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Rushford Hypersonic seeks and gets controversial funding


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

A full house packed city hall for the Monday, August 26 council meeting in Rushford, Minn. The joint meeting of the council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) included a public hearing regarding futher funding of Rushford Hypersonic. After weeks of discussion by the EDA, it was recommended that the city approve a $145,000 subsidy loan financing the low-scale production of products for distribution. For some in attendance, it was just the same old story.

Hypersonic has to date received $500,000 in funding through the EDA Revolving Loan Fund, the maximum amount allowed to one company. Those funds, according to Rushford Hypersonic President Jay Skranka, were utilized for research, design, development, and fine tuning for testing. This funding would allow the company to begin production of its coated drill bits for industrial use. Fastenal has provided a letter of intent to the company regarding the product but no purchase or distribution agreements are in place.

“We have amazing, wonderful technology here. We’ve spent six years developing the technology to take Nano particles, to take a product a product and make it better. This will help bridge the gap into production,” said Skranka.

Contrary to what some thought, this funding will not provide new machinery. Instead, it will fund a carousel component that will be inserted in existing machines to allow for greater consistency in the product. “We’re working on repeatability to a consistent performance standard,” he added. The bits themselves, when coated, are remarkable. When compared to a standard carbide bit, which drilled 60 holes before wearing out, the Nano-coated bit drilled 1,500 holes and under inspection, the 1,500th hole was no different than the first.

Still, not everyone was sold. The initial loan to Rushford Hypersonic is in a period of forbearance. “My concern is where the $145,000 will be spent. Will it be spent in a logical way and will there be a way for us to get something out of this as a city?” asked Mitch Bublitz. “This is all well if it works, but if it doesn’t, do you have a plan?”

“We were skeptical, too,” responded EDA chair Tom Driscoll. “But the arguments were persuasive when weighed against the alternative of letting this company languish. We tore this thing apart, went through everything, asking every possible question given the history of this company and the city. It’s i .....
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Additional services and more healthcare providers at Rushford Clinic

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Winona Health has added services at their Rushford Clinic and welcomed several new healthcare providers. “Healthcare organizations everywhere are finding it challenging to recruit healthcare providers for smaller, rural communities,” said Mart ..... 
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Edward James McManimon

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Edward James McManimon, 82, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Edward was born on August 21, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis. to Joseph and Catherine (Kinsella) McManimon. He was raised ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Your Challenge - Experience the Taste of ExpoCulinaria 2013

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria ‘Bring it to the table,’ is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation. It will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, Minn. At the feature Septembe ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ashlyn Marie Brand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ashlyn Marie Brand Big brothers Austin and Ryan Brand welcome their baby sister Ashlyn Marie. Parents are Phil and Sara Brand of Rushford, Minn. She was born on August 3, 2013. Ashlyn weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents ..... 
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Marcella ‘Marcy’ Mae (Brand) Mierau

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marcella ‘Marcy’ Mae (Brand) Mierau, 84, of Hart, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. She was born on November 21, 1928, in Hart to Edward and Mabel (Bublitz) Brand. Marcy grew up on a large diary farm at Ha ..... 
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Highway 16 between Lanesboro and Rushford opens ahead of schedule to traffic

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Lanesboro to Rushford is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16, originally expected to remain closed through August, had been closed while ..... 
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TEC ANNOUNCES PEAK ENERGY ALERT

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (10:30 a.m. Aug. 21, 2013)— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) is issuing a peak energy alert to address the high demand for electricity in the regional power market. TEC asks members to help by reducing their electric use. ..... 
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