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Small hitch in Western Days


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

A young parade viewer gets "smoked" by Chang the Dragon with the Osman Shrine Rochester Dragon Patrol during the Western Days parade on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration.

Cody Rides, of Prior Lake, Minn. has been supplying rides to Chatfield Western Days for many years and this year the company did not show up. Phone calls from the Fillmore County Journal to get answers were not returned by Cody Rides.

Many other fun and exciting events were planned for Western Days and they all went on without a hitch. The activities began Thursday, August 7 with a used book sale behind the library offering good books at great prices. Chatfield Fish & Game Club held Open “Trap Shooting” on Thursday night bringing people out to enjoy a summer evening.

Thursday evening was Mutton Bustin’ time for kids as they gathered at Mill Creek Park to try riding a sheep, many for the first time. The kids wrapped themselves around the sheep and held on as best they could. The first 50 entrants received free T-shirts, and all participants received a certificate for a Dairy Queen ice cream cone, while many kids took home a trophy as well.

Wits’ End Theatre provided entertainment for many with their production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical” at the Historic Potter Auditorium several times over the weekend. Crowds could be seen entering Potter Auditorium to watch local talent in action.

A Chatfield ATV Trail Ride was held on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and had many people excited for an outing with friends and family while others found their excitement watching the Minnesota Horse and Pony Pullers which took place at Mill Creek Park.

Friday also brought a car wash at Bernard Bus Garage as a fundraiser for the Chatfield High School volleyball players and the girls did a great job washing and drying vehicles so they shined. F & M Bank of Chatfield held their annual Western Days Cookout in the parking lot from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. with many enjoying a meal while talking with friends.

Bingo started in the city park on Friday, hosted by the Chatfield Fish & Game Club, and continued on Saturday and Sunday and had guests sitting down to play continuously each day.

Food and drink were not in short supply in the city park and throughout town during Western Days. Gleason’s Concessions were feeding hungry pl .....
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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Janice Rose Rowland

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Janice Rose Rowland passed away August 4, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Janice was born May 12, 1931 to Elmer and Minnie (Becke) Redman in Winthrop, MN. She was baptized May 16, 1931 at home and confirmed in the Lutheran Church ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Marion Alice Pesek Hutton

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Marion Alice Pesek Hutton Bicknese-Flatwoods, Tennessee. A dear lady has left us, on Sunday June 22, 2014, at the age of 97. Marion was born in New Prague, Minnesota on June 29, 1916 to John Frank and Emma (Chromy) Pesek. Her family moved to Austin, ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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Western Days Stampede registration opens

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Chatfield Western Days Stampede. Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Dis ..... 
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