushford area...

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A BIG Thanks to all landowners/farmers and snowmobile clubs for letting us snowmobile such a beautiful area. This is my second time to tour through your beautiful bluffs...incredible!! I hope to be back to enjoy your accommodations; ..... 
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Wade Garett Woxland

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Wade Garett Woxland, 49, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family December 28, 2013, following a valiant and extensive battle with cancer. An avid cyclist, Wade counted the fight for his life another endurance challenge and ..... 
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Co-op announces special year-end refund of $500,000

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) are seeing the benefits of co-op membership on this month’s statements as the board of directors issued a special $500,000 year-end refund. The action was taken by the board beca ..... 
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