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Rushford continues strategy talks


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Staff and the 5-man council continue to work diligently to hammer out the goals and ideas of the city’s strategic plan. This week, talk turned to both Planning and Zoning, as well as the Tree Board.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will be updating their comprehensive plan, at a pace of a chapter or so per month. Written in 2008, City Administrator Steve Sarvi calls the current plan “a good document,” but suggested that it and related ordinances be looked at. “It reflects the values and concerns of the community, but there are new concerns that were not thought of then,” he notes. “Frac mining, our dwindling supply of commercial properties, and the downtown all need to be looked at.”

Regarding downtown, the city wants to ensure that the proper zoning is in place to take advantage of any potential redevelopment. “The planning commission is looking at land use, but we want the document to support development through the ordinances,” added Sarvi.

Councilor Vern Bunke raised the question of opportunity for further housing and questioned a transportation source. Rural transportation for those commuting to larger cities may seem an option, but Sarvi indicated that it is tough to secure due to federal funding. “It just keeps coming up,” said Bunke. “It’s not just Rushford, but every little town that’s having people sucked out of it to fuel the workforce in the bigger cities.”

A thorough housing study was conducted in 2008, but the city may need to look again at housing market needs. Sarvi responded that there were no glaring holes in the housing available, but that the city should always be prepared for making the case for changes. One particular change is housing in which homeowners can be comfortable and safe in for all ages. “There are better homes since the flood, but they’re not necessarily set up for people aging in them,” noted Sarvi. “It’s my perspective that we should set the conditions so we’re not behind the 8 ball, but thinking ahead and set the possibilities.”

Cooperation with the City of Rushford Village is also a priority for future planning. There are certainly opportunities for the two entities to work together, including joint planning. “The main issue is that they don’t have comprehensive plan,” cautioned Sarvi. “We need to wait until they do and look for opportunities for linear structures that we could jointly plan for. .....
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Margaret B. Stensgard

Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Margaret B. Stensgard, 89, of Rushford, MN, died Friday, October 19, 2012, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, MN, where she had resided since May. Margaret was born on August 10, 1923, to Henry and Betsey (Ramsey) Berge. On December 17, 1942, she m ..... 
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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Ores Stanley Odland

Tue, Oct 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Ores Stanley Odland, 85, of Good Shepherd Care Center in Rushford, formerly of Lanesboro, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis., where he had been a patient for one day. Ores was born Dec. ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The only time to guarantee there is no voter fraud is before the ballots go into the box. Once a vote is cast, no one knows, nor should they know, who voted for whom. The recounts in Minnesota over the last several cycles have proved ..... 
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Engagement - Courrier ~ Hall

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Courrier ~ Hall Sarah Courrier and Nick Hall, both of Rushford, Minn. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Curt and Robin Courrier of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Wendy Ebner, Jeff C ..... 
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Rushford delves into strategic planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

After the first of several scheduled strategic planning meetings, Rushford’s council and administrative staff is developing a clearer picture of the future of the city. Guided by nine strategies for success, three key topics, including the Public ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $3,600 to local causes

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN— Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on September 14 and elected to donate $3,600 to the following worthy organizations: •$600, Semcac, Rushford, Minn., to support its energy assistance program f ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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