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Challenging corporate abuse of power brings citizens together


Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Over 100 farmers, small business owners and other rural residents came together in Rushford last night at a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting to discuss how excessive corporate power negatively affects almost every aspect of their lives, from access to affordable health care to the kinds of seeds that are planted.

“Every place we turn, it’s corporate power that is in the way of making our communities better,” LSP associate director Mark Schultz told the crowd. “We are organizing rural people to stand up to corporate power so we can make positive change in our lives, in our communities and on the land.”

Taylor Peterson, a crop and livestock farmer from Peterson, explained how he sees the frac sand mining industry in southeast Minnesota as an immediate example of corporate interests exploiting rural communities. He shared the negative impact this kind of “boom-and-bust” corporate-backed industry could have on his young family and his community.

“So much is at stake not just for me, but for my kids,” said Peterson. “The damage these corporate-backed mines will have on our land, environment and roads is extraordinary—what will be left in our community once the mines close and the corporations move on?”

LSP policy organizer Bobby King explained how rural Minnesotans have the power at the township level to stop and restrict unwanted development, like frac sand mines, from coming into their communities.

“By organizing together, neighbors can win passage of township ordinances that will keep this harmful development out of their communities,” said King.

Participants in the meeting pledged to take several steps in coming months to fight corporate power in rural Minnesota. Among other things, many people committed to organizing with friends and neighbors at the township level to win policies that will prevent corporate-backed frac sand mines from coming into their rural communities.

“None of this happens without people taking action together,” Schultz said. “Corporate power has gone too far, and the only way to diminish their power is to organize together to build our power as people.”

The Minnesota-based Land Stewardship Project, founded in 1982, is a grassroots organization focused on food communities, farmer training and community organizing that promotes healthy land and justice for all. It .....
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Tri-County Electric awards $16,950 in scholarships

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $16,950 in scholarship to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $211,187 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is funded t ..... 
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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 sch ..... 
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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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