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Rushford considers deer hunting within city limits


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

As a topic of interest that’s been ruminating for some time, the city council once again discussed the possibility of allowing the harvesting of deer within its borders. The city and its residents have been the roaming grounds of an excess deer population and many believe their numbers should be cut down. Safety of such an allowance is the critical piece, as any deer that would be taken would be on an elevation and in close proximity to homes.

Other municipalities have allowed hunting within city limits, but they are served by specific ordinances on the issue. “I think those ordinances might be a little lax for what we need,” noted Councilor Vern Bunke.

“We have a unique set of circumstances,” added Councilor Mark Honsey.

The possibility would only allow for bow hunting and may be limited to a certain number of qualified individuals. Chief of Police Adam Eide, a bow hunter himself, was on hand for the discussion and suggested that perhaps an advanced bow hunter’s class could be a prerequisite.

If harvesting within the city limits were allowed, it would most certainly be limited to certain areas and public hearings would need to be held first. Some of the areas of discussion included Magelson’s Bluff, levee areas, and the stretch of green south of Highway 16, west of Kwik Trip.

“I don’t think the public has a realistic view of this ordinance,” cautioned Mayor Chris Hallum. “The last thing we want to do is give every household a permit to shoot deer. City staff will look further into other municipal ordinances and Rushford’s specific set of needs, as well as discussing the topic with the DNR.

In other news, Chief Eide discussed three part-time officers who are currently completing their training and licensing with the state. Derek Ellis, Ryan Quanrud, and Sheldon Hedke have passed their background checks and are fully-qualified for patrolling alongside Rushford’s officers. “They’re learning our procedures and how we do business,” noted Eide. This training will take various amounts of time, but other than the cost of conducted psychological examinations, has no cost to the city as the three are volunteering their time. “I think we have three people that are up and coming and will do a good job,” added Eide.

The council has directed Eide to proceed with getting Ellis, Quanrud, and Hedke qualified. The city will authorize them w .....
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Grace Place continues expanding mission

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Grace Place, an organization with a 20-year history of serving single women and their families, is announcing plans to develop a future Family Care Center and Transitional Shelter Facility in Rushford, and to continue increasing services into other ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Dominic John Humble

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Dominic John Humble Seth and Tiffany Humble of Rushford are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dominic John. Dominic was born October 15, 2012. He weighed 8 lb, 1.8 oz. and was 19 1/4 inches long. He joins his brother Chase at home. Grand ..... 
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Rushford Foods IGA honored at Affiliated Foods Midwest Fall Food Show

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Brad Hoiness, Todd Himlie, and Steve Lea of Rushford Foods IGA in Rushford, Minn. were honored with an award on Friday, September 21, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska at the Century Link Center in conjunction with the 81st Annual Affiliated Foods Midwest (A ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Elementary

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Jim Johnson of Rushford has a passion for building marble mazes. Johnson knows how much these mazes are enjoyed by students and has graciously donated one of his mazes to Rushford-Peterson Elementary. The students are excited and thrilled to have thi ..... 
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Janet A. Ronnenberg

Tue, Oct 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Janet A. Ronnenberg, 73, died Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, MN. Janet was born on August 22, 1939, in Tawney, MN, to Daniel and Minerva (Nelson) Hungerholt. She married Willard A. Ronnenberg on Septemb ..... 
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Rushford continues strategy talks

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Staff and the 5-man council continue to work diligently to hammer out the goals and ideas of the city’s strategic plan. This week, talk turned to both Planning and Zoning, as well as the Tree Board. The Planning and Zoning Commission will be upd ..... 
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Margaret B. Stensgard

Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Margaret B. Stensgard, 89, of Rushford, MN, died Friday, October 19, 2012, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, MN, where she had resided since May. Margaret was born on August 10, 1923, to Henry and Betsey (Ramsey) Berge. On December 17, 1942, she m ..... 
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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