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Superintendent Harris addresses school safety


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

As Christmas Break quickly approaches for most school districts, the Chatfield School Board met on Monday, December 17 to wrap up the business for 2012. Because it was the December meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing occurred during this regular meeting. Superintendent Ed Harris gave an in-depth presentation highlighting the minimal changes in the 2013 proposed budget. Later in the meeting the board members approved the final levy payable for 2013 at $2,197,736.85. Harris noted that this is virtually the same as last year with only a 0.32% percent increase.

From the elementary school, Principal Craig Ihrke wished to remind parents to make sure that their children are dressed appropriately for winter weather. High School Principal Randy Paulson reiterated this to make sure high school students are dressed appropriately for winter as well in the event of a bus breakdown or similar situation. Also from the elementary school, both Principal Ihrke and Elissa Johnsrud gave an update on the reading program that students are participating in this year. Progress has been steady, and students are accelerating at adequate rates with a clear majority of students at their proficient reading level or beyond. Johnsrud stated that teachers meet every other week for collaboration on helping any struggling students, but they also come up with ways to keep quickly progressing students challenged.

Superintendent Harris gave his monthly address to the board beginning with a topic that is clearly on the minds of many—school safety. Harris explained that parents may struggle to talk to their children about school safety, so the district has put information on the district website and on the district’s Facebook page. The superintendent explained that Chatfield Public Schools has bimonthly meetings for administrators focused on school security, and there is even one scheduled for Wednesday, December 19. Harris stated, “We think we’ve got a really good handle on security.”

Before concluding the meeting Board Chair Jerry Chase, Clerk Greg LaPlante, and Treasurer Mike Tuohy were administered the Oath of Office after being re-elected in November. They will each serve another four years. With the adjournment it was announced that the next board meeting will be January 22, 2013, which is a change due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Dwaine Ceil Kiehne

Mon, Dec 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Dwaine Ceil Kiehne, 83, of Chatfield, Minnesota died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, after a long illness at Golden Living Whitewater in St. Charles. Dwaine was born June 4, 1929, in Cresco, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Lange) Kiehne. He graduated from Lanesbor ..... 
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Ethel Marie Sackett

Mon, Dec 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Ethel Marie Sackett, 86, of rural Chatfield, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. She was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Chatfield, to Almond Mitchell and Edna (Youngs) Mitchell. She attended Chatfield schools through the 11th g ..... 
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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an inc ..... 
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Area resident is a Lottery winner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Congratulations to Ryan Stamer of Chatfield. Stamer won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s Neon 2s scratch game. Stamer claimed the prize on November 29, 2012. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 415 Main Ave N in Harmony. Proceeds fro ..... 
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Arlo D. Rowland

Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Arlo D. Rowland, 86, of Chatfield, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Arlo Duane Rowland was born Dec. 15, 1925, to Merle and Maggie Rowland in Gary (Deuel County), South Dakota. Arlo lived with his parents in s ..... 
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Chatfield increases water and sewer rates

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 26 Chatfield City Council meeting an amended list of Particular Fees, Fines and Charges under Ordinance 406 was unanimously adopted. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. All city fees, fines, and charges will remain constant with th ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Aiden Michael Jonsgaard

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Aiden Michael Jonsgaard Avrianna is proud to announce the arrival of her brother Aiden born on their mother’s birthday November 8, 2012, weighing 8 lbs, 21 1/2 inches long. Parents are Michael and Brianna Jonsgaard of Rochester. Grandparents ar ..... 
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Letter about presidential election

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

Letter about presidential election To the Editor, Well, it seems that catchy slogans and childish slanders have won over the United States again. We should all be very concerned about this country’s future. Given our current financial status, on ..... 
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