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Rushford jumps more hoops


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on the landward side of the levee is now prompting cause for flooding concern in low-lying areas. Flood inundation mapping being released will indicate potential for flooding due to interior drainage. The proposed maps could cause 80 structures within the city to require flood insurance in the case of interior flooding.

Otomo Engineering, the firm that has been working with the city on various projects since the 2007 flood, believes the proposed FEMA maps are out of date and indicate incorrect elevations. Taken in 2008 in a series of fly-overs for Department of Natural Resources watershed work, the elevation data is likely off target by one to one and a half feet. It may not sound like much, but the firm has indicated it could be a critical difference to those structures.

FEMA would require flood insurance, as well as a flood elevation certificate, for the structures found within interior flooding elevations. Areas zoned by maps requiring insurance will need to attain a flood elevation certificate, the process which is intensive, requiring a 3-page report for each home or affected structure. “It’s been the city’s goal all along, to avoid flood insurance, when rebuilding the levee and drainage systems. Now they’re worried about what’s going on inside the levees,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

A proposal for a cooperative study between Barr Engineering and Otomo Engineering has been recommended. The Interior Flood Reduction Feasibility Study would correctly map the elevations and define potential mitigation options by conducting survey work and defining options. Furthermore, the study, which includes data points on the ground within 1/10 of an inch, has the ability to influence the FEMA mapping.

The cost of the work to determine elevations and develop methods of mitigation comes in at $33,459. “It’s expensive,” added Sarvi. “We certainly never planned for this.” Even if some structures are found to be within the flood zones after corrected elevations, there are options to use the data to determine ways to get them out of it. Mitigation efforts could include a series of pumps, adjusting elevations at locations, increasing storm water pip .....
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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a mode ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria - an experience of Taste - to be held May 17 in Rushford

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — The 4th Annual ExpoCulinaria will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. Exciting improvements have been made to tantalize ExpoCulinaria guests’ taste buds. This year everyone will watch and sample as a professional culinary ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 3 A/B Honor Roll

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Grade 8: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Olivia Hoff, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp Grade 7: Cora Bauer, Ka ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll: 3rd Quarter

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 2013-2014 Grade 9 Ashley Agrimson, Halle Bauer, Bailey Bestul, Brooke Bestul, Noah Carlson, Neil Courrier, Mikayla Crawford, Nell Himlie, Haley Johnson, Spencer Majerus, Katie Mensing, Sarah Mensing, Aaron Munson, Ellen Nelson, Logan ..... 
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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