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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
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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.

  • 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.

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

     
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    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. 

     
  • B’s Honey is one sweet treat

    “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.

     
  • State Scenic Byway Commission visits with  representatives of Historic Bluff Country

    The State Scenic Byway Commission met with many residents of southeastern Minnesota in Lanesboro on Thursday, June 18, to discuss keeping Highway 16 as a national scenic byway.

     
  • “This tournament is meant to be a fun activity and to bring recognition to the Trail Days celebration and the Fountain community,” stated Emily Koster, who, along with Ryan Aasum, is organizing a three-on-three basketball tournament during this weekend’s Fountain Trail Days. “We wanted a fun activity for all age groups, especially for the younger crowd, to have fun and participate in events that Trail Days has to offer, and this is a fun, active activity to get outside and compete with friends in a laid-back atmosphere.”

     
  • Trail Days committee promises ‘good,  clean fun’ on Saturday night in Fountain

    “Scott Novotny is sponsored by The First State Bank of Fountain and Root River State Bank,” stated First State Bank employee and Fountain Trail Days organizer Julie Gade. “The Fountain Trail Days Committee invites you to join in the fun of Trail Days on the evening of Saturday, June 27, at the community center for a live show by Scott Novotny.”

     
  • It’s ‘Back to the ‘80s’ for 30th annual  Relay for Life in Chatfield July 10-11

    “We’re ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Relay, ‘80s Style’,” stated Deb Jorgenson, Chatfield co-chair of the 2015 Fillmore County Relay for Life, set for July 10 and 11 in Chatfield’s City Park.  She and co-organizer Wendy Kirchner are excited about everything that’s happening during the 30th annual Fillmore County Relay because they can get out their hair gel, their Cyndi Lauper and Madonna tapes, bangle bracelets and earrings and hit the Relay track in their jelly shoes.  They’re girls who just wanna have fun…with their families.

     
  • On June 12, state lawmakers returned to St. Paul in order to approve spending provisions for K-12 education, environment and agriculture, and jobs and energy during a one-day special legislative session.

     
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