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County approves fiber contracts
The Carver County Board on June 21 approved construction and materials contracts required to start the construction of the fi-ber ring for the Carver County Open Fiber Initiative (CCOFI), according to a county news release. In addition, county staff recently received the go ahead from the federal government on the project’s environmental assessment. “We now have all of the tools in place to start construction,” said Administrative Services Div...
Safety camp in late July
The Chaska Police Department is hosting its Chaska Safety Camp from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at the Chaska Fire Department and Thursday, July 21 at Firemen’s Park. The two-day program is for youth entering third and fourth grade in fall 2011. They will learn safety education in a camp setting, with topics such as fire, bike and personal safety and basic first aid. Presenters include the Chaska Police, Chaska Fire Department, Rid...
July crackdown on speeders
In July, Carver County motorists will face enhanced speed enforcement patrols as part of a statewide campaign coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. In Carver County, an average speeding citation for 10 mph over the limit is $130. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months, according to a ...
Mounted posse takes home awards
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on May 12-15, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse participated in a training and competition in Wadena. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office Posse won the following awards: first place in parades; first place in overall performance; first place in team obstacle competition; second place in team obstacle competition. Jean Fredlund took home first place in equitation, second place in advanc...
Shutdown has minimal impact on county - for now
Carver County is monitoring and evaluating the impacts that the State of Minnesota shutdown is having on County services to residents. “The majority of the initial impacts are minimal but as the duration of the shutdown lingers, we are at increased risk of project delays and service disruptions,” stated Carver County Administrator David Hemze, in a news release. “Over the past several weeks we have been assessing our risk and developing a plan...
Cartoon: State budget
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Half century of ‘Service Above Self’
The Chaska Rotary Club celebrated its 50-year anniversary on June 29 at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Members from Rotary Clubs in Shakopee, Chanhassen and Waconia were in attendance. The Shakopee Club was the sponsoring club for Chaska 50 years ago. Chaska helped start the Waconia and Chanhassen clubs. The highlight of the event was a plaque presentation to Dr. Tom Sutcliffe, who was an original member of the Chaska club and who has maintaine...
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Allen Mullins is walking across the country dressed as Captain America, to bring attention to veterans issues.
Captain America on walkabout
by Mark Olson
Allen Mullins walked through Chaska Thursday, on his journey to visit 48 state Capitols – dressed as comic book hero Captain America. “I wear it 24-7. Snow, rain, all year long,” said Mullens on a hot and muggy afternoon, as he rolled a cigarette and took a break from his long journey. His plastic shield, duffel bag, and U.S. flag (which he also uses as a walking staff) rested nearby. Mullens, in his late 20s, has already worn out nine pairs o...
New pastor ready for takeoff
by Mollee Francisco
As a 30 year veteran of the airline industry, Reverend Douglas Ebert knows all about getting people to their destination. And not much has changed since he transitioned into the priesthood three years ago. “I’m still in the transportation business,” he said. “It’s just a different plane.” Ebert will take over the reins at Guardian Angels Catholic Church tomorrow as Reverend Paul Jarvis is reassigned to Rose-mount to be closer to his aging pare...
Poll: How should legislators fix the state budget shortfall?
by Mollee Francisco
With just hours to go before a state shutdown goes into effect, how do you think state legislators should close the budget gap?
Temporary tattoos: Another seemingly innocent thing that is now considered dangerous
Here's the latest from the Minnesota Department of Health: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is warning against use of henna products that contain additives to create “temporary tattoos.” Materials that are sometimes added to henna can cause allergic reactions in some people when applied to the skin, and cause people to develop lasting chemical sensitivities, according to MDH officials. One of the most commonly used additives – and one ...
Fourth of July events in Chaska
by Mollee Francisco
Chaska is readying to celebrate another Independence Day in typical Chaska-style. Monday begins with a host of family-friendly events sponsored by the Jonathan Association. First up is a 5K fun run. Registra-tion is 8 to 8:15 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center, 110600 Village Road, with the run/walk kicking off at 8:30 a.m. All participants will receive a free T-shirt. Following the 5K, Jonathan will put on its annual Fourth of July kiddie par...
Public notices from the June 30, 2011 Chaska Herald
Are you interested in reading the public notices published in the June 30, 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.
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Carver’s levee was elevated an average of 2-1/2 feet during the spring flood. Pictured are the levees along Spring Creek, which runs through the center of downtown Carver.
Raised levee or razed levee?
by Mark Olson
Carver may not keep its raised levee after all. This spring, the National Weather Service predicted a flood echoing the 1965 disaster that engulfed downtown Carver. To ward off the rising Minnesota River, Carver added about 2-1/2 feet to its levee. Cold and dry temps tempered the flood, and the river never climbed to challenge the newly elevated levee. However, with an eye to the future, the council wants to keep two large portions of the leve...

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Born on the Fourth of July
by Mollee Francisco
Nestled in his tan rocker recliner in the cozy confines of his “history room,” Erv Brinkhous gazes contentedly at the collection of things he has accumulated over his seven decades of life. There are black powder pistols artfully displayed, gilded goblets that will never see another drop of wine, and miniature stagecoaches so detailed they are missing little more than a tiny team of live horses to pull them along. “There is a fine line between...
Obituaries from the June 30, 2011 Herald
by Southwest Obituaries
The following obituaries are from the June 30, 2011 print edition of the Chaska Herald newspaper: Ronald Robert Heinrich Ronald Heinrich, 73, of Chaska, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in St Louis Park.   Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. Third St., Chaska. Friends may gather at 10 a.m. Arrangements by the Bertas Funeral Home, 952-448-2137. Anna M. (Hanson) Hen...
Heat advisory issued for Thursday
by Mollee Francisco
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of the state - including Carver County - for Thursday as hot and muggy air mass will move into the area during the day and continue into the overnight hours. High temperatures in the lower to mid 90s along with surging dew points expected to climb well into the 70s will create heat index values over 100 degrees Thursday afternoon and early evening. Temperatures will remain in the...
Man cited for indecent exposure
The Chaska Police Department issued this item in its latest newsletter, under the header, “Buck Naked Bother”: “Police received a complaint of an adult male exposing himself to at least four people from his residential garage on Lake Shore Drive. “Witnesses told police the man was in his driveway and had, over the course of several hours, disrobed one item of clothing at a time until totally nude. “This (of course) attracted the attention of t...
Deadliest day on Minnesota roads
by Mark Olson
The Minnesota State Patrol is increasing trooper presence on highways on June 30, which is historically the deadliest day on Minnesota roads. In an effort to curb traffic fatalities, the State Patrol is putting every state trooper (almost 600 troopers) and commercial vehicle inspector on patrol for one day, Maroon Day. “Maroon Day gives the State Patrol an opportunity to come out strong on a day that is historically the most deadly day on Minn...
Arboretum Toast & Taste is July 28
Set aside the evening of Thursday, July 28, for Toast & Taste in the Gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  The evening will serve up tastes of in-season, fresh, local cuisine from 25 top independent restaurants in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Minnesota and regional wineries also will be pouring samples in this pristine garden setting.  Participating restaurants include Vincent - A Restaurant, The Strip Club, Trotter's Cafe, T...
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