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Oooh, ahhh, orchids
Feb 05, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It started innocently enough. Jerry Fischer, working his way through school with a part-time job at Bachman’s, began bringing home orchids. “He started collecting them and growing them in a windowsill,” related son Jason Fischer. But before long, the windowsill wasn’t nearly big enough. “He had amassed a huge collection,” said Jason. Like many fans of the orchid, Jason’s father had become obsessed. “There’s something very unique about them,” e...
Video: Chaska Fire Department fishing contest
Jan 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Here's some video from Saturday's ice fishing contest. Enjoy!  
Slideshow: Chaska Fire Department Fishing Contest 2009
Jan 29, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Eyes watered, noses dripped and skin lost its feeling, but despite freezing temperatures, the masses flocked to Firemen’s Lake Saturday to take part in the Chaska Fire Department’s annual fishing contest. The turnout wasn’t nearly as large as 2008, when mild temps made for a comfortable experience, but the diehards were there for their chance at catching the big one. Mayor Gary Van Eyll said they estimated a crowd of 1,500 in attendance. The b...
Video: Chaska trout opener draws a hardy crowd
Jan 15, 2009 | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite the below-zero temps, fishing enthusiasts flocked to Courthouse Lake in Chaska for the winter opener of the trout season on Thursday. The lake, which sits behind the Carver County Government Center on Beech Street, is one of the few trout fishing lakes in the area. Some of those who braved the temps said that the winter opener sometimes draws a "carnival" atmosphere of 300 to 500 fishers from throughout the metro area. Their ice houses...
Holiday greetings from Chaska native in Iraq
Dec 26, 2008 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Chaska native Rick Heiland, command master chief with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 47, the Navy Seabees, sends a Christmas greetings to his Minnesota friends and family from Al Asad, Iraq.
Slideshow: St. Lucia visits East Union
Dec 26, 2008 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
East Union Lutheran Church held its Sakta Lucia (St. Lucia) program on Dec. 14, the third Sunday in Advent. St. Lucia was a martyred Christian from Sicily, whose story is important in Scandinavian cultures. St. Lucia symbolizes light, and is represented by a girl wearing a crown of candles. Carolyn Spargo, one of the St. Lucia program coordinators, recently described how the event is celebrated in Sweden. “At home, the oldest daughter will ris...
Slideshow: Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession
Dec 24, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Guardian Angels Catholic Church held its annual Our Lady of Guadalupe procession Sunday morning, Dec. 14. The event commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to an Indian, Juan Diego, near Mexico City in December 1531. Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day is traditionally observed on Dec. 12. Our Lady of Guadalupe has been celebrated with an annual procession at Guardian Angels Catholic Church since 1999. A traditional Aztec dance group from t...
Slideshow: Home for the Holidays
Dec 24, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It was clear something was happening at Adrian and Georgiana Arlt’s Chaska home on a recent Saturday morning.   Parked cars filled both sides of the streets. Sounds of laughter and merriment inside escaped to the unseasonably warm air outside. And then there was the faint smell of sugar wafting throughout downtown Chaska. The annual family Christmas cookie-baking extravaganza was in full force.   A full day of cookie baking has been a traditio...
Video: Legislative candidates make their pitch
Oct 31, 2008 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Local legislative candidates Evan Rapp (DFL-34B), Joe Hoppe (Republican-34B), Marcia Krueger (DFL-34A), and Paul Kohls (Republican-34A) state why they think they should be elected at a recent candidate forum sponsored by CASE in Minnetonka School District. To see written Q & As from the candidates, click on the links below: Evan Rapp: http://www.southwestelections.com/election-news/minnesota-house-district-34b/evan-rapp-qampa-124 Joe Hoppe: ht...
Slideshow: Guardian Angels Rake-A-Thon 2008
Oct 30, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Students from Guardian Angels Catholic School held their annual Rake-A-Thon last Friday morning.   Donning coats, and sporting rakes of all shapes and sizes, the students fanned out across downtown Chaska to rake leaves and raise money for their school.   According to Guardian Angels Principal Nancy Ronhovde, the students exceeded their goal of $50,000 by $5.75. “That was accomplished by our No. 1 cheerleader Father Paul [Jarvis] sending some ...
Video: Chaska City Council candidates discuss downtown safety
Oct 15, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
See how the candidates addressed downtown safety in a debate sponsored by the Eastern Carver County League of Women Voters on Oct. 9.
Video: Chaska City Council candidates discuss new SWCHS project
Oct 15, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
See how the candidates for Chaska City Council responded to the recent approval to build a new Southwest Christian High School.
Video: Chaska City Council candidates discuss eminent domain
Oct 15, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
See how the candidates' reponsed on the issue of eminent domain at the Oct. 9 debate sponsored by the Eastern Carver County League of Women Voters.
Slideshow: Chaska Homecoming Parade 2008
Oct 08, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Video: Audree Sells, quilter and co-founder of the Chaska Area Quilt Club
Sep 26, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Area quilters describe their first quilts
Sep 25, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Sights & sounds of the Scott Carver Threshers festival
Aug 04, 2008 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Scott Carver Threshers festival took place last weekend in St. Lawrence Township. Here are some videos of just a few of the sights and sounds from the event:                  
Video: New Highway 212 grand opening celebration
Jul 01, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The grand opening celebration for the final segment of new Highway 212, connecting Eden Prairie to Carver, was held Tuesday afternoon. The roadway will open to drivers on July 14.  
Seeking uniformity? CHS gives out old band outfits
Jun 26, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Mimicking Michael Jackson’s fashion sense? Trying to re-enact the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album cover? Or maybe you’re just pining for the good old days, marching along with the Chaska High School band. Now’s your chance to get a piece of history – circa 1978. That was when the school district purchased 150 purple band uniforms, all emblazed with “Chaska.” Most of the uniforms would remain the district’s closet until last year, when a new set of unifo...
Video: Chaska Area Taste 2008
May 28, 2008 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The sights and sounds of the Chaska Area Taste 2008 held in City Square Park on May 21.  
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