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Rushford aims to reduce comprehensive plan


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The city has entered into an agreement with Yaggy Colby Associates for professional planning services in an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan was last updated in 2008 and so after the flood, changes weren’t made. “Each planning commission just kept adding things,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

The current planning commission has identified areas in need of simplifying and consolidating. Areas with statistical data and charts also must be updated with current information. “The plan has over 21 goals,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “It should be three or four for the whole works.” Changes such as removing the housing study, which is addressed elsewhere, are expected.

The city will split the scope and cost of the reduction project over two years to better budget for the cost. It is not to exceed $10,000 with some updating being done in house to lower costs.

The city has also approved an extension of $30,000 in funding to GForce Ink from an existing funding already in place to the local firm. Repayment on the extension and original loan, plus capitalized interest, will begin in August and November, respectively. It will be paid in increments to allow for the launching of the rSchoolToday on-line program.

Available in more than 4,200 schools, the program brings a level of excitement to both the company and the community. In a unique setup, similar to Amazon with its multiple vendors, schools can go to one online location for all their needs with the money going in all. This attracts vendors, due to the large number of schools, providing an e-commerce platform for them. It also provides competitive purchasing for schools, which the program was driven and requested by. Three patents have currently been completed by GForce Ink out of Rushford, with two of them being related to this program.

There was some difficulty in coming up with funding to get the program running. Administrator Sarvi noted that the vote which led to the recommendation before the council was approved in a two to one vote. “There were concerns of the program would be unable to perform.” Now, the program can go online when schools are winding down and the system can be worked out before schools are back in session. “Everything up (on line) so you can be ready to go right out of the gate. The feeling was, let’s get Geoff the money so he ca .....
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Labrador Home and Garden celebrated the special occasion of their 5th Anniversary

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rich Anderson, owner of Labrador Home and Garden, Rushford, MN, is part of a family rich in military service. Rich determined it was important to have the United States flag flying in view at the Garden Center. On Saturday, May 11th Labrador Home and ..... 
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Letter about Senator Miller and sand mining

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, has proposed provisions to protect trout streams in Southeast Minnesota from damage resulting from frac sand mining. He wanted these provisions included in the Game and Fi ..... 
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Henry M. Colbenson

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Henry M. Colbenson, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his home. Henry was born on February 6, 1935, in Money Creek Township of Houston County, Minn. to N. John and Marie (Thompson) Colbenson. He was raised in rural Rushford ..... 
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Roger A. Chiglo

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Roger A. Chiglo, 73, of Rushford, Minn. died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his home. Roger was born on August 10, 1939, in Whalan, Minn. to Peter N. and Myrtle (Sveen) Chiglo. He graduated from Lanesboro High School. Roger served in the U.S. Army ..... 
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Names and Bling for the Owlets

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands. As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the pro ..... 
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R-P mock crash hits hard

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

“In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.” “The 11,773 fatalities in alcoho ..... 
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Letter about Miller’s actions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy Miller not leading, he is an obstructionist to meaningf ..... 
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Marlys McCluskey

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marlys McCluskey Marlys R. McCluskey, 86, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Born Marlys Rae Anderson on December 28, 1926, in Hutchinson, Minn. to Alvin and Olive (Benjamin) Ander ..... 
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