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Rushford Village continues support of trail development


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Vern Bunke, head of Bluff Tracks, is continuing efforts to see development of an expansive all- trail system in the Rushford Peterson Valley. Presenting an update to the Rushford Village Council, Tuesday, May 5, Bunke noted that approximately 500 miles of trails could easily fit within the Valley and surrounding bluffs, without having an impact on those who reside here. Bluff Tracks is asking for renewed support from municipalities and townships in the Valley area as it pushes forward with plans.

“Are you aware of how much land,” asked Bunke, referencing the miles of state land within the Village. The Village itself is 33 square miles, surrounding the cities of Rushford and Peterson, and a large portion of it includes the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest, the most of any other municipality in the state. The Department of Natural Resources lists the land as among the best in the state for birdwatching, motorized trail riding, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

New trails could easily connect to smaller, existing trail systems. “The trail system could blossom the way the snowmobile trails did. It would have a regional impact on every little town around here.”

“Yes, you want to see economic impact in the valley and added tourism,” stated Bunke. “We have a huge advantage. You could bring in 10 horseback riders and 50 ATV riders for a weekend to the Valley and you wouldn’t even notice them. The only time you’d notice is when they’re at the gas station, restaurants, and hotel. That’s the beauty of the woods. The topography would hide them, and they would not be a huge disruption to our lives in the Valley.”

Trail development is still early. Bluff Tracks is seeking 501c3 status so grant opportunities may be taken advantage of. Bunke estimates that the current cost of hard-surface trail development in the state is upwards of $1.2 million per mile. However, the organization doesn’t anticipate the need for any city funding. “We don’t need that much money to build trails in these woods. Over five years, we could develop trails at a minute fraction of that cost. But, it takes the cooperation of municipalities,” stressed Bunke.

Trails are typically on both state and private lands. In order to develop the trails, agreements would have to be made. Some parallel trail usage could be seen, but not usage of existing hard surface trails. “When visited, they ha .....
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Rushford Village to keep at pavement management plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village has received a 2015 Recommended Pavement Management memo from Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm. An effort to continue strides taken on maintenance of the city’s paved roadways has been underway for some time. In Jul ..... 
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Rushford Village looks to Wellhead Protection Plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Pat Bailey, principal planner for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Water Source Protection Unit, was on hand at the Tuesday, April 7 Rushford Village Council meeting to discuss wellhead protection. The protection plans seek to “prevent con ..... 
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Rushford Village hits “attractive nuisance” dilemma

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Planning and Zoning Commission has spent considerable time in the last several years updating and clarifying zoning ordinances. Confusing or unneeded language, poor definition, and complicated variables have been carefully irone ..... 
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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come a ..... 
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Rushford Village to clarify zoning language

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

City of Rushford Village council meetings continue to be swift and no nonsense as the year progresses. At the Tuesday, February 3 meeting, the council tackled just six items, monthly financials, and additional updates and meeting information. A la ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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Rushford Village eyes changes to Conditional Use Permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Planning/Zoning Commission of Rushford Village is diligently working to write proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance 5, sections 1800-2700, seeking to clarify wording and eliminate potential problems. The matter was discussed at length at the D ..... 
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