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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Smith and councilor Dave Frank were absent.

The request was introduced and discussed at an August 11 Public Works Committee meeting. The planned addition to the church building would require building over the alley. The church expects to cover reasonable costs that may occur if the alley is vacated, for example moving utilities.

The church owns about three-quarters of the block and there is one other property owner on the block. The request is to vacate the alley between Fillmore St. and Winona St. from the middle of 300 block north to Third St. SE. The addition on the church would go toward Winona St. Pastor Mark Docken in a letter explained that the extra space “would benefit the community of Chatfield, especially youth and families.” He notes that the other property owner, Dave and Terri Dudek, supports the request.

The request at this time at this point in the church’s planning was to find out if the city council would support the request should the church decide to go ahead with the improvement.

Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny serve on Public Works. One issue discussed in committee was the problem the city may encounter when plowing snow if half the alley were to be vacated.

Docken spoke at the council meeting clearing up the question councilors had whether another option to build along Fillmore St. was reasonable. He said the consulting architect believes the design to build into the alley is the far superior design. Docken maintained that parking space is crucial to any public building. The church wants to do a feasibility study if the council signals they would be willing to vacate the alley. The study is not to decide which direction is more reasonable to build, but whether to do it now or later.

Pederson in committee stated that he does not like to vacate public right of way. This day he insisted the city’s alleys which are 20 feet wide were laid out for the people of Chatfield, adding we have to decide whether or not to take a real piece of the people’s property away from them. He went on to say it is great that the church wants to invest in Chatfield.

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Birth Announcement

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Bernice Mae Thieke John proudly announces the birth of his baby sister! Bernice Mae was born August 12, 2014 to Lucas and Sarah Thieke of Chatfield, Minn. Bernice was 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Lowell and Ronda Flattu ..... 
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State Fair summary

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Features

By Megan Hopp The 4-H livestock week at the Minnesota State Fair started on Thursday August 21st and ended the 24th! Thursday was the day that the 2014 Minnestota State Fair opened up for the public! All of the animals and 4-Hers arrived on Wedne ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Larry Michael Brogan, 64, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/13/2013, Assault - 5th Degree - Inflict or Attempt Bodily Harm; Fine of $500 (stay $300 until 3/27/2015), Total fees $290, Local confinement for 90 days (credit for time serv ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 6, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are t ..... 
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Letter to the Editor... "Kudos to Chatfield School Band"

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Another Western Days Parade has come & gone and I along with others felt that the Chatfield School Band was most entertaining. They put their heart and soul into it and did a tremendous job. Being an active member of the Lanesboro mu ..... 
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Volleyball preview

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Sports

Like football, volleyball season begins with a couple changes. Both the Three Rivers and Southeast Conferences welcome new members. Randolph joins the SEC. The addition of the Rockets gives the league eleven teams for most sports (volleyball). I ..... 
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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the lev ..... 
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