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Obituary for Donald Joseph Forner
Donald Forner, 87, passed away in the midst of prayer at his home near Chaska, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m., at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, with Father Doug Ebert celebrating. The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 7 from 4-8 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, and one hour prior to Mass at church. Inurnment at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska. Memorials p...
Jonathan names new storage barn
At its July 12 monthly meeting, the Jonathan Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to name its newly constructed storage facility the “Apple Barn.” The Apple Barn is a 1,800-square foot equipment storage structure which was recently built on the Karen House headquarters property of the Jonathan Association, located at 111000 Bavaria Road in Chaska. The Jonathan Board wanted to commemorate the “Apple Award” program, which is the high...
CAP Agency seeks school supplies
The Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency is collecting school supplies for its annual backpack distribution. Through the service, children are able to receive a new backpack that is filled with school supplies for the upcoming year. Last year, 1,000 backpacks were distributed to residents of Scott and Carver counties, according to a CAP Agency press release. The CAP agency is seeking money and school supply donations f...
Marilyn and Leon “Butch” Kelzer, above, of Waconia, watched as the traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt block was installed on their barn
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Quilt block marks golden anniversary
The Barn Quilts of Carver County are up and ready for public viewing. On Aug. 1, Marilyn and Leon “Butch” Kelzer, above, of Waconia, watched as the traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt block was installed on their barn. The quilt block is even more meaningful as the Kelzers celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June 16, 2012. Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative donated equipment and staff to install all 12 of the barn quilts throughou...
Chaske Cikala Wacipi returns
by Mark W. Olson
Chaske Cikala Wacipi, or “Little Dance in Chaska” is returning to town Aug. 20-21. The event, commonly called a “Pow Wow,” includes American Indian music, dancing and food. This year, the Pow Wow has expanded from one day to two days. Chaska resident Walt Rippliger, who is of Lakota heritage, is organizing the Wacipi. “Any contribution to the effort would be greatly appreciated,” said Ripplinger, who is rounding up donations and volunteers. It...
Chaskans serve on CAP Agency board
The Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency appointed five new members to its board of directors as of June 14. The new board members are spread out across Scott, Carver and Dakota counties. Two local members include Tom Hughes and Gino Businaro. Hughes lives in Chaska and is currently a banker at Community Bank Chanhassen. Hughes is involved in the community coordinating the Habitat for Humanity landscaping for Scott and...
Glue, paint, imagination
by Unsie Zuege
Deep within the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Nancy Aeilits takes the ideas dreamed up by costume director/designer Rich Hamson, and figures out how to make those ideas, as fantastical and nearly impossible as they might seem, come to life. It’s Aeilits’ artistic challenge to create costumes such as a giant hand mixer, an armoire, or walking, talking marble statues, and make them look realistic. She also has the technical challenge of making the...
Cubs advance to Super Sections
Chaska defeated Victoria in 12 innings in the decisive fifth game of the Region 3B series Friday night. To read more, see Scoreboard.MN .
County honored for express library, redevelopment
The National Association of Counties (NACo), a national organization representing county governments across America, has awarded two Carver County programs with its 2011 Achievement Award. Carver County’s “Victoria Express Library” and the Oak Grove City Center, a joint project with the City of Norwood Young America and the Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA), each earned recognition as effective and creative programs that demonst...
Southwest Transit celebrates 25 years
On July 21, 1986, the Southwest Area Transit Commission (later renamed as SouthWest Transit) was formed through a Joint Powers Agreement between the Cities of Eden Prairie, Chaska and Chanhassen to provide transit service to the residents of those three Cities and surrounding areas. This collaboration was a result of the cities’ decision that they were not receiving an equitable level of transit service compared to the amount of property taxes...
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Is your 401K bringing you down? Here are a few laughs, courtesy of local cartoonist Dave Granlund
Local cartoonist Dave Granlund has been having some fun with the latest economic meltdown. Here are a few of his latest cartoons.
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Peggy Longhenry, standing in front of the Carver Post Office retired after 37 years.
‘Nice all the time, knows everybody’
by Mark W. Olson
Carver has lost an institution. Postmaster Peggy Longhenry retired from the Carver Post Office July 29 after serving at the branch for 37 years. That’s a long enough to watch residents grow up and graduate from school and then have their own kids grow up and graduate from school, Longhenry noted. Longhenry said she’ll miss these people. “Some people you see almost every day,” she noted. She will miss the variety. “No day is the same,” she said...
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Chaska Postmaster JoAnn Swanson retired Aug. 3 after 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service.
Hockey sticks, tires and pigeons
by Mark W. Olson
Over three decades ago, JoAnn (Ambroz) Swanson was set for an evening of volleyball with friends, when her mom insisted that she take a postal exam. “My mother made me do it,” Swanson said. While she missed the volleyball game, she earned something much more valuable – over three decades with the U.S. Postal Ser-vice. Swanson began her postal career in her hometown of New Prague in 1980. She served at several different offices, before arriving...
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Bridging railroad history in Carver
by Nick Mason
The Carver City Council decided Monday to accept the donation of the 141-year-old railroad bridge crossing Main Street East at the entrance to Riverside Park. Councilors voted 4-1 to take the bridge offered by Union Pacific Railroad Company, which is removing tracks from its abandoned 5.6-mile spur in Carver and Scott counties, including about 1.5 miles in Carver city limits. The rail line was built in 1870, but trains stopped using the local ...
Fit to a T
by David Schueller
Waste not, want not. When giant forms used to make the concrete pillars of the new Interstate 35W bridge showed up at an auction across the street from the Scott Carver Threshers’ land, members seized an opportunity. They bought more than 20 of the forms made of plywood and boards, each measuring about 8 feet by 40 feet. Threshers club members took them apart, and used the plywood in a new building that will open at this year’s Scott Carver Th...
Updated: Police offer reward in attempted robbery
by Mollee Francisco
Police are offering a $500 reward for information about an attempted robbery that occurred yesterday (August 4). New details released by the Chaska Police Department Friday morning note that the incident occurred around 3 p.m. at the Peterson Car Wash on the northwest corner of Crosstown Boulevard and Parallel Street (not at the Super America as initially reported by police). A woman had just finished washing her car when she was allegedly con...
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Historic rail line soon to be history
by Mollee Francisco
It was once a bustling hub of transportation for the area, but now remnants of the railroad line between Carver and Chaska are slowly disappearing. Chaska’s former depot no longer sells tickets out of town, but instead offers up wine and ice cream. And the downtown rail itself has been dismantled in recent weeks, leaving behind a gravel bed and piles of scrap metal. In Carver, the story is much the same. The depot is long gone. Piece by piece,...
United Sugars workers enter Day 4 of lockout
by Mollee Francisco
With a tent for shade and ice cream bars for refreshment, six of the locked out United Sugars employees worked the picket line on Stoughton Avenue Thursday morning. Taking shifts, the group entered Day 4 of the lockout. American Crystal Sugar (a co-owner of United Sugars) forced workers out Monday after Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers union members rejected the company's last contract offer on Sunday. "It was bad negotiations ...
Greg Swan and his son Grant prepare for their National Night Out party at Hickory Park in downtown Chaska.
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National Night Out at 39 Chaska neighborhoods
There were 39 neighborhoods participating in National Night Out on Tuesday night. The event is billed as a way to heighten crime awareness and strengthen neighborhoods. Chaska Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and politicians visited the parties, spread out across Chaska. "We just don't get together enough because everyone's so busy," said Sarah Heyer, who organized one of the 39 parties at her Clover Ridge home. Included with this po...
Double down and out: KFC is closed
by Mollee Francisco
Chaska's Kentucky Fried Chicken shut its doors for good last week. A sign on the door at the fast food establishment reads simply, "Thank you for your business. This location is closed." The location, at the southeast corner of County Road 61 and Yellow Brick Road, leaves yet another vacancy downtown. Signs for the drive-thru have already been removed and the windows scrubbed clean of advertisements.
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