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R-P runs into insurance snag


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addressed the board.

"What was the reason for the misunderstanding or miscommunication?” asked board member Taylor Peterson.

“It was a case of misunderstanding and miscommunication with the Winona Agency,” says district superintendent Chuck Ehler. “When we sent out the proposals the due date listed was April 4. In a conversation with Winona Agency, they thought there was a verbal agreement of a due date of May 4. After the due date, both Winona Agency and Vaaler Insurance Agency, who submitted bids, were contacted and the situation was explained. The Vaaler Agency consented to allow an extension until May 4th for the Winona Agency to have time to secure a viable quote.”

The district advertised for bids in mid-February and received inquiries from four agencies. The district received bids from Vaaler Insurance Agency and Winona Agency. Currently, Vaaler (Trident Insurance) provides the district’s property insurance and Winona provides the district’s workmen’s compensation coverage.

“I put that on him and his agency. They missed the deadline,” responded Peterson.

Johnson, one of the agencies interested in bidding, addressed discrepancies in valuations in the bid, as well as what he believed was a lack of information needed for formulating a bid. “What are we bidding on? It’s not spelled out. Can you make heads or tails of that? The information is not there,” stated Johnson. “My concern is what information are the agencies getting to put a bid on it? I’m wondering if the other agencies are getting special information. It’s totally unbiddable. The whole thing is incomplete. Period.”

Ehler noted his hope that agencies with questions would call for clarification. “All I ask is a phone call.”

Johnson responded regarding a discussion three years ago, at the time the last insurance bids were sought. At that time, he says he indicated to the district that the information was unbiddable. Additionally, Johnson noted that most companies won’t put bids out over 90 days, not being able to guarantee risk. Currently, bids are approved by the school board in August, with an effective date of September 1.< .....
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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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 th ..... 
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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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