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Rushford ends union battle


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city.

In and prior to December 2012, Rushford’s Public Works Department lobbied for Courrier’s 36-hour per week position to be transitioned to full-time, based on increasing workload within the department. Whether or not the staffing needs were there, or if the work could be done more cost effectively for the city, was an area of contention between Public Works and several on the council. Funds had been included in the 2013 budget to transition Courrier to full-time employment, but without the specific accountability of time or proof of need that was sought by those councilors, the council agreed to extend Courrier’s position only until March 31, 2013. February 25, a motion to terminate the position passed in a 3 to 2 vote.

By March 6, AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) Local 1944 had filed two grievances with the city based on the decision, citing two applicable violations; the first in relation to seniority and the second to discipline and discharge. Facing possible litigation, and following a closed meeting with legal counsel, the city approved reinstating Courrier effective April 1 through December 31, 2013 at 36 hours per week, with no overtime and pro-rated benefits to be provided. When the approved period was up, the council stuck with their earlier approval nine-months earlier ending Courrier’s position.

Shortly after, AFSCME filed a new grievance, citing violation of several contract articles. Union representative Jim Dahling spoke before the council and cautioned the city on not yielding to their grievance, thereby taking the matter to mediation and possible litigation. At the January 27 meeting, City Attorney Terry Chiglo repeatedly asked the union to correct factual inaccuracies in the grievance or provide proof of said violations. No agreement could be reached and the city council denied the grievance, sending the issue to mediation.

Mediation sessions were held March 4, at city hall. Union representatives, Courrier, city councilors Mark Honsey and Roger Colbenson, administrator Steve Sarvi, and Chiglo were present along with a mediator from the Bureau of Mediation Services. A meeting with all parties was held prior to meetings of the respective part .....
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Birth Announcement - Teagan Lynn Cords

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Jared and Erin Cords of Rushford, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Lynn Cords, born on March 1, 2014. Grandparents are Mark and Dawn Volkman of Winona, Minn. and Clark and Mary Ellen Cords of Rushford, Minn.

Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 8th Grade—Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Oliva Hoff, Anna Kjos, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp 7th Grade—Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyt ..... 
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Michael J. Reinhardt

Tue, Feb 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Michael J. Reinhardt, 31, of Rushford, Minn., died on Saturday, February 15, at his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on June 4, 1982, in Winona, Minn. to Jim and Mary (Gorman) Reinhardt. Michael was raised in Rushford and was a 2001 ..... 
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Frac sand mining...

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the pr ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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