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From sleepy town to boom town


Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Chatfield undergoes dramatic changeBy Mary JergensenMonday, January 29, 2001

One of Chatfield's claims to fame is that they are the only town in Fillmore County with a stoplight. While that may conjure up a sleepy small town Mayberry image in some people's mind, the truth is that Chatfield is a town undergoing dramatic change. The city of over 2,000 people , which straddles Olmsted and Fillmore counties, is a proverbial boom town experiencing unprecidented growth.

"Things are changing in Chatfield and I think it's important to recognize the change and deal with it, " says City Clerk Joel Young. "We're experiencing rapid growth regionally, both economically and physically. In 1992, property market values were almost $44 million, today that figure has increased to $85 million."

Investment in new business start-ups along with capital improvements to existing businesses have literally transformed the face of the city. In the last several years, a motel, gas station - convenience store and mini-storage company have started up. Tax Increment Financing has helped create a strip-mall, with grocery, bank and post office, and also assisted a bus company and sandwich shop with their development. A second bank, as well as a car wash, have expanded and gone through major face-lifts. Throw in Chatfield's strong industrial base, a revitalized downtown and new housing starts and you have an economically vibrant community.

"We are a well rounded, economically diverse community," Mayor Greg Forbes is quick to point out. "Traditionally this area's income has been based on agriculture, and it still is, but that profile is changing. The major manufacturers in town were started and have developed right here. We have support industries, the school and Chosen Valley Care Center. We don't rely solely on Rochester and we don't think of ourselves as a bedroom community. We can stand on our own."

Downtown Revitalization

With only one store front vacant on Main Street, Chatfield's downtown would be the envy of any small town in America. In 1996 Paul and Michelle Turner purchased the existing hardware store and brought new energy to Main Street. Originally from Kasson, the Turner's were looking for a new opportunity when the store became available. Today, the Chatfield Hardware Hank carries everything you would imagine in a hardware store and more.

A few years after the Turners took over their store, My .....
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Hoffman Stables

Board hears proposed land exchange

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Last Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board learned of a proposed land exchange between the DNR and Chatfield area surveyor Geoffry Griffin.

The local DNR Forester, John Kelly, informed the board of the proposal m ..... 
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Commission deals with sawmill permits, tower

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Mike Tuohy’s first act as newly elected chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission was to implement a sign up system for the public to give input at public hearings.

"We need to register the speakers ..... 
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Peterson Resigns

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, January 29, 2001

Fillmore County Commissioner Gary Peterson announced his resignation to the County Board at last Tuesday’s meeting. Peterson, who has been a Commissioner for 16 years, was just reel ..... 
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The war against grime

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I had a feeling that there was something in the wind. There seemed to be an unnatural quiet and I had a premonition that something dreadful was going to happen. It was as though there was a dense fog bank and I knew so ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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The Pledge of Allegiance to America

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Today there is, and perhaps there always will be, conflict in the world. The United States, however, fortunately enjoys peace and freedom.

Like other things of great value, this security did not come cheaply. A ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court Report

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

• Driving After Suspension, 2 counts - Robert Lee Walker, 33, Cannon Falls, MN. Sentenced Jan. 17, 2001, fined $690.

• Moving Misdemeanor, Seat Belt- Robert John Frazer, 19, Pr ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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