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Rushford passes chicken ordinance


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

After much debate within the council and planning commissions, Rushford has passed a new ordinance that will allow for the keeping of chickens within city limits. According to city administrator Steve Sarvi, the ordinance came before the commission several times for adjustments and discussions. “The majority of the commission recommended the ordinance,” he added.

The permit is designed to be relatively easy to obtain, but is detailed enough to take rescind if there is a problem. The permit will be $20 for the first year and renewable by application only each subsequent year if there are no infractions against the ordinance on file. Homeowners will be solely responsible for getting authorization from those who share property lines with the applicant prior to getting the permit.

Speaking during the public hearing, lead proponent Tina Darr thanked the council for tackling the topic.

Another debate, over the future of the Rushford Public Library, continues. Addressing the council with the annual library report, library director Sue Hart and Library Board Chairman Jim O’Donnell again requested parameters from the city as to the projected remodel of the current Tews Memorial Building.

Noting preliminary estimates from architect Val Shutte, which had come just an hour prior to the meeting, Hart spelled out the details. According to the estimate, without relocation, or the construction of an addition onto the facility, but rather simply the remodeling of the first and second floors, the project could cost the city a projected $792,000. At minimum, it would require the library to be closed for 22 months as the building is essentially gutted and flip-flopped blueprint-wise to accommodate state requirements.

“We’ve been here before,” sighed Hart. “In 2005, we were told it would take $987,000 for remodeling. Before we sink time and effort into studies, designs, and more, we need to know if it’s a go with you. If we take the USDA loan, at 4.25 percent for a 40 year term, it’s roughly $63,000 per year, from the city, to make principal and interest payments. We could meet the crunch time for the USDA, which is June 30. We could ask for a waiver for the July 31 construction deadline. It’s tight, but we could meet it. With adding on instead of remodeling both levels, there’s no way we can meet the deadlines.”

“You know my position,” countered Councilor Bunke. .....
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SEMCAC awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

RUSHFORD — Semcac received a $60,625 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation through the Minnesota Community Action Association Resource Fund to provide for basic needs of low-income families in seven counties in southeas ..... 
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Dennis Edward Peterson

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Dennis “Denny” Edward Peterson, 65, of Rushford, MN died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. Dennis was born on June 6, 1946, in Rushford to Edward and Josephine (Woxland) Peterson. He attended Big Martin Country School and graduated from ..... 
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History needed of Rushford

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The Rushford-Peterson Independent School District received a grant from Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants. The purpose of this grant is to evaluate its current school site, the historical Rushford elementary/high school building for its eligi ..... 
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Viola G. Cordes

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Viola “Vi” G. Cordes, 89, of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Lake City, Minn. Vi was born on May 2, 1923, in La Crosse, Wis. to Ben and Gertrude (Henze) Jacobson. She was raised in Rushford and ..... 
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FC Band performs at small group contest

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

The Fillmore Central High School Band Department performed at the MSHSL Small Group Music Contest Tuesday night in Rushford, MN. 82 members of the FCHS Band participated in this event, involving 17 total solos and ensembles. All 17 groups from Fill ..... 
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Kopperud~ O’Donnell

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Jeffrey O’Donnell and Chelsea Kopperud are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Thomas and Wanda Kopperud of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Jack and Jill O’Donnell of Rushford, M ..... 
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Rushford moves forward with city hall

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

Architect Jose Rivas, of CRW Architecture and Design Group, has presented updated plans and cost estimates to the city for its planned remodel and move of the city hall into the vacant, former municipal liquor store. The transition of city hall to t ..... 
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Dorothy Colbenson

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Dorothy A. Colbenson, 88, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Dorothy was born on July 6, 1923, in Rushford to Henry H. and Amelia (Marcum) Kleist. She was raised in Rushford ..... 
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