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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 project. While the USDA has recently requested the loan resolution be rescinded in order for the city to instead adopt a more applicable loan resolution security agreement, the parameters of the funding remain the same. Should the city proceed following bidding results, the loan would finance $200,000 of a proposed cost of $220,000, according to City Clerk Kathy Zacher. The loan would have a 40-year term with a 3.5 percent fixed rate. The loan would also be eligible for immediate repayment without penalty.

Updated plans and specifications for the project were reviewed and approved by USDA January 11. According to Zacher, the council has not yet reviewed the plans and specifications. USDA has authorized the project to be prepared to go to out for competitive construction bids. Should bids exceed the maximum project cost, the city retains the right to decline all bids and opt out of the USDA loan.

The city is also moving forward with the Pine Meadows North, Phase II Utility Line Extensions, affecting the Dammen properties, as well as possible future development. A draft agreement is in place and the water and sewer upgrades have been outlined in engineering plans and specifications. Part of the work will need to be assessed.

The city engineer will review the final plans and specifications to prepare them for bid letting, as well as the assist in addressing the final assessment and easement agreement between the city and property owner John Dammen.

In other news, Meadowlark Restorations has been granted the authority to seek DNR funding for the removal of invasive species on Magelssen’s Bluff. Scott Leddy, representing Meadowlark, a non-profit organization, addressed the council. “Funding is being poured into this area due to the number of rare [plant] species,” he noted. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the Fish & Wildlife Services. The bluff was listed as one of Minnesota’s highest quality prairies in 1992, but it’s overgrown now with vegetation.”

Photos from the late 1950s show a treeless landscape on the bluff, but it is now overrun with invasive species such as Cedar, Buckthorn, and Prickly Ash. Using the Legacy grant funding .....
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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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A green wedding for a lively couple

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Ask a bride how she hopes the big day will be and you’ll frequently get “beautiful,” “classy,” “fun,” and sometimes even “perfect.” While it’s obvious that Shannon Hyter and Evan Meier’s wedding will be these things, the first ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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Virgil E. Johnson

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Virgil E. Johnson, 71, of Highland, Minn. died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home. Virgil was born on April 18, 1941, in Highland, Minn. to Vernon and Evelyn (Hjelle) Johnson. He was raised in Highland where he lived and farmed all of his ..... 
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Bertram Hovland

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Bertram Benson Hovland, 91, of Rushford passed away at Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home on December 16, 2012. He was born March 30, 1921, to George and Laura Hovland. A graduate of Rushford High School, he excelled at Football, Baseball and B ..... 
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Rushford sets levy, looks for cost savings

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Last week, the council tabled setting the levy for the 2013 budget to allow for further review of the budget. Following an in-depth discussion of line item areas, the council proceeded with setting the levy at $740,000, a 0 percent increase from 201 ..... 
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Rushford looking at no levy increase

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Municipalities within the state must certify the levy to the county auditor on or before five working days after December 20 each year. With that date rapidly approaching, a Rushford budget subcommittee of city staff, Mayor Chris Hallum, and council ..... 
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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I attended the RP referendum meeting, took the tour of the facilities and listened intently to presenters, numerous questions and answers. I learned new facts and gained greater understanding of what assumptions were used in developi ..... 
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