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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The answer, “We don’t know.”

Tuohy said if we don’t get the money, we stay where we are. The bonding requested for the CCA would be just for the renovation of the building and work on the site. Renovation of the CCA is expected to cost about $8 million. Bonding funds will not go toward operating or maintenance expenses. Significant improvements to the CCA have been made over the last several years with the help of volunteers and the donation of their time. However, it will take funding to make the planned big remodel improvements.

Tuohy said the regional aspect is growing, noting that at a recent program about two-thirds of those in attendance were from out of town. He maintained he didn’t see any dark clouds in the future, adding the CCA is bigger than just the city of Chatfield. Ideally, $5 million should be raised creating an endowment, so the city doesn’t need to continue to invest in the CCA. Tuohy stated the “investment shouldn’t be forever... but the returns should be forever.”

It was noted that Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL), Chair of House Capital Investment Committee, is pushing for the CCA to be included in the bonding bill.

A job creation analysis due to the renovation of the CCA estimated that 89 jobs would be created by the construction project. Another 55 jobs could be created indirectly related to tourism, operation of the CCA, and through greater demand for goods and services in Chatfield’s business district. Further investment in the CCA is projected to have a significant positive economic impact on the community.

Fire house kitchen

Up to $30,000 was approved for renovation of the fire hall kitchen (Councilor Dave Frank abstained). Councilor Mike Urban commented that the kitchen really did need some TLC. There were two bids. The lower bid from Paul Tuohy, Tuohy Construction, was accepted.

The kitchen is old and outdated. The remodel including new cabinets will make it more usable and easier to clean. An overhead door will be installed to help close it off. Members of the fire department plan to do a lot of the work themselves. Funding will come from charitable gambling gains.

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Celebrate World Red Corss Day by donating blood

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL. Minn. — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these h ..... 
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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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Danny Joseph Ellis

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Danny Joseph Ellis, of Eyota, Minn., died April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Danny was born September 22, 1951 to Fred and Helen Ellis. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. He joined the Army in 1969 and did a tou ..... 
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Elmer John Sass

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elmer John Sass, 84, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in rural Chatfield, Minn. Elmer was born October 6, 1929 to Lawrence & Odelia (Wallerich) Sass in Wabasha County. He was baptized at Albany Catholic Church.On October 17, 1953 he married Ma ..... 
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Lyle Russell Rud

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lyle Russell Rud, 78, of Stewartville, Minn., died April 5, 2014 from complications of cancer, at the Spring Valley Care Center, where he had been a resident since January. Lyle was born April 27, 1935 in Stewartville, to Clarence & Thelma (Molde) R ..... 
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Chatfield Community Preschool: A sneak peek at a typical preschool day

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By LuAnn Klevan Community Education Director You probably recognize that preschool is an exciting time for children and their families. But, have you ever wondered about what takes place in a preschool classroom? Let’s take a peek and see. ..... 
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Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch, 84, died on on March 30, 2014. Jean was born in Rochester on October 17, 1927 the fourth child to Edward and Mary (Healy) Keefe. She was raised on her family’s farm east of Chatfield, Minn. and educated at Chatfield ..... 
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Carolyn Marie Deyo

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Carolyn Marie Deyo, 69, of Chatfield, Minn., died March 23, 2014 at her home unexpectedly of natural causes. Carolyn was born February 19, 1945 to Lawrence and Hazel (Strohman) Batt. She attended school in Chatfield, later earning her GED. She ..... 
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