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Fire claims Rushford Village barn; family grateful for outpouring


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By all accounts, the Scaife family of Rushford is soft-spoken, hard-working, and faithful. When an early morning fire swept through their two-story dairy barn this past Tuesday, while shaken, the family trudged on, grateful for what the fire spared. “The good Lord was very gracious to us,” were the first words Jim Scaife used to describe the events.

The Scaife’s daughter, Annie, first spotted the fire at 12:15 a.m. through her window. A window that is typically covered, but by providence wasn’t this night. According to the family, flames leapt from the barn, just 100 feet east of their home on Aspen Road, and were fueled by gusty southwest winds. The Rushford Fire Department was notified at 12:19 p.m. and dispatched 17 firefighters with two tanker trucks, two pumper trucks, and two rescue rigs. The Rushford Fire Department called the Houston Fire Department for mutual aid en route to the farm. They responded with two additional tankers, one pumper, and one rescue rig.

According to Rushford Fire Chief Paul Corcoran, the blaze was mainly knocked down within one and a half hours, but took a total of four hours to be controlled. In the end, the department used 15 gallons of fire-smothering foam and 30,000 gallons of water. The barn was a total loss and an adjacent building to the north suffered fire damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Jim, Tara, and children Fred, Annie, and Christina were uninjured.

While the family’s cattle and chickens were unharmed, 21 ewes were in the barn and were at first unaccounted for, as were 10 Boer goats. The majority of goats were not recovered, as were one ewe and her lambs, but the family was able to save the remaining sheep and a Boer wether, most which escaped unscathed save for visible burn marks to their fleece and coat. One ewe suffered some external blistering, but the majority of the herd was spared. The family was able to route livestock to paddocks away from the fire.

Crews from Norman’s Electric Service were on the site Tuesday morning to restore electrical service to the well on site. Electrical service for the well had originally been routed through the dairy barn.

Outpouring of support for the family, through prayer, meals, and cleanup assistance has been steady. Cleanup was proceeding better than expected around the barn site and in adjacent buildings Tuesday morning and afternoon due to welcome sunshine and temp .....
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served wi ..... 
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The Place to be Seen in 2013: Rushford Days

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By Sara Pecinovsky It’s already July, Independence Day has come and gone quickly, but don’t fret! There is still more summer left to relish the festivities in Southeast Minnesota. The city of Rushford, Minn. has been preparing for another fun a ..... 
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Rushford Village businesses bloom

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

When a long-time Rushford Village business, Jim’s Building Center, closed its doors in the spring of 2011, the town took an economic loss. Many wondered what business would occupy the facility in the future. Turns out, it is an odd couple- pairing ..... 
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