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Chatfield Lutheran Church’s request to vacate alley approved


Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Steve Maki, chair of the construction committee for the church, reviewed the campaign to expand their building at the city council’s July 27 meeting. The campaign started in 2013. In the fall of 2014 church representatives first approached the city council about vacating the alley that runs through church property so their building could be expanded to the east.

The church petitioned the city council to vacate the entire alley within Block 5. The petition was also signed by the owners of the other two lots on the block, Dave and Terri Dudek. Last fall the city had five conditions to be addressed before moving forward on a possible vacation of the alley. The church now has an agreement with the Dudeks for shared access. The church will be responsible for the relocation of various utilities.

G-Cubed engineer Mark Welch explained that the project will increase the amount of impervious surface by 2,000 square feet, which will make a negligible addition to storm water runoff. Storm water runoff issues will be addressed and the plan should actually make drainage within the block better.

The church owns the entire block, except for the residence owned by the Dudeks who are supportive of vacating the alley. A portion of the alley will continue to be shared. The site line along the MnDot frontage for access to state highway 30/74 is to their standards. New driveway locations will be provided from Winona and Fillmore Streets.

The goal of the church’s capital campaign was to raise $500,000 in pledges. Pledges have been received for over $745,000. The congregation has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the building expansion.

Councilor Robert Pederson said “once it is closed, it is closed”, noting it was platted that way years ago. He stated that it is for the betterment of the community. Mayor Russ Smith said this is a unique situation, as the church owns three-quarters of the block, adding that any future requests by anyone to vacate an alley have to be looked at on a case by case basis. Councilor Paul Novotny maintained the church expansion is a great asset to the city and he didn’t believe they are setting a precedent by any means, saying there are very few situations like this one.

City attorney Fred Suhler explained that if the city doesn’t use it for a public purpose, it can be abandoned. He stated that nobody has the right to a vacation, if the city has a use for it .....
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses special education, welcomes new staff, reports changes in test scores and finances

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday July 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. The agenda was approved following motion by vice chair F. Mike Tuohy and second by director Scott Backer. Claims and accounts were approved following motion by treasurer Lanny Isen ..... 
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Robert "Bob" Adrian Sorenson

Tue, Jul 21st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Adrian Sorenson, 94, of Chatfield, passed away at the Chosen Valley Care Center Sunday, July 19, 2015. Robert was born July 17, 1921 in Pilot Mound, Minnesota to Clarence A. & Lucy (Rain) Sorenson. Robert attended Thorson Country S ..... 
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Elmer Raymond Trogstad

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elmer Raymond Trogstad, 97, of Chatfield, passed away at Chosen Valley Care Center Wednesday, July 8, 2015, after a brief illness. Elmer was born Sept. 9, 1917, to Ben and Millie Trogstad. Elmer was born in the house that he lived in for most of ..... 
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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employ ..... 
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Western Days Stampede hits the trail

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Runners in the 2015 Chatfield Western Days Stampede will find the scenery a little different this year — the race is moving to the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. “Trail races are becoming more popular,” race director Chris Frye said. “The Stampe ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy city clerk

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council authorized the hire of Beth Carlson to fill the deputy city clerk position at the June 22 council meeting. Councilors Robert Pederson and Ken Jacobson were absent. City Clerk Joel Young reported that there had been 25 ap ..... 
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Rodney Lee Copeman

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Rodney Lee Copeman, 76, of Chatfield, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Rodney “Rod” Lee Copeman was born on Monday, March 13, 1939 to Charles Levenous “Lee” and Louise S. (D ..... 
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