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Rushford Village keeps at Planning and Zoning


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The long process of setting forth a comprehensive plan is getting nearer to an end. Several months of work determining current zoning and planning responsibilities and ordinances are leading towards the establishment of an official Planning and Zoning Commission. Currently, the city has only a Zoning Board of four members and Administrator John Petit and the city council itself acts as a board of adjustment.

After a read-through of zoning ordinances by Joyce Iverson on behalf of the city and the zoning, the city is nearer to ironing out the details and approval by legal counsel and the city council. Current zoning ordinances reflected on what the city is already doing in terms of the planning commission, according the Iverson. The ordering and language of some sections have been unclear, however, occasionally duplicating or omitting items.

“I volunteered to do this as member of the zoning board to continue work we started over the last three and a half years,” said Iverson. “We need to start with document we have and plug in what is absolutely necessary.”

It is critical that the city approve the document for planning and zoning prior to approving the comprehensive plan. “We need to be qualified as the body to do it before we actually do it,” added Mayor Dale Schwanke.

A public hearing will be held on the matter November 19, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall. The final budget will also be addressed at the meeting, as the city looks to certify the final levy prior to December 3.

The city has been invited, along with eight other towns, to participate in a Destination Medical Center (DMC) event. Coordinated to further economic development of the Mayo Healthcare System and Minnesota, this event is slated for November 18, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Open to the public, towns participating in the event will have a physical presence at the event, as well as the ability to chat one-on-one with DMC representatives, giving them a 3-minute “story” of the community.

“As a city, we don’t have a lot of businesses that fit tourism,” noted Mayor Schwanke.

“The DMC is much bigger than tourism,” responded Zoning Board Member Joyce Iverson, who has long worked with economic development in both the Village and the city of Rushford. “This is a unique opportunity to talk with the folks from DMC.”

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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Rushford Village goes ‘round with topic

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The review of the city’s current zoning board and the establishment or merge of a planning commission continues to be kicked around and was again an agenda topic at the Tuesday, October 1 council meeting. “You need to go through it and put it to ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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SpectaculAir at Rushford, MN promises to be spectacular

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Rushford Municipal Airport at Rushford, Minn., presents the first-ever SpectaculAir air show, September 27 and 28, 2013, at the airport. The event, sponsored by the City of Rushford, Mead & Hunt, Inc., and approximately a dozen local businesses ..... 
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Rushford Village continues commission and ordinance discussion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The City of Rushford Village does not currently have a Planning and Zoning Commission and that is creating an issue according to City Attorney Tom Manion. “What you have is loose. You’re just going around and around. The cit ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Rushford Village selects engineer for road work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Following several months of discussion revolving around road issues, and a request for proposal from four firms, the city has contracted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. The purpose of the collaboration is to head off potential stumblin ..... 
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