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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011-2012 district auditor report to the board members.

Anderson reported good news to the district for another consecutive year informing them that the district’s general fund was up a significant margin even though the revenues for the past year were down by about $20,000. Anderson complimented the district’s student activities accounts for being well monitored and staying steady on a year-by-year basis, an important part of maintaining a positive educational district’s budget. To conclude his report, Anderson announced that the district’s auditor reports that have been submitted to the state this year are again adequate to state guidelines. Both Anderson and Superintendent Harris thanked the district’s business manager Karyl Lyon for her dedication in keeping the district’s funds accurate and in check.

Both principals gave a brief report from the elementary and high school. Principal Ihrke stated that the new reading program is working extremely well with 93 percent of students in the elementary school reading at or above their grade levels. Also, he described a reading research program that lasts a semester where students develop research skills. A total of 42 students in first grade through sixth grade are participating and can exit the supplemental program if an adequate level of reading skills are met. Principal Paulson congratulated the athletes of the fall sports season and is looking forward to an action-filled winter sports season. Principal Paulson also described the eighth grade Courage Retreat that focused on reducing bullying and discrimination.

In Superintendent Harris’s address to the board, he emphasized donations made to the district from Irv and Betty Timms of Stewartville, and a donation made in memory of Bill Stokes who graduated from Chatfield as part of the class of 1961. Harris elaborated on the teacher and principal evaluation projects and how new state legislation has an impact on the process. To end, he announced how two programs are expanding within the district including Knowledge Bowl, now available to middle school students and the progression of the Gifted and Talented Program.

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Chatfield adopts new policy for sale or disposal of city equipment

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council meeting on November 13 was sandwiched in between an extended meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Discussions at the Committee of the Whole included reviews of the 2013 operating budget and the anticipa ..... 
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Linda Kay Hanson

Tue, Nov 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Linda Kay Hanson, 48, of Chatfield, died Friday, Nov. 9, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul, where she had been a patient for three days. Linda was born June 25, 1964, in Harmony, to Lester Hanson and Shirley (Smith) Hanson. She graduated from Chatf ..... 
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Chosen Valley Threads has relocated

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chosen Valley Threads in Chatfield, Minn. has changed locations after being located in the previous building for 13 years. Mat and Lisa Vaupel took over as owners of Chosen Valley Threads in May of 2012, which was then located at 217 S. Main Street ..... 
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Dinner theater in Chatfield

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, MN: Wits’ End Theatre presents ”Sir Grayson the Grey Knight and the Seven Shady Women” as part of their 3rd Annual Medieval Feast. Show dates are November 15-16-17, 6:30 PM at Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 M ..... 
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Frances "Franny" Meeker

Tue, Oct 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Frances "Franny" Meeker, 61, passed away peacefully Thursday Oct. 25, 2012, at home with family and friends at her side. She fought a tough battle with ovarian cancer with more courage than can be imagined; she kept a good attitude and a good sense ..... 
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Alpha Delta Kappa month observed

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Alpha Upsilon, an area chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa international honorary sorority for women educators, will be involved in activities during October celebrating Alpha Delta Kappa month. Members of Alpha Upsilon chapter are from Chatfield, Dove ..... 
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“Billy the Kid” spotted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers Performer Billy Dean arrived in Chatfield, Minn. on October 22, 2012, to give area residents a chance to “spend an evening with ‘Billy the Kid’.” The singer brought no band, no smoke, no stage full of bright lights. It was ..... 
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A disc golf course for Chatfield?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilor Paul Novotny reported during the October 22 city council meeting that there is a proposal for a Disc Golf Course in Chatfield. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent. The proposal for the 9 hole Disc Golf Course at Mill Creek Park had been ..... 
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