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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out.

The city is already painfully aware of the conditions of some of the utilities that lay under the stretch of roadway, many of which were worsened by flooding six years ago. Six-inch clay pipe and six or eight-inch cast iron pipe with web joints, laid in 1885 have be deteriorating and causing excessive inflow and infiltration. Pipes south of Jessie Street laid prior to 1959 are also in poor condition.

Existing sanitary sewer and water services will be removed and replaced from the main to the street right of way line. In the case of business properties downtown, the services will be replaced from the main to five feet from any existing building located within five feet outside of the street right of way line. The city is requiring property owner’s sewer or water lines in poor condition or with outdated/unsafe materials be replaced. In those cases, the individuals will be responsible for the cost from the right of way line to their properties.

The street improvements expected include street widening or even slight narrowing, in some portions, to create a consistent corridor to MnDOT standards. The roadway has also been designed by MnDOT for appropriate traffic load and will be created by a 6 inch bituminous layer with an 8 inch crushed rock base with an 18 inch sand sub-base. All sidewalks and curb will be replaced. MnDOT will also set the rules on the accessibility standards, slopes, and headramps for sidewalks.

Concern over compaction and subsoils are an issue and it was suggested that a non-permeable fabric be placed below the sand to prevent water from climbing up into the road base. Compaction tests will be conducted on the rock and soil before work can proceed. Additionally, line crossings within 24 inches of each other will be insulated to prevent shifting soils. “These projects don’t go hunky dory smooth because of the age of the system,” noted Josh DeFrang of Otomo Engineering. “We fix an area and another breaks. That’s why we’ll be here on site.” City Public Works will also be on site to address any issues that arise immediately.

The project is expected to be let for bids in January. With the size of the project and state funding involved, engineers expect to .....
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ExpoCulinaria 2013 was cookin’

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Despite the day’s temperatures reaching the high 90’s, ExpoCulinaria--An Experience of Taste was relished by attendees sampling at the many restaurant and vendors tables, shopping artisan exhibits, listening to a diversity of music and cheering ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Engagement - Hungerholt ~ Meyer

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Cassandra Doris Hungerholt & Andrew Thomas Meyer are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Steven & Lori Hungerholt, of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Thomas Meyer, of Zumbrota Minn. and Fred ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Tate Michael Lind

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Colby and Tracy Tweeten-Lind are proud to announce the birth of their son, Tate Michael. Tate was born on June 17, 2013 weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Donna Tweeten of Spring Grove, Minn. Patern ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Cooperative joins 11 other electric cooperatives in signing agreement to acquire Alliant Energy Territory

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Tri-County Electric Cooperative joined with 11 other electric distribution cooperatives serving Minnesota to form Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) as the single point of contact for the purchase of electric service te ..... 
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9/11 commemorative flag raising at Farmers Co-op Elevator Company

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

As the nation and world look towards the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Rushford American Legion and Farmers Co-op Elevator Company invite the public to a flag dedication ceremony to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women ..... 
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New second location for Lyle’s Flooring America

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford Floor Coverings has officially become a second Lyle’s Flooring America location with the recent installation of their new signage. A change of ownership of Lyle’s created the opportunity for the second location in Rushford, Minn. You wi ..... 
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Thelma (Tim) Judith Ukkestad Anderson

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Thelma (Tim) Judith Ukkestad Anderson, age 97, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Rushford, MN where she had been a resident since 2005. Tim was born October 10, 1915 in Yucatan Township, Houston County, Minne ..... 
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