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Three District 112 schools closed to open enrollment
District 112 will close three schools to open enrollment for the 2012-13 school year. The District 112 school board unanimously approved an administration recommendation to close Clover Ridge, East Union and Victoria Elementary schools to open enrollment (as well as intra-district transferring) because all three schools are over their building capacity. School districts are allowed to close a school to open enrollment due to exceeding building...
Carver County's 'Cookbook Angel'
by Mollee Francisco
Cooks and aspiring cooks should have their library cards at the ready. A new collection of cookbooks is headed for the shelves of Carver County’s libraries. Chaska city councilor and local business owner Rick Ford recently donated his late wife Margaret Healey’s vast collection of cookbooks to the Carver County Library system. Library staff has been busy readying the books for the shelves ever since. “We’ve never had a donation like this,” sai...
School levy to increase 1.96 percent
by Chuck Friedbauer
The District 112 School Board has approved a 2012 levy that includes a 1.96 percent increase over the last levy. The 2012 levy totals $38,131,676.89, compared to the 2011 levy of $37,397,875.30 – an increase of $733,801.59. The most significant increase was $312,048 – due to a change in the district’s facility maintenance plans. The district switched from a practice of paying for alternative facilities projects on a year-by-year basis to the i...
Public notices from the December 15, 2011 Chaska Herald
Are you interested in reading the public notices published in the December 15, 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.
Should Carver County earmark dollars to fight zebra mussels?
by Richard Crawford
A discussion on whether Carver County should devote tax dollars to fighting the spread of zebra mussels has been continued to January. At a Dec. 13 County Board meeting, Bill Olson, who is the county’s representative on the Minnehaha Watershed District, said the district was prepared to pay a minimum of $15,000 to help with a stop-gap inspection program next year at Lake Minnewashta and potentially other lakes in Carver County. The county has ...
Obituary for Alma C. (Urbanski) Burling
Alma Burling, 87, of Chaska, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at St Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee. Memorial service was Thursday, Dec 15, 11 a.m. at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at church. The Rev. Tom Stutelberg was the clergy. Inurnment was at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to donors choice. Alma was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Glenwood, MN to Herma...
10th annual event becomes tradition
by Karla Wennerstrom
When Kirill Bak and wife Svetlana Gavrilova founded the Academy of Russian Ballet in Eden Prairie in 2001, daughter Masha Bak was only 2 years old. A year later, she started classes. This year, the Minnetonka Middle School West sixth-grader takes a plum role in the Academy’s 10th annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” as Clara. The show is a “Russian classical version of the holiday fairytale” according to a news release. It features James Se...
Luke Theis stands in front of his restored 1985 D-350 Dodge pickup.
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Surprise for a soldier
by Mollee Francisco
As Tony Theis prepared for his son Luke Theis to leave on a year-long deployment in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard’s Company B, he knew one thing. By the time Luke returned to Carver, Tony would have his truck finished. “We knew right away [we’d restore it],” he said. Luke went to Iraq believing the 1985 D-350 Dodge pickup he’d bought during his senior year of high school and spent the previous three years restoring, would spend the ye...
Chaska comes up short at ranked foe
by Eric Kraushar
No. 9-ranked Lakeville North topped a District 112 team for the second time in five days Tuesday, defeating Chaska 68-49. The Panthers defeated Chanhassen 66-64 on Dec. 9. Leading 33-26 at halftime, Lakeville North outscored the Hawks 35-23 over the final 18 minutes. Eric West and Kolby Seiffert each were in double figures for Chaska with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Ryan Spencer and Nick Valentini also had seven points apiece. To read more...
New membership director at SouthWest Metro Chamber
Stephanie Leach has accepted the position of SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce membership director. Leach brings more than six years of sales and industry experience to her new position with the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, according to a chamber press release. Most recently Leach was employed with the Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau where she served as Director of Tourism Sales and Director of Event Services. “Stephani...
Obituary for Al Walter Kallsen
Al Kallsen, 99, of Chaska, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at his home. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4th and Oak Street, Chaska, with the Rev. Gary Zieroth officiating. Casketbearers were his grandchildren, Sarah Wright Walstrom, Kara Phillips, Adam Wright, Marty Franzmeier, Scott Eastlund, and Brandy Hill. Burial was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Chaska. Al was born Sept. 1, 1912 in Big S...
Will Asian carp be jumping past Chaska and Carver soon?
With all of the emphasis on the Mississippi River, there hasn’t been much mention of the silver carp’s potential impact on the Minnesota River. The Mankato Free Press r ecently tackled the subject of silver carp, a species of Asian carp, on the Minnesota River. “I just get the impression they’re writing the Minnesota River off,” said one river advocate to reporter Tim Krohn. But a DNR official states that it’s a difficult task to keep the jump...
Club members have taken to dressing up in their house colors.
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School for wizards
by Chuck Friedbauer
All the movies may be out on DVD and the books long-since published, but a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga is alive and well at Chaska High School. “Some people might think the Harry Potter books are childish or dumb, but when so many students are coming to our club, I don’t think that’s the case,” said Chaska High School senior Lauren Sundby. The Chaska High School Harry Potter Club is indeed popular, with an enrollment of nearly 80 stud...
Is Walmart eyeing Chaska?
by Mollee Francisco
With the City of Chanhassen showing no love for Walmart, rumors are now swirling that the big box retailer could be turning its gaze toward Chaska. "I've heard the same rumors," said Chaska City Administrator Matt Podhradsky. And though he's heard the chatter, Podhradsky insists that he hasn't heard from Walmart. "We haven't had them contact us," he said. But would the city be open to the idea should Walmart come callling? "It would be a quest...
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Hailey Goemer's snowman.
Coloring contest winners
There were four winners in three age categories in this year’s Hometown Holiday coloring contest. The total number of children participating was 25, and there were many wonderfully creative entries. Winners, in various age categories, include: Hailey Goemer, 5; Tara Dawson, 9, and Shea Kerry, 10 (tied); and Janiya Williams, 13.
Quilt goes ‘around world’
by Barb Hone
A special handmade quilt hangs in the home of the Schneider family. Kim’s grandmother, Elisa Thiesfeld, made a quilt for each grandchild and presented the gift upon graduation from high school. Kim’s quilt pattern was “Trip around the World.” So it is very appropriate to now have a variation of that pattern mounted on their barn. Keeping it all in the family, Kim and her daughter were the primary painters of their pattern and the work was done...
The training wheels are off
by Unsie Zuege
At only 8-years-old, Jennifer Mettler of Chanhassen already has an awesome array of trophies stockpiled in her house. Add to it the hefty one she just brought home from the American Bicycle Association’s BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Jennifer fin-ished in 5th place in the 8-year old age group, and is 5th in the ABA’s National Age Group for 2011. The 52-inch-tall, 55 pound 8-year-old is fearless on the BMX track, and hasn’t let any spills...
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Examples of Darkotic Targets.
Targeting the dead
by Chelsea Wallace
Zombie enthusiasm is higher than ever, with zombie video games, AMC’s zombie hit “The Walking Dead” and zombie pub crawls. Add one more zombie item to the pop culture pile. Eden Prairie based company Birchwood Casey has been selling gun care and sporting good products since 1948. They sell targets, firearm furnishings, barrel cleaning products and more. When they started hearing requests from customers asking for zombie targets they couldn’t r...
U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Mullaney, Weapons Platoon Commander with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, uses his rifle scope to scan the distance while on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan May 11, 2011. The Marines conduct frequent patrols through the area to show a presence and interact with the community.
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Semper fi: Always faithful
by Unsie Zuege
As classmates at Holy Family Catholic High School, Rob Fafinski of Chaska and Ben Mullaney of Chanhassen were acquainted, but they weren’t really close friends. Fafinski played football, basketball, and baseball and Mullaney played soccer. “We really didn’t become friends until after we found out we were both going to Marquette (University in Milwaukee, Wis.)” Faf-inski said in a recent phone interview. Both were interested in careers in law. ...
Two decades and two wars
by Spc. Bob Brown
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Operation Desert Storm liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s forces over 20 years ago. A handful of Minnesota National Guard soldiers currently serving with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division also served in the 1991 operation. One of those soldiers is Chief Warrant officer David Mellon of Chaska. Mellon currently serves as a Mobility Warrant Officer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Br...
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