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Highway 101 has re-opened
Highway 101 between Shakopee and Chanhassen has reopened after it was closed due to a one-vehicle crash this morning. According to Lt. Jason Bartell of the Minnesota State Patrol, five people people were injured in the crash in which an SUV went off the road and struck a tree. Two people were airlifted and three were taken by ambulance to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. The patrol reported that a child was ejected from the SUV onto the ic...
County Republicans have faith in Santorum
Carver County Republicans are on the Rick Santorum bandwagon. By a significant margin Tuesday night, they backed the former Pennsylvania senator in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum received close to 50 percent of all votes cast in Senate District 34 straw polls. The Senate district includes all of Carver County and three townships in Scott County. Santorum received 589 votes compared to Ron Paul (272 votes), Mitt Ro...
Feb. 8, 1962: Herald reports
Feb. 8, 1962: Herald reports that St. John’s Lutheran Ladies Aid, “One of Chaska’s most active fraternal organizations,” observed its 55th anniversary.
Spaghetti dinner at the American Legion
by Eric Kraushar
The Chaska Juniors Volleyball Program is putting on a spaghetti dinner this Friday (Feb. 10) at the Chaska American Legion at 102 4th Street West. Cost is $6. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Take out orders are available for both meals.
Minnesota caucuses tonight
by Mollee Francisco
It's caucus night in Minnesota. In Chaska, political parties will caucus at the following locations: DFL Party - Chaska Middle School West (140 Engler Blvd) Green Party - Chaska Middle School West  (140 Engler Blvd) Independence Party - Chaska High School commons area (545 Pioneer Trail) Republican Party - Chaska Middle School East (1600 Park Ridge Dr) Caucuses are open to the public. To participate, you must live in the precinct and be eligib...
Feb. 7, 1935: Herald reports
Feb. 7, 1935: Herald reports “We are prepared to give you quick and complete radio service [at] Rudolph Radio & Electric Shop next to the Glass Block Store.”
Local legislators to hold Saturday town hall meetings
State Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Rep. Ernie Leidiger (R-Mayer) will host a series of town hall meetings for residents in Chanhassen, Chaska, Norwood Young America and Waconia on Saturday, Feb. 11. The lawmakers will give an update of the 2012 Legislative Session and will take questions as time allows, according to a press release. A representative from the Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to ...
Reader input needed: Who are your Oscar winners?
by Eric Kraushar
Have you seen any of the nine Best Picture nominees for the Oscars? Or loved or hated the performance of one of the five actress and actor nominees? Even the Best Director category? An Oscar preview will run in our Let's Go Section Feb. 23 and here's your chance to be the next Siskel or Ebert. Here are the nominees: Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The T...
Mayer robbery Suspect to be federally prosecuted
A Federal grand jury has indicted Demetrius Charles Edward Derden, 32, for violation of the Federal Hobbs Act, according to a press release from Carver County Attorney Mark Metz. This indictment stems from an armed robbery alleged to have occurred at a convenience store in Mayer on Dec. 3, 2011. The matter was originally prosecuted in state court by the Carver County Attorney’s Office. The complaint issued by the Carver County Attorney’s Offic...
Which plants changed Minnesota forever?
Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum wants to know and is encouraging the public to nominate specific plants for a state’s Top 10 list. It’s all part of “10 Plants that Changed Minnesota: Growing Solutions to How the World Lives Today,” a new initiative to build awareness of the crucial role plants play in nourishing and sustaining life on Earth, according to an Arb press release. ...
Suicide victim found under bridge
A 26-year-old suicide victim was found under the Scott County side of the Highway 41 Minnesota River bridge on Sunday evening. According to Det. Sgt. Phil Nawrocki, with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Chaska Police Department received a call involving a missing suicidal male at 5:40 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5. The Jordan Police Department’s K-9 unit was bought in to help with the search. Following a search by local law enforcement agencies, ...
BB gun shuts down traffic on Highway 212 Sunday afternoon
by Mollee Francisco
Highway 212 traffic between Highway 41 and Engler Boulevard was shut down for a while around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon as local law enforcement responded to a call of a possible gun being thrown out of a vehicle. Sheriff Jim Olson said that his office got a call out of Cologne with reports of a gun falling or being thrown out of a vehicle. Olson said they were able to get behind the vehicle on Highway 212 and observe kids inside. The Sheriff'...
Feb. 6, 1936: Herald reports
Feb. 6, 1936: Herald reports WPA workers who fail to support their families and are absent from work due to drunkenness will be discharged. It’s been reported that a number of men have been spending their earnings on drink.
Hallas receive Touchstone Award
Mark and Kay Halla, owners of The Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center, west of Chaska, were recently named by MVEC as recipients of a local Touchstone Energy Community Award. The award is based on impact to the local community. The Mustard Seed’s involvement in the community includes partnering with Grow Eat Share (which encourages kids to develop skills and combat childhood obesity) and holding seminars on rain gardens and water manage...
Chaska City Council Agenda for 2/6
by Mollee Francisco
Among the items included on tonight's Chaska City Council agenda are: * Feasibility study for street reconstruction * Downtown Master Plan ** The council will meet in a work session prior to the meeting to discuss the Klein mansion. 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.
Guest Commentary: Catholic Schools Week is a highlight
Schools have reached the halfway point of their school year, and next week’s Catholic Schools Week celebration is definitely a highlight for students and staff alike at Guardian Angels Catholic School. We have a whole week to celebrate what we are at our core – a Catholic school educating the whole child for today’s world! Guardian Angels School has been educating students in downtown Chaska since 1869. As part of the greater Catholic School S...
2012 winter fashions
Waconia cartoonist Dave Granlund offers this view of the recent weather.
Guest Commentary: Reforms will promote economic freedoms
by Ernie Leidiger
The 2012 Legislature assembled last week in St. Paul. This session my colleagues and I are concerned with what matters most to Minnesotans: jobs and the economy, family finances, and government reform. Just as the Legislature enters the new year with its fiscal house in order, we need to ensure that you and your family have the freedom to manage and improve your finances. I often talk about the need to approach the legislative mission in terms...
Feb. 5, 1931: Herald reports
Feb. 5, 1931: Herald reports H.H. Muyers Hardware and Clothing was selling boys suits for $1.
School revenue, expenses on the rise
by Chuck Friedbauer
District 112 officials have set the preliminary budget assumptions for the 2013 fiscal year. The assumptions as based on a total enrollment of 9,097 students. Assumed revenue increases include approximately $2 million, due to 1 percent increase in the general education funding formula; one-time compensatory funding; and a literacy incentive plan. Assumed expense increases include the 3.19 percent increase to the teacher contract approved last ...
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