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Kids love to “Learn & Play”


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Gavin P., Ivar S., and Ethen B. enjoying time together at Learn & Play Daycare in Chatfield, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Two things children love are to learn and to play. Two things parents want are for their children to be safe and well-cared for. At Learn & Play Daycare in Chatfield, Minn. parents and children get what they need.

Learn & Play Daycare was opened in 2006 and is owned by Everett Wright and Molly Bernard. Everett thought it was a good idea to open a daycare as there is always a demand and he also thought it would be a good business venture. But once inside the daycare it does not feel like a business it feels like a family. Yes, a very large family, but a family none the less. Doug Wright, Director of Learn & Play Daycare, says that “it’s not just daycare” and explains that the entire staff gets to know not only the children but also their families. Most of the teachers at Learn & Play are from the area, and so are the families, so they see each other at places other than the daycare. A relationship builds not only with the daycare children but their family and extended family as well.

Teacher Jenny Dahley has worked at Learn & Play Daycare for six years and enjoys her time with the children. Ms. Jenny states that she likes how “families keep coming” to the daycare as they grow with the addition of more children. Ms. Jenny spends her time with the children keeping busy with activities such as art, books, singing, and group time. Ms. Jenny said that she used to babysit years ago and has now seen those “children” bring their own children to the daycare which she really enjoys.

Jeanette Kappers, who is a fill-in teacher, has worked at Learn & Play Daycare for four years and works in all daycare rooms as needed. Ms. Jeanette says that “it’s just a fun job” at Learn & Play Daycare. Ms. Jeanette lives on a farm and says that the children “enjoy hearing about the farm” stating that “right now we have baby chicks with baby lambs coming soon” which the children will no doubt have many questions about. Ms. Jeanette enjoys being able to work in every classroom and being able to spend time with all of the children.

Sherri Briggman has been a teacher at Learn & Play since they opened the doors in 2006. Ms. Sherri says what she loves the most about her work is “the fact that preschool children are so eager to learn, they have such enthusiasm for the activities we do” and adds that “it’s important to me to plan and implement a learning environment that encourages their growth. .....
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Chatfield’s Early Education system is a succesful program

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge School board members of the Chatfield district met on Tuesday, February 19 to discuss a variety of topics, but one that attracted a lot of attention was Chatfield’s Kindergarten and early education program. Superintendent Ed ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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