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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 contaminants from entering the wells and groundwater that provide public drinking water supply.” Working in tandem with communities, the MDH helps to develop plans for protection from contaminants such as nitrates, organic and inorganic compounds, and pathogens, and helps to carry out of those plans.

The process begins with a vulnerability assessment of the well and a defined Drinking Water Supply Management Area. Next, a contaminant source inventory is conducted in the Wellhead Protection Area, an area more defined within the Management Area. A plan to manage those inventoried sources, and a water supply contingency plan, is then developed. Implementation is carried out by the MDH and the city or a diversity of community members.

The Rushford Village Management Area lies south of what is deemed “South Rushford”, into state bluff land. Bailey noted that ground water within the smaller protection area will reach the well within 10 years, so the plan is geared towards management over those 10 years. Bailey expects that writing the plan won’t take long, due to the size of the community. The city will consult further with the MDH. Anticipated development of the area will also be considered in discussions.

The city also held a public hearing at the meeting regarding amendments to Ordinance 5, Zoning and Land Use, specifically, modification, additions, or deletions to sections 100-800, 1100-1600, and 1700-2700. The amendments had been discussed, in length, at previous meetings but required approval from City Attorney Tom Manion before being voted upon. Three additional changes, that were suggested following the second March council meeting, were also brought forth. The majority of changes dealt with language usage, definitions, and consistency within the ordinances.

“It’s remarkable what this team has accomplished,” noted Mayor Gordon Johnson, doling out praise to Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit and Planning and Zoning Commission members Joyce Iverson, Glen Kopperud, Maynard Thompson, and Bruce Hovland. The amendments were approved unanimously.

“I thank you. It’s amazing,” added Johnson. “We keep adding new things and unfortunate .....
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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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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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson


On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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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. ..... 
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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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