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Beach Party in Waconia on Sunday.
Enjoy a beach party from noon to 4 p.m., for Sunday, July 23 at Lake Waconia Regional Park Beach. This is a free event, but vehicles entering the park will be required to have either a $5 daily or $24 annual permit for entrance into the park. Lake Waconia Regional Park is located just east of the city of Waconia at 8170 Paradise Lane. Planned activities for the day include * Parent/child games and activities * Safari Greg plays beach music and...
Fundraiser in City Square Park
Tony Scherer knows plenty about electronics and how systems work. He knows more about the cancer in his body than he ever wanted. The Belle Plaine man and his family will soon learn about the generosity of others thanks to a benefit slated for July 23-24 and 30-31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both weekends. It will be held at City Square Park, between East Third and East Fourth streets, in Chaska. Von Hanson’s Meats will be selling bratwurst, grilling t...
New morgue needed? County part of co-op facing big decision
by Shannon Fiecke
Medical Examiner Dr. Lindsey Thomas would like to retire in eight years, and she wants to leave area counties in good hands. But Thomas knows forensic pathologists are hard to come by. It may be impossible to hire a lead ex-aminer for the eight south-central Minnesota counties she serves unless the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office gets a new facility before she retires. Thomas shares the basement of Regina Medical Center in Hasting...
Shutdown helps attendance at local parks
by Forrest Adams
A Three Rivers Park District e-news release last week exploited the bitter pill that many people have been forced to swallow this month by asking the following question: “Did the state government shut down your camping plans?” What was a disappointment for campers with reservations at one of Minnesota’s 66 state parks turned out to be a boon for local parks. But many campers, who would have left the area for a state park, seem to have turned i...
Timber! Trees removed for street reconstruction
by Mollee Francisco
Contractors began removing trees in the Spruce/Locust/West Third neighborhood Friday morning as part of the 2011 street reconstruction project. More than a dozen trees - mostly front yard trees - will be removed to make way for the new street and new utilities. Utility replacement is scheduled to begin next week. The whole street reconstruction project will continue through October. The Spruce/Locust/West Third project is the first of a compre...
Pedal power: Local duo is biking the country
by Mollee Francisco
What do you do when you’ve lost your job, your home and your girlfriend? You hop on a bicycle and set off on a 10,000 mile ride, of course. At least that’s what you do if you’re Shane Carlson. Carlson, 30, of Chaska, and Victoria’s Luke Earley, 26, are more than a quarter of the way through an “epic” journey that will take them on a wild figure-eight ride across America and into Canada and Mexico. Neither is an avid biker or a huge planner, bu...
Jumping on the bandwidthwagon
by Mollee Francisco
In this era of online shopping and GPS, Google alerts and Kindles, it seems there is little that technology can’t do for us. But when it comes to communication, a human component is still critical and that’s where cities, counties and school districts suffer. While most see the benefits of having websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, few have the budgets to hire staff to manage them. Chaska is no stranger to that conundrum. “The deman...
Council gets first look at 2012 budget issues
by Mollee Francisco
The Chaska City Council took its first look at 2012 budget issues during a work session Monday night. Another year of depressed home market values will contribute to a $400,000-plus deficit the city will have to overcome for 2012. The average home has lost 4.5 percent of its value for taxes payable in 2012. Last year, Chaska faced a $650,000 gap which it remedied through a mixture of raising the city’s tax rate and deferring equipment purchase...
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The secret gardens
by Mollee Francisco
From the street, Jim and Char Sutter’s yard looks like a prototypical suburban yard. Flowers and shrubs dot the landscape. A pair of yellow finches fights over a perch at one of several bird feeders. An American flag flies proudly over a miniature cannon complete with miniature cannonballs. (Ok, maybe the cannon isn’t so commonplace). But a handmade “Welcome come and see” sign next to a lattice arch suggests there is much more to this yard tha...
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Zeppelin?
by Mollee Francisco
“Remember the Hindenburg,” my father said to me as I excitedly told him about the opportunity ahead of me. “This one is filled with non-flammable helium,” I explained. “Well it could still crash,” he responded in a classic dad moment. Exasperated with his lack of enthusiasm, I replied. “Sure, but least it will be awesome up until then.” And awesome it was. Wednesday morning, with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing, I arrived at Flying ...
Public notices from the July 21, 2011 Chaska Herald
Are you interested in reading the public notices published in the July 21, 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.
11 in a row
The Chaska Cubs have won 11 games in a row. They take that streak into tonight's clash with Savage. Get the scoop on .
Your teenager can finally take that driving test
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) will offer most services beginning Thursday. Technicians spent most of the day Wednesday restoring computer systems necessary for processing driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, according to a DPS press release. All people with a road test scheduled for July 21 and beyond will be able to take their test at the scheduled time. Anyone who had a test sche...
Into the wild
by Mollee Francisco
In 2008, neighbors Sean Bloomfield and Colton Witte graduated from Chaska High School early to take off on a 2,200-mile canoe trip starting in Chaska and ending at York Factory on the shores of Hudson Bay. When the arrived back in Chaska after their 49-day adventure, the two couldn’t help but think ahead to what they could do to next. Three years later, they’re ready to challenge themselves again- both physically and mentally – by spending a m...
Feeling hot, hot hot
by Mollee Francisco
Just how unusual is this steamy weather we've been experiencing? We asked local weather observer Greg Boe about how this string of hot days measures up historically: "Strings of 90+ degree days such as this do not happen every year, but we have had a few occurrences over the last 10 years. "In July of 2005, for example, we saw five consecutive days (and 12 out of 15) with 90+ for a high temperature. "In July/August of 2006, we had a streak of ...
Heat wave: Chaska electricity use at all-time high
by Mark Olson
“Usage is up, way up. Our system peak demand set an all-time high of almost 71,000 kilowatts (kW) on Monday afternoon at about 4 p.m.,” reports Chaska Electrical Director Dan Geiger. “We may exceed that number on Tuesday or Wednesday also.” For the city’s municipal electric department, it’s been a record-breaking summer, with two previous peak demands on June 7 and July 1 that broke a previous high of 66,600 kW from 2010. “So we are about 7 pe...
Minnesota Historical Society to reopen July 23
The Minnesota Historical Society , its museums, historic sites and library will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 23, following the state of Minnesota government shutdown, according to a society press release. All programs scheduled beginning Saturday will resume as initially planned. Hours of operation and special programs are outlined at This reopening schedule is contingent upon the passage of a budget bill by the legisla...
Obituary for Richard Anthony Mosley
Richard “Rick” Anthony Mosley, 42, of Carver, died Monday, July 18, 2011, suddenly at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. Second St., Chaska, with Father Doug Ebert celebrating. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 21, 4-8 p.m., with Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. Third St., Chaska, and also one hour prior to mass at the church....
The heat is on emergency crews
Ridgeview medical crews have already treated about six people for heat-related illnesses in the latest wave of hot temps. One of those treated included a young healthy male who was working on a roof on Monday. He developed heat exhaustion and came in by ambulance, reports Dr. David Larson , director of Emergency Medicine at Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Those working outside, as well as the young ...
Want to be in a parade?
The Chaska Area Jaycees is inviting parade entries for the Chaska River City Days Parade. The event is 1 p.m., Sunday, July 31 in downtown Chaska. The Jaycees are accepting parade applications for area businesses, clubs, bands, neighborhoods, antique/classic vehicles and other groups/individuals. For more info and application, visit
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