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Rushford seeks land values on properties


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The city is seeking professional appraisals on two of its properties; the lot immediately west of the fire hall and the community center and lot in the Himlie Business Park. With parties interested in both locations, City Administrator Steve Sarvi urged the council to approve the appraisal process.

“We have no good idea what they’re worth,” he noted. We’re getting close to needing those numbers. As the economy picks up, appraisers get busy. We’re told lead time is 4-6 weeks.”

The city does have the option of doing a market analysis, which is less costly and done more quickly, but as Sarvi pointed out, it has little validity with banks and other lenders. Sarvi has acquired verbal estimates of less than $1,000 to conduct each appraisal.

“I think we need a real time appraisal, so we at least have a starting point,” added Councilor Mark Honsey.

“It’s money well spent,” echoed Councilor Roger Colbenson.

The community center began in November 2009, but was never completed. The lot on which it sits had initial land and infrastructure costs of over $192,000. To date, the city has put $400,000 into the building which sits on the lot.

The lot west of the fire hall is currently undergoing soil analysis to see if it is suitable for construction. John and Eileen Loken, of Houston, are looking to purchase the lot as the site for a motel.

The city is also looking ahead to preliminary budget planning for 2014. Prior to setting the 2013 last year, an interest in beginning the planning process earlier each year was expressed by at least two councilors. The city now intends to form a subcommittee of two council representatives and city staff to start crunching the numbers for budgets as early as July. Typically, budget work has been set aside for the fall with the city certifying its levy to the county no later than five working days before December 20.

“I think it’ll be helpful to know what intentions are,” noted Sarvi in reference to planning earlier.

The city will appoint council representatives at the June 24 meeting. The subcommittee will discuss goals and objectives, and report back to the council.

At least one item can be removed from the remainder of 2013 budget; the former municipal liquor store. The council voted in April to reject USDA funding that would have seen .....
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Roger Allen Vitse

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Roger Allen Vitse, 80, a lifelong Rushford, Minn. resident, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Roger was a kind and gentle man who always made you feel special no matter who you were. He had a deep love for ..... 
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Elmer Henry George “Emmy” Ronnenberg Jr.

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Elmer Henry George “Emmy” Ronnenberg, Jr., 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Elmer was born on March 14, 1925, in Money Creek Township of Houston County, Minn. to ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Awards $18,200 in Scholarships

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $18,200 in scholarships to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $229,387 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is fun ..... 
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Local photographer attends 2013 session of Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography

Thu, Jun 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Ross Himlie of Rushford, Minn. participated in the 31st session of M.A.I.P.P. The institute utilizes the facilities of the University of Northern Iowa to bring this unique educational experience to photographers. Students study with one of six natio ..... 
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RUSHFORD DAYS 2013 PARADE ENTRIES

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

This year’s parade will be on Saturday, July 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. PICK UP YOUR ENTRY FORM AT: HISTORIC BLUFF COUNTRY (303 S. ELM STREET, RUSHFORD) OR CITY HALL (101 N. MILL STREET, RUSHFORD) You may also visit our website at [Read the Rest]

Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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Engagement - Ebner ~ Tveten

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ebner ~ Tveten Robert Ebner of Rushford, Minn. and Jaclyn Tveten of Lewiston, Minn. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. Parents of the groom are Mike and Patty Ebner, of Rushford. and parents of the bride are Dave and Kristi of Lewiston ..... 
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Engagement - Benson ~ Bellock

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Benson ~ Bellock Tyler Benson and Brittany Bellock, of Rushford, Minn. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. Parents of the groom are Michael and Karen Benson, of Rushford, and parents of the bride are Johnie and Jerrilyn Bellock, of Rush ..... 
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