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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Standing at the sides of the new Rush Creek trailhead sign during the opening of the Rush Creek Trail dedication are (L to R) Christina Peterson, Steve Sarvi, Mayor Chris Hallum, Mark Engel and Robert Dahl. Photo by Peggi Redalen

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the state trail, along the eastern top of the levee system and to Creekside Park, bringing recreational trail users near the restored Hoiland Mill and providing the opportunity to connect with the city’s Magelssen’s Bluff trail system.

Because of the trail’s location atop the levee system, careful planning and construction, including cooperation of multiple engineering firms as well as the Army Corp of Engineers and FEMA, was required. Although the trail received original grant approval in 2011, the plans were also often hindered by the vast specifications, which altered not only the design, but overall route and project timeline.

Funding for the trail is provided by state Legacy Grant funds in the amount of $175,000 and federal Trail Grant funds $125,000. City Clerk Kathy Zacher notes that while these types of grants are typically mathching fund grants, the city was able to have no direct cost by matching two grant projects together. So far, expenses for the trail development and construction exceed $200,000. The city is not required to draw down on unused grant funds.

The project initially called for a southern phase, which would run south of the state trail to a new canoe launch area at the intersection of Rush Creek and the Root River. However, due to close proximity to several homes in that area, the plan has once again shifted. According to Zacher, the DNR is still in favor of some southern phase, with the city and the DNR coordinating efforts, taking into account the Army Corps of Engineers’ stance on the use of that portion of the levee system for a trail. Nothing on the southern phase is definite to date.

The previously discussed use of the park north of Winona Street and west of Highway 43 for some type of center location and lot for the Rush Creek Trail and bluff trail system has been altered. “The Corps would not allow the new bike trail to go under the north end bridge, so it is routed a bit differently and stops at Creekside Park parking lot,” notes Zacher. “We are creating a new pedestrian and bike crossing on the north side of the bridge to get people safely across the highway. There will be additional signage at Creekside to show p .....
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2012

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2012 the week of October 1-6. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly October 2 at 2:30pm in the High School gymnasium. Parents and the ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Kathleen Miriam Zoellner

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Kathleen Miriam Zoellner Evin, Lauren, Logan and Ada Zoellner are pleased to announce the arrival of their new baby sister Kathleen Miriam. Kathleen was born at home on September 13, 2012, at 5:55 pm. She was 7 pounds 1 ounce and 21 inches at birth ..... 
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Gary T. Odegaarden

Thu, Sep 20th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Gary T. Odegaarden, 69, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, September 17, 2012, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Gary was born on July 24, 1943, in Winona, Minn. to Chester O. and Mabel (Madland) Odegaarden. He was raised in th ..... 
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Engagement - Nelson ~ Nelson

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Dr. Richard and Karen Nelson of Rushford, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kathryn (Katy) to Jeffrey (Jeff) Nelson, son of Phil and Mary Nelson of Orono, Minn. Katy is a graduate of Rushford-Peterson HS and North Par ..... 
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Rushford sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Having no increase last year, the city council has preliminarily set the 2013 budget levy at 2.9 percent. The increase would garner $762,000 in funding for the city, which City Administrator Steve Sarvi indicated would assist in building back fund b ..... 
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Letter about frac study group

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to make a correction in your coverage of the frac sand study group. When I spoke about the positive economic impacts of scenic highway designation I was not talking about our Scenic Highway #16. I was referring to a study by t ..... 
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Your Challenge- Experience ExpoCulinaria 2012

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

“Bring it to the table,” is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation, but it will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, MN. At the feature September 22nd attraction of ..... 
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Engagement - Hatleli ~ Halvorson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Hatleli of Rushford announce the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Hatleli, to Andrew Halvorson, son of Louann Halvorson and the late Charles Halvorson of Calmar, IA. Miss Hatleli, a graduate of Rushford-Peterson High School and ..... 
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