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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support.

Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, the members of this committee will be visiting each section of the state as they gather information that will help to determine who gets funding. With roughly $850 million on the table, and a total of $2.4 billion in requests -- with that number still growing as requests are submitted -- only a fraction of these state-wide projects will garner financial support.

As a matter of protocol, state representatives for their own districts were asked to give a speech about the significance of supporting specific bonding projects, which gave State Representative Greg Davids (District 28B) a few moments at the podium.

While the House Capital Investment Committee had scheduled visits at Winona State University and the Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance (in Rochester) to discuss support for the Zip Rail, Fillmore County captured the attention of legislators during their visit to Chatfield and Preston.

National Trout Center

First, at a crowded National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn., legislators had an opportunity to hear about a mission and vision revolving around the famed trout of the Root River.

Citing the economic impact of the NTC illustrated with a clever fact-filled 16-1/2 inch colorful trout-shaped handout, NTC Chairman George Spangler shared the following information with the House Capital Investment Committee.

•More than 450 miles of trout stream restoration over the past 25 years

•$1.1 Billion annual economic benefit to local communities

For every dollar spent on stream restoration, $24.50 is returned annually to the regional economy

•Over 155,000 Trout Stamp holders in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

•Non-resident anglers contribute 47 percent of direct expenditures to the trout fishery

In addition, Spangler shared the mission of the NTC, which “is to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.”

Following a presentation by Spangler at the NTC location on Saint Anthony Street in downtown Prest .....
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Neil Louis Snider

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Neil Louis Snider, 87, of Chatfield, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Neil was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Clayton, Wis., to Henry and Lydia (Meyer) Snider. He attended school in Clayton. He was drafted into the ..... 
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Chatfield Kwik Trip up and running

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After months of anticipation the city of Chatfield, Minn. has a brand new Kwik Trip with several innovative conveniences for their guests. Not only is the Kwik Trip building brand new, but the manager is new as well. Edward Copeman, 28, is no stran ..... 
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Doretta M. Shorter

Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Doretta M. Shorter, 76, of the Dover area, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester. Doretta was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Chatfield, to William and Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. She attended school in Chatfield and graduate ..... 
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Chatfield responds to complaints of vehicle noise

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Several Chatfield residents have complained about the loud noises created by large trucks as they enter the city from the south. At the city council’s September 23 meeting the council approved the placement of signs which declare ..... 
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In the service - Kyle J. Hermanson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Army First Lt. Kyle J. Hermanson won the U.S. Air Force ball coin design competition. Hermanson is an executive officer assigned to the Bravo Battery 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery at Suown Air Base, South Korea. The first lieutenant ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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Ceremony honors soldiers killed in 1862 Dakota War

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Joe Chase On Sunday, August 25, Chatfield Mayor Russell Smith and four others from Chatfield (Joel and Andrew Young, Michael Martin and myself) attended a memorial service at the cemetery at Fort Ridgely State Park, near Fairfax, Minn. It was an ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band invites new members

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school band room. The first rehearsal was on Thursday, Sep ..... 
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