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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt

of Rushford, Minn.

Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to either repair and remodel his existing home or build a brand new home. Trouble was, Rush could not afford to build a new home, but he really, really wanted a shiny new home. Rush figured he would get another opinion as to which way he should go, so he asked his spouse and kids if they wanted to fix up their current home or would they rather build a brand new home. His family, of course, said “let’s build a shiny new house”. Rush had to borrow money from the local bank no matter which option he chose and even though Rush had twice before been turned down by the bank for a new construction loan that didn’t stop Rush. This time, thought Rush, I will go ask my rich uncle if he will help me out and pay half my mortgage payment for the new house. So Rush went to his rich uncle in St. Paul and begged him to help him build a shiny new house. Rush’s rich uncle said “OK Rush, I have this program set up where I can help you with your mortgage payment based on this complicated formula but you have to ask me every month to give you the money”. Rush said “no problem” and rushed off to meet with his architect.

Rush called his architect and said, “I want you to build me a 1700 square foot home and spare no expense”. Rush’s architect replied, “OK Rush, but it will cost you $380,000 and you will have to make payments of $2900 a month”. “Also”, continued the architect, “how are you going to get the loan given the bank has turned you down twice before for much smaller amounts of money”? “No problem”, replied Rush, “I have spoken with my rich uncle in St. Paul and he has promised me he would pay over half my mortgage payment every month”. “Great”, replied the architect. “You get the loan from the bank and write me a big check and I will draw up the plans for your shiny new house”.

So off goes Rush to talk to the bank. Rush walks into the bank and sits down with the banker. “What can I do for you today, Rush?” asks the Banker. “I want to get a construction loan for $380,000 to build a new 1700 square foot house”, replies Rush. The banker, somewhat puzzled, asks Rush “$380,000 is awfully expensive for a 1700 square foot .....
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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Letter about unsafe R-P facilities...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As many of you know, we had 2 sons in wheelchairs that attended Rushford-Peterson Schools. They loved being students at R-P. After the last vote on a new school, our son Michael told us of how very unsafe he felt at the high school, ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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Auditions for “Snow White” slated in Rushford

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be held at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, October 13 at Rushford-Peterson High School theatre in Rushford. Seventy-three local young people ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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Grace Place concert

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Enjoy the songs of John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary at an upcoming concert in Rushford. Anything Goes Trio will be performing at a free will offering concert to be held at 2 p.m. on October 18, at the Rushford Lutheran Church. Upon his ret ..... 
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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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