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Rushford approves subdivision ordinance addition


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford city council held a public hearing Tuesday, October 13 during its regular council meeting. Public comment was taken regarding an amendment to the subdivision regulations ordinance of the larger zoning ordinance. Only one person, Glen Palacek, brought forth comments.

According to the city, the intent of the amendment is to ensure eligibility for Safe Routes to School program funding. The language provides clear definition and established standards which will require any subdivision development to incorporate pedestrian routes to school infrastructure in development plans.

The amendment is not retroactive to existing subdivisions. However, City Administrator Steve Sarvi did note that the school received a 2014 grant for route planning to the new school site in the Tyrol Hills subdivision and from Highway 43 along the north side of the athletic complex. The grant was for planning only, rather than the actual infrastructure. It’s unclear if the city has plans for other residential areas which lack safe routes.

“I would hope that in any new subdivision request, the city would demand this type of action anyway. But in case we didn’t, or if we forgot about it, we would capsulate it in our ordinance so it’s a requirement,” stated Sarvi. The amendment was approved in a unanimous vote by Councilors Vern Bunke and Roger Colbenson and Mayor Chris Hallum. Councilors Robert Dahl and Mark Honsey were absent.

Also brought forth on the agenda was continued discussion on the possible conversion of the former municipal liquor store to a new city hall. The issue has been discussed for several years, but the city now has clarification as to what options it has for the facility.

Rebuilt after the 2007 flood, the store was closed by the council and then a ballot vote in 2011. Since then, discussions have included the conversion to city hall, the suggestion of housing the city library, which was defeated, retaining ownership and leasing the building, or selling the building. It was assumed the city would need to repay at least a portion of funding which was used to rebuild it. However, at the Tuesday meeting, Administrator Sarvi indicated that city could sell the property if written permission is sought and given from the Minnesota Department of Finance.

In regards to a possible conversion, Sarvi believes a majority of work, with the exception of electrical, could be done by .....
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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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Beatrice H. Rislove

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Beatrice H. Rislove, 94, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn. Beatrice was born on November 28, 1920, in rural Rushford to Elmer and Helen (Gilbertson) Otis. She was raised on ..... 
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Rushford reviews renewable energy systems ordinance, city hall move

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing was held September 28 during the regular Rushford City Council meeting in regards to an amendment to the Rushford Zoning Ordinance. The proposed new chapter will address renewable energy systems with the intent to encourage systems ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Monday, September 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal it was stated in the article “Lawsuit started against R-P School District” that the meeting for redeveloping the Peterson Middle School is October 12 at 7 p.m. It is actually ..... 
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Bid award for R-P School draws large crowd, further debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

As expected, the Monday, September 28 special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board drew in more than 60 residents, including a dozen children with their parents. The meeting was set to review bids for the construction of the new early child ..... 
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Velkommen! Norwegian tourists visit area

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

In this area, we take national heritage as a badge of honor. The Irish, Germans, and Norwegians who settled these bluffs and valleys could still see many of their traditions being held today. In something of a reverse of ancestral path walking, an e ..... 
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Engagement - Kingsley ~ Reicks

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Steve and Jodi Kingsley of Rushford, Minn., along with Kurt and Brenda Reicks of Preston, Minn., are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Bree Kingsley and Zachary Reicks. The couple will marry on October 3 at a ..... 
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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