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Chatfield School Board proclaims new referendum authority

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

At its regular August meeting on August 18, the Chatfield School Board approved a resolution authorizing new board approved referendum authority that will generate local revenue for the district. While the additional revenue will be generated locally, its impact on Chatfield taxpayers will be minimal.

Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke reported that the elementary handbook had been updated later in the meeting the board approved the handbook for the new school year. Ihrke also said he was waiting for MCA results to be released for the district.

High School Principal Randy Paulson reported that fall sports are up and running. Many of the coaches recently attended the “Why We Play” program that took place at Dover-Eyota. To conclude, Paulson stated that 7th grade orientation is scheduled for August 26 and 9th grade orientation on August 27.

Superintendent Ed Harris said that with the school year approaching, staff will return to high impact staff development planning at teacher workshops the week of August 25. Also, Harris said that a good draft has been composed for the teacher evaluation project. Harris ended by thanking Tom Sturgis and Kathy Schellhammer for their years of service on the Chatfield School Board. Both members have decided not to seek re-election. Matt McMahon’s term is also up, though he has filed for another term.

In New Business, the board approved staff and student handbooks. It was stated that handbooks are online and that only Kindergarten students and their families will receive paper copies this year in an effort to save paper.

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was set for December 15, 2014.

The board passed a resolution calling for the School District General Election.

Consent Items

•Approve July 21, 2014 regular school board minutes.

•Approve resignation of elementary paraprofessional - Nancy Rowland.

•Approve posting for elementary paraprofessional position.

•Approve resignation for 7th grade girls basketball coach - Jennifer O’Connor.

•Approve posting for 7th grade girls basketball coaching position.

•Approve high school paraprofessional - Regan Little.

•Approve letter of resignation for ECFE instructor - Angie Grant.

•Approve posting for ECFE instructor.

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Rabe ~ Chaffee Wedding Announcement

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Robert and Diana Rabe of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Kari to Christopher Chaffee of Rochester, Minn. Christopher is the son of Milo Chaffee of Eyota, Minn. and Ann Chaffee of Rochester ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration. Cody ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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Janice Rose Rowland

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Janice Rose Rowland passed away August 4, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Janice was born May 12, 1931 to Elmer and Minnie (Becke) Redman in Winthrop, MN. She was baptized May 16, 1931 at home and confirmed in the Lutheran Church ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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