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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

R-P School board director Jon Pettit highlighted the need for open meeting to discuss the opportunity for a property purchase at the May 18 meeting. Pictured, left to right are directors Pettit, Julie Koop, board chair John Linder, and Superintendent Chuck Ehler. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member concern on some unrelated items garnered most of the attention. More than 20 people filled the meeting room, in addition to district administration, the board, and media personnel.

During the public comment portion, Judi Tekautz, who has served as athletic trainer for the district since 2000, brought forth concerns of inconsistency and unaccountability by administration. “Administration is no longer doing what is best for our students, instead, it’s doing what looks good. It’s smoke and mirrors.” Tekautz went on to suggest that the district has proceeded to simply check appropriate boxes on certain actions, “With no forethought in how policies are actually affecting the child.”

Tekautz noted that some of the concern stems from issues with her own child, who she argued was caught in a loophole. “I was told, ‘Sorry, it’s not my job to look out for that one.’ When punishment or discipline are changed or rescinded, either it was wrong in the first place or the administration didn’t have the guts to do what was right. I was told, ‘It might make the district look bad.’”

“We focus last on educating the children, and they are children, calling it a ‘learning opportunity.’ Punishments are doled out like the flavor of the week, depending on what looks good, who is complaining, and what your last name is, rather than teaching our children.”

“Do what is best for them, not just what looks good. I firmly belive, that if we move into the new facility, operating as we currently are, it will be no more than, ‘Putting lipstick on a pig.’”

There was no officialy comment to Tekhautz’s concerns.Local resident Brett Kues also had straightforward words for the district relating to an option to purchase additional property adjacent to the site of the new school facility. The district had listed the discussion on the agenda as a closed meeting item, but Kues cautioned that move.

“To discuss the purchase of property, in a closed door meeting, is not allowed,” noted Kues. “If I find out you do and it is closed, I will bring charges.”

“You two (indicating board chair John Linder and Superi .....
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Disaster-free zone

By Jeremiah Munson


By Jeremiah Munson Recently, Nepal has been hit with some severe and devastating earthquakes; a quake of magnitude 7.8 followed by a magnitude 7.3 less than three weeks later. The body count from the first earthquake has surpassed 8,000 people and ..... 
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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 mi ..... 
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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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