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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Plans have been announced for a service celebrating the life of former Rochester Mayor Chuck Hazama.

Hazama died in late November of last year but his family decided to wait until this summer to hold a memorial service. According to the Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes website, the Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 18 at the Congregational Church UCC on Skyline Drive Southwest beginning at 11 AM. A visitation will take place at the church on Friday, June 17 from 4 PM until 7 PM.

Credit: Brent Ackerman
Credit: Brent Ackerman
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Hazana was elected as the Mayor of Rochester in 1979 and served in the position through 1995. He helped lead the effort to secure funding for Rochester's flood control project after the city was devastated by record flooding in 1978. His first decade in office saw a major revitalization of downtown Rochester and Hazama's launch of the annual Rochesterfest celebration.

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Rochester, Minnesota Athletes Need a Miracle for Their Field!

The Miracle Field in Rochester, Minnesota needs a miracle!

Back in 2006, Miracle Field was constructed to allow all abilities the opportunity to get on the field to enjoy a game of baseball rather than just cheering from the sidelines. The field is a barrier-free, handicapped-accessible baseball field that is enjoyed by many but unfortunately, the field is no longer safe and needs to be restored.

The cost to restore Miracle Field is $200,000 and thankfully, over $90,000 has already been donated.

With the communities help, the goal of $200,000 will be met, and "Play Ball" will once again be cheered in June 2022.

To Donate - Click on the link below to support our athletes with disabilities. This is an easy, safe, and secure way to make tax-deductible donations.