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Chatfield Public Library Receives Preservation Award


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Library Board President Sharlene Owens accepts the Preservation Award from Chatfield Mayor Russ Smith. Photo by Karen Reisner

By Karen Reisner

Preservation planner Robert Vogel, during the city council’s June 10 meeting, reviewed the history of the award which was first presented in 2009 by the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or organization that has made use of Chatfield’s historic resources.

Vogel noted the city has played a pivotal role in supporting the library which was built in 1911 with the help of a Carnegie Foundation grant. It was opened in 1915. The library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. In 1997 the city sponsored a major renovation and added an elevator.

Library Board President Sharlene Owens and Library Director Monica Erickson were on hand for the award.

Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

The Fire Department has raised $3,885 from grants and donations toward the purchase of grain bin rescue equipment and expects to raise even more. The council voted to go ahead and purchase the equipment as recommended by the Public Services Committee at a total cost of $7,339.89, which includes training. The Fire Department’s equipment fund will cover the balance of the cost.

Mayor Russ Smith maintained the money is well spent if it can help save a life down the road.

Other Business In Brief

*The resignation of Matthew J. Opat as Chatfield’s prosecuting attorney effective June 26 was accepted. Opat will be sworn in as Minnesota’s Third Judicial District Judge on June 28. Councilor Ken Jacobson commented that the city is loosing a prosecuting attorney that has done an excellent job for us.

A discussion followed about soliciting and interviewing for a new prosecuting attorney for the city. City Attorney Fred Suhler made it clear that he represented the city only in civil matters and was a public defender; therefore, he was not interested in being the prosecuting attorney.

*The council granted the authority to purchase a computer server to replace the city’s current primary server which is due to be replaced. The cost for the server which will replace two existing servers at the State Contract price is $9,708.78 and installation by Marco will cost $4,295.00 for a total cost of $14,003.78.

*Tony Lammers, superintendent of city services, discussed the proposals for re-roofing city hall. He explained that the skylight proposals were no .....
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary Film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public – Discussion following the film. Next up in the Third Friday Film Serie ..... 
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Dynamic Street Performance of Traditional Music at Vesterheim

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa —Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum welcomes members of the band Bjärv, an exciting, traditional Swedish folk band, performing from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, in the museum courtyard outside the main entrance. Bring a ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout Workshop at the National Trout Center

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Join us on Saturday, June 15 at the National Trout Center, Preston, Minn. from 10am – noon for a spin fishing instruction workshop with Jeff Broberg. Broberg is the current President of the Minnesota Trout Association, a National Trout Center Boar ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center’s ‘Surprise Sculpture’ gives students summertime opportunities

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Summertime art classes! Lanesboro Arts Center is introducing a new opportunity for weekly arts creation for students just finishing grades 1-6 (actually, older students and adults are welcome, too!). ‘Surprise Sculpture’ wi ..... 
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Wykoff Fall Fest Invites Subjects for Sept. Photo Display

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee in collaboration with the Wykoff Historical Society, the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, and Spring Valley photographer Anthony Calabrese, have received a grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts council for a pu ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 33rd Annual ‘Art in the Park’ Father’s Day Festival

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A Father’s Day tradition for more than 30 years, the ‘Art in the Park’ Festival will take place again this year in beautiful Sylvan Park, Lanesboro, Minn. Presented by the Lanesboro Arts Center, the festival will be held Sunday, June 16, 2013 ..... 
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Incognito and Author Michael Fedo will take the stage on "Lanesboro Live"

Tue, May 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The 11-member powerhouse band Incognito will rock the stage at the St. Mane Theatre at the upcoming “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams . . .” show on Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Host Damon Prestemon will also welc ..... 
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