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Chatfield looks to the future


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future.

DMC, John Murphy

Murphy, public affairs Mayo Clinic, spoke on the long term strategy plan known as Destination Medical Center (DMC), which is part of the business plan for Mayo Clinic’s future. He said their competitors, including Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Harvard Hospitals are working to replicate the “Mayo Model”.

DMC provides a strategy to create the places that people want to visit and the experiences that make them want to return, including the provision of services inside and outside the clinic. Improving experiences for clinic visitors encompasses, but is not limited to, choices for transportation, housing, dining, entertainment, and recreation.

Rochester is a city of 106,000 residents that hosts 28 million visitors per year, which is more than Orlando or Las Vegas.

Rochester has the third largest issuance of patents per capita in the United States. Murphy asked, “How do we keep that brain power?” He maintained that transportation is key.

DMC is a 20 year plan. It is expected that roughly $6 billion will be invested by public and private over the 20 year period. It is estimated that 35,000 to 40,000 new jobs will be created (16,000 at Mayo Clinic). The state should gain roughly $3 billion new tax dollars, of which about 10 percent is to return to the city of Rochester. The economic impact should spill over to parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Murphy asked if Chatfield is ready to support that growth with its schools, workers, and housing, while keeping its identity as a community.

Journey to Growth,

Gary Smith

Smith, Rochester EDA, explained that Journey to Growth is a five year regional plan. The goal is to diversify the regional economy. It is now 40 percent dependent on Mayo Clinic. He maintained that at the end of 20 years we don’t want to be more than 40 percent dependent on Mayo Clinic. The focus of Journey to Growth is on growing other sectors of the economy.

Several target areas listed by Smith to achieve their goal include advanced health care, computer systems, food manufacturing, tourism, and transportation equipment ma .....
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield All

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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The Sudden Lovelys come to Chatfield Center for the Arts September 6

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

On Saturday, September 6, The Sudden Lovelys will present their unique brand of aggressive folk music at the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ Legion Room, in Chatfield. $20 tickets are available and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Advance Ticke ..... 
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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 Sm ..... 
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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 Sm ..... 
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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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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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John Dennis Applen

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

John Dennis Applen, 65, of Eyota passed away August 21, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary’s Campus. John was born February 18, 1949 in Rochester to Donald and Viola (Howard) Applen. He attended schools in Chatfield, graduating from Chat ..... 
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