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Chatfield to host Relay for Life


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

For the first time on Friday, July 10, Chatfield will be hosting the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life at the Chatfield City Park on Main and 4th Street. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which began in 1985. To pay tribute to this anniversary, the theme for the relay is “Back to the Future, 30 years Strong, Fighting the Fight ‘80s Style”, and themed events include appearance of the Delorean from Back to the Future, and of course, participants dressing up in 80s gear and teasing their hair to enormous heights!

Jessica Hemenway, American Cancer Society representative, wants everyone to know that the relay is open to everyone, whether a team member, survivor, caregiver, or just interested member of the public. The event is family-friendly with lots of activities for kids as well as entertainment for adults. She encourages everyone to come and see what the Relay for Life is all about, see what the ACS does for cancer fighters and for the public, to honor those fighting and those who have fought this disease, and to just have fun with all the events, games, and activities throughout the day and night. She also wants everyone to know “it’s a walk, NOT a run!” So feel free to take a lap in honor of cancer fighters and survivors at whatever pace feels comfortable for you.

Activities to look forward to at the relay include a survivor and caregiver tea beginning at 4 p.m., a community dinner at 5 p.m., and opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m.. The relay goes from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., which Hemenway says is “representing that cancer never sleeps”, and allows us all to be in remembrance and honoring those who have battled, are battling, and who have survived this disease.

The tea, which Hemenway says is a “set-apart time to honor survivors and caregivers” will have a speaker who is a cancer survivor sharing their story, as well as refreshments. Check-in begins at 3-3:30, and all survivors who register will get a purple relay for life T-shirt. The dinner at 5 p.m. offers sloppy joes, pulled pork, and much more. The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will have a speaker, followed by cancer survivors taking the first lap around the track. The 27-some relay teams (which may be family and friend groups, church groups, business groups, or other organizations) will then be announced, and the announcer will state how long they will .....
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Chatfield recognizes 2015 Preservation Month

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the May 26 Chatfield city council meeting Mayor Russ Smith proclaimed May 2015 as Preservation Month. Each year a preservation award is presented to someone who has worked to preserve the heritage of Chatfield through its historic or architectura ..... 
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Ione Pernella Haugen

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Ione Pernella Haugen, formerly of Chatfield, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home on Eighth in Rochester, where she had resided for almost four years. She was born Jan. 30, 1929, in Spring Grove, to Peter and Ida (Otterness ..... 
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Elaine Elma Morse

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elaine Elma Morse, 91, of Rochester, passed away May 17, 2015 at Homestead Assisted Living in Rochester. Elaine was born January 12, 1924 to Henry & Clara (Schmidt) Horstmann in rural Chatfield. She was baptized February 10, 1924 at St. Paul Lu ..... 
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Eileen Dorothy Allen

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Eileen Dorothy Allen, age 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Eileen was born May 30, 1925, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to Walter and Bertha (Riley) Heddinger. On October 1, 1947, she ..... 
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Chatfield authorizes K-9 unit trial run

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Police Chief Shane Fox recommended that they go ahead with necessary purchases to start a K-9 unit on a “trial” basis at the city council’s May 11 meeting. He maintained it will benefit the city and will be an additional deterrent to crime. Th ..... 
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Robert Carl Oesterreich

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Carl Oesterreich, son of Carl and Marne Underleak Oesterreich, brother of Phyllis Lipscomb, and the twin brother of Roberta Joyce, was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Rochester and passed away peacefully in San Diego, Calif. on May 9, 2015, ..... 
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Clifford Arnold Waadevig

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Clifford Arnold Waadevig, 86, of Chatfield, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where he had resided for three months. Clifford was born July 6, 1928, in Arendahl Township, Fillmore County, to John and Ida Ma ..... 
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The Eide family feels the love

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

In the Monday, May 4, 2015 edition of the Fillmore County Journal we shared the story of Caleb Eide and the Candlelight Vigil held in his honor in Chatfield, Minn. on April 26, 2015 Caleb’s family has taken him out of state for treatment but ha ..... 
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