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EDA 2014 activities reviewed


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chris Giesen, Community Development Coordinator, reported on the 2014 activities of the Chatfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the city council’s March 23 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent.

The EDA’s seven person board meets on the fourth Thursday each month. As part of the Twiford Street development project, property was sold for $210,000 for a future Family Dollar store. Plans for the store are still in the works, but were held up due to a takeover of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree. The project will move forward once the developer completes negotiations for a lease agreement with the company. A tax increment financing (TIF) district has been created to help with site improvement expenses. In 2013 a $233,000 redevelopment grant was awarded to help with public infrastructure improvements which have been mostly completed.

EZ Fabricating construction is coming along. Seventeen full time jobs were created with an average wage of $17 per hour. Several grants contributed to this development along with a $125,000 EDA loan from the revolving loan fund, and the granting of a TIF district.

Chatfield Center for the Arts received a $5.35 million appropriation from the state to make needed renovations. Over 8,500 people visited the center through September of 2014.

Wit Boyz received a loan to assist with acquisition and improvement of the property. The business received one of 19 different business loans totaling over $1.12 million that have been made with the revolving loan fund. There are now 6 active loans. The total of those 6 loans is about $657,000. These are generally higher risk loans, but only $61,556 has been written off since the inception of the revolving loan fund.

Other actions that were assisted by or recommended by the EDA include the update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the Brew Pub Ordinance.

Relay for Life

Deb Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner reported on plans being made for the 2015-2016 Relay for Life, a cancer fund- raising event. Last year a total of $140,000 was raised. The goal this year is to raise $150,000. Twenty-four teams have signed up. The walk will be on July 10 at City Park. There will be a community supper 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Potter and silent auctions from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. There will be many. activities throughout the night, with breakfast at the fire hall at 4 a.m. and a final walk at 5 a.m.

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Emily Frances Baker

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Emily Frances Baker, age 88, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2015 at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield. Emily was born April 3, 1926 in Chatfield to Amil and Emma (Fimon) Kadlec. Emily attended schools in Chatfield. She married Loren Bake ..... 
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Ronald Arlyn Wilbur

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Ronald Arlyn Wilbur, 84, of Chatfield passed away March 14, 2015 at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Ron was born October 18, 1930 on the family farm in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Miles K. and Valeda (Murdock) Wilbur. He attended ..... 
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Chatfield adopts 2015 Comprehensive Plan

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

A 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2008 was approved at the city council’s March 9 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. The work to update the plan started in January of 2014. The Chatfield Economic Development Authority ..... 
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Senator Miller and Senator Nelson meeting with Chatfield FFA

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

ST. PAUL – Senator Miller and Senator Nelson met with a group of students involved in Chatfield’s FFA program. Southeastern Minn. has a proud tradition of supporting our FFA organizations and they had a strong showing at the Capitol.

Chatfield approves engineering studies

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, reviewed his proposals for engineering services for two projects at the February 23 Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. At this time there are no pedestrian facilities on the west side of High ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts receives private donation

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it has received a generous private charitable donation in the amount of $ 13,000 in memory of Dorothy H. Graskamp from Edward D. Graskamp and his employer, Frederic W. Cook & Co. The Cent ..... 
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Norman Herbert Allen

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Norman Herbert Allen, 85, of Chatfield, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Nursing Home in Chatfield, of natural causes. He had lived there since November 2007. Norman was born June 15, 1929, in Chatfield to George Herbert a ..... 
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Chatfield Library active at 100

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

As the Chatfield Public Library celebrates 100 years in existence it is seeing more activity than ever before. What began as a Public Rest Room in 1910 complete with a stove, tables, chairs, a rug, and public facilities for use by townspeople and r ..... 
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