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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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Greenleafton hosts National Night Out

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As the country celebrated National Night Out the evening of Tuesday, August 5, 2014, so did the small town of Greenleafton, Minn. Hosted by the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its Missions Committee, the event brings hundreds of people to enjoy ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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Bakkes selected as grand marshals

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, A ..... 
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Relay for Life wraps up in Harmony, moving to Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Fillmore County’s Relay for Life, a staple event of the summer for the county, ended up crushing its fundraising goal of $128,000 at this year’s event in Harmony on July 11. Even though all of the money wasn’t fundraised in one evening, the ef ..... 
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Rushford Days 2014 packed full of fun

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The City of Rushford, Minn. was blessed with perfect weather for Rushford Days 2014 which was held July 14-20. The sunshine and warm temperatures brought a large crowd who did not let road construction in town stop them from enjoying the celebration ..... 
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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact ..... 
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