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39 bottles of beer on the wall
Thirty-nine bottles of MillerCoors beer on the wall, 39 bottles of MillerCoors beer. Take them all down, shut the state down, then you’d have … Zero bottles of MillerCoors beer on the wall. Here’s the Wall Street Journal article about Minnesota telling it to remove all of its 39 brands of beer from Minnesota shelves because of the state shutdown.
Commentary: Has Minnesota gone bipolar?
by Gordon Stewart
By Gordon Stewart We are in a sorry state here in Minnesota. We, its citizens are sorry, and the state itself – the institution of the state of Minnesota – is in a sorry state. The national cameras that focused only a few months ago on Wisconsin are now trained on Minnesota. One friend from another state asked this week whether Minnesota has gone bipolar. On the one hand we elect Keith Ellison; on the other we elect Michelle Bachman. We elect ...
Kwik Trip opening Thursday
Kwik Trip is holding its grand opening at its Chaska location, beginning 5 a.m., Thursday, July 14. The shop is located in the Jonathan Square business development at 2900 North Chestnut Street (the northwest corner of the Pioneer Trail/Highway 41 intersection) A 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony will be held later this month, July 27.
State shutdown triggers ordinance amendment
by Mollee Francisco
The ongoing state shutdown is starting to provide a few headaches for cities like Chaska. At Monday night’s meeting, the city council voted unanimously (with Chris Schulz and Scott Millard absent) to approve an amendment to city ordinances relating to electrical regulations. Because electrical permits and inspections are conducted by state contracted inspectors, a number of local projects are on hold until the state reopens. Monday night’s act...
Got $375? You could take a ride on world’s largest passenger airship in Eden Prairie this week
by Leah Shaffer
Eden Prairie’s Flying Cloud Airport will play host to the world’s largest passenger airship this week. The Farmers Airship is the only commercial airship with passenger operations in North America and one of only two Zeppelins in operation in the world. The Zeppelin was originally supposed to dock at Crystal Airport, but, thanks to accommodations made by AirExpo organizers, it will stay in Eden Prairie from July 12-17, according to spokesperso...
GOP stronghold: Think about taxes
In a letter to Gov. Dayton, the entire Victoria City Council suggests a number of options to clean up Minnesota’s budget mess – including eliminating tax breaks and instituting user fees/taxes “levied that affect only those citizens who choose to use particular services or products.” The ideas might not be revolutionary, except when you consider that Victoria is one of the most conservative cities in the county, if not the state. It has an ave...
Rep. Leidiger unapologietic about collecting salary
The Star Tribune recently published a list showing all the state legislators who continue collecting a salary during the state government shutdown. Chaska's own Rep. Joe Hoppe was on the list, as was Chanhassen's Sen. Julianne Ortman. Both Republicans were joined by Rep. Ernie Leidiger, a Mayer Republican. Neither Hoppe nor Ortman has responded to a request for more information. Leidiger said he doesn't know why he wouldn't continue to accept ...
Obituary for Corey Jensen
Corey Jensen, 19, of Oskaloosa, IA, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Ottumwa, IA. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. Second St., Chaska, with Father Doug Ebert and Pastor Mark Boorsma officiating. There will be a private family inurnment at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska, later. Memorials may be given to the Guardian Angels Catholic School, Chaska. Core...
Commentary: Constitutional crisis of the governor’s making
By State Sen. Julianne Ortman Like all Minnesotans, I am very concerned about the great cost and impact to our state during this current government shut down. However, there is a very real disagreement between the governor and the Legislature regarding both the philosophy and the practical side of the role of government in our state. A few key facts may of help to you in understanding the disagreement. 1. The Legislature timely acted in May to...
Chaska City Council Agenda for 7/11
by Mollee Francisco
Among the items included on tonight's Chaska City Council agenda are: * Approve 3.2 percent liquor license for Kwik Trip. * Ordinance adoption for electrical regulations Chaska City Council meetings are held the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Chaska City Hall, One City Hall Plaza.
Commentary: 1.6 million cases seek justice in Minnesota each year
Editor’s note: Six judges serving in the First Judicial District, which includes Carver County, have volunteered to write columns about the work of the court; services provided by the court; its impact on lives of people; and challenges involved in the judicial system. The first column is by Chief Judge Edward Lynch. By Edward Lynch For many people court, is where traffic tickets are paid, criminals are prosecuted, divorces are processed and J...
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Norm and Ann Hoffman, Waconia, were recognized at the Ridgeview Foundation Golf & Taste Celebration for their $500,000 gift.
$1 million raised for robotic surgery
A record $1 million was raised at Ridgeview Foundation’s 26th Anniversary Golf & Taste Celebration, held June 27 at Island View Golf Club in Waconia, according to a Ridgeview press release. All funds are supporting the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System, which is being used by surgeons to perform robotic surgi-cal procedures at Ridgeview. “This is one of the most successful fundraising events in the metro, all thanks to the ongoing gener...
Master Gardeners at the Teaching Garden
This special series of informal outdoor sessions, free to the public, continues on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at the Teaching Garden on the Scott County Fairgrounds, Jordan. Each session runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, weather permitting. * July 14: Weather or Not! How to use the plant hardiness ratings to maximize success in our Zone 4 gardens. * July 21: “Nip & Tuck” your perennials. Maintain the appearance of the mid-summer perennia...
Chan twin brings international conventions to the Twin Cities
by Unsie Zuege
After her sister Sally died, Sandy Walls Meyer wasn’t sure who she was anymore. If her twin had died, was she still a twin? And how could she explain that the person she was closest to from birth — literally — was gone, and that there was a huge hole in her life and her identity? Who else could relate? No one. That is until Sandy, of Chanhassen, mustered up the courage to attend her first International Twin Association (ITA) in 1992. “It was f...
Volunteer for Three Rivers
Learn about Three Rivers Park District and how to volunteer in Three Rivers parks during a “Volunteer Opportunities Open House” Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Registration is preferred. Register at; e-mail; or call (763) 559-6706. Reference activity #371327-01.
Congressman to FEMA: 'Last thing we need is bureaucratic red tape'
Congressman John Kline (R-Lakeville), who represents Carver County in the 2nd District, has sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency today asking it to develop a plan to assist Carver and Watertown in finding flood relief. As first reported in the Chaska Herald on June 30, the towns want to keep levees built this spring to protect against future floodwaters. However, if their "temporary" flood prevention measures became permane...
School board approves $121 million budget
by Chuck Friedbauer
The District 112 School Board unanimously approved a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year at last Thursday night’s meeting. The budget includes expected revenues of $121.6 million and expenditures of $122.7 million. The board is required by Minnesota statute to approve and adopt a budget by July 1 each year. The budget includes the $2.398 million in cuts approved by the board in April. Key reductions were an average class size in-crease of appro...
Lobbying for the levee
by Nick Mason
The Carver City Council is in no hurry to remove the final two raised sections of the city’s flood-control levee. Councilors decided Tuesday to wait and see whether U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. John Kline can persuade a federal agency to let Carver keep part of its newly raised earthen levee and still get federal financial help for the levee project. “Hopefully, some pressure will work,” Mayor Greg Osterdyk said. “Our deadline [for re...
Making healthy the easy choice
by Mollee Francisco
Employees at the Carver County Government Center didn’t have to go far to find fresh Swiss chard or kohlrabi last week. All they had to do was grab some cash and step outside, hoping that it hadn’t sold out yet. Last Wednesday, the government center’s parking lot played host to the first Chaska Farmers Market. A handful of vendors were on site to sell everything from salsa and honey to jams and sugar snap peas. The farmers market is sponsored ...
Shutdown feedback on parade
by Forrest Adams
During the Chanhassen Fourth of July parade Monday, Erik Salveson described himself as one of the few Democrats in Carver County. But what the Waconia resident said about the state government shutdown was not unique. “The best-case scenario would have been no government shutdown, but now this is going to require compromise,” said Salveson as Rep. Ernie Leidiger rolled past on a Carver County Republican float waving enthusiastically to the crow...
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