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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent.

Lee Grassley, Senior Manager, Government Relations for Mediacom Communications, drove up from Cedar Rapids to sit on the hot seat before the council. At the council’s June 23 meeting, after councilors and city staff had been bombarded with e-mails and phone calls from angry residents that were dissatisfied with the channel changes, the council passed a resolution requesting that Mediacom reinstate WCCO-4, KSTP-5, and WLAX-25. The resolution argued that the loss of these channels cut connections with Minneapolis, St. Paul, and reduced connections with La Crosse. Grassley noted that about 40 percent of Chatfield households subscribe to Mediacom.

Grassley insisted that legal technicalities were involved and that the changes have been in the plans for a couple of years. Mediacom decided to do the channel realignment all at once in mid June. He suggested that the city may not be where it should be technologically.

Grassley went into some detail about how things have changed since the 1950s when geographic lines were drawn at the recommendation of the Nielsen ratings. Each town used to have its own head end, where the signal originated. The company is currently working on more fiber and extended networks to improve band width.

Since 2007 the company has had to pay more for retransmission consent fees when service went to digital from analog. Grassley maintained these retransmission fees for video are really killing us. During analog transmission, the rules were you could get any channel you could pull in with an antenna. He claimed they couldn’t legally provide channels like WCCO today unless the broadcaster filed an affidavit with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that proves a channel is significantly viewed.

Councilor Mike Urban asked directly if they cannot legally provide these channels. Grassley said they can’t.

Mayor Russ Smith said he had no idea if a competitor would come, recognizing that a competitor would have to want to come, adding Mediacom is what we have. Grassley said we all have to follow the same rules and conform to federal law.

Councilor Ken Jacobson said he subscribes to Mediacom and will continue .....
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Marion Alice Pesek Hutton

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Marion Alice Pesek Hutton Bicknese-Flatwoods, Tennessee. A dear lady has left us, on Sunday June 22, 2014, at the age of 97. Marion was born in New Prague, Minnesota on June 29, 1916 to John Frank and Emma (Chromy) Pesek. Her family moved to Austin, ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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Western Days Stampede registration opens

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Chatfield Western Days Stampede. Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Dis ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses revenue opportunity; approves senior passes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge At the Chatfield School Board meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ed Harris explained that there was an opportunity from the state allowing for the school board to take advantage of a minor increase in revenue for the district. ..... 
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Swing Street Big Band’s final concert

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Swing Street Big Band will perform for the final concert of Chatfield’s “Music in the Park” concert series on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Bandshell. This popular 17-piece big band is made up of some of the top ..... 
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Neva Ann Horsman

Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Neva Ann Horsman, 71, of Chatfield, Minn., passed away July 20, 2014 at her home in Chatfield. Neva was born in her family’s home on December 17, 1942 in Jordan Township near Spring Valley, Minn. to Howard C. and Theone Geneva (Wallace) Horsman ..... 
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