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Rushford moves Highway 43 project forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Completing yet another step of the massive project, the city of Rushford, Minn. held a public hearing Monday, May 28 in reference to improvements to the sanitary sewer infrastructure. The draft facility plan impacts “the entire city of Rushford,” specifically properties located on Mill Street from the north end Rush Creek bridge to the south end Root River bridge.

Josh DeFrang of Otomo Engineering Services addressed the council and stated that the engineering report, design process, and calculations for methods are all spelled out in the plan. Design requirements include future design flows and recommendations. The plan must still be presented to the Pollution Control Agency (PCA). Finance and funding options are also noted and the plan will be submitted to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for eligibility of a low interest loan.

There are four or five lines that need replacement, according to DeFrang. The lines were televised for condition after the 2007 flood, but the lines can’t be televised again. “They’re in bad shape. We can’t even get in there. The camera just kept tipping over,” he added. City Administrator Steve Sarvi noted that the city intends to televise lines every five years or so as part of the comprehensive plan and to keep an eye out for potential issues.

The area along Highway 43/Mill Street will be dug down approximately eight feet, the mains replaced, and the trench then filled with gravel and qualified fill. The current clay pipes are undersized and allowing inflow and infiltration, which in turn affects the waste water treatment facility. “There are spots that are leaking like a sieve,” noted Sarvi. “This will dramatically reduce the flow into the treatment facility.” The new mains will be an eight inch plastic pipe and the design flow will be 350 gallons per minute.

DeFrang also noted that they’ll be pushing for two crews to complete the work, but that it will depend on the contractor selected. A bidder’s qualification process will weed out any unqualified contractors.

Sarvi made a point of noting that sewer rates will not be raised to cover the cost of the project. In addition, utility coordination with telephone and electrical lines will be dealt with so utility companies can make adjustments or repairs during the project while the ground is open.

The council approval only moves forward the plan. They are not legally .....
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R-P sees conflict with Junior Olympic volleyball

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

The R-P school district has no connection with JO volleyball, which runs for several months in the spring, and has not hindered the formation of a league in the community. As a non-school sponsored activity, Superintendent Chuck Ehler acknowledges h ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford, MN—More than 280 donors have contributed to the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) in the past five years—and many of these donors give on an annual basis. This continued investment has made it possible for the foundation to grow its ..... 
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2013 Spring Tournament at Ferndale Golf Course Results

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Division A-Championship Flight: 1. Tyler Glynn, Scott Hanson, Jamie Carrier 2. Kurt Lossen, Rick Moe, Rick Johnson 3. Dan Moe, Matt Reinhardt, Kasey Olioff Division B-1st Flight 1. George Ingram, Chuck Ingram, Luke Ingram 2. John Nitecki, ..... 
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Take Note concert

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

It must be spring, because “Take Note” is singing those songs we all love to hear. “Take Note’s Eighth Annual Spring concert will be held, Wednesday evening, June 5th, at 7:00 pm at the Rushford-Peterson High School Theater. “Take Note” ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Student Representative

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools would like to recognize the time and efforts that Senior Rebecca Munson has contributed to the board of education over the last 2 years. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the R-P Board of Education and Administrator ..... 
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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 were ..... 
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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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