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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Regional coordinators Marty Glynn and Steve Bushman and Jeff Dale of the Minnesota Rural Water Association were the key speakers at a MnWARN presentation hosted at Preston Public Utilities on April 18. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain falling within a 24-hour period is an extremely rare event, no one can guarantee that something similar will not happen again. And as there is always a possibility of such a tragic disaster, it is never a bad idea to prepare and have a plan in place to ease the effects when tragedies like the 2007 floods occur.

Minnesota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (MnWARN) region one coordinator Steve Bushman, along with region six coordinator Marty Glynn and Jeff Dale of the Minnesota Rural Water Association, delivered an informational presentation on the benefits of belonging to the state’s MnWARN program to more than thirty public works employees, emergency response team members, and city officials from the southeastern Minnesota area. MnWARN is a statewide ‘utilities helping utilities’ network that aids in man-made or natural disasters through mutual assistance of participating cities.

MnWARN began development back in 2007 after the flooding that had occurred in Rushford. The basis of the program is through a mutual aid agreement that is valid through the Minnesota League of Cities. Participation in the program is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged. As a result of being supported by volunteers from across the state, there is no cost to join.

In the event that an emergency situation were to arise, MnWARN provides cities with access to specialized utility resources and personnel to help speed up recovery times. The program operates through the organization’s website, www.mnwarn.org, by allowing designated city representatives to maintain an equipment inventory page, browse and search through other cities’ inventories, or even request or offer assistance.

In addition to the informational presentation, a training session for city emergency management units took place. The training session was focused on how the disaster response process is carried out, including the timeline from the initial call for assistance to a Minnesota Duty Officer, the declaration of a MnWARN Event (emergency), equipment delivery, and maintaining records for the cost of equipment rental. Because such thorough documen .....
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Rushford offers option for MPCA issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner The 814 North Mill Street property of Jon Dammen has been on Rushford’s radar for a number of years. A remaining private septic system within the city limits, it has been racking up fines from Minnesota Pollution Control Agenc ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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HBC launches new agenda in Bluff Country

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - “SE MN Historic Bluff Country (“HBC”) will be different in 2013,” says its new Board President, Valencia Gaddis, a web designer and owner of SonSations Business Services in Rushford. “We can’t attract visitors today the sa ..... 
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Industrial Craft Expo will showcase “Made in Bluff Country” products

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, Minn. - “It’s time we show off the quality products and incredible innovation that comes out of this amazing Bluff Country region,” remarked Val Gaddis, Chairman of SE MN Historic Bluff Country, Inc.(“HBC”), a non-profit regional ..... 
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Nancy Dubbs-Hughes

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Nancy Joann Dubbs-Hughes, 78, was taken by the angels on April 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Nancy was born on March 8, 1935, to Wallace and Gladys (Gilbertson) Dubbs in Rushford, Minn. Nancy lived an incredibly rich li ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

On Wednesday April 17th the Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The National Honor Society recognizes those students that have followed our school’s motto of “Always Our Best” in the area ..... 
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R-P speech finalists

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Congratulations to the speech coaches and participants on a job well done at Sections. They have done a fine job of representing R-P Schools! Please join me in congratulating the following students on their accomplishment of advancing to the state c ..... 
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R-P board hits at board member letter

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner A March 27 open letter to a local news publication by R-P board member Taylor Peterson prompted the need for comments by nearly all board members at the April 15 regular meeting. A long-time advocate for cost savings in the dist ..... 
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