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Chatfield Fire Department designs new engine


Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Fire Chief Ryan Priebe shows the equipment storage area in the front bumper of their new E-One fire truck. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The members of the Chatfield Fire Department in Chatfield, Minn., have many reasons to be proud each and every day, and with the new fire truck they designed now in service, there is one more reason added to the list.

The Chatfield Fire Department started working on getting a new fire truck in January 2015 by bringing information, including pricing, to the Chatfield City Council and also explained where the money for the new engine would come from.

In February 2016, members of the fire department traveled to the plant in Ocala, Fla., where they spent 12 hours meeting with two engineers designing the exact fire truck they wanted by going over 18 pages of line items.

“We designed it,” states Chatfield Fire Chief Ryan Priebe, adding, “there is not one thing that we didn’t go over” when designing the fire truck.

The $575,000 E-One fire truck is not only the newest and largest in Fillmore County, it is undoubtedly the most expensive.

The fire truck was paid for from several sources. “Pull tabs is our main source of money,” says Priebe explaining, “we put anywhere from $60,000 - $80,000 a year in our truck and equipment” fund from pull tabs.

Additional money came from selling two of their old fire trucks. Their 2001 engine was sold to the Lanesboro Fire Department in Lanesboro, Minn., for $150,000 and a rescue truck was sold to the Pillager Fire Department in Pillager, Minn., for $90,000, all of which went towards the new engine.

Additional funds were obtained through the township and the city who each contribute $20,000 per year, which is accrued until the fire department is ready to purchase equipment.

Priebe notes, “We budget 20 years ahead,” so there is a plan to upgrade trucks and equipment on a rotating basis. “We have a capital goods plan laid out for the next 20 years” and know when replacements are planned.

The fire truck was originally budgeted for $550,000, but while meeting with the engineers they deleted some things, added others, and made some changes. The end result was an added cost of $25,000, which the city council also approved.

Some of the additions made were upgrading both axles which, “We are really glad we did,” states Priebe, explaining that it rides much better and feels safer with the upgrade. They also added locking rear differentials and the new engine also has d .....
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American Legion winter coat and food shelf drive

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Chatfield American Legion and Auxiliary will be holding its annual winter coat drive and food shelf donations plea on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Chatfield Methodist Church Hall. We will be looking for good, clean jacket ..... 
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Hopp earns trip to Nationals

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Abby Hopp, member of the Root River Rabbits 4-H Club, has lived and loved 4-H since early childhood, and now that passion is taking her to the National Dairy Judging Competition. “This year I exhibited a Holstein-Grade Senior 2-year-old at the MN ..... 
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Chatfield Public Schools welcomes new dean of students

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Carlisle Corson’s teaching career has taken him to Hawaii and Texas, but he considers the Chatfield School District to be his home. Corson has a license in elementary and special education and has been teaching for 25 years. For the past 14 year ..... 
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Chatfield barber nears half century mark

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Roy Lange of Roy’s Barber Shop in Chatfield, Minn., is just a shave away from celebrating 50 years as a barber. January 2, 2017 will mark 50 years since Roy and his twin brother, Ray graduated from barber school. “It was brother Ray’s id ..... 
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Chatfield Fire Department to be honored with parade

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

As the City of Chatfield prepares for its annual celebration, Western Days, there are many fun and exciting things to look forward to. This year there will be an extra meaningful event with an additional parade on the Sunday of the celebration week ..... 
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New location for Novotny Law Office

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Attorney Lee Novotny has settled in to his new office in Chatfield, Minn., after purchasing the building at 22 Second Street SE on July 1, 2016. The building, which became available for purchase as former tenants, Springer and Gumbel Law Office, d ..... 
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Hunter Bergo to be remembered with 3-D archery shoot

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

When 10-year-old Hunter Bergo passed away in an ATV accident on Easter weekend earlier this year, entire communities mourned with his family. One group in particular that was impacted by Hunter’s passing was the archery community. It was no ..... 
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Patriotic shed catches the eye on Highway 52

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Hannah Wingert If you’ve driven on Highway 52 from Fountain to Chatfield in the last month and a half, then you may have noticed a unique painting job on the side of a shed that sits almost right next to the highway. The shed belongs to Brian ..... 
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