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Sandy and Gerry Gathje, owners of HIllside Nursery, have been very busy recently, getting ready for the spring rush.  CHARLIE WARNER/CHATFIELD NEWS
Sandy and Gerry Gathje, owners of HIllside Nursery, have been very busy recently, getting ready for the spring rush. CHARLIE WARNER/CHATFIELD NEWS
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:20 AM

The “official” first day of spring arrived last Friday. Southeast Minnesota has enjoyed a week of temps in the 60s. The modest snowpack we had this year is gone and the frost is retreating from the ground. Farmers, gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are itching to get out and “dig in the dirt.”

  • Money to float the boats in case of flood or swift water rescues was the focus of Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase’s report during the Tuesday, March 24, Fillmore County commissioners’ meeting. Kaase and Chief Deputy Tony Webber presented the renewal of the 2015 State of Minnesota County Boat and Water Safety Grant agreement and also requested the purchase of emergency flotation devices from Fire Safety, USA, with funds from last year’s grant. 

     
  • Local artist creating poster for 2013 state wrestling championship team

    The local artist is nearing the completion of another poster honoring a Chatfield Gopher state champion team.

     
  • “Pep Club was trying to come up with a good fundraiser and thought that a ‘Teachers vs. Students’ basketball game would not only be successful but would be a fun event for students, teachers and the community,” said Chatfield High School (CHS) Spanish instructor and CHS Pep Club advisor Blake Jansen. He was referring to the basketball game this Friday night featuring the dribbling talents of CHS staff and students.

     
  • Local ‘know-it-alls’ advance to region Knowledge Bowl

    Keagan Clarke, Drew Hurley, Logan Little and Levi Roline just might be know-it-alls open to questioning. 

     
  • The Alzheimer’s Association is bringing its “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” workshop to Chatfield, which is sponsored by Help Our Neighbors (HON). HON volunteer Bev Simpson is encouraging area seniors to put Tuesday, April 14, on the calendar so that very important date might help someone who may someday be losing memories by the moment.

     
  • Local ‘historians’ are off to state competition

    They’re heading to state: A pioneer, White Castle and a guy named Floyd.

     
  • “We’ve decided to hold our Easter fair and egg gathering indoors at the high school cafeteria and gym this year. Last year we held the egg hunt in City Park at the bandshell, and the weather got bad. It started to rain, the sky was kind of gray-black, and the kids didn’t get to gather many eggs or see the Easter bunny,” said Chatfield Commercial Club member Paula Bessingpas. “But this year we’re having it indoors at the high school, so it can’t rain on our egg hunt!

     
  • Spring planting is already  here for the Hillside Nursery

    The “official” first day of spring arrived last Friday. Southeast Minnesota has enjoyed a week of temps in the 60s. The modest snowpack we had this year is gone and the frost is retreating from the ground. Farmers, gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are itching to get out and “dig in the dirt.”

     
  • Three candidates — Michael Holzer of Wykoff, Mitch Lentz of rural Spring Valley, and Karen Reisner of rural Chatfield — are seeking the position of Fillmore County commissioner in District 1.

     
  • Author James Rains to speak about new book March 20 at library
    “I’ve always been a fan of horror movies and books that included elements of science, bio-medical, horror, and isolation.  Also, I’ve always been a fan of books and movies that are either apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic,” said Rochester author James Rains, anticipating his upcoming appearance at the Chatfield Public Library to speak about his newly-released book, “Afognak,” this Friday, March 20. 
  • The Chatfield Public School District has been in the process of doing some serious strategic planning for its future. This planning, according to Chatfield Superintendent Ed Harris, will quite possibly set the school district’s course for the next several years.

     
  • Chatfield Ambulance director Sue Kester approached Chatfield’s city council with a proposal for new defibrillators to be placed in the city’s ambulances, as the units currently in use need to be replaced.  Kester related, “I met with the public services committee, and we need to upgrade.  The ones we have were purchased in 2003, and they’ve served very well.”

     
  • Tutoring math students is rewarding  endeavor for AmeriCorps volunteer

    “I wanted to study frogs when I was in elementary school, then I wanted to work in international business. I also thought of potentially becoming a lawyer. I’m going to look around for a few jobs I can use my bachelor’s with, but if it takes a while I may look into further education such as law or grad school,” said Canales, who is currently Chatfield Elementary School’s Math Corps volunteer math tutor. He’s assisting students in fourth through sixth grade in mastering mathematics.

     
  • The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, according to contest literature, “is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg machine.”

     
  • Local woman translates more than 500 century-old Norwegian letters to English

    Elaine Lee of Chatfield has been reliving a family’s past. During the past six years Lee has translated more than 500 letters written in Norwegian by Mrs. C.A. Naeseth of Decorah, Iowa, to her son William, who lived in Rochester. The first letters were penned in the late 1890s. Some 500 letters later, Lee has worked her way to 1921, and there’s more letters waiting to be translated.

     
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Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota will be the home of a new Major League Soccer team. The owners also announced they want to build a new open-air stadium for the team. Do you think it should be funded through public subsidies or privately funded?



 

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