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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Riders prepare to roll out of Chatfield on May 17. Photo by Jackie Horsman

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends…and family…and a good attitude full of determination doesn’t hurt either.

Tom and a few co-workers had discussed doing a ride out of Chatfield for cancer and, as Tom admits, if it weren’t for his wife Michelle, it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. Securing 30 sponsors, lining up a route, ordering or making merchandise, securing silent auction items, working with law enforcement, getting a gambling license and setting up a non-profit account were just a few of the things the Roots had to accomplish to pull things off.

The ride kicked off on Saturday, May 17, at Jac’s Bar and Grill in Chatfield. Owners Jeff and Candi Hare were proud to be a part of the ride and welcomed all motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters with a breakfast bar and later with a supper bar, as the ride would also come to an end at their business. The Hare’s donated a portion of their proceeds back to the cause and also hosted music in the evening for all the riders and other supporters.

The thunder of sound from 75-80 motorcycles rolling out at 10:30 a.m. was described as giving goose bumps to spectators, as they understood the camaraderie bike enthusiasts often share. With a total of 106 registered riders, including passengers, the support for the first annual run was overwhelming. The riders enjoyed a beautiful route that encompassed six stops along the way, returning to Chatfield around dinner time.

Michelle credits her friends and family, area business owners, along with power of Facebook for the success of their first time around while Tom mostly credits Michelle. The couple raised over $7,500 to donate to the Eagles Cancer Telethon. The Roots still have some merchandise available for purchase; T-Shirts and coolies printed by Threads in Chatfield and various other items. If you would like to donate or purchase items, you can contact Michelle by emailing her at
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Athlete of the Week - Drew Hurley

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Sports

It was a routine out in most games. But Drew Hurley's bloop-single over a drawn in infield was more than routine. It plated Payton Lund, giving Chatfield a 2-1 win in the bottom of the seventh over #2 Southland, handing the Rebels their first loss. ..... 
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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park. The family orientated event will entertai ..... 
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Live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing excellent entertainment of all genres to southeastern Minnesota. Join us for some of our upcoming events. •Veterans Funeral Benefits Seminar - May 14, 2014, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Legio ..... 
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Engagement: Vrieze ~ Copeman

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Sarah Vrieze of Lewiston, Minn. and Darin (Sally) Vrieze of Chatfield, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Deana to Dean Copeman, son of Polly (Curt) Nash of Chatfield. Myril (Laura) Copeman of Chatfield. Their wedding wil ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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Science projects presented to Chatfield School Board

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board members had an opportunity to enjoy the work of two of the district’s students firsthand at their most recent meeting on April 21, 2014. Matthew Dietz and Justin Friedrich were present at the meeting to present two of the ..... 
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Carol Marie Hadoff

Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Carol Marie Hadoff, 52, of Chatfield, Minn., died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Carol Vitse was born on July 7, 1961 in Lanesboro, Minn., the daughter of Wa ..... 
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Chatfield couple brings home back to life

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Home & Garden

Every day Melissa Wood drove by the house at 25 Fillmore Street in Chatfield, Minn. She fell in love with the large home on a corner lot and saw its potential. The majority of the population would most likely have looked at the home that was for s ..... 
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