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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government



The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boards, contracts, and financials.

There was only one change from 2014. Following a closed session to discuss contract negotiations with Kristina Mart, the council moved to approve a rate of $16 per hour, increasing annual salary to $26,624. Benefits include 56 hours of vacation, limited to 40 hours carrying over to 2016, and 96 hours of personal time.

Councilor Dennis Overland was again appointed Mayor pro-tem for the year. No changes were made on any of the city’s committees: finance – Gordon Johnson, Dennis Overland, Kristina Mart, Judy Graham; health officers – Gordon Johnson, Dennis Overland, Ambulance Director Lynn Humble, and Fire Chief Paul Corcoran; board of health – Winona Health, Dr. Gary Marcoux, DDS, and Dr. Tom Taggart, DVM; board of appeal and equalization – Hamilton Peterson, Todd Baker; assistant weed inspector – Hamilton Peterson; data practices authority: Kristina Mart; employee contract – Gordon Johnson.

The city will retain the following services and approved 2015 contracts and rates for: insurance - Butch Johnson Insurance Agency; city attorney - Tom Manion ($100 per hour, $250 per meeting maximum); city auditor - Engleson & Associates; animal control – Robert Brand ($375 per quarter); park-city office lawns – Duane Koenen ($100 mow and trim or $30 trim only); part-time public works – Bob Thieret ($30 per hour as needed until December 31, 2015). Additionally, the city approved rates of pay for public works/maintenance supervisor Travis Scheck at $18 per hour, plus an additional $1 per hour increase for each water and sewer license obtained. Treasurer Graham will see $20 per hour, with an additional $40 per meeting, with no benefits.

Outstanding indebtedness for the city, as of January 1, 2015, is $634,944.68. The bulk of the payments are a general obligation revenue water loan of $282,000 and general obligation bonds, annual assessments, and interest in the amount of $325,000 for Cooperative Way.

Goals for 2015 include highlighted ten completed goals for 2014 and the addition of seven new goals. Several items are ongoing goals, including annual May and October road tours, continuation of stre .....
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson


Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Rushford Village eyes changes to Conditional Use Permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Planning/Zoning Commission of Rushford Village is diligently working to write proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance 5, sections 1800-2700, seeking to clarify wording and eliminate potential problems. The matter was discussed at length at the D ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Rushford Village hires Public Works supervisor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, December 2 council meeting was notably missing mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Todd Baker, who has been absent the last four meetings. Mayor pro-tem Dennis Overland led the brisk 35-minute meeting. Following a round of personal int ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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