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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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A Jordan Town Hall celebration

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Jordan Township Hall was built in 1877. The building was constructed out of local limestone by mason Thomas Ferguson. The stone has stood the test of time until now. A front corner has fallen and it needs repair. A Town Hall Restoration committe ..... 
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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

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 ..... 
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New name, new location, same great service

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Main Street Wireless, LLC, formerly Magnum Wireless, of Chatfield, Minn. has opened in its new location at 20 Main Street South in Chatfield. The business, which originally opened in the Magnum Sports building in May 2013, is now located in the for ..... 
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Goldsmiths’ gentle giants

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Dan Goldsmith says, “Don’t be intimidated by their size.” As I look up...way up to the face of “Fawn”, a strikingly magnificent Belgian horse, looks down with affection in her eyes. Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians located ..... 
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In the company of horses

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Bring up the topic of horses to Tracy Hanson of Chatfield, Minn., and a certain glint comes into his eyes as he describes his love for horses. The only thing which brings a bigger smile to Tracy’s face is talking about his family and their involve ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Chatfield Kwik Trip up and running

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After months of anticipation the city of Chatfield, Minn. has a brand new Kwik Trip with several innovative conveniences for their guests. Not only is the Kwik Trip building brand new, but the manager is new as well. Edward Copeman, 28, is no stran ..... 
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