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R-P community continues to support our school leaders


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person to deal with our aging facilities. Within a month, the flood hit. Although not fully submerged in water, the school DID suffer damage. Mr. Ehler worked diligently to clean up the school and going through the proper channels to ensure that repairs and clean-up were funded appropriately.

Over the next few years, Mr. Ehler continued to address the issues of aging facilities. He knew that the community was still healing financially from the flood, so he and the school board worked within our budget to tend to deferred maintenance and code issues. Knowing that the facilities issues were not going away, Mr. Ehler and other community leaders worked with state and local officials until finally, the Debt Equalization bill came to fruition. What a gift this was. A community task force, made up of anyone who wanted to volunteer, recommended building a new pre-K-12 school. The Debt Equalization funds made this a very DIFFERENT proposition than the two previously failed school referendums. The NEW proposition was presented to the voters in November of 2014 and PASSED.

Once this plan was approved by the voters, bonds were sold, and the community received another gift. The interest rate was much lower than previously projected, reducing the total cost of the project by over $7 million, which equated to tax payer savings. We recap all this history to emphasize the importance of where we are today.

The R-P Concerned Citizens Group is attempting to throw these gifts away. They maintain that the 2007 flood damages reported and paid for by FEMA were overstated, and that the accounting between damages reported and funding received is not accurate. After numerous audits, and this group being told several times by state officials that their claims were unfounded, they continue with unsubstantiated accusations and threatened lawsuits. An article, published as recently as December 11, 2015, in the Rochester Post Bulletin entitled, “R-P Didn’t Inflate Flood Damage to School” calls out the R-P Concerned Citizens Group for believing R-P inflated flood damages. After stating both sides, this article ultimately quotes a FEMA official who states, “FEMA agrees with Mr. Ehler”. So, after al .....
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Letter about Here come the lawsuits...

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about Here come the lawsuits... To the Editor, This article would fail all Snopes fact checks. These are merely opinions by a group of anti new school supporters. School board minutes that you also publish will reflect the truths. So while ..... 
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New Rushford councilors take oath

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The first meeting of the Rushford City Council for the year began with new councilors Terri Benson and Jim O’Donnell taking the oath of office. Also taking the oath was Mayor Chris Hallum, who is serving his third term. The new councilors dove rig ..... 
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Rushford Council approves 2016 levy and land sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

At the last meeting of 2015, a snowy January 28, the Rushford Council approved setting the final budget and property tax levy, taxes payable year 2016, at $790,000. After months of discussion on options for expense reductions and long-term strategic ..... 
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Marilyn J. Tarras

Tue, Jan 5th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marilyn J. Tarras, 77, of Rushford, MN died on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Marilyn was born on March 30, 1938, in La Crosse, Wis. to Joseph and Charlotte (Ford) Lambert. She was raised in Win ..... 
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Douglas A.Heusinkveld

Thu, Dec 31st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Douglas Allen Heusinkveld, age 87, of Rushmore, Minn., formerly of San Jose, Calif., died Tuesday, December 15, 2015, on his 48th wedding anniversary, at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1928 to parents Reuben and Jessie ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board splits on Project Oversight Committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School Board waded through a full agenda and a scheduled Truth in Taxation meeting at the Monday, December 21 meeting. The majority of conversation related to the Project Oversight Committee, a new committee aimed at streamlining the ..... 
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Rushford waits on levy certification; sees changes to EDA Micro-Loans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is proposing a 6.7% increase in the levy. This equates to $790,000. The city levy has remained unchanged, at $740,000 since 2011. This is broken down to a 7.7% increase in debt service and a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses. The cit ..... 
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Alta Mae Veir

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Alta Mae Veir Alta Mae Veir, 90, of Rushford, Minn., died on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Alta Mae was born on October 17, 1925, in rural Peterson, Minn. to Clarence and Bertina (Brenden) Bremmer. Sh ..... 
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