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EDA 2014 activities reviewed


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chris Giesen, Community Development Coordinator, reported on the 2014 activities of the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the city council’s March 23 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The EDA’s seven person board meets on the fourth Thursday each month. As part of the Twiford Street development project, property was sold for $210,000 for a future Family Dollar store. Plans for the store are still in the works, but were held up due to a takeover of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree. The project will move forward once the developer completes negotiations for a lease agreement with the company. A tax increment financing (TIF) district has been created to help with site improvement expenses. In 2013 a $233,000 redevelopment grant was awarded to help with public infrastructure improvements which have been mostly completed.

EZ Fabricating construction is coming along. Seventeen full time jobs were created with an average wage of $17 per hour. Several grants contributed to this development along with a $125,000 EDA loan from the revolving loan fund, and the granting of a TIF district.

Chatfield Center for the Arts received a $5.35 million appropriation from the state to make needed renovations. Over 8,500 people visited the center through September of 2014.

Wit Boyz received a loan to assist with acquisition and improvement of the property. The business received one of 19 different business loans totaling over $1.12 million that have been made with the revolving loan fund. There are now 6 active loans. The total of those 6 loans is about $657,000. These are generally higher risk loans, but only $61,556 has been written off since the inception of the revolving loan fund.

Other actions that were assisted by or recommended by the EDA include the update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the Brew Pub Ordinance.

Relay for Life

Deb Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner reported on plans being made for the 2015-2016 Relay for Life, a cancer fund- raising event. Last year a total of $140,000 was raised. The goal this year is to raise $150,000. Twenty-four teams have signed up. The walk will be on July 10 at City Park. There will be a community supper 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Potter and silent auctions from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. There will be many. activities throughout the night, with breakfast at the fire hall at 4 a.m. and a final walk at 5 a.m.

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Chatfield resident wins $100,000 lottery prize

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Steven Hrstka of Chatfield won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Wild Cherries scratch game. Hrstka purchased his winning ticket at Sunshine Foods, 237 Main St. N. in Chatfield. He claimed the prize on Feb. 10 at Lottery ..... 
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Veterans groups gift flag to Chatfield Center for the Arts

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

One of many ceremonies held on Veterans Day was the raising of the new flag in front of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA). The new flag and flag pole was gifted to the CCA by two Chatfield veterans organizations, the American Legion and the Ve ..... 
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

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 ..... 
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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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