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Rushford preps 43 project, looks long-term


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Progress Edition

“This is not something we want to do. If we weren’t having utility problems, we wouldn’t do it.” That was the overall mood last fall of the impending state Highway 43 project scheduled to run through the heart of Rushford in 2014. Since September, following the results of a preliminary feasibility report by Otomo Engineering that detailed some of the potential $3.5 million project, the city has gradually coming to grips with what’s before them.

The city was already painfully aware of the conditions of some of the utilities that lay under the stretch of roadway when news of the project trickled down from the state level. Many of the utility issues were brought to light by and worsened by flooding in 2007, including 1885 pipe works which are rapidly deteriorating and causing excessive inflow and infiltration to the system, as well as a series of 1959 pipes which are also in poor condition.

The project is expected to be massive. Upgraded utilities and completely reconstructed streets and sidewalks will be long-term positive for the city, but for a city still recovering, the impact seems staggering. The total cost of the project hovers just over $3.5 million with the city’s share at $1,695,858, including assessments. The estimated assessment costs are $337,142. The assessments are expected to be shared over 64 properties, with the properties to be determined as those with the most benefit. MnDOT will contribute $1.5 million to the project, but no more.

Businesses have grown in the last seven years, with several new upstarts, but the potential effect the project could have some reeling. Already dealing with having to give up the city’s main thoroughfare for the duration of the project, the community is essentially at the mercy of the state is regards to alternative routes and project standards. The length of the project schedule concerns many, but City Administrator Steve Sarvi has attempted to reassure the public and business owners that the city will do all it can to move the project along.

Still, the city appears to be taking the project in stride and attempting to put as positive a spin on it as possible. In November, the city hired long-time marketing consultant Sally Ryman to assist the city with communication and marketing for the business community. Ryman has spent more than 30 years of her career with companies such as Minnesota Rural Electric Association, Land O’Lakes, Viafield, and .....
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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Donna M. Fairchild

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Donna M. Fairchild, 81, of Rushford, Minn., formerly of Riceville, Iowa, died Thursday, January 9, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford surrounded by her family. Donna was born January 8, 1933 in Elma, Iowa to Don and Dorothy (Miller) F ..... 
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Linda K. Brown

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Linda K. Brown of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Linda was born June 24, 1950 in Lanesboro, Minn. to Robert and Luella Brown. She was baptised and confirmed at North Prairie Church of ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl, 77 of Rushford, Minn., died Friday, December 20, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center after losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Curt, one of ten children, was born on September 16, 1936 in Peterson Vi ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Robert Louis Boehmke

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Robert Louis Boehmke 84, of Rushford, Minn. died Friday, December 13, 2013 at Winona Health in Winona, Minn. Robert was born Oct 5, 1929 in Wiscoy Township, Minn. to Carl and Hazel (Feine) Boehmke. He was baptized at St. JohnLutheranChurch in Hart ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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