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Local senator volleys criticism at governor's commissioner pick
Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) had some choice words for Mark Dayton's appointment of Myron Frans as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Here's the press release from the Senate Republican Caucus Communications Department:   According to the Dayton Administration’s news release, Frans will be unable to assume his duties until mid-April. Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), Chair of the Senate Tax Committee, which oversees the ag...
Dakota County commander chosen for Carver County chief deputy
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson has chosen Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Commander William Blair Anderson to be his chief deputy.  Anderson is currently the Commander of Operations and has been with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office since 1995, according to a Carver County press release. “Blair has all of the qualities and attributes I was looking for in a Chief Deputy. He will bring a unique perspective and vast amount of experience to the ...
A look back: 1998 endorsement for sheriff
By Unsie Zuege In October 1998, two weeks before the election, Chaska Herald Editor LaVonne Barac endorsed Carver County Sheriff’s candidate Bud Olson, sort of. “The best we can expect is that Bud will be the interim pastor,” Barac wrote in her editorial. It made him sound like his most important role would be as a placeholder, giving the congregation, in this case the county, some breathing room and time to find its real pastor, and in Olson’...
Agent of change: Outgoing sheriff left mark of reform on office
By Unsie Zuege Who was this upstart named Byron “Bud” Olson who seemed to come out of nowhere to run for Carver County Sheriff back in 1998? Olson faced three challengers, all veterans of the agency. Did Olson think he had any chance at all? Sure, he got an early start and announced his candidacy more than a year before the actual election. He released an announcement in local papers in September 1997. He seemed somewhat of a long shot. Well, ...
Changing the guard in county
By Richard Crawford A new sheriff was sworn in, a new county attorney took over and the gavel was turned over to a new chairman Tuesday during the Carver County Board’s annual organizational meeting. Sheriff Jim Olson and County Attorney Mark Metz were given oaths of office on the second work day of the new year. Olson takes over for retiring Sheriff Bud Olson (no relation) and Metz succeeds Jim Keeler, who he defeated in the fall election. Me...
Metropolitan Council applications accepted
Applications are being accepted for seats on the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning agency that operates the regional bus and rail system, collects and treats wastewater and plans regional parks, according to a press release from Gov. Mark Dayton’s office. Anyone interested in applying for membership on the Council must complete an Open Appointments Application Form. Application forms may be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s Of...
Number of 2010 traffic deaths similar to 2011
At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the 420 mark — on par with 2009’s total of 421, the lowest number of annual deaths since 1944. Officials say the 2010 figure will increase during the next few months as additional fatal crash reports are submitted to DPS. Final c...
Obituaries from the Jan. 6 Herald
The following obituaries are from the Jan. 6, 2011 print edition of the Chaska Herald newspaper: Ethan Lynn Herman Ethan Herman, of Carver, was born April 2, 1998. He lived in Carver with his parents, Jeff and Vicki, and sister, Brooke. He loved to ride his dirt bike, shoot his bow and arrow, and hunt. He was very accomplished at his sports: wrestling, football, and baseball. He won many trophies, medals, and team championships. He made many g...
Neighbors frustrated with Michael Foods
By Mollee Francisco  Bruce and Sharon Perkins, 82nd Street residents, appeared before the council Monday night to get an update on issues they have been having as neighbors of Michael Foods' Northern Star Co. potato processing plant in northern Chaska. Bruce Perkins said they have been enduring noise from the adjacent facility for the last two years – from the construction work on the building through to current operations. “There are loud noi...
Council rings in the New Year with new face
By Mollee Francisco  In the Chaska City Council’s first order of business for 2011, new Councilor Scott Millard took the oath of office Monday night. Millard defeated first-term Councilor Gino Businaro in the November elections to represent Chaska’s Ward 1. Several members of Millard’s family were on hand to witness the swearing-in and take photos with the new councilor. Returning Mayor Mark Windschitl and Ward 3 Councilor Chris Schulz were al...
Funeral notice for Michael Laudon
Michael “Mick” Laudon, 57, of Belle Plane, formerly of Rochester, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The funeral for Michael will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church. Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online con...
It's not easy being green: A wind turbine update
By Mollee Francisco  It has been over a year since Chaska’s wind turbine went up next to the Pioneer Ridge Middle School. But what was supposed to be a “visible commitment to renewable energy” has certainly provided its fair share of headaches in the last 12 months. The Chaska City Council received a progress report on the turbine at its Dec. 20 meeting. To date, the 160 kilowatt turbine has generated 118,000 kilowatt hours. “It’s produced eno...
First baby of 2011
Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia welcomed the first baby of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 2. A baby girl, Violet Mae Schaefer, arrived at 10:02 a.m., weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz., and measuring 18 inches. Her parents are Dana Schaefer, holding Violet, and Mike Schafer with brother Brogan. The Schaefers are from Henderson; grandparents are Mike and Shirley Carney of Belle Plaine and Mark and Deb Schaefer of Le Sueur.
Funeral notice for Ethan Lynn Herman
Ethan Herman, of Carver, was born April 2, 1998. Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. Second St., Chaska. Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, 952-448-2137.
Man identified in fatal Highway 41 accident
Michael L. Laudon, 57, of Belle Plaine, has been identified as the driver killed in the Highway 41 accident that closed the river crossing for several hours Jan. 3. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Laudon, driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup, was traveling south on Highway 41 at 3:46 p.m. when his vehicle crossed the center line, collided head-on with a semi-truck, and crashed into trees. Laudon was transported to St. Francis Medical Cente...
Maddox murder trial set to start May 16
By Shawn Hogendorf A jury trial for the murder charges filed against Charles Anthony Maddox Jr. more than two years ago has been scheduled to begin May 16 in Scott County District Court. Maddox, 47, of Golden Valley, was charged with second-degree murder by the Scott County Attorney’s Office in November 2008 after police found the body of his estranged wife and Shakopee Valley News reporter/Chaska Herald correspondent Ruth Anne Maddox wrapped ...
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Highway 41 closed
Emergency crews return from an accident that closed off the Highway 41 river crossing on Monday afternoon.
Highway 41 closed south of Chaska
Updated: Highway 41 closed south of downtown Chaska during Monday evening rush hour. Traffic was not allowed to cross the bridge due to an accident on the Scott County side. The road closed between Highway 169 and Chaska. According to the Minnesota State Patrol’s report, at 3:46 p.m., Jan. 3   the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet pick-up, heading south on Highway 41, crossed the center lane, collided head-on with a semi, then went off the road and c...
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