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In the company of horses


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Tracy Hanson with two of his pulling horses. Left is Wally and right is Rock. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 involvement with horses as well.

Hanson Horse Company, owned by Tracy and his wife Brenda, buys and sells horses of all types. Many of the horses travel from Chatfield to Mackinac Island in Michigan where a ferry must be taken to get to the island and transportation on the island is limited to walking, riding a bicycle, or riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Hanson Horse Company supplies horses for carriage rides on the island.

Tracy also furnishes horses to an Ohio tourist park that features a tourist spot featuring a petting zoo, baked goods, handcrafted items, guided pony rides, a farm store, and draft horse rides during certain events.

Buying and selling horses is how Tracy makes his living but his love for horses gives way to a hobby as well. Tracy’s father, Bob, bought and sold horses and as children Tracy and his siblings pulled ponies and then “we outgrew ponies and got horses,” he said. The thrill of pulling horses carried into adulthood and has spread throughout his family with everyone getting involved with horses in many ways.

Tracy pulls with Belgians as they are “big heavyweight horses that work best for pulling,” he said. Big and heavyweight are a perfect description of these massive yet beautiful animals. A team of two of his horses pulled 12,500 pounds at a national pull which is a staggering show of the horses abilities.

When the horses are in a competition and the pull is in front of the sled “They get excited to do their job,” Tracy said. The horses have their own personalities just as people do with some liking attention and others preferring to be left to themselves.

Two of the horses Tracy uses in pulling competitions are “Rock” and “Wally” who tower above a person fortunate enough to be in their presence. “Rock” is 12 years old and stands a bit over 17 hands. There are 4 inches to a hand. “Wally” is a nine year old Belgian who is 18 hands tall. Each horse weighs approximately 2,700 pounds. The horses each eat one 60 pound square bale per day along with four gallons of grain.

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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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Response to “A view of liberalism”...

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In Stan Gudmundson’s article, “A View of Liberalism,” he states, “I do not care for liberalism. Not at all.” Well, Mr. Gudmundson, I don’t care for conservatism. Not at all, especially the extreme right wing ideology th ..... 
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”

Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, February 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chri ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ireland Ranee Delaney

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Big brother Dallas welcomes his baby sister, Ireland Ranee Delaney. Parents are Cameran and Ashlee Delaney of Chatfield, Minn. She was born on December 15, 2013. Ireland weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Russell and Cynthia S ..... 
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Sadie Jeanine Berry

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Mitch and Brayonna Berry of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Sadie Jeanine. Sadie was born on January 11 and weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. She is welcomed by big sister Paisley Jo. Grandparents ar ..... 
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Chatfield hosts intimate performance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show. While spending ..... 
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Mary Ellen Amundson

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Mary Ellen Amundson, 70, of Chatfield, Minn., died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Ellen was born September 4, 1943 in Cresco, Iowa to Marvin and Olga (Benson) I ..... 
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