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R-P recipient of two grants


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education. The district’s Lille By Preschool program was recently awarded a 4-Star rating for the Parent Aware program.

Began as a privately funded pilot program to address underprepared student needs, Parent Aware was adopted by the Department of Education and will make ratings available statewide by 2015. It is led by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Office of Early Learning. In local communities, Parent Aware is working to share ratings with parents and prepare education programs.

According to the MDE, “All Star-Rated Programs go above and beyond licensing requirements to support school readiness. By voluntarily becoming rated, a program shows it cares enough about early learning to use the best practices and proven approaches. With non-rated programs, even though they may be licensed, parents do not have the same assurances about early education quality.” Quality is measured by physical health, well-being, teaching, and relationships.

4-Star rated programs criteria includes volunteer in-depth training, devotion to strong relationships with each child, adoption of the latest approaches to learning, commitment to daily activities and routines, and a placed focus on health and safety. Once a school has earned a 4-star rating, it is eligible for scholarships to put further practices into motion. The district received word on September 13 that it had garnered approval of a $25,000 scholarship through the Pathways to Success program.

“We’re excited to be able to continue,” noted an enthused community education director Lisa Lawston. “It’s a nice addition for our students, as well as those families who might need child care.”

The district has also received notification of a $6,000 grant from Rushford Community Foundation and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). This grant seeks to expand elementary playground equipment to include more ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible options for students with disabilities. Superintendent Chuck Ehler and elementary physical education teacher Teresa Brown will be finalizing the details of ordering and installing the equipment.

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SpectaculAir at Rushford, MN promises to be spectacular

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

The Rushford Municipal Airport at Rushford, Minn., presents the first-ever SpectaculAir air show, September 27 and 28, 2013, at the airport. The event, sponsored by the City of Rushford, Mead & Hunt, Inc., and approximately a dozen local businesses ..... 
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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out. The city is already painfully aware of th ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria 2013 was cookin’

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Despite the day’s temperatures reaching the high 90’s, ExpoCulinaria--An Experience of Taste was relished by attendees sampling at the many restaurant and vendors tables, shopping artisan exhibits, listening to a diversity of music and cheering ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Engagement - Hungerholt ~ Meyer

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Cassandra Doris Hungerholt & Andrew Thomas Meyer are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are Steven & Lori Hungerholt, of Rushford, Minn. Parents of the groom are Thomas Meyer, of Zumbrota Minn. and Fred ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Tate Michael Lind

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Colby and Tracy Tweeten-Lind are proud to announce the birth of their son, Tate Michael. Tate was born on June 17, 2013 weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Donna Tweeten of Spring Grove, Minn. Patern ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Cooperative joins 11 other electric cooperatives in signing agreement to acquire Alliant Energy Territory

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Tri-County Electric Cooperative joined with 11 other electric distribution cooperatives serving Minnesota to form Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) as the single point of contact for the purchase of electric service te ..... 
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9/11 commemorative flag raising at Farmers Co-op Elevator Company

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

As the nation and world look towards the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Rushford American Legion and Farmers Co-op Elevator Company invite the public to a flag dedication ceremony to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women ..... 
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