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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were present along with Elissa Johnsrud, a teacher on special assignment for the district.

Chatfield Elementary School’s 100 Book Challenge was significantly discussed in the meeting with Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke, instructor Elissa Johnsrud, and Superintendent Ed Harris weighing in on the topic. Ihrke reported that parental comments have been mostly positive on the reading program, but one of the more difficult concepts of the program to understand is deciphering the reading level for the student. He explained that the reading level deciphered allows reading to be fast, fun, and easy for the student while at the same time they are working on their reading skills. Ihrke encourages parents to contact him, their child’s instructor, or Elissa Johnsrud if they have any questions or concerns about the program.

Johnsrud contributed by saying that a large majority of the students are on target and that she and other staff members have been doing status checks in every classroom. She also stated that 81 percent of parents have been on board with signing contracts for program participation. Superintendent Harris commended the teaching staff, Johnsrud, and Principal Ihrke for their “transformational effort and remarkable leadership.” More information on the 100 Book Challenge can be found on the district’s website or by contacting the school.

In addition Principal Randy Paulson had a few announcements from the high school for the board. Twenty-three seniors had taken the first retake of the MCA test with thirteen of them passing. This brings the total senior class passage rate up to 81 percent. The high school’s noontime tutoring sessions have now been expanded for seventh through tenth graders. Paulson announced he had also finished a discipline matrix, a record for courses of action in certain disciplinary situations, which he had been working on over the summer for the high school.

A few students came before the board at the meeting to bring up certain issues. Middle School Council President Kadin Hill and Kathryn Martin brought forth the issue of study hall computer access for middle school students and the possibility of a middle schoo .....
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Letter about Jeremy Miller

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

For the past two years, Senator Jeremy Miller and his fellow Tea Party Republicans have focused on preserving tax cuts for their wealthy friends. Instead of asking the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes, they have robbed funds from our local sc ..... 
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Red Ribbon Week promoted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield students MaKayla and Mariah Pederson promoted this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol at the council’s October 8 meeting. Red Ribbon Week is to be October 23-31 in Chatfield. The na ..... 
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JAC’s Bar and Grill opens in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

JAC’s Bar & Grill has opened in Chatfield, Minn. Jeff and Candi Hare opened their new business beginning October 1, 2012. The business is located in the former TaCade’s building on Main Street in Chatfield. Jeff and Candi have been very busy, wo ..... 
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Jon David Daily

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jon David Daily, 74, of Chatfield died Aug. 17, 2012, at Chatfield Assisted Living Center where he had lived for six years. Jon was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Rochester, to Harold B. and Florence H. (Goodsell) Daily. He graduated from Chatfield High Scho ..... 
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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation fall grant applications available online

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

The Chosen Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) 2012 Fall Grant applications are now available online at www.cvcfoundation.com. CVCF fall grants are awarded for the betterment of individ ..... 
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Chatfield school year off to a good start

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

With another school year back in session, Chatfield School Board members met on September 17 to see how students are approaching the new academic year. Both Principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson were present to give insight. Irhke and Paulson ha ..... 
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Chatfield sets preliminary levy and budget for 2013

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young stated at the council’s September 10 meeting that the proposed levy increase is now at 4.8 percent, down from a few weeks ago. A total of ten thousand was removed from the preliminary budget of which $5,000 reduced the levy ..... 
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