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Small hitch in Western Days


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

A young parade viewer gets "smoked" by Chang the Dragon with the Osman Shrine Rochester Dragon Patrol during the Western Days parade on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration.

Cody Rides, of Prior Lake, Minn. has been supplying rides to Chatfield Western Days for many years and this year the company did not show up. Phone calls from the Fillmore County Journal to get answers were not returned by Cody Rides.

Many other fun and exciting events were planned for Western Days and they all went on without a hitch. The activities began Thursday, August 7 with a used book sale behind the library offering good books at great prices. Chatfield Fish & Game Club held Open “Trap Shooting” on Thursday night bringing people out to enjoy a summer evening.

Thursday evening was Mutton Bustin’ time for kids as they gathered at Mill Creek Park to try riding a sheep, many for the first time. The kids wrapped themselves around the sheep and held on as best they could. The first 50 entrants received free T-shirts, and all participants received a certificate for a Dairy Queen ice cream cone, while many kids took home a trophy as well.

Wits’ End Theatre provided entertainment for many with their production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical” at the Historic Potter Auditorium several times over the weekend. Crowds could be seen entering Potter Auditorium to watch local talent in action.

A Chatfield ATV Trail Ride was held on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and had many people excited for an outing with friends and family while others found their excitement watching the Minnesota Horse and Pony Pullers which took place at Mill Creek Park.

Friday also brought a car wash at Bernard Bus Garage as a fundraiser for the Chatfield High School volleyball players and the girls did a great job washing and drying vehicles so they shined. F & M Bank of Chatfield held their annual Western Days Cookout in the parking lot from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. with many enjoying a meal while talking with friends.

Bingo started in the city park on Friday, hosted by the Chatfield Fish & Game Club, and continued on Saturday and Sunday and had guests sitting down to play continuously each day.

Food and drink were not in short supply in the city park and throughout town during Western Days. Gleason’s Concessions were feeding hungry pl .....
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Harmony street project nears completion

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the Harmony City Council meeting on August 12 to update the council on the First Avenue street project. Grabau said there have been a lot of questions about the curbs. For the most part, the curbs are the same ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the nine towns comprising the Preston/Harmony Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during a series of trail-wide events – Taste of the Trail. Taste of the ..... 
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Austin ArtWorks! Festival this weekend

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Austin ArtWorks Festival takes over downtown Austin this weekend to showcase a wide range of arts activities and events on Saturday the 23 and Sunday the 24. The two day event will be centered at the Historic Downtown Power Plant at 501 4th Aven ..... 
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Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters of upcoming property tax refund deadline

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters that the due date to file for a 2013 property tax refund is Aug. 15, 2014. State law provides for a one-year grace period to claim these refunds, however, t ..... 
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Feast on Onion Fest at DreamAcres Farm

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative welcomes all to Onion Fest, celebrating our diverse, multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. It is an evening layered with food, music and performance at DreamAcres farm on Friday, August 22. M ..... 
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Search for Mrs. Fillmore County announced

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Fillmore County! Mrs. Fillmore County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at “Ritsche Auditorium”, March 14, 2015 in St. Cloud ..... 
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Vesterheim showcases Norwegian “Mid-Century Modern” Enamel

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — “Mid-Century Modern” is the hot buzzword in today’s retro-design trend. Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will turn its spotlight on Norway’s contributions to mid-century design in the ..... 
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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 2014. Through these free collection eve ..... 
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