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Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession is Dec. 11
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration is Sunday, Dec. 11 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 215 West Second Street, in downtown Chaska. The event commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, near Mexico City in December 1531. The schedule of events: 4 a.m.: Mañanitas in church (Hot chocolate and sweet bread to follow in St. Francis Hall) 11:30 a.m.: Procession with Our Lady of Guadalupe leaves from the GA school gym 12 p.m.: Mass...
Christmas dance classic is Dec. 11-12
The River Valley Dance Academy of Chaska performs “The Nutcracker Ballet” in Watertown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. The performance is at the Watertown/Mayer High School Performing Arts Center. The Chaska-based dance company and school chose the Watertown Performing Arts Center in part to broaden awareness of the Arts Consortium of Carver County and fine arts facilities in the western part of Carver County. “It’s a...
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Jackie Schneider, Daelin Daubenberger and Casey Stone (left to right) recently led an anti-cyberbullying initiative at Chaska High School.
Students take stand against cyberbullying
Chaska High School students Daelin Daubenberger, Jackie Schneider and Casey Stone are fighting against cyberbullying. The trio tackled the anti-cyberbulling project as part of a DECA project. (DECA is a club that prepares youth in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management careers.) The students hosted an event at Chaska High School where students and staff could take a pledge to not cyberbully. The students signed up about 115 people. St...
Annual holiday concert on Sunday
The Minnesota Valley Community Band presents its 26th annual “Holiday Concert,” at 3:30 p.m., Sunday Dec. 11, at the Chaska High School Theater, 545 Pioneer Trail. This year’s free event features a “seasonal mix” of classical and popular music. Younger listeners will recognize “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “It’s a Marshmallow World.” In addition, a special arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” appe...
Newspapers sponsor Jean Days for Charity
Make casual Friday a lot more purposeful with Southwest Newspapers’ Jean Days for Charity. Southwest Newspapers invites companies and businesses in the southwest metro to participate in the monthly fundraising effort, aimed at supporting local non-profits and boosting company morale. “The purpose of Jeans Day for Charity is to bring the business community together a little more and making it an easy way to be able to support local charities, e...
Chaska still on top in Missota
by Eric Kraushar
New dance, same result in the top three. Nine days after winning the first high kick competition in the five-event Missota Conference season, Chaska took first place in the first jazz/funk competition Thursday at Northfield. Chanhassen was runner-up for the second straight meet, while Holy Angels was third overall. Shakopee topped Northfield and Farmington for fourth place. Chaska leads the standings with 12 points followed by Chanhassen with ...
Kirsten Augdahl is a member of the Chaska High School swim team and the National Honor Society.
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November Chaska High School students of the month
by Chuck Friedbauer
In cooperation with Chaska High School, the Chaska High School Booster Club recognizes Kirsten Augdahl and Dan Drill-Mellum as its Activities/Athlete student for the month of November. This recognition is presented to a female and male student who is a member of an activity or a team at Chaska High School. The acknowledgement is presented to a student who maintains a minimum 3.2 grade point average and excels in a leadership role in the sport ...
To grandmother's house we go
by Mollee Francisco
America’s senior population is growing by leaps and bounds, and their future needs are driving housing demands across the country. Nowhere is this truer than in cities like Chaska and Waconia, where units for seniors are among the few housing developments proceeding, in spite of the recession. Auburn Homes and Services recently broke ground on a $9.8 million Auburn Meadows expansion adjacent to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia that will ope...
Commentary: Beyond the platitudes that divide us
by Gordon Stewart
On Dec. 6, the First Tuesday Dialogues focused on “The Responsible Citizen and the Informed Electorate,” with Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Anderson speaking on “Late Night Television and the Funny Man” as sources of information. Like all Dialogues programs, this one was sponsored by Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska. St. Francis Regional Medical Center was a corporate co-sponsor. People sometimes ask me why a...
Chaska water and sewer superintendent retiring
Dean Hylland, Chaska’s Water and Sewer superintendent, will be retiring Jan. 2, according to a city of Chaska newsletter. Hylland has been with the city of Chaska since 1999, when the Water and Sewer Division separated from the Electric Utility Division. According to the city newsletter, Hylland has been a public servant for 35 years – including 20 years with the city of Richfield. “Dean has taken the city through many changes over the past 13...
Public notices from the December 8, 2011 Chaska Herald
Are you interested in reading the public notices published in the December 8, 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.
City's tax rate jumps
by Mollee Francisco
Chaska’s city tax rate is set to jump, thanks largely to the state’s elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit Program. According to Chaska’s 2012 budget documents, next year’s city tax rate is projected to increase 8.39 percent to 25.45 percent. “The tax rate increased just because of that,” said Chaska City Administrator Matt Podhradsky. The city is levying $4.88 million, the same amount in taxes as it has for the last three years. Ho...
Speaking up
by Mollee Francisco
As the first recipient of Chaska’s Human Rights Award, Jonna Herbstritt has set the bar pretty high for future nominees. The 14-year-old Chaska High School freshman was surprised with the award at Saturday’s Hometown Holiday’s tree lighting ceremony in City Square Park. She also received a plaque from Mayor Mark Windschitl at Monday night’s Chaska City Council meeting. “You’re pretty super,” said Windschitl. “This is a pretty big award,” he to...
League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions celebrates 40th in Chaska
On Dec. 2, the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions held its annual meeting and celebrated its 40th anniversary at Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska. The evening was entitled “Human Rights Matter(s) – Past, Present, Future,” according to a press release with Libby Fairchild, chair of the Chaska Human Rights Commission, who also serves on the state board. The meeting addressed the business matters for the League. The meeti...
Obituary for Chester Frank Rief, CDR USN (Ret.)
Chester (Chet) Frank Rief, 92, of 2319 E. Doublegate Drive, Albany, GA died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at his residence. The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. A funeral mass was conducted Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Finbarr Stanton officiated. Interment will follow in Andersonville National Cemetery with military honors. A native of Chaska, MN, CDR Rief was a...
Sen. Ortman at center of new stadium debate
by Richard Crawford
State Sen. Julianne Ortman may be “neutral” when it comes to whether to build a new Vikings stadium, but for the past week she’s been near the center of the debate. Ortman, a Republican from Chanhassen, is chair of the Senate Tax Committee, which has conducted two public meetings to gather comment on the issue. On Tuesday, legislative leaders heard more than five hours of input on stadium proposals and possible funding sources. Prior to Tuesda...
‘Will Rogers’ in Chaska on Dec. 8
by Kathy Perschmann
America’s favorite humorist of the 1920s and 1930s will be on stage at the Chaska Community Center, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8. Will Rogers still ranks as one of this country’s most universally loved entertainers and speakers. You may remember him best for saying, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” and “All I know is what I read in the newspaper.” Rogers grew up on a ranch in Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma. He never lost his love fo...
Chaska ranks 205th in Midwest quality-of-life
According to The Business Journals , Chaska  ranks No. 34 in Minnesota and 205th in the Midwest (out of 955 communities) in a quality-of-life rating.  Chanhassen took away top honors, ranking No. 1 in Minnesota and No. 23 in the Midwest. Eden Prairie was ranked 4th in Minnesota, 45th in Midwest; and Shakopee was ranked 26th in Minnesota, or 157th in Midwest. The Business Journals plans to release its national rankings on Friday. Click here for...
Bus rides to Holidazzle
SouthWest Transit will have a bus to the downtown Minneapolis Holidazzle Parade on Dec. 9. The bus departs from SouthWest Village (Highway 101 and 212 in Chanhassen) at 5:30 p.m.; and SouthWest Station (Highway 5 and Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie) at 5:40 p.m. The bus will arrive at 12th & Nicollet at 6:15 p.m. The bus returns from Marquette and Fourth Street at 7:19 p.m. and 8:34 p.m. There will be other stops along Marquette (at “D” sto...
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