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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series of task work sessions, task forces, a dizzying number of legislative testimonies, bonding tours, and a referendum vote which was split in the community. Now, the board is looking to make a recommendation to the community, but not before the district appeared before the House Education Committee March 19.

“What direction do you want to go?” asked Ehler. There are currently two bills that could assist the district in funding, but there is little confidence in the outcome. There may be some relief for the district through debt equalization, but it is also not guaranteed. Some funding is available from the district’s New School Initiative and potentially assistance through the Health and Safety Fund.

“I still need to know exactly where the state is at,” responded board member Greg Smith. “I don’t know what to recommend to the public if you don’t have funding. We need to look at all options.”

The district is contemplating a major overhaul to the existing facilities, which includes an elementary and high school facility in Rushford and a middle school facility in Peterson. “One problem we have is where do you start and where do you finish,” added board chair John Linder. “We still have an old facility. How much do you want to spend on it? It’s $14-15 million to do what we have to do. Every option is on the table at this point. We’ll know shortly whether or not there’ll be help from the state, but ultimately [we] have to make a decision.”

Board member Taylor Peterson questioned whether or not the district could do something similar to other districts that are conducting upgrades with little to no tax increase. “They started with what they needed most. They’re not beating around the bush,” suggested Peterson. “Thinking back on a new school, all the money that was spent on architects and engineers; in six years, we’d have a darn good start. We keep exhausting people with votes. We’ve got to start something.”

The district, which has no current debt and had not had a bond issue since 1967, has had two referendums in the last decade. “I understand the concern,” noted Ehler. “We’ve had two facilities .....
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Teagan Lynn Cords

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Jared and Erin Cords of Rushford, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Lynn Cords, born on March 1, 2014. Grandparents are Mark and Dawn Volkman of Winona, Minn. and Clark and Mary Ellen Cords of Rushford, Minn.

Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 8th Grade—Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Oliva Hoff, Anna Kjos, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp 7th Grade—Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyt ..... 
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Michael J. Reinhardt

Tue, Feb 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Michael J. Reinhardt, 31, of Rushford, Minn., died on Saturday, February 15, at his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on June 4, 1982, in Winona, Minn. to Jim and Mary (Gorman) Reinhardt. Michael was raised in Rushford and was a 2001 ..... 
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Frac sand mining...

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the pr ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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