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Lisa and Bill Hanson show off their Belgian draft horses.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Lisa and Bill Hanson show off their Belgian draft horses. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:04 AM

Bill Hanson is riding the stone boat to 27.6 feet with a couple of Belgians.

  • Volunteering to help make every child a successful reader is goal

    Tyler Simpson has volunteered to make a difference through AmeriCorps and the Minnesota Reading Corps Program.

  • Bells toll at history center, marking 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War

    A lot can happen in 150 years. So much so that people don't really understand what life was like that many years ago. However, occasionally, it is a key point in history that determined the course of a nation. One such moment that cities, towns and schoolhouses all over the country marked on April 9 took place in 1865 at Appomattox, Va.

  • The Fillmore County Unit of Townships gathered on Tuesday, April 7, at the Preston Servicemen's Club for its annual meeting. Out of the 23 townships in Fillmore County, 17 were in attendance, along with the county department heads and county commissioners.

  • DARE graduation held last week

    “If your son or daughter is asking questions about what they learned from the DARE program, it starts a dialog about the decisions these kids face,” said the Chatfield Police Department officer. Miliander was addressing parents last Thursday afternoon at Chatfield Elementary School as their sixth grade children received their Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) certificates. 

  • Wet weather was a blessing for area farmers; warm, dry spell needed now

    If the old adage “the robins must get snowed on three times before spring finally arrives,” holds true, folks living in southeast Minnesota should finally be out of the woods. Many residents woke up to a white landscape this past Friday morning, as several inches of heavy, wet snow blanketed the area. According to my calculations, that makes three significant snowfalls since we first started seeing robins nearly four weeks ago. Good riddance to the snow (hopefully).

  • Chatfield Bundles of Love Chapter  hopes to donate 9,000 items in 2015

    “The volume of items that are completed and donated is huge. Chatfield Bundles of Love (BOL) has distributed about 7,000 items a year, and that will increase to nearly 9,000 items in 2015,” said Susan Moses. Chatfield’s BOL group is stitching and packing diaper bags filled with handmade and donated items for newborns of financially-challenged parents. 

  • “We have a love for the outdoors, and we both enjoy taking people into the Boundary Waters,” said Preston resident and Christian Adventures leader Goutcher. He and his longtime Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) assistant guide, Kirk Affeldt, will bring their presentation, “North by Canoe” to the 90th annual Chatfield United Methodist Church (CUMC) Father-Son Banquet, slated for Wednesday, April 22.

  • “We’re having a meet and greet at JAC’s and a sendoff for Hanna Elshoff, who’s riding her bike across the country and will be leaving May 1. It’s also an appreciation event for the community for their support. We’re providing the hors d’ oeuvres, but you provide your own happy,” said Chatfield Lions Club member Cheryl Jankiewicz. She’s inviting “kids of all ages” to join the club at JAC’s Bar & Grill Thursday, April 16, to learn more about the club and what it does in the community and for the citizens of the world. 

  • Championship horse pulling is a tradition with Hanson family

    Bill Hanson is riding the stone boat to 27.6 feet with a couple of Belgians.

  • ‘One plan’ being developed  for Root River watershed

    One of the issues at the forefront of many area residents is the health of the water running throughout portions of six counties in southeastern Minnesota. Interested residents congregated at the Fountain Community Center on Wednesday, April 8, to learn more about the pilot plan of Root River One Watershed, One Plan.

  • Burned twice in the past by vetoes,  tax chair believin’ there’s hope this time

    The last time Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) chaired the House Taxes Committee was in 2011-2012. He was on the frontlines of solving a $6 billion General Fund deficit, with the focus squarely on raising revenue and cutting programs. It took a government shutdown and special session to resolve the budgetary imbalance.

  • Motorists in the Harmony-Canton area along Highway 52 may see smoke from prescribed burns in the weeks ahead, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

  • Floods can have devastating effects on people and property.

  • New commissioner sworn in, agreement  for shared Extension officer continues

    Fillmore County First District Commissioner Mitch Lentz was sworn in by Third Judicial District Judge Matt Opat at the opening of the Tuesday, April 7, Fillmore County commissioners’ meeting. Following his oath of office, board chairman Duane Bakke addressed the entire board and Lentz, saying, “Welcome everybody…it’s nice to have a full table again. And welcome to the party.”

  • ‘Tis better to give than receive

    Chatfield Elementary School students exhibited the true spirit of giving this past week, when they raised more than $5,000 for one of their fellow students in need. In just over a week CES students brought in $5,235 for the Caleb Eide Fund to help Caleb who is a first grader battling cancer.


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