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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the district. Two spoke directly to the facilities debate.

“I want to thank the board for their work,” said Sandy Rumstik. “It takes a lot of time and sacrifice, and I’m willing to pay whatever it takes to sacrifice for them [the students]. I commend you. Keep at it. It’s so important,” she continued.

Board member Peterson, a vocal opponent to the school’s past New School Initiative, took the brunt of other comments. “You use your seat to perpetuate your personal issue with Mr. Ehler. I see you as negative, as anti-education. I find it appalling,” said Joellen Bingaman. “I think you have you own personal agenda and your axe is sharpened by the minions who voted you in. Things don’t last forever and you won’t.”

A brief banter between Peterson and Bingaman was halted by board Chairwoman Angela Colbenson, who advised that comments be directed at the board for advisement, rather than conversation on the issue. Discussions then turned to ongoing talks revolving around a potential flip-flop move of middle school grades to the Rushford facility and upper elementary grades to Peterson, also a hot button issue for the community.

“I think we need to see more pros and cons as to why we’re considering making this realignment,” said Judi Tekautz. “There doesn’t appear to be much discussion. The experts, the teachers, have told us about the benefits of the closed setting for the kids over there. You want to transport those grades to Peterson, but they have their sports practices in Rushford and grades 7-8 have theirs in Peterson. It seems counterintuitive; a bad use of resources. You want to make those fourth and fifth grades line up and wait for a bus, when they should be running off energy before school. It’s a bad age to be bussed, and it seems a poor use of their time. There seems to be more potential for negative consequences.”

Superintendent Chuck Ehler spoke concisely and positively, seemingly to both issues brought up by those in attendance. “At the May 29 meeting, this came about with an administrative recommendation. There is still ongoing discussion. Let’s take a breath, before the guns come out let’s l .....
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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 ..... 
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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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