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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom Serie). Demand for arbitration was filed by Serie in November of 2011, following four years of frustration for the city and the subsequent July 2011 abandonment of the community center project all together. A summons & complaint was filed in Fillmore County December 10, 2013 regarding a lease agreement with Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. Damage hearings are scheduled for early February. Until then, both parties are refraining from public comment.

The original agreement with F&L Development for the motel and community center projects were signed October 26, 2009. Less than a month later, four incumbents on the council that passed that measure were swept out of office in a tumultuous election. By March 2010, the new council, like many in the community, was already questioning the lack of a performance bond for Serie’s company and a series of outstanding judgments against him elsewhere. At that time, former City Administrator Windy Block suggested items that were still up in the air and potential cost savings. Then City Attorney Scott Springer noted the city was holding a substantial amount of funds which should have helped to enforce Serie’s payments. An auditor later indicated that the city should have had a performance bond.

Just three months later, the project slowed considerably, but came to a halt as Serie notified the council that he would put no more than the $593,000 of expected FEMA funding into the community center until he could secure funding for the motel portion of the project. Some interior work resumed by June 2010 after Public Works Director Jeff Copley worked to develop a labor deal cutting the costs of development using a Sentenced To Serve workforce for much of the labor.

February 2011 the city was dealt a hard blow. FEMA notified the city that no funding would be granted to the building because construction was begun prior to receiving approval. At that time, new City Attorney Terry Chiglo also updated the council on his investigation into the still unfinished community center and “significant issues.” Financing for the motel project must also be completed and Serie indicated he hope to have it within a two week time span.

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Donna M. Fairchild

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Donna M. Fairchild, 81, of Rushford, Minn., formerly of Riceville, Iowa, died Thursday, January 9, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford surrounded by her family. Donna was born January 8, 1933 in Elma, Iowa to Don and Dorothy (Miller) F ..... 
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Linda K. Brown

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Linda K. Brown of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Linda was born June 24, 1950 in Lanesboro, Minn. to Robert and Luella Brown. She was baptised and confirmed at North Prairie Church of ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl, 77 of Rushford, Minn., died Friday, December 20, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center after losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Curt, one of ten children, was born on September 16, 1936 in Peterson Vi ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Robert Louis Boehmke

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Robert Louis Boehmke 84, of Rushford, Minn. died Friday, December 13, 2013 at Winona Health in Winona, Minn. Robert was born Oct 5, 1929 in Wiscoy Township, Minn. to Carl and Hazel (Feine) Boehmke. He was baptized at St. JohnLutheranChurch in Hart ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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Obert A. Johnson

Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Obert A. Johnson, 84, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Obert was born on December 11, 1928, in Arendahl Township of Fillmore County Minnesota to Christ and Ella (Koljord) Johnson. ..... 
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