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Novotny to serve as prosecutor


Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

At the June 27 Chatfield City Council meeting, attorney Scott Springer spoke about the submission of his letter of resignation for Fillmore County prosecutions. Springer has served the city since the resignation of Matt Opat, after Opat was appointed district judge about three years ago. Springer’s resignation was accepted effective June 30.

Springer is selling his office located across the street from the Thurber building to attorney Lee Novotny. Novotny recently resigned from the Fillmore County attorney’s office after six years to go into private practice. Springer recommended Novotny to succeed him.

City attorney Fred Suhler said Novotny is experienced in prosecutions and he gave his complete support for Novotny to take over the position. A motion to approve the appointment of Novotny was passed with councillor Paul Novotny abstaining.

Water meters

There was a long discussion once again concerning the bids for the water meter project. Water Superintendent Ryan Priebe detailed Brian Burkholder’s recommendation, who was not present. Priebe explained they had met again with two of the bidders. These meetings only strengthened their recommendation to go with Ferguson’s bid. However, it was not the lowest bid of those submitted, among those bids that had met the written specifications. It was slightly higher by $760.

The bid from Fergusons provided the ability to read history of meter use from the street. The slightly lower bid did not have this feature. Priebe said this was a valuable feature. Mayor Russ Smith said only two of the five bidders had this feature.

Attorney Suhler argued that $760 isn’t a big deal on a $400,000 project, but insisted that the lowest bidder that met the specifications, as he interpreted them, should get the award even if the difference is 10 cents. He said the specifications didn’t clearly require an ability to read everything remotely from the street, including the history. He maintained he was not comfortable ignoring the process, adding this is government procurement and it has to be done by the book.

Novotny agreed with Suhler on principle. But, Novotny said he was always under the assumption that they were getting a fully remote system. Smith questioned whether they will get more than one bidder if they rebid. Councillor Robert Pederson said, what happened to getting the better value fo .....
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Chatfield Brass Band to present patriotic concert July 7

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass Band will present “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, a concert of patriotic music, on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park. The Silver Grill will be serving grilled brats and burgers with sides beginning at 6 ..... 
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Chatfield Elementary raises nearly $7,000 through Walk-A-Thon

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Third grade teachers What a beautiful day for a walk! Chatfield Elementary kicked off their First Annual Gopher Pride Walk-A-Thon. Students were eager to collect money for a healthy lifestyle and raise money for a great cause: their school. Ea ..... 
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Chatfield water meter bids dominate meeting

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Specifications for the installation of remotely readable water meters and the bids submitted dominated the discussion at the June 13 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilors Ken Jacobson and Robert Pederson were absent. ..... 
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Betty Elaine Evenson Stadum

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Betty Elaine Evenson Stadum, died June 7, was born September 10, 1954, to Erving Evenson and Mary Ann (Gietzen) Evenson in Red Lake Falls, Minn. Elaine grew up on the family farm with three brothers and two sisters, graduated from Thief River Falls ..... 
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Violet Elaine Bicknese

Tue, Jun 7th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Violet Elaine Bicknese (Subra) passed peacefully June 7, 2016 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, MN, where she had courageously battled Alzheimer’s for years. Violet was born September 15, 1932 to Lucy and Everett Subra. On June 30, 1950 ..... 
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Leo Michael Hughes

Tue, May 31st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Leo Michael Hughes, 89, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, from injuries sustained in a May 21 farming accident. He was born on April 4, 1927, to James and Lauretta (Gallagher) Hughes on the family fa ..... 
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Rachel E. Baudoin

Tue, May 31st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Rachel E. Baudoin, 95, of Chatfield passed peacefully of natural causes on May 27, 2016 at Susie’s Care Center in Hayfield. Rachel was born January 31, 1921 in Rochester to Emil and Minerva (Televetsky) Zempel. Rachel graduated from Rochester ..... 
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Harmon receives Preservation Award

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the May 23 meeting of the Chatfield City Council Chris Giesen, chairman of the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission, presented the 2016 preservation award to Steve Harmon. May is Preservation Month and each year since 2009 this award has ..... 
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