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Rushford gets kids biking safely


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

It’s been nearly 20 years since Rushford has held a bike safety clinic for its young people. This past Wednesday, thanks to tenacious part-time Rushford police officer Chris Frick, the community once again saw kids practicing the basics on the school play yard.

In a little over three weeks’ time, Frick was able to collect more than $1,800 in donations for the event, including a donation match from the Rushford Masonic Lodge. Frick even went so far as to take a day off of his regular job to solicit the donations, which came from The Rushford Womens’ Club, Tri-County Electric, the Horihan Agency, State Farm, Hammell Equipment, Farmer’s Elevator, the Creamery & Nordic Lanes, Rushford State Bank, Winona Health, and the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce. The donations were intended to support organization of the event, which was a collaboration of the Rushford Police Department and the Rushford Ambulance Service.

Participants without helmets had their heads measured for a proper fit and will be able to pick up their helmets at Rushford Hardware at a later date, which donated them at a discounted rate. Kwik Trip in Rushford also joined in, donating cookies and bags for booklets. News of the upcoming clinic also traveled to Winona, where a Rushford resident solicited their employer, WalMart, to donate a gift certificate to be used towards a new bicycle.

The six, one-hour classes were conducted by Frick, assistant and part-time officer Wade Anderson, and by members of Craig Colbenson’s high school class. Julie Scudiero, Rushford Ambulance Director, was also on hand to help out, as well as giving the participants a tour of the ambulance.

The kids, for their part, learned bicycle basics, including hand signals, street crossing safety, and riding skills. They were divided into an under 10 and 10 and over age groups for the classes. Despite the high temperatures, all were smiling and enjoying the classes.

Julie-Ann Frick, Chris’ wife and a city hall employee, saw to pre-registrations. Prior to the start of the classes, 40 were registered, but several drop-ins had already showed up in the first morning class and Frick expected the number of actual participants to be between 45 and 55 by day’s end.

2nd Annual Rushford Days silent auction

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

Grace Place is celebrating Rushford Days with its 2nd Annual Silent Auction. This year it will take place at the Norsquare (outside the Pharmacy), 115 W. Jessie St, Rushford, MN. Store volunteers have been collecting antique toys, small furniture, a ..... 
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Rushford looking at more infrastructure upgrades

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Already having completed countless upgrades in just the last 5 years, since the flood of 2007, Rushford is continuing to have to consider further upgrades to both its wastewater and electric systems. Bill change and Jim Stremel, of BDM Consulting En ..... 
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Rushford Library Board architect offers up plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Acting on the council’s last direction to seek out preliminary plans for the renovation of the Tew Memorial Library, the Library Board and architect Val Schute, of River Architects, presented viable options at last Monday’s council meeting. At l ..... 
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Rushford loses USDA grant and loan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

Two days after the last city council meeting, Rushford was hopeful they could meet a June 30 deadline for the city hall and library projects. However, it was unclear whether the city would be granted any funding through a USDA American Recovery and ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator Company announces major grain facility expansion

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company has announced a major grain facility update at their South Fork location in the Village of Rushford. Board Chairman Steve Oian says the addition of a 514,000 bushel storage bin, 4,700 bushel/hour Zimmerman dr ..... 
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Maycie Rose Anderson

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Drew and Ashley Anderson of Rushford, Minnesota are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Maycie Rose. Maycie was born on May 25, 2012. Grandparents are Randy and Carolyn Stinson of Ridgeway, Minn. and Steve and Lisa Anderson of Rushford ..... 
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Leonard “Lenny” Volkman

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Leonard “Lenny” Volkman, 69, of Rushford, died on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Lenny was born on March 26, 1943, in Rushford to Edward and Ellen (Bartleson) Volkman. He was raised in Rushford and graduat ..... 
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RINTek to host nanotechnology conference, youth camp, and trek

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek) dubs nanotechnology as “the most all-encompassing enabling technology of our time” and rightfully, so. According to data, the nanotechnology field is currently a $200 billion industry. That number i ..... 
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