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Celebrating what has been achieved, looking to what can be one day


Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

Thursday evening, May 24, supporters and local state legislators committed to the ongoing improvement of the Chatfield Center of the Arts assembled for a celebration of the progress made to date. During this time of limited government budgets, supporters have managed to make improvements through some grants and donations and a significant amount of local elbow grease.

More has been done with less funding due to contributions of time and energy by volunteers from area service groups, the Chatfield Center for the Arts Advisory Committee, Sentence to Serve, Chatfield EDA, Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission, Boy Scouts, Lion’s Club, Wits’ End Theatre Company, Mike Fenske Painting, Pathfinder C.R.M. and Chatfield Public Schools Community Service Class.

This celebration recognized the numerous monetary contributions from local groups and foundations including, but not limited to, Chosen Valley Community Foundation, Chatfield Booster Club, Chatfield Commercial Club, Chatfield American Legion Club, Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund (Valspar Paint Corp), and Arlin C. Falck Foundation. Over $3.2 million has been raised over the last couple of years through grants, gifts, and in kind donations. This figure includes the old elementary school estimated property value.

Improvements continue to be made while the auditorium and the renovated American Legion Room are in use for numerous events put on by professional entertainers, Chatfield Public Schools Drama, community groups, Wit’s End Theatre and so on. The American Legion Room has served as a gathering place for many area groups, for private parties and receptions, and for politicians. The room can accommodate groups of 70 to 100. The auditorium can seat about 900.

State Senator Carla Nelson (R) commented, “Every time I come, I see something new.” Some improvements are noticeable from the outside including the removal of the 1954 building last summer, restoration of the curvilinear sidewalk (original design), painting of the window panels, hand rails on the front steps, and a sign noting upcoming events.

Inside the progress is even more striking with the newly painted floor and walls in the auditorium and other rooms in the 1916 building, installation of air conditioning, the new women’s restroom, a kitchen area near completion, a Green Room for performers, and installation of the subfloor o .....
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Chatfield School Board discusses literacy plan

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, May 22 for the final meeting before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. Items on the meeting agenda included several alterations in the district’s staffing and the approval of the newly initi ..... 
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Klimek~ Arndt

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Alicia Klimek and Dustin Arndt, both of Chatfield, Minn. are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Connie Klimek of Glenwood, Minn. The groom is the son of Curt and Jennifer Arndt ..... 
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Chatfield to waive hookup fees for new homes

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the council’s May 14 meeting the recommendation of the Chatfield EDA to establish a trial period for a new incentive program to encourage construction of new single family homes. Councilors Dave Frank and Josh Th ..... 
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Luella Penne

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Luella Penne, age 94, of Chatfield, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center where she had resided since 2001. Luella Catherine Weber was born on March 29, 1918, in Cresco, Iowa to Frank and Carrie (Volkering) Weber. She marri ..... 
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Steve’s Auto open in Chatfield

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

Steve Huper of Chatfield worked as a mechanic at several different places before he decided to open up his own shop. The building has housed many things, including a flower shop, but it looks like it will be Steve’s Auto Care and Performance Cente ..... 
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Chatfield’s AA rating affirmed

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

City Clerk Joel Young reviewed the latest long term rating from Standard and Poors at the city council’s April 23 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. At the council’s February 27 meeting, the city council approved a resolution to trig ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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Mary Katherine Ward

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Katherine “Kay” Ward, 83, of Chatfield, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Katherine was born May 15, 1928 in Red Wing, Minnesota, one of 13 children of David and Alfreda (Matter) Gadient. S ..... 
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