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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 process, at least one of the ordinances was realized to need change regardless.

Ordinance 16, sections 97.02 prohibited the discharge of weapons within city limits, even to those with legal permits, such as a Concealed Carry or transport permit. The ordinance change now allows for seven exemptions, including those with permitting, law enforcement or military personnel, and the discharge of a firearm at a shooting or archery range approved by the Chief of Police.

Ordinance 16.98, relating to game hunting within the city also clearly lays out what’s allowed and what’s not. The council has previously stated that the city is entering unchartered waters by allowing hunting and the detailed ordinance should prohibit problematic situations.

While no citizens voiced concerns over the ordinance changes, just three citizens offered comment on the allowance of bow hunting. In relation to trespassing issues, the city has stated that hunt areas will be limited to Magelssen Bluff, Olson Bluff, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant area. Hunters that are approved for the hunt by application and completion of a bow hunting proficiency exam will be provided maps of the allowed areas. If within 100 feet of private property adjacent to the areas, hunters will be required to obtain written permission of the landowner. Just 20 hunters will be allowed for the 2014 season and the city intends to reevaluate that number, along with the rest of the related hunting policy, annually.

Resident Lee Peterson expressed concern over any hunting within the city, noting that he had purchased his property near Olson Bluff specifically for the forest and wildlife appeal. “Deer have become habituated to humans in this area. There’s not a lot of sport in that for them to stand there and just look at you. They’re being attracted to private property, but people planted things they like to eat; plant native vegetation or deer-resistant. I’m trying to do it that way.”

Resident and Ambulance Director Lynn Humble spoke out in favor of the hunt. “I’m all for reducing the herd. We have a heard of deer in town that eats at the co-op, then beds down by the depot. They like to .....
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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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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Da ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Wed, Oct 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Community notification meeting in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and Rushford Police Department are releasing information pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 to the community, regarding a Level 3 predatory offender moving to the community of Rushford. This offender is not ..... 
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