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Rushford Village hits at ordinance update, budget, road projects


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

On the suggestion of city attorney Tom Manion, the city has been looking to tighten up definitions to some of its ordinances, looking at what would be defendable in a legal issue. An ongoing complaint about barking dogs by three south Rushford, Minn. neighbors may have finally gotten some shot at closure. The council has passed further definition of the ordinance, including definition of excessive barking and aggressive behavior. The update to the ordinance is effective with publication of the change in the city’s designated news outlet.

An invitation was made to the party in question, but they did not attend the August 20 council meeting. A complaint was made by a fourth neighbor last week. “We’ve sent a letter. I got a phone call disputing the facts set forth in the letter,” said attorney Manion. “We brought in a deputy from the Sheriff’s office. His involvement may have caused the behavior to change. But our ordinance is still vague.”

Manion produced a model ordinance from the League of Minnesota Cities which further defined excessive barking as, ‘habitual barking or cries; barking for a duration of three minutes with less than one minute of interruption.’ “If they challenge us, we can say, ‘Here’s the excessive definition. Comply.”

Mayor Dale Schwanke was adamant about bettering the ordinance. “If you don’t have enough teeth in it to enforce an ordinance, it’s not worth having. It’s at a point where we need to do something positive, something we can defend.”

The penalty for failure to comply is also listed within the ordinance. “Each day shall be a separate offense. A misdemeanor offense, it will be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail,” added Manion. He also pointed out that this is not a case of selective enforcement, but that the city is simply ensuring it has an ordinance it can enforce. Should the issue continue, citizens are encouraged to call the Fillmore County Sheriff’s office and make a formal complaint.

In addition to the lengthy discussion on the ordinance modification, the city also discussed the budget at length. The state has determined that further detailing of funds is needed, confusing an already complicated matter. The good news is that the city is currently not spending its entire budget and has been proactive in setting funds aside for projects. Final budget numbers .....
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Taste of the Trail - 2013 on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Taste of the Trail is similar to many “Taste of…events in many towns all over the Midwest. On three Saturdays in September, during this annual trail wide event, you can experience the abundance of food and activities in southeastern Minnesota. E ..... 
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Input on proposed Rushford Village street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Ten residents turned out at the August 6 public hearing regarding proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding could be up to $550,000, but not exceeding, and would l ..... 
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Senior Wagon Rides Along the Root River State Trail

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at the Rushford Depot in Rushford, Minn. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Rushford Depot to Houston, Minn. and then travel to ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria, a lip-smackig event - you be the Judge

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria Saturday, September 7 is circled on calendars and hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for the 2013 ExpoCulinaria—an experience of taste in Rushford, Minn. Relished from the sellout success of 2012, ExpoCulin ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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A Taste of Iowa in Rushford

By Sara Pecinovsky

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

By Sara Pecinovsky Being home from college, I try to connect back with a few friends from home to catch up on our lives. A couple weeks ago, I asked a dear friend of mine to accompany me to check out the Rushford Days celebration. I had a plan to a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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Rushford Days 2013 was “the place to be seen” last week

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers The City of Rushford, Minn. was definitely the place to be seen the week of July 15-23, 2013 for a person looking for a good time. The week began with the Queen Pageant in the high school gymnasium on Monday, July 15. The results of ..... 
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