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Country moves to town


Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Hopp children: Eli, Abby, Sarah and Megan | Photo by Barb Laganiere

Farm families of Fillmore County put a large amount of effort into making the Fillmore County Fair a success each year. The Hopp family of Chatfield, Minn. is one of these families. Doug and Heather Hopp of rural Chatfield and their children put the rest of their lives on the back burner during the fair. In fact, the Hopp’s bring their camper to the fair for the week. The Hopp’s belong to the Root River Rabbits 4-H club and beginning in September, 2012 they will be the leaders of the club.

Abby Hopp, age 14, shows pigs and dairy, as well as completing projects in other areas. Abby is also the 4-H Ambassador this year which comes with its own responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to help plan events for the year. Abby enjoys the fashion show on Thursday night where the 4-H members model their outfits in three categories: handmade clothing, purchased new clothing, and used clothing.

Megan Hopp, age 11, shows sheep and dairy at the Fillmore County Fair, along with her other projects. Megan said her favorite part of the fair is “sleeping in the barn on Friday night,” where she can spend time with her 4-H friends.

Sarah Hopp, age 10, shows pigs and dairy at the fair and also completes projects for judging. In addition to her 4-H duties, Sarah is also the Ambassador for the American Dairy Association and works in the malt stand at the fair as part of her responsibilities as Ambassador. Sarah’s favorite part of the fair is the dance at the end of the week, saying, “It’s a lot of fun.”

Eli Hopp, age seven, is a Cloverbud in 4-H, which means he cannot compete himself but can show animals with an older 4-H member giving him experience so he will be prepared to show on his own in the future. The Cloverbuds have their own separate show where the members can enter up to five projects. The age group for Cloverbuds is Kindergarten through second grade.

In addition to all of their work at the fair with their animals and projects, every 4-H family, including the Hopps, work at the 4-H food stand on the fairgrounds in Preston, Minn. This year’s fair was another success, thanks in large part to hard-working farm families like the Hopps.
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Ava Briella Grover Lindsay Lea and Troy Grover of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Ava Briella. Ava was born on July 13, 2012. She weighed 9 lb. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Star and Al Polzin of Cha ..... 
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2012 Public Works projects and purchases

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a ..... 
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Chatfield last concert in the park of the season

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Back by popular demand, The Swing Street Big Band will perform for Chatfield’s “Music in the Park” concert series on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Bandshell. The 17-piece big band is made up of some of the top m ..... 
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August H. Drewes

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

August Herman Drewes, 88, of Chatfield, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Chosen Vally Care Center in Chatfield, of congestive heart failure. August was born Feb. 8, 1924, to George and Elizabeth (Kaulbaush) Drewes in Spring Valley. He graduated ..... 
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Registration is now open for Chatfield Western Days Stampede

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

Registration is now open for the 2012 Chatfield Western Days Stampede road races. The 18th annual Stampede is scheduled for Saturday morning, Aug. 11, during Western Days. The starting gun for the 10K race will go off at 8 a.m., with the two-mile ..... 
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August H. Drewes

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

August Herman Drewes, 88, of Chatfield, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Chosen Vally Care Center in Chatfield, of congestive heart failure. August was born Feb. 8, 1924, to George and Elizabeth (Kaulbaush) Drewes in Spring Valley. He graduated fr ..... 
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The Leiding family ready for a busy week at the fair

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

Twin sisters Haely and Kayla Leiding, age 15, have literally grown up with animals and 4-H. They live outside of Fountain with their parents, Todd and Stacy. Their mother, Stacy, also grew up on a farm and was very involved in 4-H. The girls are sh ..... 
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Chatfield discusses possibility of fifth kindergarten teacher

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for the regular monthly meeting in the high school library. There were a few issues discussed that will affect the coming school year and the district’s future. One of the items of di ..... 
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