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Chatfield renews electric franchise


Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mayor Russ Smith presents this year’s Heritage Preservation Award to Tony and Melissa Klema for their restoration of an 1872 building (former hardware store) to its new life as “Adourn,” a furniture rehab business.

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People’s Energy Cooperative addressed the city council at its May 27 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

Sherman explained that electric service will continue and will be similar to what has been in effect for the last 20 years as a sale takes place. He asked that the franchise be renewed so it can be part of the sale closure.

Krambeer gave an overview of the transaction. Twelve electric cooperatives across southern Minnesota own and are members of Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC). The cooperatives in an agreement with Alliant Energy will purchase distribution assets from Alliant Energy. These assets overlap with the areas of the cooperatives.

In a 10-year wholesale power agreement with SMEC, Alliant Energy will provide the power supply and transmission service and the cooperatives will distribute the power. The agreement between SMEC and Alliant Energy will not be final until it is approved by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Chatfield residents will become members of either People’s on three sides of the city or members of Tri-County on the southern portion of the city. Electric bills will be issued from the individual cooperatives to their members.

Krambeer said it will make each of their organizations stronger as they will serve more people in their areas (Tri-County will serve about 2,500 more or realize a 20 percent growth and People’s will serve about 7,000 more or realize a 50 percent growth). With growth the efficiency of each of the cooperatives will increase.

The council approved the first consideration of Ordinance 412, which renews the electric franchise for 20 years.

Heritage Preservation Award

Each year a preservation award is presented to someone who has worked to preserve the heritage of Chatfield through its historic or architecturally significant buildings. Tony and Melissa Klema were this year’s recipients of the award for their restoration of the former hardware store building which was built in 1872. The building was given new life with the establishment of “Adourn,” a furniture rehab business. They also have worked to restore a nineteen century Victo .....
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Birth Announcement - Jackson James Cady

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Erin and Justin Cady of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of Jackson James, born on April 8, 2014, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Terri Scott of Lanesboro, Minn. and Steve and Shawn Gorder ..... 
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Chatfield looks to wrap up school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting opened on May 19 with four members present along with principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson and Superintendent Ed Harris. Both principals thanked the music department for the effort put in for the spring concer ..... 
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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends ..... 
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Athlete of the Week - Drew Hurley

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Sports

It was a routine out in most games. But Drew Hurley's bloop-single over a drawn in infield was more than routine. It plated Payton Lund, giving Chatfield a 2-1 win in the bottom of the seventh over #2 Southland, handing the Rebels their first loss. ..... 
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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park. The family orientated event will entertai ..... 
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Live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, May 9th, 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. •Veterans Funeral Benefits Seminar - May 14, 2014, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Legio ..... 
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Engagement: Vrieze ~ Copeman

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Sarah Vrieze of Lewiston, Minn. and Darin (Sally) Vrieze of Chatfield, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Deana to Dean Copeman, son of Polly (Curt) Nash of Chatfield. Myril (Laura) Copeman of Chatfield. Their wedding wil ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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