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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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Ribbon cutting for Thrivent Financial

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

On Friday, April 10, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber to welcome Steve Halvorson and his new Thrivent Financial business in Rushford, located in the Pam’s Corner building (107 State Hwy 16). ..... 
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R-P sifts through school project, current facilities, student incident

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

While the R-P School Board agenda for Monday, April 20 may have largely been dedicated to approval of personnel changes, the majority of discussion related to continuation of plans for the new school facility and repair and redevelopment of the cu ..... 
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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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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson


A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
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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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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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