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Putting Chaska in a frame: Local artist paints local scenery
Nov 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
By Mark W. Olson It is Chaska’s most celebrated and reproduced landmark. Tens of thousands of commuters drive past it every day. Yet few know City Square Park like Richard Kochenash. The park has been the subject of many of his paintings. “The whole town park is such a beautiful gem,” said Kochenash, a Chaska resident and professional artist. He’s painted the gazebo with red, white and blue bunting the day after the Fourth of July. He’s painte...
Video: The Pride of Chaska returns
Nov 10, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
By Mollee Francisco  After more than six decades in Montana, the Pride of Chaska is finally home. The city’s first motorized pumper received a warm welcome last Thursday morning as it went on display at the Chaska Fire Station. Dozens of current and retired members of the Chaska Fire Department were on hand to see the 18-foot trailer carrying the pumper make its way into town. Several of the department’s current fire engines met the trailer at...
Slideshow: Chaska High School Homecoming Parade 2010
Sep 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
After a gloomy morning, the sun came out just in time for the Chaska High School Homecoming Parade last Friday afternoon. The parade, which wound its way from the government center to City Square Park downtown, featured a number of floats carrying the Hawks football team and members of the Homecoming court as well as school organizations, local politicians and even Hawks Hall of Fame inductees. See images from the parade in the video below. Ho...
Slideshow: AngelFest 2010
Sep 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Guardian Angels' annual AngelFest celebration took place on Saturday, Sept. 25. Here are a selection of images from the event, including the World's Shortest Parade.
‘Fit for a king’: St. John’s Lutheran Church holds decades of history and faith
Sep 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
By Mark W. Olson Grapevines, a praying angel, the hand of God. There are many details to absorb at St. John’s Lutheran Church – before even entering the front door. St. John’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, with special events throughout the year, culminating with a Nov. 14 commemoration. The historic Chaska church, at the corner of Fourth and Oak streets, has been with the parish through most of its rich history. “We’re stand...
Wacipi fills Chaska park with traditional song and dance
Aug 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
By Mark W. Olson The sounds of drums, singing and jingle dresses filled McKnight Park during Saturday’s “Chaske Cikala Wacipi” or Little Dance in Chaska. The dance (commonly known as a pow wow) presented a wide variety of North American and Mexican Indian cultures. There were 63 dancers, including 20 Mexica (Aztec) dancers. “I’m really pleased with the way things turned out,” said Chaska resident Walt Ripplinger, organizer of the event. The wa...
Slideshow: National Night Out 2010
Aug 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Residents across the city gathered at more than 35 parties Tuesday to celebrate National Night Out. The event is designed to increase awareness for crime prevention in community neighborhoods. Greg Swan organized his first National Night Out party at Hickory Park for residents in downtown Chaska. He was pleased with the turnout. “It’s been great,” said Swan. Kids created sidewalk chalk art and played on the playground equipment while the adult...
Slideshow: River City Days 2010
Jul 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
For three gorgeous summer days, locals packed downtown Chaska and City Square Park to celebrate River City Days. Here are a selection of images from the event. All of these images and more are available for purchase at chaskaherald.smugmug.com.
Slideshow: Faces of River City Days 2010
Jul 29, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chaska Herald once again sponsored “Faces of River City Days.” On Friday and Saturday, for a $2 donation to the Chaska Historical Society, passerby could get their photo in the Chaska Herald. We ended up taking 28 photographs and raised $60 for the society. (A couple people gave us $2 to stay out of the newspaper.) So thanks to all who participated, and see you next year at our River City Days booth. Or stop by the Herald office at 123 Sec...
Slideshow: 2010 Chaska Area Taste
May 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The 25th annual Chaska Area Taste took place Wednesday, May 19. Here are a few photos from the event. These photos are also available for purchase at chaskaherald.smugmug.com.
Slideshow: Saint Paul Saints visit Athletic Park
May 11, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The Saint Paul Saints played an exhibition game on Saturday, May 8 against the River Valley All-Stars at Athletic Park in downtown Chaska. The Saints won 7-3. Besides baseball players, the Saints brought variety of games and entertainment, ranging from singing cowboys to a nun giving massages. Approximately 1,000 fans attended the game.
Biking for charity: Carver Fun Run 2010
May 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Carver’s main drag, Broadway Street, was packed with 320 bikes during the 13th annual Carver Fun Run last Saturday afternoon. The fundraiser starts every year in Carver, with Sammy’s Hideout and Harvey’s Bar and Grill as headquarters, according to an e-mail from the committee. The ride is a little over 100 miles long. Afterward, bikers return to Carver, where there is a dinner (225 were fed this year). The event raises money for the Camp Needl...
We have a winner!
Apr 14, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Editor Mark W. Olson reveals the winner of the Herald's Kill the Messenger contest to guess when Highway 41 would reopen to traffic after floodwaters forced its closure on March 19.
Slideshow: Eggs-ellent!
Apr 07, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Under sunny skies, hundreds of kids of all ages descended on City Square Park last Saturday for the 58th Annual Chaska American Legion Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt. The weather was cool, but that didn’t seem to slow down the anxious egg gatherers. With Easter baskets in tow they scoured the park for pastel colored eggs filled with sweet treats. A few lucky kids turned up golden eggs, entitling them to a special basket full of goodies. The egg hun...
Video: Minnesota River floodwaters at Carver
Mar 22, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Included in this video are March 21 interviews with flood watcher John Viszlay at County Road 45; Carver Mayor Jim Weygand; and Assistant Carver Fire Chief Scott Haas.
Video: Just dance! Local dance studio offers adaptive dance
Mar 19, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
For Sophie White, Saturdays are truly something to look forward to. The pint-sized pixie wakes up early to pull together her ensemble for the day – a black leotard, pink skirt, leggings and a pair of black ballet shoes. With her short dark hair pulled back into a barrette, Sophie is anxious to leave her Chaska home and head to dance class. But this isn’t any old dance class she’s off to. Sophie’s dance class is for children with special needs....
Video: Minnesota River on the rise
Mar 18, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Minnesota River's storied rise in pictures and video. Includes several photos from local residents. Send your high water shots to mfrancisco@swpub.com .  
Slideshow: See local remodeling befores and afters
Mar 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Unsie Zuege The Matsons of Chanhassen worked with Destiny Homes of Chanhassen to remodel their kitchen. The challenge of their six-sided home made the remodel challenging but they love the results. A point of local trivia--their home was once owned by Kevin Sorbo who starred in the popular 1990s TV series "Hercules." Click here to see more home remodeling before and after photos.
A catch worth carping about
Mar 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
By Forrest Adams For the second consecutive year, more than 2,000 common carp have been removed from Lake Riley in Chanhassen/Eden Prairie by University of Minnesota researchers and commercial fishermen. The researchers are developing a carp management plan by researching carp populations in several area lakes. Commercial fishermen working with the university try to sell the carp for a profit. This was the university’s second effort in less th...
Video: Brick mason explains Guardian Angels restoration work
Feb 11, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Brick mason Patrick Sieben recently began a project to restore up to 225,000 brick on Guardian Angels Catholic church, it's adjoining friary, and garden walls. In this video, Sieben explains his work. To read a story about Sieben, click here . To read about the church's preservation efforts, click here .
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