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Candles for Caleb


Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Josh Berhow lights a candle held by Ginny Engle at the Candlelight Vigil held in honor of Caleb Eide on Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the Chatfield City Park in Chatfield, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Love lit up the city park in Chatfield, Minn. on the evening of Sunday, April 26, 2015 as several hundred people gathered for a Candlelight Vigil in honor of seven year old Caleb Eide of Chatfield.

Caleb was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia on February 6, 2001 and was under the care of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. until recently when the family was told by Mayo Clinic that they had nothing left to try to battle Caleb’s leukemia.

With so many people back home in Minn. who love, care for, and pray for Caleb, they wished there was something they could do to show their support for Caleb and his family.

That’s when Laura Lanning and Krista Mattson decided to organize a Candlelight Vigil in honor of Caleb. With the help of others such as Caleb’s first grade teacher Tracy Raaen, Alexis Berhow, Pastor Mark Docken, Father Patrick Arens, and the Chatfield Elementary School the vigil brought a large orange clad crowd to the city park bandstand at dusk. Orange is the color of the t-shirts and ribbons which show support for Caleb. The t-shirts read “Eide do anything for Caleb” which is not just a slogan for those who wear them but rather a message from the heart.

Pastor Mark Docken of Chatfield Lutheran Church began the evening with a prayer for Caleb and his family. Caleb’s classmates from first grade lined up in the bandstand with several saying prayers of their own for their friend.

Lanning states “Caleb is missed by his classmates every minute of the day. His classroom doesn’t define him by his illness, but more by the friend that is just unable to be there at this time” and adds, “his desk sits with a teddy bear in his seat keeping it warm for him” in the hope that Caleb will be able to return to his classroom.

Alexis Berhow emotionally and beautifully sang “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” and “Go Light Your World” with many in attendance singing along.

One by one candles were lit as people shared their flame with those around them until a peaceful glow surrounded the crowd. Tears were shed, hugs were given, and many prayers were prayed for Caleb.

Local churches donated candles for those who were unable to bring their own as they wanted to be sure that everyone was able to light a candle in Caleb’s honor.

A closing prayer was offered by Father Arens of St. Mary’s Catholic Chu .....
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Letter about an oil boom...

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The oil boom article by Jeff has very little fact in it. Jeff says you need facts? First he starts out by jabbing President on economy, says slowest recovery in ten recoveries. Mr. Gusa noted he created more jobs in six years than ..... 
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Chatfield establishes new TIF district

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council held a joint meeting with the Chatfield EDA on April 27. Alicia Hinckly and EB Allen of H and A Real Estate want to build a “Cabin Coffee” restaurant on property at the west side of North Main St. at the Union St. inte ..... 
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Chatfield School Board makes calendar changes for 2015-2016 school year, introduces teacher evaluation surveys

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

April’s Chatfield Public Schools School Board meeting took place on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chatfield High School Media Center. All board members were in attendance, as well as Superintendent Edward Harris, Elementary Principal Craig ..... 
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Chatfield Body Shop changes more than oil

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Chatfield Body Shop still offers the same great service but in a remodeled and improved business after sprucing up the exterior of their building and adding some equipment inside. Owners Keith Bradt and Bill Burk had new steel siding installed ..... 
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Cy Guy’s Auto Repair

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Cyrus Kulsrud likes to help people with the experience he has gained over several years. That is the reason he opened Cy Guy’s Auto Repair located at 105 Main Street S. in Chatfield, Minn. Kulsrud’s experience comes from the fields of both ..... 
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Chatfield supports downtown improvements

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chris Geisen, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, described guidelines for a historic downtown improvement program at the Chatfield City Council’s April 13 meeting. This EDA program is designed to restore building facades in the downtown B ..... 
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Penny Wars!

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield Elementary hosted a Penny War to help raise money for fellow student, Caleb Eide. The Penny War was an event where pennies gave classes negative points and all other coins and dollars gave them positive points. The classes wanted to have t ..... 
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Ruth Marie Holets

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Ruth Marie Holets, 70, of Chatfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 28, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus in Rochester. Ruth was born May 25, 1944 in Stewartville to Lawrence and Margaret “Dolly” ( ..... 
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