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Rick Bell is retiring from the Chatfield fire department after 25 years of service.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Rick Bell is retiring from the Chatfield fire department after 25 years of service.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:31 PM

Rick Bell can thank his dad for the flaming end.

“My father was on the fire department in my hometown, Cold Spring, near St. Cloud, for 27 years, and I think I inherited the trait from my dad…going into burning buildings. I think I followed in my dad’s footsteps,” stated the retiring Chatfield firefighter. He will mark the end of his career with the local department after 25 years.

  • Retiring firefighter honored to have served community

    Rick Bell can thank his dad for the flaming end.

    “My father was on the fire department in my hometown, Cold Spring, near St. Cloud, for 27 years, and I think I inherited the trait from my dad…going into burning buildings. I think I followed in my dad’s footsteps,” stated the retiring Chatfield firefighter. He will mark the end of his career with the local department after 25 years.

  • State fair dairy show to feature three Hopp entries from Chatfield

    Eli Hopp’s got the state fair blues.

    “I got all blues and a grand champion in exploring animals,” said the Root River Rabbits 4-Her.

    Eli, the son of Doug and Heather Hopp of rural Chatfield, is excited for his first time taking an animal to show at the Minnesota State Fair.

  • Chatfield siblings see fair experiences as ways to improve, learn

    Payton, Cody and Colton Guenther have definitely gotten their own goats…and a pig.

    “I’ve got a goat, a dry yearling born last year,” stated Root River Rabbits 4-H Club member Payton, speaking of the animal he’s taking to the Minnesota State Fair this month after showing well at the Fillmore County Fair.

  • Harry Kerr advocates for safe boxing.

    “When you put your clothing in the collection box at the grocery store, it’s safer,” said Kerr, commander of southeast Minnesota’s Chapter 28 of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota (DAV), speaking of the clothing and household goods donation box placed in the parking lot at Sunshine Foods here in Chatfield.

    He explained that the box, meant for the deposit of unwanted clothing and household items, is a means by which the DAV gathers items to sell in order to garner revenue for disabled veterans.

  • Chatfield’s City Council hopes the next few months go quite swimmingly after its members voted last Monday evening, Aug. 14, to propose a referendum for a new municipal swimming pool this November.

    Julie Henry, a co-chair of the Chatfield swimming pool committee, presented survey results for a community and rural pool survey that was conducted last month. She shared that there was great support — both city and rural, as well as across age groups and household types — for the replacement of the existing municipal swimming pool.

  • Chatfield's neighborhood kids from long ago gather for reunion
    Chatfield grownup and American kid Brian Baum, son of Molly and Sue Baum, was remembering his neighborhood friends he had when he was in school, back in the era of big glasses, tube socks, Star Wars, Firebirds and “Mork & Mindy.” Those memories inspired him and fellow Chatfield alum Dale Rolfson to organize a neighborhood get-together during the first weekend in August.
  • Fillmore County’s commissioners met for the board’s third meeting of the month, carrying out some housekeeping and budgeting business.    

    First, highway engineer Ron Gregg and highway and airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the commissioners to highlight the bids for County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 1, currently under construction and in need of reconstruction after this phase is completed. 

    Mathiowetz Construction was given the project for which the engineer’s estimate was approximately $1,406,500.

  • Savanna Spring Nature Center site of  ‘prairie walk’

    “How can you tell a dogwood?” asked Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) member Tim Gossman, leading a gathering of approximately 25 people through Savanna Spring Nature Center in Chatfield. 

    He answered his own question by saying, “By its bark.”

  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. 

    Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

  • At the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Fountain City Council received a resignation letter from Police Chief Tom Mosher, specifying his last day in late September. While thanking him for his many years of service, the council approved his resignation.

    As it has been researching over the past several months, the council discussed again about police services after Mosher’s resignation.

    Mayor Richard Kujath spoke with Sheriff Tom Kaase, who expressed the desire to talk once more with the council regarding a contract. At the same time, the council is interested in discussing the services with Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz. It would also like to see final numbers and contracts for the services.

  • Chatfield youth looking forward to the fun state fair participation brings

    Jacob Fenske has quite the pig.

    “I took pigs, sheep and turkeys…we’ve been taking chickens forever, pigs for probably 10 years now, and sheep, we just started doing those two years ago. But my pig got a blue this year. I like showing pigs the most,” said Root River Rabbits 4-Her Fenske.

    He also said he is looking forward to his trip to the Minnesota State Fair at the end of this month to show his prize-winning Yorkshire pig, the one he’s worked to ready for the show ring since he got it in April and which earned him some top honors at the Fillmore County Fair in July.

  • Fire Department honors former member with bell renovations

    Brought to you by your local fire department: Low-maintenance ringing.

    “The bell is still in good condition, but the display just needed some updating – the bell display hasn’t been really touched since it was erected in 1973,” explained Chatfield Fire Chief Ryan Priebe.

    Priebe said the Chatfield Fire Department’s original fire bell, which was used to call firemen to action in decades past, has since been retired to the front lawn between the Chatfield Public Library and the fire hall on Main Street in downtown Chatfield, where it has stood and weathered as the invention of pagers passed it by.



  • Enjoy free chamber music concerts on Sundays in August

    Get thee to the chamber and tune up thine ears!

    (But stop wigging out.)

    “When we think of chamber music, we may picture wig-wearing stiffs in frilly formal dress in an ornate concert hall or English parlor, but what most don’t realize is that the concept of chamber music originated from music composed for the home to be performed by small ensembles of instrumentalists. Because of its intimate nature, it has been described as ‘the music of friends’,” stated Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) co-director Jenni Petersen-Brant, anticipating the upcoming CCA Chamber Music Series, slated for three Sundays in August.

  • New photography business has 'eye in the sky'

    Alli Hanson is the eye in the sky, happily droning on and on while in flight.

    It’s given her some unusual perspective.

    “My favorite part about sending my drone up is seeing everything from a new perspective,” she said. “I love to look at things in different ways, and this had just helped me to view the world from a different perspective and seeing all the beauty this earth has to offer.”

    Hanson has diverged from her original plan of going into an aviation field into pursuing one that involves flying a drone to capture videos and photography. It is all part of her new business, Eye in the Sky, which she officially founded this past January.

  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

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