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Rushford grows Nanotechnology


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Picture taken with the Agilent 5400 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). It is a titanium alloy and the scale is 25 micrometers or 25,000 namometers. Notice that this smooth sample is very rough at the nano level.

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.

“Approximately 18 months ago, there was a session where a rural nanotechnology strategic plan was developed. It brought the rural technology to attention at federal level. I’m most proud of rural technology being added to that plan,” says company owner Kevin Klungtvedt. “I’ve been at it long enough. 90% of all U.S. nanotechnology manufacturers have less than 100 employees and 60-70% have less than 20. I made the bold assertion, do we want to be a part of a $1 trillion industry?” he continues.

The growth in the industry could have a significant impact on the community, which is Klungtvedt’s goal. “I’m here to make jobs. We’re not a company that sits in the corner and hides money. We’re vested in the community. Nanotech businesses bring living wage jobs to the rural community, attracting talented workers. This is the perfect business for a small town. It’s a win-win for the company and the community,” he notes.

What’s more, Klungtvedt believes that the industry is a way to keep the best and brightest right here in our communities. “We educate them and send them off. We want these people back in our community. You can come back home to work,” he stresses.

The technology has applications in every industry, including medical, environmental, energy, heavy industry, and consumer goods. “This is the largest change since industrial revolution,” adds Klungtvedt. “I call it my green Escort theory. I used to have this green Escort. I never knew they existed and then I saw them everywhere. Look at it [the technology]. Notice it. It’s there,” he enthuses.

The small company currently has two full-time employees and one part-time individual. That could change as new products continue to be designed and developed by the team. “We’re involved in several projects and we’ve got several on the board. With the latest, a bio impedance meter for medical and consumer application, we didn’t go looking. They came to us asking to have it built.” The company has put out 5 prototypes of the meter and has its first order of 150 due mid-February. After more than a year invested in its development, the meter has great poten .....
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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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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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