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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to the work scope and limited funding, but at least three projects are being considered.

Cooperative Way, constructed in 2008, has been something of a consistent headache for the city. The original work required repair soon after and prompted an extended warranty from the general contractor. Deficiency issues have been identified again and engineers have recommended the city request the contractor remedy them, per contract, prior to warranty expiration.

According to a field review, 21 concrete panels, approximately 12 feet by 15 feet in size, have significant longitudinal cracks. Per recommendation, the panels will need to be removed and replaced. In addition there are 40 locations on the road requiring full depth repair or spot full depth repair according to MnDOT standard details for Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation. This includes removing the concrete, or pieces of it, placing reinforcement bars and dowels, replacing the concrete, and sealing the joints.

Lastly, 40-60 percent of the joints in the roadway are missing sealant. According to city councilor Gordon Johnson, this work was done just two years ago. However, engineer Brian Malm noted that if not applied correctly, the sealant can be easily pulled out by road traffic. Furthermore, Malm noted that a road of six years shouldn’t need any sealant repair, let alone twice in six years. Repairs that were previously completed are failing or showing signs of failure. Additionally, some of the repair areas appear to have settled below the surface of adjacent concrete, indicating previous repairs were not doweled or tied to adjacent pavement.

Malm is willing to forward his report to both the general contractor and subcontractor responsible for the work, as well as a formal letter requesting repair of deficiencies, and is reviewing all original project plans and specs, contracts documents, and the warranty information. “You’re putting them on notice that there are issues here that need to be fixed before the warranty is up,” said Malm. “But, I caution you, they’re not going to be willing to do all of it. The issue isn’t the thickness of the base, but imperfections of the base. Just because tests pass .....
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Executed search warrant in Rushford Village leads to arrest/narcotics charge

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village All

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the South Eastern Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant in South Rushford on Thursday, June 5, 2014. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Officers executed ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, rega ..... 
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Kingsland approves interim athletic director

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

An extensive agenda awaited the Kingsland School Board on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the regular school board meeting held in the Kingsland Conference Room. Consent Agenda items were approved. The following donations were recognized: American Legion ..... 
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Rushford Village Mayor Schwanke resigns; city recaps plans moving forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

To the surprise of many, Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke resigned his post as mayor, effective June 3, following a decision to relocate to northern Wisconsin. Until that date, Schwanke and the council are reviewing current goals and plans. “W ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The menu is set. The cooks are ready to go. The wine and beer sommeliers have picked the beverages. ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away, and we’re ready for our guests. This annual experience of taste promises to be an evening of incredible fla ..... 
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RASA summer theater production auditions upcoming

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts will be holding auditions for this summer’s community theater production of ‘The Butler Did It”, on Thursday evening, May 15, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the Rushford Peterson High School Theat ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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