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Matthew J. Opat appointed to fill Third Judicial District vacancy


Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

MN Judicial Branch

Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew J. Opat as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. Mr. Opat will be replacing the Honorable Robert R. Benson, who retired earlier this year. The judgeship will be chambered at Preston in Fillmore County.

“Matthew Opat has been an exemplary public servant throughout his career,” said Governor Dayton. “I believe that his experience and passion for the law will help him to honorably serve the people of the Third District.”

Mr. Opat maintains his own private law practice in Chatfield, Minn., Matthew J. Opat, P.A., practicing in areas of real estate, probate, general business, civil, and criminal law. He also serves as the prosecutor for the City of Chatfield in petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor violations. Previously, Mr. Opat served as the Fillmore County Attorney, where his duties included oversight of the County Attorney’s Office and providing legal advice to the County Board and staff. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.

Mr. Opat is a member of numerous community organizations, including the Chatfield Center for the Arts Advisory Committee, Chatfield Lions, Chatfield Commercial Club, and is a retired member of the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Opat resides with his family in Chatfield.

Donna Mae Pease

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Donna Mae Pease Donna Mae Pease, 87, of Chatfield, Minn. passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had been a resident since March 2011. Donna Mae Kohlmeyer was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Rocheste ..... 
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Mike Urban Appointed to Chatfield Council

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner As the Chatfield city charter directs, the council voted to appoint a city resident to fill out the vacant seat created when Don Hainlen resigned his position as mayor. Vice-mayor Russ Smith became mayor as directed by the city ch ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Emily Ilene Njos

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Emily Ilene Njos Kurt and Kari Njos of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Ilene. Emily was born March 21, 2013 weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Fran and Donna Novotny o ..... 
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Verlyn Gale Helgerson

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Verlyn Gale Helgerson, 75 of Superior, WI and formally of Babbitt, MN, has gone to be with our Lord on April 11, 2013. Verlyn was born in Milwaukee, WI on August 27, 1937 to Clarence and Harriet Helgerson. He grew up in Chatfield, Minn. and ma ..... 
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Chatfield School Board examines controversial coaching situation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The room was packed at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, April 15 as parents, students, and district staff members were in attendance to show their support for head basketball coach Tom Bance. This is after a signe ..... 
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Helen Halloran Wheeler

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helen Halloran Wheeler Helen Halloran Wheeler, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, friend, and volunteer, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at her home in Chatfield, MN. Helen was born July 22, 1931, and grew up in Chatfield, ..... 
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Maxine Elaine “Maggie” Bren Johnson

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Maxine Elaine “Maggie” Bren Johnson We share in the celebration of the life of Maxine “Maggie” Johnson of Chatfield, Minnesota, who passed in peace on April 4, 2013. Maggie was born on December 20, 1940, in South Dakota and lived there un ..... 
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Donna Mae Bradt

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Donna Mae Bradt Donna Mae Bradt, 71, of Rochester, Minn. died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at MSOCS in Rochester, where she had lived since February of 2011. Donna was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Rochester, to Louis and Mary (Stokes) Bradt. She enjoyed ..... 
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