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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount did see some minor adjustment, but is very close to engineering estimates. MnDOT is currently reviewing the bid before signing off on it. The city is anticipating getting the green light from the state by June 15.

“We feel we got a good price. We’re good to go,” said Josh DeFrang, engineer for Otomo Engineering. The firm had no concern over only two bidders, largely in part to a thorough pre-bidders meeting with potential contractors. “We found out which companies were hungry and which weren’t,” he added.

Discussed in length at the pre-bidders meeting was the city’s desire to see the project move as quickly as possible, potentially utilizing multiple crews and extended work shifts, to minimize impact to the downtown, school, and Farmers Cooperative Elevator. Details will be hashed out at a construction meeting between the city, engineers, and the contractor. DeFrang did stress that the areas in front of the school and in front of the elevator would be done first. The target project end date is November 15. A structured fee penalty is built into the project should the contractor exceed that date.

While it was estimated that the project could have started earlier, Otomo Engineering found no issue with the perceived delayed schedule. “We’re comfortable getting it done,” noted DeFrang. “The road ban came off just two weeks ago. We don’t feel that we’re behind schedule at all.”

The road is expected to be closed to traffic and a detour has been selected. The north end bridge will be closed for the duration of the project and the south end bridge open. It was suggested that the roadway open to local traffic only once the gravel base was laid, but it would likely create issues with flex points due to settling and compaction. Keeping all traffic off the road also eliminates detour confusion and trucks attempting to utilize downtown streets. The streets immediately to the west and east on the interior side of the north end bridge are impassable for trucks due to a steep hill and a tight turn. All truck traffic is being rerouted around town, utilizing I-90 and Highways 76 and 16.

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Rushford Days Grand Parade cancelled for 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Due to this summer’s planned construction on State Highway 43 through Rushford, the Rushford Days Celebration will be unable to have the Grand Parade. Please join us at next year’s HOMECOMING Parade on Saturday, July 18, 2015. In place of the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, rega ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers' Market gearing up for events

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

The Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market got a great start May 7, thanks to a break in the weather and an enthusiastic crowd. Sunny skies and warm temperatures brought in customers to Creekside Park in Rushford, eager to meet the returning and ..... 
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Global Run 5k

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

RUSHFORD, Minn. - On Saturday May 31, 2014 everyone is invited to participate in the Global Run 5K, but it’s not just for runners. Those who would also just like to go for a nice stroll may participate as well. Lenora Powell is a Junior at Rushfor ..... 
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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction. There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

The menu is set. The cooks are ready to go. The wine and beer sommeliers have picked the beverages. ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away, and we’re ready for our guests. This annual experience of taste promises to be an evening of incredible fla ..... 
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RASA summer theater production auditions upcoming

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts will be holding auditions for this summer’s community theater production of ‘The Butler Did It”, on Thursday evening, May 15, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the Rushford Peterson High School Theat ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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