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Wesley Dean Idso


Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Wesley Dean Idso, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died on Saturday December 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimers Disease at Chatfield Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident since April of 2012.

Wesley was born on June 13, 1931 in Alden, Iowa., the second son born to Torval and Minnie (Lehmeier) Idso. When Wes was just a toddler, Torval packed the family into a small car, in the middle of winter, and made the move to the Pleasant Grove area, where Wes would spend the rest of his life. He attended rural schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1949. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving most of his duty as a radioman aboard the USS Cassien Young in the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1953 he returned to Pleasant Grove to farm. Wesley married Joan Ready on December 16, 1956 at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and thus began a partnership that spanned the next 57 years. They farmed for a number of years, before moving to Rochester and after a time living there, moved to rural Chatfield, Minn. where they built a house and have continued to make their home. Wes was employed at Mayo Clinic’s Institute Hills and at Marigold Dairy, both in Rochester. Joan was employed for 9 years at Donaldson’s Department Store in Rochester and was a 27 year employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Following his retirement, Wes was free to pursue his hobby of collecting toys and building scale replica steam tractors and threshing machines. His tinkering was raised to an art form and some of his replicas and dioramas were featured in national magazine articles and newspapers and included in local history museums. His collection knew no bounds and eventually took up a good portion of the basement. His dream to open a museum for his collection came to fruition in 1989 in Harmony, MN where he and Joan owned and operated the Harmony Toy Museum until Wes’s health made him retire for good. He enjoyed family vacations to historical sites, reading, going to coffee, visiting and time spent with family during the holidays and get-togethers.

Wesley is survived by his wife – Joan and was the proud father of 6 children – Greg (DelMarie) of Kasson, Minn.; Jeff (Sarah) of Rochester, Minn.; Doug of Rochester; Julie (Lon) Golberg of Rochester; Jennifer (Tony) Christanson of Goodhue, Minn.; Steve (DaNett) of Rochester; and proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his pa .....
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Helen J. Burk

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helen J. Burk, 85, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Helen Josephine Lynch Burk was born November 29, 1928, in Elmira Twp, Chatfield to Daniel E. and Claire H. (Manahan) Lynch. She gr ..... 
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One man’s goodbye is another’s good buy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

After a lifetime of reading and collecting books, Ed Jackson of Chatfield, Minn. has decided it’s time to say good bye to his vast collection of approximately 4,000 books and has opened a bookstore called Famous Books in the basement of his home. ..... 
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Chatfield 2014 levy down slightly

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the December 9 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the 2014 final budget and property tax levy was adopted showing a decrease of .0002 percent in the levy or about $24. The total 2014 levy will be $1,225,793. City Clerk Joel Young credited th ..... 
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Trailer Trash with Six Mile Grove presents “Trashy Little Xmas” live at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

On December 19th, 2013 get ready to rock off your Christmas socks with some incredible holiday jams provided by honky-tonk and multi-genre-playing band Trailer Trash. From the band’s website: “Have yourself a honky tonky little Xmas with the ..... 
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Barbara Jean Schultz

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Barbara Jean Schultz, 72, of Chatfield, Minn., died November 26, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Barbara was born on July 12, 1941 at her family home near Orion Township in Olmsted County to Carol and Emily (Groen) Schrader. Bar ..... 
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Engineering proposal accepted for planned 2014 improvement project

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s November 25 meeting a proposal from WSB and Associates was accepted for engineering services related to planned 2014 street and utility improvements. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Chatfield is planning a subs ..... 
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Famous Books grand opening!

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Famous Books Grand Opening!! November 29, 30 & December 1, 12:00-6:00 pm. 4000 quality hardcovers: contemporary fiction, classics, histories, military, biographies, art, music, wildlife, young readers, cookbooks, large print titles, Christmas speci ..... 
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