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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 current facilities.

Glen Palecek, who owns a 52-acre parcel east of the new school site, was first to begin discussion on district plans. When the district purchased its parcel, Palecek was granted a 66-foot easement on the south and east sides of district land. He maintains he is in favor of the new school and would like to see it built, but that are issues with current plans, including preliminary drawings which show parking and a playground on the easement, a violation of the agreement to keep the area clear at all times.

District Superintendent Chuck Ehler noted the drawings are no longer current and that a revised plan is in place. “I’ve seen five plans and all grossly violate my rights,” responded Palecek. “We don’t know what’s going on and that’s the reason we’re here.”

“I can’t understand how the plan got a positive review and comment,” added Board Director Taylor Peterson, discussing Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) approval of the plans. “I wish the department would have seen what we see. I can’t believe they gave a positive review with all the errors.” It was suggested that MDE was unaware of the Palecek easement. “If they didn’t know about this, why didn’t someone inform them?” asked Peterson.

Palecek suggested two options that he believed would allow the district to build the facilitity and honor his property rights. The first is for a street to be built completely around the new facility. “It’s called an easement, but it could be called ‘roadway property,’” he added. The second option, according to Palecek would be for the district to purchase the upper meadow acreage for the school site. “I don’t want to sell, but I think it’s the right place.” He further maintains several parties are interested in the parcel including two developers, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Nature Conservancy. Board Chairman John Linder suggest Palecek put together a proposal or offer, but the district made no comment on whether or not its interested in the parcel.

Additionally requested calculations for amendments to the lower parcel of land owned by the district .....
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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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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson


On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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Fire claims Rushford Village barn; family grateful for outpouring

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By all accounts, the Scaife family of Rushford is soft-spoken, hard-working, and faithful. When an early morning fire swept through their two-story dairy barn this past Tuesday, while shaken, the family trudged on, grateful for what the fire spared. ..... 
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