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Rushford opens up discussion on Highway 43 project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The state has slated 2014 for a major overhaul of Highway 43 running through the heart of Rushford. According to WHKS project engineer Tim Hruska, the cooperative effort between the city and MNDoT must be done due to rapidly aging water and utility needs. “The water in this area was installed in 1895 and we have records of sewer being installed as late as 1938. It’s badly in need of repair. There are sections of roadway that are deteriorating as well that will needs to be replaced in applicable areas.”

There is municipal agreement program between the city and state, which is why the project is being done per MNDoT schedule. “The city has a need for infrastructure,” added Hruska. “MNDoT has a need for the highway. This is both entities having a need a teaming together fund project all at once.”

MNDoT is also looking at the project leading up to environmental work which needs to be conducted, namely looking for potentially contaminated sites. “Phase One will be a documentation and site review,” continued Hruska. “Phase Two will entail physical exploration on site, including soil borings to determine the extent of any contamination. We need to know what we’re dealing with.”

Three representatives from MNDoT were on hand at a city hosted open house for the public regarding the project; head of design Mike Kempinger, project manager Jeff Bunch, and public relations director Kristin Kammueller. The group spoke with roughly 30 to 50 residents and business owners about the project to gather suggestions and field questions of concern. The project details and schedule are, at this point, preliminary.

The next step is a geometric layout, including the affected sections. Preliminary plan submittal is slated for April and a second public meeting will likely be held in May. Once utility coordination is in place, formal plan submittal and cooperative agreements for funding will be worked through between August and October. Final plans will be turned into MNDoT in October to make way for January 2014 bid letting. At that point, the project engineers will return to the city to get approval for the geometric layout. Preliminary assessment proceedings for the project are expected in April and a public input meeting, with the selected contractor on board, is slated for May or June 2014. Construction would start as road restrictions come off and hopefully finish by October.

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Birth Announcement - Jackson William

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ryan Grover and Katrina Johnson of Edina, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son Jackson William. Jackson was born January 30, 2013. Grandparents are Delaine Schendel of Isanti, Minn., Todd Johnson of Anoka, Minn., and Bill and Judi G ..... 
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Letter about liberal brilliance

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are a few gems highlighting liberal brilliance. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” -Nancy Pelosi “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” -Barack Obama “Thank God, I ..... 
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R-P board takes a look forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Just six weeks past a rejected referendum for a new $15 million, early childhood through grade 5 facility, the R-P board once again took an in-depth look at what can be done with the district’s aging facilities. With four new members on the board, ..... 
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Letter about R-P School Board

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P School Board To the Editor, December was my last Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting, after serving one four-year term. Neither I nor my family is RP alumni, since we have lived here only 13 years. With this background, I was s ..... 
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Rushford grows Nanotechnology

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

In 2002, Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology put the city on the map with the growing technology. Now, Rushford NanoElectroChemistry, an independent company, has garnered further attention and hopefully given rural technology development a boost. ..... 
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How does the Southern Football Alliance impact R-P?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

High School Football in the southeastern corner of the state of Minnesota will have a new scheduling format beginning this fall. The twenty five schools that make up the TRC (Three Rivers Conference) and the HVL (Hiawatha Valley League) have combine ..... 
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Rushford moves forward with potential USDA project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The city is drawing closer to a go-ahead for the renovation of the former municipal liquor store to a new city hall. A loan resolution with the USDA Rural Development Office was signed on September 24 of last year in order to fund the proposed proje ..... 
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Eline M. Kleist

Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

RUSHFORD, MINN. – Eline M. Kleist, 65, of Rushford, Minn., died on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Eline was born on September 20, 1947, in La Crosse, Wis. to Earl and Evelyn (Thompson) Johnson. She was rai ..... 
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