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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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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-Peterson hits at security issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at ..... 
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RenewableRays project a shining success

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Progress Edition

As the bandwagon for renewable energy rolls on, energy cooperatives are joining in the efforts, despite not being afforded the same tax breaks as private energy firms. By and large, solar arrays, dubbed “gardens,” are popping up not just in 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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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the communi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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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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