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Chatfield Library active at 100


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

As the Chatfield Public Library celebrates 100 years in existence it is seeing more activity than ever before. What began as a Public Rest Room in 1910 complete with a stove, tables, chairs, a rug, and public facilities for use by townspeople and rural residents soon began to grow.

Books were brought in for the people’s enjoyment and in 1911 the Commercial Club of Chatfield saw the necessity for a library which would be used along with the Rest Room.

Through many residents’ hard work and generosity, a $6,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, and municipal funds, the library opened in its current building on February 15, 1915. One hundred years later to the day the Chatfield Public Library held an open house to mark the occasion.

With small and large donations, the library has continued to expand and improve over the years. Chatfield residents Alice and Andrew Groen were big supporters of the library and after Andrew’s death Alice gave three large anonymous donations to the library in the 1990s, which made upgrades possible and eventually funded an addition to the original building in 1997.

Another resident, Alice Manahan, left a sizeable donation which was used to begin an endowment fund for further improvements to the library. These are only a few of the many charitable people who have financially supported the Chatfield Public Library over its many years of existence.

Chatfield Public Library Director Monica Erickson notes that now days there is much more to the library than checking out books, as there are also movies, magazines, e-books, and so much more offered.

It is also “a gathering place” says Erickson. The Sassy Quilters meet at the library twice per month and the meeting room downstairs is also used by other groups.

Erickson states that the library is “getting called on to perform more and more services that people can’t get anywhere else”, such as an elderly person who wants to stop a magazine subscription and does not know how or when a patron purchases a new electronic device and needs some guidance on how to operate it.

Part of the library’s mission is “to provide individualized, personalized attention”, says Erickson and adds “because we are a smaller library we can do that.”

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Kevin Hisey

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Kevin Daniel Hisey, 44, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at his home near Chatfield, after a nine-month battle with cancer. Kevin was born April 3, 1970, to Glenn and Marlene (Jefferis) Hisey. He graduated valedictorian of Chosen Valley High S ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears details for service trip opportunity

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met Tuesday, February 17 in the Chatfield High School media center for their monthly regular meeting. All board members were present for the duration of the meeting. Board members include Jerry Chase (chair), F. Mike T ..... 
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Magnum Sports offers archery for all

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting a ..... 
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Chatfield resident wins $100,000 lottery prize

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Steven Hrstka of Chatfield won $100,000 playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Wild Cherries scratch game. Hrstka purchased his winning ticket at Sunshine Foods, 237 Main St. N. in Chatfield. He claimed the prize on Feb. 10 at Lottery ..... 
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Charles “Charlie” Pavlish

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Charles “Charlie” Pavlish, 100, passed away at Trinity Care Center in Farmington on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Charlie was born December 20, 1914 to Adolph and Josephine (Troyak) Pavlish. He was born in Chatfield on the land near where the ..... 
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Donald Paul Hrstka

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Donald Paul Hrstka, 79, of Chatfield passed away at the Chatfield Care Center on February 4, 2015. Don was born December 23, 1935 to Fred and Mary (Urban) Hrstka in Lourdes, Iowa. Don Attended schools in Chatfield and graduated from Chatfield Hig ..... 
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Chatfield approves first consideration for three ordinances

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Early in January the Chatfield City Council authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft three ordinances. The first consideration on each of these ordinances was approved at the February 9 meeting. Councilors Dave Frank and Paul Novotny were ab ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Jaxon Douglas McCabe

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Jaxon Douglas McCabe Jaxon Douglas McCabe was born December 19, 2014 to Joe and Amanda McCabe of Chatfield, Minn. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 21 inches long. He is welcomed by a brother, Trayton and a sister, Addison. Grandparents are Doug & ..... 
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