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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, including Valerie Howe, Julie Koop, John Linder, Taylor Peterson, discussion covered public opinion, scope of plans, financial planning, and potential future plans.

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the referendum and have come to the following conclusions,” began Superintendent Chuck Ehler who presented a prepared document to the board. The top five conclusions, based on post-referendum information were:

•We have to keep the building in Peterson open and will need to plan to update the building.

•Tax impact – Our citizens felt the tax impact was too great.

•There is a belief that we can invest in our current facilities vs. a new building.

•We need to more directly involve our government entities (city of Peterson, Village of Rushford, and City of Rushford).

•Our citizens and residents want a plan that is long-range and comprehensive. They want a “one and done” project.

Based upon those reflections, Ehler went on to suggest the district move forward with five items. First, the hiring of architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting to complete an educational analysis of the buildings. According to Ehler, this will provide a thorough engineering analysis of both buildings, including mechanical, electrical, heating, and technology assessments.

Secondly, the hiring of David Drown Associates to complete a fiscal impact study. Used by the city of Rushford for both short and long-term project and financial planning, Ehler believes this would assist in a cooperative effort between the district and city government in gauging the impact of the cost associated with updating our facilities or building a new facility for early childhood-grade 5 and grades 9-12.

After an analysis is complete, Ehler would then suggest the district begin to update and improved the Peterson facilities through deferred maintenance funds. According to Ehler, this would consist of a new boiler, flooring (carpeting), windows, lockers, and covering the exterior in steel, and could be accomplished within three years.

Next, an analysis of the elementary/high school buildings would determine a .....
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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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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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