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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 a vision when Unnasch sent in a proposal for the project which was commissioned by The Peterson Companies and the Art and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to create a non-traditional sculptural “holiday tree” using new and slightly used outdoor-friendly toys and sporting goods. The vision Unnasch provided was so impressive that it was chosen as the winning proposal.

Unnasch spent three months accumulating items to be used for the sculpture from various places including Craigslist and auctions, some donated items, and Unnasch stated he even did some shopping himself in order to have all of the pieces he needed to complete the project.

Some of the items used to create Playtime Jubilee include 58 disk sleds, various sports balls, rackets, chairs and stools, helmets, xylophones, and many others.

Gathering all of the necessary supplies in a U-Haul Unnasch drove to Silver Spring and began to create the 35 foot-tall and 16 foot-diameter “holiday tree” he had envisioned which is located at the Veteran’s Plaza in Silver Spring.

Unnasch stated, “It took one solid week of 10 to 12 hour days to get it up in the sky.” Karl had help from his “able-bodied elves” as he likes to call them, which included his partner Nicole Huss and two assistants who were provided. The result is a towering sculpture made up of various shaped objects in many bright colors. There is so much to look at and absorb that it is hard for a viewer to know what to focus on first and in what direction to move your eyes in order to not miss anything.

The objects chosen for the sculpture stir up feelings of the joy and happiness of childhood and will provide that joy and happiness for many children when the sculpture is disassembled in January 2014. The toys and sporting goods will be distributed by A Wider Circle of Silver Spring, who will disperse them to children in need. A Wider Circle is a non-profit business that assists low income families. According to the website for A Wider Circle, www.awidercircle.org, the mission of the business is “to end poverty” and assist persons in need .....
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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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Charles “Charlie” Clark

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Charles “Charlie” Clark, 88, of Rochester, Minn., died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Charles William Clark was born February 20, 1925, in Leyden, North Dakota to Thomas and Gertrude (Eato ..... 
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James Joseph Gordon

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

James Joseph Gordon, 92, of Brainerd, Minn., died Friday, November 8, 2013, at his home. James was born September 2, 1921, in Sleepy Eye, Minn. to Harry and Edith (Schloegl) Gordon. He graduated from Chatfield High School. James joined the U.S. Nav ..... 
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Charles “Charlie” Clark

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Charles “Charlie” Clark, 88, of Rochester, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Charles William Clark was born February 20, 1925, in Leyden, North Dakota to Thomas and Gertrude (Eaton) Clar ..... 
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