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Rushford seeking to retain, expand business


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

The city has received a detailed summary report following a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Needs Assessment by Economic Development Authority (EDA) member Tom Driscoll, Joyce Iverson, and City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

Formed in the spring, the BR&E group is seeking to not only demonstrate the municipalities interest in strengthening the business community, but to identify any red flags within that community immediately. The process began the careful structuring of a quality survey geared at the area’s approximate 260 businesses. Once a varied cross-section of the business was identified, 26 surveys were sent out. Then, appointments were set up with the businesses and in-depth interviews were conducted. From there, the group took the 3,200 points, plotted them into a worksheet, studied the answeres and categorized them into a system.

“This isn’t the Holy Grail, but it does provide a pretty good snapshot of the area,” noted Sarvi.

Driscoll agreed adding, “We tried to capture the comments, sentiments, flavor of where we’re at with our business community. No one has objected to the process or the recommendations.”

The recommendations rang clear, according to Driscoll, who encouraged that a second round of surveys could be sent to collect further data, focusing the snapshot further. They included training, marketing and promotion, and singled out a few red flag areas.

In terms of training, local businesses would make significant use of hospitality training for their staff. Driscoll encouraged that municipalities “pony up and provide” this service, taking a leap on organizing it.

The idea of a Tri-City marketing strategy continues to be a concept that is also favorable to businesses. “I looked at US survey data and DEED payroll data and analyzed it, compared to Lanesboro. It showed that the Rushford area has a deep economic foundation, much more so than Lanesboro. Peterson and the Village also looked very strong. It’s a very positive message. We came through the recession well, came through the flood well. A three-city marketplace is dynamic and strong.” Driscoll went on to encourage further cooperative ventures and partnerships with the three cities and business working together as a united entity. “Geographical boundaries exist, but economic boundaries do not. Rushford may be at the center, but you need to recognize the economic strength of t .....
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Marvin N. Brand

Wed, Aug 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marvin N. Brand, 86, of Rushford, died on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Marvin was born on January 6, 1926, in Hart, Minn. to Otto and Clara (Meyer) Brand. He was raised in the Rushford area and attended s ..... 
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LSP to host workshop on ‘How to Use Township Rights to Control Frac Sand Mining” in Rushford August 30

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

A workshop on how to use township zoning powers to control or ban frac sand mining and processing will be held by the Land Stewardship Project in the southeast Minnesota communities of Frontenac and Rushford in August. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the work ..... 
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Engagement- Fishbaugher ~ Raveling

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Angie Fishbaugher and Ryan Raveling of Elk River announce their engagement. Angie is the daughter of Roger and Diane Fishbaugher of rural Janesville. She is currently employed with The Dolan Company in Minneapolis as a human resources manager. ..... 
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Engagement- Johnson ~ Mierau

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Andrea Johnson and Alex Mierau are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Parents of the bride are Gary and Elaine Johnson of Andover, MN. Parents of the groom are Chuck and Karen Mierau of Rushford, MN. Andrea graduated ..... 
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Letter about City of Rushford

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Open Letter to Rushford from City of Rushford Councilperson Vern Bunke: Because of work related travel, I missed the May 29th Council meeting and will also miss the June 11th meeting. I hate not attending because important decision ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria, a food lovers event - you be the judge

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria The date Saturday, September 22nd is circled on calendars and hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for the 2012 ExpoCulinaria—a taste of Rushford, MN. Relished from the success of last year, ExpoCulinaria is ..... 
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P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson, 82, of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson was born February 17, 1930 to Elmer and Minnie (Ellefson) Olson Sogla a ..... 
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P. Kenneth "Kenny" Olson

Mon, Aug 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson, 82, of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson was born February 17, 1930 to Elmer and Minnie (Ellefson) Olson Sogla at home in rural Rushford, MN.  ..... 
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