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One-vehicle accident
A semi was involved in a single-vehicle accident late Monday morning on Highway 52, just south of Fillmore County Road 17, just within Preston city limits. Fillmore County Communications dispatched Fillmore County deputies, the Preston police chief, Preston Fire and Rescue and Preston Ambulance. State Patrol was also dispatching state troopers. The accident was found to be a single vehicle (tractor/trailer combination) accident, in which a semi was traveling south on Highway 52. The vehicle had left the roadway on the opposite side of the highway. The driver, who was identified as 28-year-old Peter Burhite of Isanti, Minn., was transported to Saint Marys Hospital for injuries. His condition is unknown at this time. Minnesota Department of Transportation workers were also assisting with accident scene management. The accident is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol. COURTESY OF FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Denise Pagel and Steve Strickler are part of the brainstorming process for fundraising ideas for the Chatfield Community Food Shelf.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Denise Pagel and Steve Strickler are part of the brainstorming process for fundraising ideas for the Chatfield Community Food Shelf. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:48 AM
   

 “Channel One has approved the Chatfield United Methodist Church (CUMC) as the host site for a food shelf. The Chatfield United Methodist Church board has agreed to be the fiscal agent in order to receive funds and the food necessary to run a food shelf,” stated CUMC’s pastor, the Rev. Debra Collum. 

  • Chatfield School District receives grant through SMIF BookStart program
     

    Representatives from early childhood organizations gathered at the office of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in Owatonna last week to celebrate 13 years of the BookStart program and to recognize 28 new BookStart awardees, including the Chatfield School District. 

     
  • CHS instructor making plans for return trip to Tanzania with Chatfield entourage
     

    “We’ll be going to the village of Mailisita in Tanzania, and we’ll spend the majority of the time there building a lunchroom for the students there. The service project will encompass the majority of our trip, but we’ll also go for two days on a safari,” said Archer, who teaches social studies at CHS. Archer spent two years on leave in Mailisita, Tanzania, Africa, living next door to and teaching at the Stella Maris English Medium School. His plans for the return trip are to lead an entourage of students and adults next July on a service mission to build a cafeteria for the Stella Maris students.   

     
  • Root River Rabbits 4-H Club is busy  with a myriad of community projects

    “They keep busy by selling popcorn in the park at the Chatfield Brass Band concerts, doing roadside cleanup, the Chatfield Christmas Project, ringing bells for The Salvation Army, serving as pooper-scoopers in the Chatfield Western Days parade and maintaining Hendrick’s Park. They also sponsor Pony Espresso at Western Days, do leaf raking for Help Our Neighbors, and this year, their special project is helping set up and clean up for the Relay for Life,” said Chatfield’s Root River Rabbits 4-H leader, Amy Goldsmith, proud of the work that her Rabbits do throughout the year. 

     
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    “The new law that took place today won’t affect us, because we don’t play bingo for money,” Chosen Valley Care Center activities director Kate Glor said last Wednesday. “The (former) law that restricted the number of times a senior facility could have bingo at twice per week was only if you played for money. We don’t.”

     
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    An all new “Songs of Hope” is coming to Chatfield, presented by Sounds of Hope, Ltd. They will be performing a concert for audiences of all ages at Historic Potter Auditorium on Wednesday, July 15.

     
  • Western Days parade honorary grand  marshals have been very active in Chatfield
     

    “We take the Western Days city float to other towns’ parades,” said Jan, adding that the couple sees quite a few different towns in the area during the summer festival season.  This time they’ll be at the front of the parade, as they are Chatfield’s Western Days grand parade honorary grand marshals, though Jan admitted that she’s not quite certain why. “We just do what we’re supposed to do.”    

     
  • A food shelf in Chatfield  will once again be a reality
       

     “Channel One has approved the Chatfield United Methodist Church (CUMC) as the host site for a food shelf. The Chatfield United Methodist Church board has agreed to be the fiscal agent in order to receive funds and the food necessary to run a food shelf,” stated CUMC’s pastor, the Rev. Debra Collum. 

     
  • Deputy chair of state Republican party coming to Lanesboro
     

    The Fillmore County Republican Party will be hosting its annual picnic and welcoming the Minnesota Republican Deputy Chair Chris Fields to Sylvan Park in Lanesboro on Thursday, July 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

     
  • Local 4-Hers are gearing up for the Fillmore County Fair
     

    “I like showing my cows. It’s really fun and you get to meet new people. I’ve been taking cows – little ones – since I was little,” said Root River Rabbits 4-H member Riley, who once again is lining up some divine bovines to show at the Fillmore County Fair.

     
  • Preston's veteran cemetery nearing completion
     

    As progress continues to be made at the state veterans cemetery, located on Highway 52 in Preston, many are wondering when it will be open and ready for the first veteran internments. Months ago, it was hoped the cemetery would open in the spring of this year, but for various reasons, it was postponed. However, the cemetery is nearing the final stretch of its construction.

     
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    The Chatfield City Council convened for a special meeting on Thursday, June 25, to interview candidates for the position of city works supervisor, as longtime supervisor Tony Lammers has announced his retirement.

     
  • Caleb Eide named honorary fireman
     

    Chatfield’s newest firefighter is brave, he’s tough and he’s got what it takes to face peril. Did we mention, he’s 7 years old and three and a half feet tall.

     
  •   Chatfield EDA director Chris Giesen appeared before the Chatfield City Council last Monday, June 22, and presented an update on various items that the city has been working on. The report included news about the Rochester sales tax fund from which towns surrounding Rochester have benefited.  
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    “The Chosen Valley Chamber Music Series will include three concerts that be held in the Legion Room of the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) on Sunday evenings, July 26, August 9 and August 16,” said CCA volunteer Tom Hilgren. “Chamber music is music that is performed by a small number of performers, traditionally in a smaller performance space — a chamber, rather than a concert hall.  It is generally associated with classical music, but a broader definition often includes other genres as well. The July 26 concert, for example, is excerpted from a jazz concert performed in Rochester last February.”

     
  • 138-year-old Jordan Town Hall restoration project continues
     

    “These walls are two feet thick,” said Kent Dudek, surveying the limestone slabs that constitute the structure that is the Jordan Town Hall. It was built by Scottish immigrant Thomas Ferguson in 1877 for the sum of $1,000.  The town hall is now the object of a restoration project initiated late last summer by a group of Jordan Township neighbors who recognize that the single corner that has fallen in is entirely repairable by the right stonemason, and who have a vision to make the hall a vital meeting place once again.

     
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