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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the suggested options, keeping in mind referendum results and local opinion. Ten options were ultimately put forth by architectural firm ATS&R, following the presentation of a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis, provided as a joint effort between ATS&R and ICS Consulting, last February. The analysis sought to provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs as the task force moved forward.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted last January that several key items to the defeat of the results were evident to him. As written, they included:

•We have to keep the building in Peterson open and will need to plan to update the building.

•Tax impact – Our citizens felt the tax impact was too great.

•There is a belief that we can invest in our current facilities versus a new building.

•We need to more directly involve our government entities (City of Peterson, Village of Rushford, and City of Rushford).

•Our citizens and residents want a plan that is long-range and comprehensive. They want a “one and done” project.

Keeping these in mind, the facilities task force worked through the 10 options, eventually whittling them down to just four. “I recommend you give us a sense of direction,” said Ehler. “What would you like us to do?”

The front runner, garnering 68 votes from the task force, was Option 7. That plan includes the construction of a new early childhood through grade 12 school on the property adjacent to the current high school football field. While the plan would highlight energy efficiency and the culmination of “a truly 21st century school,” it ultimately abandons both the current Rushford and Peterson school facilities. The estimated price tag could ring in at $34.5 million, with estimated state debt equalization payment near $8 million.

Option 10 came in with 27 votes as a second potential solution. It calls for the construction of a new EC-3 school and a new 7-12 school on the property adjacent to the current athletic facility and a conversion of the Peterson facility into a 4-6 middle school. The option also includes abandoning curren .....
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Engagement - Lind ~ Olson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Brenda and Bill Falkowski of Houston, Minn. and Doug and Becky Lind of Rushford, Minn. announce the engagement of their daughter Chellsey Lind to Nathan Olson, son of Linda and the late Roger Olson of Nodine, Minn. Chellsey is a 2003 graduate of R ..... 
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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Caleb Leslie Hughes

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Caleb Leslie Hughes, 22, of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, November 16, 2013, due to a motor-vehicle accident near La Crescent, Minn. The son of Cherie and Jon Graham, Caleb was born on September 18, 1991, in La Crosse, Wis. He was raised as a ..... 
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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel ..... 
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Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Marjorie Otis

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marjorie Otis, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, October 30, at her home. She was born on March 3, 1935, in Cedar Glades, Arkansas to Alfred and Angie (Murders) Adams. In her early childhood, Marjorie moved with her family from Arkansas to ..... 
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