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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many is what school board members tried to determine at the March meeting on March 25.

Within the district’s calendar for the rest of the 2012-2013 school, there were no more available days to schedule a make-up day. This means that if a make-up day were scheduled, it would have to be tagged to the end of the academic year in June. However, school board members thought that students would not be as productive and would already be checked out for the year when June arrives.

The idea of having a staff development day was also suggested, but there would be stipulations that would need to be investigated for contract reasons. Board member Kathy Schellhammer recommended forgiving the day without making it up because occurrences like this are rarely encountered. The board unanimously voted to forgive the make-up day. Next year the district will be more prepared for excessive snow days with possible make-up days embedded into future school calendars.

Administrators and board members talked about a new school activities board committee which would relate in direct communications to all of the district’s extra activities. The committee was created with Greg LaPlante, Jerry Chase, and Mike Tuohy as acting members. The board hired Craig Ihrke as JV baseball coach and Deb Hare as an elementary paraprofessional.

The next board meeting will be April 15 and the early dismissal scheduled for April 19 has been cancelled.
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Real Bites

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Real Bites

When dad is in charge On Friday, March 8, I was in charge of making dinner, which meant we were going out to eat somewhere. Since we live in Fountain, almost centrally located in Fillmore County, we usually just spin the dial and see where it take ..... 
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Arthur Lloyd Swenson

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Arthur Lloyd Swenson, 80, of Chatfield, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided for five and a half years. He died of complication of Lewey Body Dementia and other medical issues. He w ..... 
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SE Mn community leader meets with DC policymakers on Ag Investments

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

CHATFIELD, MN - At a time when policymakers in Washington, D.C., are debating the future of federal farm policy, Tim Gossman traveled to the Capitol to meet with several top agriculture decision makers. Gossman, who is a farm loan officer and senior ..... 
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No horsing around, Conway’s love Arabians

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Barb Jeffers At Conway Arabians of Chatfield, Minn., it is all about the horses. The work, the travel, the lack of sleep, the joy…. It is all about the horses, Arabian horses to be exact. Peter and Lori Conway own Conway Arabians, and acco ..... 
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Chatfield takes no position on distribution of Rochester sales tax

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their March 11 meeting decided not to take a position for or against House File 476 which seeks to add cities to receive a share of the Rochester area local sales tax. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Legislation p ..... 
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Hamilton ~ Zieser

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ryan Hamilton and Ellie Zieser, both Chatfield residents, were engaged in Denali National Park Alaska. Ryan works for Alliant Energy in Chatfield (lineman). Ellie works for Rochester Public Schools (special education teacher) at Churchill Elemen ..... 
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New Chatfield convenience store will be built “Kwik”

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

A new Kwik Trip will be built in Chatfield, Minn. in the near future, giving residents and visitors a more convenient Kwik Trip store to stop and top off their tanks. Mr. Hans Zietlow, Director of Real Estate for Kwik Trip, Inc. stated, “Yes, we a ..... 
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Upgrades for cable TV administrator

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at the February 25 meeting, granted two requests submitted by the city’s cable TV administrator, Craig Manahan. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent. The Personnel Committee and the Cable Access Board had recommended approval ..... 
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