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Chatfield Library active at 100


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

As the Chatfield Public Library celebrates 100 years in existence it is seeing more activity than ever before. What began as a Public Rest Room in 1910 complete with a stove, tables, chairs, a rug, and public facilities for use by townspeople and rural residents soon began to grow.

Books were brought in for the people’s enjoyment and in 1911 the Commercial Club of Chatfield saw the necessity for a library which would be used along with the Rest Room.

Through many residents’ hard work and generosity, a $6,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, and municipal funds, the library opened in its current building on February 15, 1915. One hundred years later to the day the Chatfield Public Library held an open house to mark the occasion.

With small and large donations, the library has continued to expand and improve over the years. Chatfield residents Alice and Andrew Groen were big supporters of the library and after Andrew’s death Alice gave three large anonymous donations to the library in the 1990s, which made upgrades possible and eventually funded an addition to the original building in 1997.

Another resident, Alice Manahan, left a sizeable donation which was used to begin an endowment fund for further improvements to the library. These are only a few of the many charitable people who have financially supported the Chatfield Public Library over its many years of existence.

Chatfield Public Library Director Monica Erickson notes that now days there is much more to the library than checking out books, as there are also movies, magazines, e-books, and so much more offered.

It is also “a gathering place” says Erickson. The Sassy Quilters meet at the library twice per month and the meeting room downstairs is also used by other groups.

Erickson states that the library is “getting called on to perform more and more services that people can’t get anywhere else”, such as an elderly person who wants to stop a magazine subscription and does not know how or when a patron purchases a new electronic device and needs some guidance on how to operate it.

Part of the library’s mission is “to provide individualized, personalized attention”, says Erickson and adds “because we are a smaller library we can do that.”

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Lee Dyreson participated in the All-State Concert Band

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, 2015, three hundred of the finest high school band and orchestra musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. ..... 
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R-P Boys Win TRC East

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Sports

It is getting to that time of year. It is the time of year where teams like Tom Vix’s R-P Trojans get their marker out and check off goals set earlier in the season. One Trojan objective, to win the TRC-East, has been accomplished. In yet anot ..... 
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Joint meeting explores ways to improve Harmony

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

By Jade Sexton How do we make Harmony a better place to live? How do we bring new people into the community and the schools? The Harmony City Council, Fillmore Central School Board, and Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority) met in a joint me ..... 
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Math test scores increase for Houston MNVA students

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on Feb. 17. The meeting began with the acceptance of the resignation from HHS driver class training instructor Susan Ferries. Ferries expressed in her letter of resignation the desire to serve in “some cap ..... 
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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come a ..... 
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POET General Manager makes voice heard in Washington

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

PRESTON, MN – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. February 3-5 to meet with Congressional officials and highlight the important role ethanol plays in reducing our dependence on foreign oil an ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form o ..... 
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Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need. Red Cross Month is dedicated to the ..... 
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