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Rushford debates police staffing, coverage


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

Several Rushford residents turned out to address the council regarding the issue of police protection. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The ongoing issue over whether or not to fill the police department vacancy left by recently resigned, full-time officer Chris Frick continues to bring out public support and heated debate. Police Chief Adam Eide came before the council on November 12 to seek replacement for the position, but the recommendation was tabled to allow for further consideration. That conversation continued recently at a labor management meeting involving Mayor Hallum, Councilor Vern Bunke, Administrator Steve Sarvi, and Eide, but it was clear by the November 25 council meeting, little had changed in perception of a remedy to the problem.

In September of 2012, Eide came before the council, following direction from Bunke, regarding a plan for various community safety projects to bolster the police protection. “While all those projects are very good, admirable, effective, there’s still a bit of concern whether or not we’re doing as much as we can as a council and community to support our officers and public safety effort,” noted Bunke in reference to Eide’s plan. “The consensus is that the public might have to take greater ownership of public safety, while controlling cost. We need to look at all options available. We have a great crew in this town. It’s outstanding. At the same time, if we’re not diligent in looking at all of the options, openly and honestly, without accusation and emotion, then we’re not doing the right thing. I don’t have the answer, but I’m suggesting we look at every possible option before we nail ourselves down to the cost of a full-time officer.”

Mayor Chris Hallum, who recently took his opinions on the issue to local editorials, spoke increasingly in favor of Eide’s recommendation. “The one thing police department is; insurance. You have it when you need it. I don’t want there to be a need, but if something happens and there’s no cop on duty, great, I saved a dollar,” said Hallum.

“That’s an emotional response,” responded Bunke.

“It’s my opinion,” countered Hallum, “And you’re trying to cheapen it by saying it’s emotional. My viewpoint is as valid as yours.”

More than 15 citizens turned out to voice their opinion on the issue and they were just as passionate about their viewpoints. Several who work in emergency rescue, including Kenny Highum, a volunteer firefighter, and Lynn Humble, Rushford Ambulance Director, highlighted the conve .....
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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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Engagement - Lind ~ Olson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Brenda and Bill Falkowski of Houston, Minn. and Doug and Becky Lind of Rushford, Minn. announce the engagement of their daughter Chellsey Lind to Nathan Olson, son of Linda and the late Roger Olson of Nodine, Minn. Chellsey is a 2003 graduate of R ..... 
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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Caleb Leslie Hughes

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Caleb Leslie Hughes, 22, of Rushford, Minn. died on Saturday, November 16, 2013, due to a motor-vehicle accident near La Crescent, Minn. The son of Cherie and Jon Graham, Caleb was born on September 18, 1991, in La Crosse, Wis. He was raised as a ..... 
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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel ..... 
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Root River Floral celebrates Caring Rose Week

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

“Holidays, happiness, family… hunger?” Next week, we’ll all sidle up to the table, give thanks for our blessings, and dive in. In the midst of so much, it’s possible to forget that there are those not so fortunate. This week, National Hu ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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