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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.


Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues

of Rushford, Minn.

As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written about and recited is regarding the actual percentage the State (us) will pay under the natural disaster clause of the “Debt Equalization Act”. In July, I had communication with Greg Crowe of Ehlers, and he told me the actual percentage would be less than 55% and it was varied. (Yes I have the emails to show anyone who cares to view them.) Recently, after a letter appeared in the paper insisting that the state will actually cover 55% of the cost, I re-contacted Mr. Crowe to assist me in separating fact from fiction. His reply has caused me to write this and admit publically that I was incorrect in speaking about the percentage the state will pay. The reason for my inaccuracy is because Mr. Crowe, who was supposed to know, gave me the wrong information, but no matter the source, I was incorrect.

In my latest communication with Mr. Crowe, he told me quote, “We are projecting at this time that the state participation will remain the same, given our assumptions and the statute that governs the calculation of state participation.” I am willing to take this comment at face value, but if I were more cynical, I would ask for a guarantee, not a projection. If I were more cynical, I would say that using words like “projecting” and “assumptions” are cover your rear-end words that absolve the user and the district if he is wrong. I wonder if Mr. Crowe is willing to put his pittance 5% (nearly $2 million) on the line as a guarantee. If he does, I will vote yes.

Admitting I was wrong about the 55% while hard to do and very embarrassing, in no way changes my mind on voting “NO” to this plan. Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe the school needs money from the community to do something. I believe there is a need for improved schools in our district; I just don’t believe there is a need for a $38 million facility. I believe there is a better way for us to fund the district. During the last referendum, we told the district “no”. For some, the reason was because the plan was not a complete plan. The District decided to come back to us two years later with this “complete” plan. A plan, as many pointed out, while much improved, is actually still incomplete .....
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Auditions for “Snow White” slated in Rushford

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be held at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, October 13 at Rushford-Peterson High School theatre in Rushford. Seventy-three local young people ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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Grace Place concert

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Enjoy the songs of John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary at an upcoming concert in Rushford. Anything Goes Trio will be performing at a free will offering concert to be held at 2 p.m. on October 18, at the Rushford Lutheran Church. Upon his ret ..... 
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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Da ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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