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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 to take advantage of the growth opportunities Mayo Clinic’s plan could offer. Communities surrounding Rochester could share in the job opportunities, housing, entertainment of an increased number of visitors, and so on. The intention is to develop a plan for the future of Chatfield. Young maintained this could have a big impact on southeast Minnesota.

Young recommended that a committee consisting of himself, city planner Kristi Clarke, Chris Giesen, and two councilors be formed to be proactive and start studying the possibilities. The EDA and the Planning Commission can gather information toward determining what kind of community we want to be twenty years from now.

Councilor Ken Jacobson recommended that they put off until the next meeting the decision on where to begin, adding that it is very important we have a plan to take advantage of whatever we can. Councilor Russ Smith agreed it was a potential boom for southeast Minnesota.

In the Planning and Zoning Commission’s annual report presented by Kristi Clarke, the fact that the city had issued permits for four new single-family homes was highlighted, especially since there had been no new construction of single-family homes in 2011. Of the 145 total single family lots, 77 have been sold, leaving 68 lots available.

Other Business In Brief

•Tim Gossman and Jenny Bradt requested $2,000 be appropriated for the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. Bradt highlighted events over the last year. The funding is to be used for a trail register and donation stand at the Ninebark Trailhead, landowner liability insurance, additional trail signage, website maintenance, and advertising. Additional expenses will be covered by donations and memberships. A grant has been applied for through the Fillmore County SWCD for erosion control.

•Bradt expressed gratitude for the landowners who allow the trail to cross their property. Smith and councilor Robert Pederson noted the value of the trail for the community. In 2012 the trail funding consisted of $2,000 from the city of Chatfield, $1,578 from memberships and donations, and $250 from the Chatfield Firefighters Grant. There are currently 14 .....
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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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Chatfield looks forward to 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The January 14 Chatfield City Council meeting began with the administration of the oath of office for re-elected Mayor Don Hainlen and newly elected councilor Robert Pederson and re-elected councilor Dave Frank. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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