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Steve Sarvi
Steve Sarvi
Thursday, February 04, 2016 12:13 PM
“I really wasn’t looking for a new position. Rushford is a great town and there are so many things going on here. But I told myself way back when I was working in Lanesboro, if the city manager’s position in Winona ever opened up, I’d apply for that job. And that’s what happened. When I read in the paper that Judy (Winona City Manager Judith Bodway) was retiring, I decided I had to apply for the job.”

  • In less than a month, persons who are customers of Tri-County Electric Cooperative based in Rushford and Hawkeye REC of Cresco, Iowa, will be asked to vote to combine the two organizations. Every member of the two electrical cooperatives will be mailed a ballot in March concerning the proposed consolidation.  

  • Historic Bluff Country, Inc., is once again experiencing a financial setback after discovering a former director allegedly took money from the organization. Charges have been filed in Fillmore County District Court against Trisha Ann Parrish of Rushford. She faces felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $10,500 from the organization she was entrusted to lead.

  • Sideways snow didn’t stop Fillmore County’s commissioners from convening for the Feb. 2 county board meeting, though the legislative priorities portion of the meeting was postponed due to the weather. Rep. Greg Davids and Sen. Jeremy Miller had been invited to hear the county’s wish list for the coming year, but they will attend a future meeting to take care of that piece of business.

  • Vacation destination: On the road again
    “Tis’ the season…” some would say. Now that Christmas has passed, living in Midwestern states can sometimes feel a bit like living in Narnia: endless cold, endless snow, and no sign of warm temperatures for months. Many midwesterners decide that this is the time of year when a vacation is most needed.

  • Barros says goodbye to R-P
    After five months of experiencing all that Rushford-Peterson school has to offer, foreign exchange student Hermon Doria Vasconcelos Barros is heading back to his home town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  • The Rushford City Council spent more than an hour getting an idea of what’s “down the road” when it comes to street improvement projects in the city. The council held a workshop on Jan. 25, where city engineer Brian Malm went over the various types of street improvement measures that can be conducted and what streets within the city are in need of various improvement projects.

  • R-P looks to raise $7,300 for ‘Seniors Give Back’ cancer research fundraisier
    Since 2011, Seniors Give Back has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of cancer research through the American Cancer Society. In 2015, Rushford-Peterson High School seniors, along with the community, raised $7,200, which was nearly $500 more than their goal. Erin Thompson, one of the coordinators of Seniors Give Back, hopes to see the community raise $100 more than last year. “It’s a big goal,” said Thompson. “We keep saying (each year), ‘I don’t know if we’re going to get there.”

  • 4-way tie at One Act Play sectionals
    The One Act team faced an unprecedented result at Section tournament on Saturday as they tied for first with three other teams. Rochester Lourdes, Fillmore Central, and Lewiston-Altura all tied for first along with R-P. Only the top two teams are eligible to proceed to state.

  • Rushford City Administrator accepts Winona City Manager position
    “I really wasn’t looking for a new position. Rushford is a great town and there are so many things going on here. But I told myself way back when I was working in Lanesboro, if the city manager’s position in Winona ever opened up, I’d apply for that job. And that’s what happened. When I read in the paper that Judy (Winona City Manager Judith Bodway) was retiring, I decided I had to apply for the job.”

  • The non-Amish community has been reaching out to Amish neighbors near Canton since Jan. 11, when a fire destroyed not only a home but is presumed to have taken the lives of two Amish men – Yost Hershberger, 58, and his son, Benjamin Hershberger, 18.

  • News Leader, co-owner win awards  in Minnesota Better Newspaper Contest

    The Fillmore County News Leader and Bluff Country Newspaper Group co-owner David Phillips were recognized last week for excellence during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) annual convention. 

  • Basketball performers will take students for a spin

    R-P students will be in for a treat on Feb. 3 as Bruce and Diane Crevier show off their basketball spinning talents along with their 12 children. The Crevier’s have had great success touring the country with their “Champions Forever Spin-Tacular Basketball Show.”

  • While the last two invasions by the polar vortex have reminded us that this is Minnesota and it is winter, for the most part, the winter of 2015-16 has been a cakewalk, at least so far.

  • The Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Rushford will be hosting the third annual appreciation dinner for emergency responders on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Following the public hearing, which is required whenever an ordinance amendment is being considered, the Rushford City Council approved a number of changes to the city’s lodging tax. The action was taken during the council’s Jan. 25 meeting.

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