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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy


Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home.

Jackson has been an avid reader his entire life and his collection grew until he first decided to sell on eBay. Jackson stated that he sold a lot of books on eBay but was not making very much money.

He then started selling books out of his garage and had pretty steady business. He then decided he had enough room in the basement of his home to move everything inside and set up a bookstore where he could sell his books on his schedule at reasonable prices, and still manage to make a little extra income as there isn’t much overhead.

So Jackson put some work into setting up the basement, built some bookshelves, and organized the books. Jackson said, “I have managed to fill the shelves with books by many great authors.”

Although three-quarters of his collection of books are fiction, Ed Jackson stated that there is something for everybody no matter what type of books a person likes to read. There are suspense novels, thrillers, and mysteries in addition to many other types of books to choose from.

Many of the books at Famous Books are classics, which are close to Ed’s heart. When asked if it is hard to let the books go, Jackson answered “some of them” as he has his favorites but says that he can’t keep adding more books to his collection he instead needs to thin it out. This is a good way to do that.

Jackson commented that many of the books that students often need can be found on his shelves in ‘like new’ condition at a fraction of the price of buying new.

The books are primarily hard cover and include all the great American writers such as Hawthorne. There are also books for pre-teen, teen, and young readers also. The books are alphabetized by author in each category so finding favorite writers and their books are easy.

Jackson has been enjoying meeting people who have come to shop for books helping them find books they are looking for and sometimes to try a different type of book than they are used to reading.

Most of Jackson’s books are by well-known authors, but he comments that there are some great books that are by some not so well-known authors too. Although Jackso .....
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Chatfield 2014 levy down slightly

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the December 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the 2014 final budget and property tax levy was adopted showing a decrease of .0002 percent in the levy or about $24. The total 2014 levy will be $1,225,793. City Clerk Joel Young credited th ..... 
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Trailer Trash with Six Mile Grove presents “Trashy Little Xmas” live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

On December 19th, 2013 get ready to rock off your Christmas socks with some incredible holiday jams provided by honky-tonk and multi-genre-playing band Trailer Trash. From the band’s website: “Have yourself a honky tonky little Xmas with the ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Barbara Jean Schultz

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Barbara Jean Schultz, 72, of Chatfield, Minn., died November 26, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Barbara was born on July 12, 1941 at her family home near Orion Township in Olmsted County to Carol and Emily (Groen) Schrader. Bar ..... 
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Engineering proposal accepted for planned 2014 improvement project

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s November 25 meeting a proposal from WSB and Associates was accepted for engineering services related to planned 2014 street and utility improvements. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Chatfield is planning a subs ..... 
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Famous Books grand opening!

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Famous Books Grand Opening!! November 29, 30 & December 1, 12:00-6:00 pm. 4000 quality hardcovers: contemporary fiction, classics, histories, military, biographies, art, music, wildlife, young readers, cookbooks, large print titles, Christmas speci ..... 
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Chatfield students utilize iPads for class projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The last couple of weeks for the entire Chatfield School District has been exciting time as fall athletic tournament time has taken Chatfield on the road to both the Mayo Civic Center for girls volleyball and the Metrodome for football. The exciteme ..... 
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Memorial proposed for Chatfield Veterans

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The local American Legion has proposed erecting a memorial to recognize all veterans of Chatfield, living and deceased to be located in City Park. Jerry Baudoin, representing the American Legion, discussed some of the issues that have to be worked o ..... 
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