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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Riders prepare to roll out of Chatfield on May 17. Photo by Jackie Horsman

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends…and family…and a good attitude full of determination doesn’t hurt either.

Tom and a few co-workers had discussed doing a ride out of Chatfield for cancer and, as Tom admits, if it weren’t for his wife Michelle, it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. Securing 30 sponsors, lining up a route, ordering or making merchandise, securing silent auction items, working with law enforcement, getting a gambling license and setting up a non-profit account were just a few of the things the Roots had to accomplish to pull things off.

The ride kicked off on Saturday, May 17, at Jac’s Bar and Grill in Chatfield. Owners Jeff and Candi Hare were proud to be a part of the ride and welcomed all motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters with a breakfast bar and later with a supper bar, as the ride would also come to an end at their business. The Hare’s donated a portion of their proceeds back to the cause and also hosted music in the evening for all the riders and other supporters.

The thunder of sound from 75-80 motorcycles rolling out at 10:30 a.m. was described as giving goose bumps to spectators, as they understood the camaraderie bike enthusiasts often share. With a total of 106 registered riders, including passengers, the support for the first annual run was overwhelming. The riders enjoyed a beautiful route that encompassed six stops along the way, returning to Chatfield around dinner time.

Michelle credits her friends and family, area business owners, along with power of Facebook for the success of their first time around while Tom mostly credits Michelle. The couple raised over $7,500 to donate to the Eagles Cancer Telethon. The Roots still have some merchandise available for purchase; T-Shirts and coolies printed by Threads in Chatfield and various other items. If you would like to donate or purchase items, you can contact Michelle by emailing her at michelleroot@mchsi.com



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Correction

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

In the May 5, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year press release. It was printed that pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. ..... 
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Area businesses work together to bring local options at Fillmore County Wedding Show

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Small business owner, Trisha Christoperson, is full of vision. She started her business, Sweetie Cakes, out of her home with the idea of bringing a local option of baked delights to southeast Minnesota communities. Featuring only made from scratch t ..... 
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Help save the depot in Canton

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

Some locals still remember the time when trains ran through Canton. Unfortunately not much remains of the railroad these days except for the memories and history preserved by those who have taken an interest and the old depot building. The depot ..... 
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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will fee ..... 
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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will fee ..... 
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The rising cost of beef

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you have taken a trip to the grocery store or have gone out to eat in the last several months, chances are you have noticed a price hike, especially in beef. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average consumer price of ground beef per poun ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Eyes on the road

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Imagine a job in which you show up everyday and never know what to expect. Anything could happen, and your job is to remedy problems as they arise. In some cases, you are dealing with fatalities or life-changing events for someone you’ve never me ..... 
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