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Problems with an old school


By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

The Rushford-Peterson School District just passed their new school referendum this past election. Many members of the community had heard different reasons for why the referendum should be passed but perhaps could not fully grasp the need. Some of the people who can appreciate this decision the most, however, are the students. Teachers can also recognize it being in the school as much as they are, but students, who navigate more throughout the school, know the full range of problems in the building.

A current student in the high school would start out their day on the old, creaky, wooden floors and squeeze their school materials into their cramped locker. The student would then go to their classes, which are either extremely hot in the summer or equally cold in the winter, due to poor air conditioning and heating. If you have a class on a different floor than your locker, then you have to maneuver your way up or down the stair cases. One of the stairways is not quite wide enough to fit two people going in opposite directions. If one is handicapped and cannot use the stairs, be careful as at least one of the elevators has been known to get stuck on occasion. When it is time for lunch they would head to the cafeteria which also doubles as the elementary gymnasium.

When lunch is done the student would then go back to classes and have to deal with drafty windows and excessive heat/cold. Between their classes, they would have to navigate the narrow hallways to get to and from class on time. If the student is in band, choir, or the play, during a performance they would have to ignore the loud refrigerator that would turn on with a squeal, run noisily for a while, and then turn back off. The refrigerators are on the stage because there is not enough room for them in the small kitchen.

There are more problems with the school. People have voiced the need for a larger weight room. During practices, it can get very crowded. Some staff have repurposed closets as offices. Also, there are problems with parking. The school does not have a parking lot and students and teachers have to find random places on streets and occupy parking spots where residents in the area park.

The school building is old and cobbled together. Just about anyone who spends enough time in the school can appreciate and be thankful for a new building. As a student, I am very grateful to the voters for passing the new school referendum. Even th .....
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Highway 43 construction wraps up in Rushford for winter

Fri, Nov 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN – Construction work on Highway 43 through Rushford has wrapped up for the winter on the city-led project and will resume in spring for final completion work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists and re ..... 
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Dan Mann

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Daniel “Danny” Earl Mann, 86, of Rushford, Minn. died on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford surrounded by his loved-ones. Danny was born on May 21, 1928, in Money Creek, Minn. to Vernon and Alta May (Gross ..... 
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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long a ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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