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Splashing into summer
The Chatfield municipal swimming pool has been the place to be this past week as summertime's afternoons have been warm. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Larry and Betty Kosnopfal's self-serve honey stand is an old refrigerator they inherited from Loren Smith, who helped Larry begin his beekeeping hobby.  The stand, in the couple's County Road 2 yard, offers a taste of sunshine and local flowers.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Larry and Betty Kosnopfal's self-serve honey stand is an old refrigerator they inherited from Loren Smith, who helped Larry begin his beekeeping hobby. The stand, in the couple's County Road 2 yard, offers a taste of sunshine and local flowers. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:11 AM

“I’ve been doing this probably close to 15 years now, and it was supposed to be a hobby.  You know how hobbies go…you sometimes get carried away,” said rural Chatfield resident Kosnopfal. He was thumping down the road in his “bee-mobile,” a well-worn Chevrolet Suburban with a back end filled with coffee cans, boxes, hive parts, burlap, jute twine, utility knives, gloves, screwdrivers, pliers, bags, bits of string, jars and other things he might need to tend to his buzzing hobby.


    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.

  • Friendship Wagon Train beds down in Chatfield

    “We have raised $8,330 as of tonight,” said Camp Winnebago Friendship Wagon Train wagon driver and co-organizer Monica Davis, standing among the wagons and horse trailers parked at Mill Creek Park last Monday evening as the wagon train made a stop in Chatfield. 

  •   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.  

    “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.

  • Knee high by the Fourth of July…You bet!!

    The old saying, “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” hasn’t pertained to the stands of corn in southeast Minnesota for many years. During most of our recent growing seasons, the maxim is more like “head high by the Fourth of July.”

  • Friends of the Root River seeking more  volunteers to protect, enhance watershed

    A new volunteer group — Friends of the Root River — is looking to involve people from throughout the river’s large watershed area in aspects of its preservation, education and enhancement, according to Bill Sullivan of Pilot Mound Township, rural Chatfield, one of the planners with the group.


    The Fillmore County commissioners convened at the courthouse for the 2015 board of appeals and equalization meeting last Tuesday evening.


    Highway department business dominated discussion during the Tuesday, June 23, Fillmore County board meeting as highway engineer Ronald Gregg recommended the board postpone awarding the bid for a Preble Township bridge replacement project. Gregg said the amounts of the two bids he received were so very different he felt that it would be best to ascertain whether they were comparable since Alcon Construction Co. bid $224,023 and Minnowa Construction bid $683,979 for the replacement of box culverts. Gregg’s engineer’s estimate stood at $172,719.

  • On Sunday, June 28, the Rushford Municipal Airport will be a flurry of activity, as the third annual southeast Minnesota Jumps for Hope skydiving event will take place. More than three-dozen persons have signed up to jump out of a plane at over 10,000 feet for a breath-taking tandem skydiving experience. The first jumps will take place around 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

  • Sports, sportsmanship and coaching dominated the June Chatfield School Board meeting topics of discussion as athletic director Dan Schindler updated the board.

  • The Urban Easel is coming to Chatfield on Friday, June 26, for an evening of painting fun. The class will be held in the Library Community Room from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive a little early to gather supplies and get set up.

  • As summer calendars fill up with community celebrations and special events, one will not want to miss checking out Fountain's Trail Days on Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28.

  • Yo-yo expert ‘dazzles’ young readers

    “If you can throw a sleeper and get it back up every time, then you’re doing a yo-yo trick,” said Guinness Book of World Records yo-yo champion and national yo-yo master “Dazzling Dave” Schulte. He’s one of 13 in the world and one of 10 in the Midwest who have the guts, the brain and the coordination to throw a “sleeper,” or rolling, stationary yo-yo trick, in front of all those little kids. 

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