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R-P renews superintendent’s contract


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired June 30 while the district waited to settle teacher contracts. Per legal advice, and to satisfy a Minnesota legal statute, Colbenson authorized Ehler to continue working past the expiration date under his current contract terms. This stirred up disapproval from board member Taylor Peterson, who noted decisions made regarding a superintendent’s contract must be made by the board as a whole. Peterson also voiced several concerns over the terms of the contract.

During a closed session meeting on October 21, the board discussed the contract once again. A two-year contract was approved, with an optional extension for the third year being offered if both parties mutually agree. Salary was increased 1.11 percent for 2013-2014 and 3.06 percent for 2014-2015, $103,682 and $107,182 respectively. Should the option for a third year be approved, salary would increase 2.59 percent. This contract is begun retroactively July 1, 2013 and will end June 30, 2015. Notice of renewal or nonrenewal will be agreed upon by December 15, 2014.

The package increases include salary, health, life, dental and LTD insurances, 403b contribution, teacher retirement and payroll taxes, as well as providing a $5,000 annual contribution to a Health Care Savings Account. According to a district press release, “The salary benefits package was determined using data from 12 area school districts to assist with the salary negotiation process. The average area superintendent salary is $111,151.00. An examination of duty days, insurance costs, severance payments and leave arrangement was performed to determine comparability with area schools.”

Peterson noted displeasure at the July meeting in regards to some of these benefits, particularly insurance coverage and time off. According to the contract, the district will provide the superintendent family coverage health, dental and vision coverage, under the district group plan at the expense of the district. In addition, the district will provide a group term life plan providing $100,000 of coverage, long-term disability, and liability insurance.

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Rushford moves projects, motel forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a long road for several underway Rushford projects. Time delays, special agreements, and plan modification have hampered at least two, but both projects are now moving favorably forward. Not wanting to further hinder the wait time on t ..... 
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Jessica M. Wilcenski

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Jessica M. Wilcenski, 37, of Rushford died on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at her home. Jessica was born on September 1, 1976, in Minneapolis, Minn. to Richard and Janie (Wick) Thelen. She was raised in Anoka, Minn. and graduated from Anoka High Sch ..... 
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Hazel A. Olstad

Tue, Oct 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Hazel A. Olstad, 98, of Rushford, Minn. passed away on October 24, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Hazel was born February 8, 1915, in Houston, Minn., the daughter of John and Gelena (Jore) Doblar. She married Clifford H. Olstad; he died May ..... 
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Multi-species cover cropping field day

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — A multi-species cover crop field day will take place on Wednesday, November 6, at the David and Sue Larson farm south of Rushford. This Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open ..... 
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Grace Place holding Raising Hope Breakfast

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Grace Place is holding Raising Hope Breakfast on Wednesday, November. 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Tau Center Rotunda, 511 Hilbert Street. The free awareness and fundraising event is open to the public due to the generosity of sponsors. Grace Place oper ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with multiple projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The end of a long process in getting a motel in downtown Rushford is almost over. Following a public hearing and a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the city council has approved a $500,000 EDA revolving loan fund subsidy ..... 
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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 40 years!

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as “Senior Dining” and “Meals on Wheels” - are celebrating their 40th year of service in the state. In July of 1973, the Governor’s Citizen’s Action Council on Aging award ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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