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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 Works, the Police department, and city budget, were discussed at length. At the Monday, October 9 council meeting, the discussion continued.

In regards to the budget, Councilor Vern Bunke offered that perhaps the city ought to prep for budgetary talks far prior than when the preliminary budget is set each September. “We always seem to be working under the gun. If we can get it on the department heads’ calendars early enough, and get it to the council earlier, we could discuss it earlier,” he noted. “I’m more comfortable with that. It’s not just throwing a dart at a board.”

City Administrator Steve Sarvi agreed. “September doesn’t give you much wiggle room and there’s not much we can do after that. I hesitate to go into September tight and not be able to make adjustments later in the year,” he cautioned. “I think it might be a good idea to have a sub-committee to meet with the department heads and crunch the numbers ahead of time.”

Another key point for Bunke is aiming to maintain a 0 percent increase for the 2013 budget. “For our citizens, that should be our goal,” he offered. “We’ve discussed the concept in the past. My point is to maintain a high level of service and performance. If we can find a cheaper way to do it, we should do it.”

As in years past, Bunke also highlighted other potential cost savings to the city. “We need a thorough study of current time/task relationships to seek potential expense reductions, performance enhancements, and training opportunities for each employee,” read a memo to the council provided by the councilor. “The purpose is to provide understanding and definition of the effectiveness and efficiency of the current labor model being utilized within current city staffing needs,” it continued. For Bunke this is especially noted with the Public Works department.

“It’s an opportunity to understand Public Works better, but we’re going to have to ask them to provide us with some data. To them, it’s an onerous thing, but without the data we don’t know. We can make better decisions with it,” said Bunke.

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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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Morris Carl Anderson

Tue, Oct 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Morris Carl Anderson, 84, of Rushford, died Monday, October 1, 2012 at his home.  Morrie was born on July 27, 1928 to Melvin R. and Catherine (Humble) Anderson in Norway Township, Fillmore County. He was raised in Lanesboro and graduate from Lane ..... 
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Auditions are scheduled for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatres

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford-Peterson School Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of Alladin and His Magic Lamp will be held at 3:05 PM on Monday, October 14 at the R-P High School Theater in Rushford. Up to 81 young people ..... 
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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the st ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2012

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2012 the week of October 1-6. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly October 2 at 2:30pm in the High School gymnasium. Parents and the ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Kathleen Miriam Zoellner

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Kathleen Miriam Zoellner Evin, Lauren, Logan and Ada Zoellner are pleased to announce the arrival of their new baby sister Kathleen Miriam. Kathleen was born at home on September 13, 2012, at 5:55 pm. She was 7 pounds 1 ounce and 21 inches at birth ..... 
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Gary T. Odegaarden

Thu, Sep 20th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Gary T. Odegaarden, 69, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, September 17, 2012, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Gary was born on July 24, 1943, in Winona, Minn. to Chester O. and Mabel (Madland) Odegaarden. He was raised in th ..... 
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