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Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation


Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Robert Vogel, Preservation Planner, explained to the Chatfield City Council at their August 27 meeting the process to designate the Center for the Arts as a local landmark. Paul Novotny was absent.

Vogel had submitted a report to the Heritage Preservation Commission detailing the history and plans for the 1936 auditorium and the 1916 high school buildings in January. Another copy was sent to the Minnesota Historical Society for review and comment.

The Minnesota Historical Society noted in a June letter that the “auditorium-gymnasium is a well-preserved example of a Public Works Administration project, thereby serving to illustrate the benefits of the federal relief program at the local level.” The letter continued that the Chatfield High School and Auditorium Gymnasium is “an ideal candidate for local designation under the City’s local preservation ordinance.”

Vogel commented that all the legal requirements are in order. He said both buildings were built to last and saving the buildings can be a benefit in the future. The city can save by recycling the old buildings. Vogel suggested the buildings give a more interesting look to the city and would have been a $7 to $8 million investment in today’s dollars. He maintained local designation can open doors to more funding sources.

Public Hearing

Councilor Ken Jacobson asked if this designation would limit renovation in any way. Vogel explained it is called rehabilitation rather than restoration, by using as much of the old as possible while making it usable in the twenty-first century. Jacobson asked if modern materials can be used and Vogel said they could be.

Robert Thesenvitz noted he was a 30-year resident of the city and confirmed he had voted to save Potter Auditorium. He said his fear is that we open up the door, causing taxpayers to foot the bill as they did for the Thurber Building. He asked if the designation will open up tax obligation to the whole district instead of just the city. Later, City Clerk Joel Young confirmed it would not open up a larger tax base.

Thesenvitz maintained that the auditorium was supposed to be self supporting. He complained that meetings have been held in the afternoon when working people can not attend, resulting in a lack of public input. He asked the council to seriously look at the benefit of this designation and inquired about the possibility of a listing on t .....
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Chatfield ready for new school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for the last meeting before the start of a new school year on August 20, 2012. A wide variety of information was passed on from school administrators to the board about the academic year that will begin in September. ..... 
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ava Briella Grover

Fri, Aug 3rd, 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, at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. She weighed 9 lb. and was 21 inches long. ..... 
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Country moves to town

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

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 t ..... 
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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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