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Chatfield’s Early Education system is a succesful program


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

School board members of the Chatfield district met on Tuesday, February 19 to discuss a variety of topics, but one that attracted a lot of attention was Chatfield’s Kindergarten and early education program. Superintendent Ed Harris and school board treasurer Mike Tuohy both recently attended a meeting in which state legislators were in attendance. Superintendent Harris even delivered a presentation to the attending audience. Tuohy commented that he felt Chatfield’s early education system “is one of the best in the state.” On March 8 state legislators Karla Nelson and Jeremy Miller will be visiting Chatfield Elementary School to view Chatfield’s early education programs and collect information how the district runs such a successful program. Although it is uncertain whether or not Minnesota’s state budget will include provisions to fund early education more heavily, school districts across the state will be watching very closely for when the final budget is approved.

Other business discussed at the meeting included the school district’s calendar for the next year. Superintendent Harris and school administrators have been drafting a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. One proposal would be longer breaks throughout the year, but this would mean the school year would end in June. Of the teachers and parents surveyed so far, feedback pointed to keeping the current calendar structure, which would mean students would be released at the usual time at the end of May.

However, a more pressing calendar change was made for the coming week for the school district. As avid local sports fans are surely well aware, Chatfield’s wrestling team has made it to the state level in the wrestling tournaments this year. Due to community and school support, the board has granted that classes will be cancelled on February 28. As the district has already had four snow days already this year, there was some concern over this decision. However, the board felt that it was in the district and community’s best interest to show school support.

Before concluding, the board announced that the next school board meeting will be March 18. Other special dates to note are an early dismissal on March 27 at 1:00 P.M. for staff development and spring break which will take place March 28 to April 1.

Chatfield recognizes growth opportunities

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young discussed Mayo Clinic’s vision for the future at the February 11 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. Mayo Clinic announced recently an ambitious plan for investment in future growth. Young suggested Chatfield make plans ..... 
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Benefit for the Jeche family

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Several months after a severe car accident friends and family of the Dennis Jeche family are putting together a benefit to help with expenses. Dennis, Brenda, and Ashley Jeche were involved in a the car accident in Goodhue County on October 20, 2012 ..... 
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Dancing returns to Potter Auditorium

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts has recently completed the refinishing of the stage floor at Potter Auditorium and has decided to “show it off” by hosting a dance on Sunday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Memory Br ..... 
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Taking back her life

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. “It felt like somebody was stabbi ..... 
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Chatfield goes forward with 2013 street improvements

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers at the city council’s January 28 meeting reviewed the proposed street improvements for 2013. The project will include milling and overlaying Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Streets between Twiford Street and F ..... 
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Adourn will “funk your junk”

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new boutique has arrived on Main Street in Chatfield, Minn. that has many people excited to “funk their junk.” The name of the store is Adourn {furniture rehab} and is located at 218 Main Street in Chatfield. The store is filled with old furn ..... 
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Chatfield Napa store has added hardware

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Napa Store located at 103 1/2 Division Street NW in Chatfield, Minn. has begun selling hardware store related items along with car parts and accessories. The business began selling hardware items in November of 2011, and have made room for many ..... 
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Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

With the first Chatfield School Board Meeting of the new year, on January 22 the board started business by organizing board positions. Jerry Chase will once again be board chair, vice chair will be Kathy Schellhammer, Greg LaPlante will be the clerk ..... 
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