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Chatfield hosts intimate performance


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show.

While spending time with the artists on the stage of the empty Potter Auditorium the afternoon of their concert, we reflected on family, life on the road, and inspiration, among other things.

As Billy Dean sat Indian-style in his stocking feet, he opened up about how important his family is and how proud he is of them. His wife, Stephanie, runs Dean Acres, which is their home as well as where concerts and special events are held throughout the year. Dean Acres is located one hour east of Nashville, Tenn.

He is also very proud of his children, Hannah, age 19, who is attending college to be a nurse and son Eli, age 20, who is also in college studying business marketing. Both Eli and Hannah play music, but only for fun.

When asked what kind of music Dean and Mahar listen to during their time off, they both stated that they don’t really listen to a lot of music as they are busy doing other things. Dan said that if he wants to write a certain type of song, he may listen to songs in that genre to put him in the mood to write.

“Inspiration for writing songs can come from anywhere,” stated Mahar, saying he can get inspired even from a line he hears on television. Dan stated, “You kind of have to be a voyeur and watch people and then write something that makes sense to everyone.” Both men have been able to do this successfully. Billy Dean laughed and said his inspiration comes from “college tuition” showing his ever present sense of humor.

The two artists draw the audiences in with their meaningful ballads, fun tunes, and some blues thrown in as well. There are heartfelt moments during the show in between funny stories and jokes that both of the men share. During one particular song Billy Dean pretended to be a man on the phone with his wife saying, “I promise I was only out ice fishing” and of course, “There is no phone reception on the lake,” which ties the joke to our area and caused chuckles and outright laughter throughout the crowd.

With no large band backing them up and all of the production that encompasses many concerts, the smaller, more personal setting of the Potter Auditorium is perfect for enjoying t .....
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Mary Ellen Amundson

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Mary Ellen Amundson, 70, of Chatfield, Minn., died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Ellen was born September 4, 1943 in Cresco, Iowa to Marvin and Olga (Benson) I ..... 
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Location an issue for Veterans Memorial in Chatfield

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 27 meeting of the Chatfield City Council an appropriate location for a Veterans Memorial proposed by the Chatfield American Legion Club was discussed at length. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Jerry Baudoin representing the Legi ..... 
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Fundraising concert brings back local favorites

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Progress Edition

When it comes to seeing your favorite artists in concert you don’t count the cost. Billy Dean will be performing once again in Chatfield, Minn. along with Dan Mahar, both who have become familiar faces in the area. Billy Dean has proven to be an ..... 
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Live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Jan 24th, 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! Billy Dean & Dan Mahar February 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. (Potter Auditorium) Gramm ..... 
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John Donald (Don) Judd

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

John Donald (Don) Judd, 85, of Rochester died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus of heart failure. Don was born March 15, 1928 to John and Genevieve (Connelly) Judd. Don graduated from Chatfield High School in ..... 
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Edward James Hoffland

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Edward James Hoffland, 90, passed away on January 15, 2014 at his home in Cresco, Iowa. Edward was born on March 26, 1923 in rural Howard County near Saude, Iowa. He was the son of Martin and Lea (Basteson) Hoffland. He was baptized at the Saude ..... 
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Karen Ann (Bowers) Luoma

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Karen Ann (Bowers) Luoma, age 72, of Backus, Minn., passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota, surrounded by her husband and three children. Karen was born to Alice and Archie Bowers on Janua ..... 
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Chatfield accepts engineering proposal for St. Albans Place

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 13 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors split the engineering responsibilities for the four 2014 street improvement projects planned. The city’s engineering firm WSB will do the engineering work for three of them. G-Cubed wil ..... 
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