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Chatfield’s heartfelt thanks to legislators

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

After repeated attempts over the years to secure state funding for the renovation of the Chatfield Center for the Arts, the tenacity of a dedicated group of the center’s promoters paid off. Legislators who were instrumental in getting the Center for the Arts included in the 2014 Capital Investment bill, a $200 million state cash bill for construction projects this last spring, were invited for an evening of celebration at Potter Auditorium on September 25.


The grant in the amount of $5,352,000 will be used for Phase II and IV of the renovation process. Much of the work will not be visible, especially from the outside of the buildings. Needed updates and modernization of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems will be made, along with the installation of an elevator. Potter Auditorium will receive improvements to furnishings, equipment, and other amenities. No matching funds will be required with this grant because of “money, land and buildings, and in-kind contributions provided to the center” previously.

Supporters have been committed to a long time vision to transform the former public school into a regional arts center and multi-use facility. The grant will go to the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA), which owns the center. The center’s Advisory Committee will be tasked with making decisions, overseen by the EDA. The Heritage Preservation Commission will lend their advice to maintain the historical integrity of the buildings to the extent that is practical.

One of the challenges during renovation is to keep the center open for business during construction. F. Mike Tuohy, Advisory Committee, explained they don’t want to have a lull, so they will continue to have events during construction.

The Celebration

Michael Martin, Heritage Preservation Commission, opened the event announcing we are here to celebrate and to say thank-you. Mayor Russ Smith welcomed the legislators. He declared, when we say thank-you, we mean it.

It was fitting that there be a little entertainment to celebrate here in the Center for the Arts. Joe Chase and Al Dietz in costume and character from “Marty Python’s Spamalot” brought levity to the evening, while telling a story in reference to the arts center.

Martin introduced the honored guests, Rep. Alice Hausman (Capital Investment chair), Rep. Greg Davids, Senator Jeremy Miller, and Sen .....
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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