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2011 River City Days calendar of events
River City Days, July 29-31 will be held rain or shine. The bulk of the activities are happening in City Square Park, in the middle of downtown Chaska (off of Highway 41). All entertainment events are free. No pets, bicycles orskateboards are allowed in City Square Park during activities. Here are the 2001 River City Days activities. For more on these events, visit the Chaska River City Days website . Friday, July 29 9 a.m.-8 p.m.: Friends of ...
New Chaska history exhibit is disaster
by Mark Olson
The new Chaska Historical Society exhibit is “Dealing with Disasters: Chaska’s response to Challenges.” The exhibit will debut during River City Days at the Chaska History Center (just a stone’s throw away from City Square Park). The exhibit showcases photos of Chaska’s past Minnesota River flood disasters. “We have all these photos of the flood and haven’t really done anything with them,” said Lisa Oberski, historical society volunteer. Other...
Feather hair extensions at River City Days benefit cancer treatment in Equador
by Mark Olson
For many nonprofit volunteers, River City Days is a way to advertise their organization and earn some operating money. One of the new groups in City Square Park is The Rolando Ochoa Fund for Latino Children with Cancer. “We provide children with cancer in Ecuador with basic services such as treatment, medicines, blood transfusions, underwear, shoes, toys, crafts and other supplies,” reports organizer Maria Ochoa, who created the fund in honor ...
Meet ‘crafters of the word’ at River City Days
“You can’t sign a kindle! Twitters can’t speak!” notes local writer Laurel Means, with the Local Writers Group. The Local Writers Group has organized its first booth at River City Days. Writers will also be giving presentations across the street at the Moravian Church. “You’ll be amazed at their wide range of topics – from mystery to fiction – to memoires – to journalism,” said Means, who invites the public to browse their books and listen to ...
Teens rock out at River City Days
by Mark Olson
The next “Boston Pops”? The next “Rolling Stones”? The next “Stomp”? The next “Trampled by Turtles”? You just might be seeing the next “(fill in the blank)” at River City Days. For the fourth year, middle school students will be performing a variety of music at the show, under the direction of Eric Songer, a Middle School West teacher, who instructs these groups through community education. The groups range from bluegrass to jazz to rock to pe...
Legislators share viewpoints on 2011 marathon
by Forrest Adams
The state government is back at work, and the historic government shutdown ended after 20 days. Arguably, neither Republican legislators nor the Democratic governor got exactly what they wanted out of the shutdown, and both sides remain at odds over the 2012-13 budgets that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law. From neither side of the political aisle was there chest thumping or shouts of triumph over a victory. This year's Legislature was histori...
The Gulden ticket
by Unsie Zuege
When Thaddeus Gulden showed up to audition for the role of Willy Wonka in Chaska Valley Family Theatre’s summer musical “Willy Wonka,” Director Kelly Jeremiason knew Gulden had the look for the eccentric, wacky and mercurial candy impresario. Gulden’s naturally reddish orange hair, long, skinny frame and a mobile face that could be charming and sincere, and in an instant, creepy and sinister. Putting on a summer community theater production ca...
Chaska teens get "toasted"
by Mollee Francisco
Dried bread and toasters may be subject matter better suited for breakfast than theater, but for Andrew Brady and Robbie Lyman, the seemingly random items provide the perfect backdrop for a classic detective spoof. “We tried to think what is the most ridiculous crime one could commit,” explained Brady. They settled on a crime of toaster theft. Brady and Lyman – both freshly graduated from Chaska High School – are the writers/directors of “Toas...
Disorderly conduct charge dropped against middle school teacher
by Mark Olson
The disorderly conduct charge has been dropped against Chaska Middle School East teacher John Saindon. Saindon’s attorney Sarah MacGillis said Saindon looks forward to returning to coaching and teaching this fall. Saindon, a Victoria resident who has taught in the district for 18 years, had been accused of grabbing a sixth-grader’s arm at the school after the student misbehaved in gym class. The student “sustained a reddish bruise/mark” on his...
Public notices from the July 28, 2011 Chaska Herald
Are you interested in reading the public notices published in the July 28, 2011 print edition of the Chaska Herald newspaper? The page or pages on which those notices were printed are attached to this item, in the form of .pdf’s that can be opened with Adobe Acrobat.
National Night Out is Aug. 2
National Night Out is 5-10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2. “Neighborhoods throughout Chaska are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 28th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event," states the latest Chaska Police newsletter. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by Chaska Police Department, the newsletter stated. The event is designed ...
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Mourners put flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial outside of Domkirken church in Oslo.
'Our hearts go out to the people of Norway'
Local groups, including the Scandia Sons of Norway lodge, which meets in Waconia, and the Nordic Heritage Club, which meets in Victoria, have responded to the tragedy in Norway. Ross Hanson, with the Scandia lodge, has a daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in Oslo (the Domkirken church photos attached with this story are from them). Here is Hanson's statement: "We formed the Scandia Sons of Norway lodge because we, as Norwegian-Americans, f...
Carver County Environmental Center closed Wednesday
Due to unforeseen issues with construction at the Environmental Center, the facility will be closed on Wednesday, July 27. Staff are working to resolve the issues and are hopeful to open the Environmental Center by Thursday, July 28. The center's website will be updated with any new information. For questions, please contact Environmental Services at (952)361-1800.
Southwest Christian closes on Bavaria Road site
by Mollee Francisco
Southwest Christian High School has closed on the 29-acre site it has been eyeing for a new school. The purchase of the parcel at the southeast corner of Highway 212 and Bavaria Road was finalized on Friday, July 22. Grading has already begun on the south end of the site. Southwest Christian has been temporarily housed in the old Nordic Track facility on Peavey Road in Chaska's industrial park for more than a decade. The school currently serve...
Obituary for Jerome Anthony Kelzer
Jerome Kelzer, 87, of Chaska, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, July 29, 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. Second St. Visitation is Thursday, July 28 from 4-8 p.m., with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. Third St., and also one hour prior to the service at church. Father Al Backmann is the Celebrant. Casket bearers are Wade Neutgens, Trent Neutgens, Ryan ...
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The rose vigil for victims the shooting and bombing in Norway attracted over 150,000 people. (Photo by Kristina Kelly)
Minnesotan in Norway: 'Biggest tragedy since WWII'
“I have never seen anything so powerful, strangers were hugging and crying in each others arms,” reports Kristina Kelly, a 2006 Chaska High School graduate, who is now living in Norway. Kelly is studying photography in Oslo and sent the Herald photos of a large rose vigil held July 26 in memory of the more than 70 people killed in bombing and shooting attacks. Anders Behring Breivik is accused of both July 22 attacks. Kelly reports: I was actu...
Obituary for Wilton O. Borgmann
Wilton Borgmann, 91, of Chaska, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 241 5th Ave. N., Hopkins, with the Rev. Randall A. Neal officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Casketbearers include Duncan Borgmann, David Unruh, Bob Brown, Jerome, Meyers, Samuel Meyers, and Nicholis Meyers. Burial will ...
Norwegian connections?
Are you a Carver County resident impacted by the massacre in Norway? Share your story with the Chaska Herald by calling (952) 345-6574 or e-mailing
Chaska Library adds curbside drop-off
The Carver County Library added a curbside book/materials return for Chaska Library users. The curbside return is located on an island in the city of Chaska parking lot (between Chestnut and Elm) on the west side of city hall. “The new curb-side book return was placed with the customer in mind,” stated Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, in a press release. “They can drop off their library material 24 hours a day seven days a week with...
Darren Kermes hired as interim head of educational co-op
by Kristin Holtz
The Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (CSEC) in Chaska will have a familiar face taking over as executive director. Darren Kermes, director of special education for the cooperative, was hired as interim director to replace retiring executive di-rector Randy Zitterkopf. Kermes, 45, of Lakeville, is also the executive director of the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC) in Jordan. “I’ve very excited to continue to wor...
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