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A proposal on the Root River


Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

When adventurers travel down the Root River in a tube, kayak or canoe, they never know what wonders they will witness. They may see eagles, deer, trout, turtles, ducks -- an abundance of wildlife.

But, people may also observe a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding proposal.

If you were tubing, kayaking or canoeing on the Root River and made your way down to Moen’s Bridge around 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, you would have witnessed an elaborately crafted wedding proposal “KATHY WILL YOU MARRY ME?” on a 5 foot tall and 52 feet wide sign overlooking the river.

On this perfectly sunny day on the river, with the backdrop of Pilot Mound’s lush bluffs, Joe Walton carried out a plan he had been working on since this past winter.

Joe was going to propose to Kathy Lubahn.

How they met

Joe Walton, age 29, is from the big city of Rochester and Kathy Lubahn, age 25, is from rural Wykoff.

They first met at Denny’s Restaurant in Rochester on a blind date in March 2012. Alan and Stephanie, mutual friends of Joe and Kathy, set them up on a blind date.

After that first date, they didn’t stay in touch right away. So, while Alan prodded Joe to contact Kathy, good friend Stephanie was on the other side encouraging Kathy to contact Joe for another date. Finally, Joe sent a text to Kathy to set up another date, and they’ve been together ever since.

Kathy reflects, “Those friends are now married themselves and we were both in their wedding two years ago.”

When he knew

While Joe works at the St. Mary’s power plant as an assistant relief boiler operator, Kathy is a registered nurse at the Federal Medical Center and a part-time registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic.

Whether it is because Kathy is a nurse or it is just in her nature, Joe realized he had found the one he wanted to marry when they went to visit his mother in the hospital.

Joe shared, “I knew I wanted to marry Kathy when my mother was in the hospital for a surgery. After the surgery, we went to visit her. And, with Kathy being an RN, she got my mother out of the hospital bed and walked her around the floor and took care of her while we were there. I realized that night that I needed to marry Kathy some day. So after a long while of thinking about how I should do it, last winter it finally hit me that hangin .....
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Chatfield resident recalls the last battle of the Vietnam War

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Clark Wiger thought he had put his time in the military behind him. He’d served as a hospital corpsman third class in the Navy from 1971 through 1975, enlisting at the age of 17. After he got out of the Navy, he returned home to Minnesota and mo ..... 
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Chatfield Charitable Event

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Charitable Event Pictured here is Kadin Hill, left, and Henry Gathje, right. Kadin is working to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease which affects 29 million people across the country, including his friend and teammate Henry Gathje. He ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation hosts Chill Fest January 23

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

The 13th annual Chatfield Chill Fest celebration will once again be held on Saturday, January 23, in Chatfield. This year’s Chill Fest is being hosted by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. The celebration will have the Polar Plunge in Mill Cr ..... 
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Warming the hands and hearts of Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

For 25 years, a group of enthusiastic knitters has taken up residence in the lobby of Root River State Bank in Chatfield for a one-day December gathering they’ve called “Rock & Knit”. Some have been there from the beginning; some are newer; j ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Christmas Concert

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Chatfield Brass Band will be presenting their Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chatfield Lutheran Church. Special guests will be the Rhubarb Sisters and the Burdock Brothers performing holiday favorites. Brass Band selec ..... 
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Center for the Arts renovation officially begins

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Tuesday afternoon local and state officials celebrated the beginning of the Phase I renovation project of the Chatfield Center for the Arts. In the late spring of 2014, a bill authorizing the funding of several construction projects across the stat ..... 
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Friends Of The Root River to hold annual meeting November 19

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Friends of the Root River (FORR) will hold their first Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 19 at the Chatfield Public Library meeting room. Anyone interested in learning more about the non-profit organization is invited to attend. The evening ..... 
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One day Chatfield Food Shelf drive November 14

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Chatfield American Legion and Legion Auxiliary are holding a one day food drive on November 14 at the Chatfield United Methodist Church to benefit the Chatfield Food Shelf. Items will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with donations going t ..... 
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