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Chaska workers prepare to strike
American Crystal Sugar Co. union employees are preparing to strike today. The strike impacts 1,300 workers – mostly at beet processing plants in the Red River Valley, but also at the company’s Chaska operation off of Stoughton Avenue. Here’s the Grand Forks Herald story on the strike.
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Carver-on-the-Minnesota, Inc. officers (from left), Vice President Barbara Swanson, Secretary Annette Hentz and President John von Walter pose in front of the organization’s fund-raising used bookstore display inside Carver Country Flowers & Gifts, 109 Third Street East.
Nonprofit hopes to foster heritage, tourism in Carver
by Nick Mason
A nonprofit corporation in the city of Carver is rebounding after avoiding extinction last year. Carver-on-the-Minnesota, Inc. elected officers, established goals, started raising money and began building its membership to re-sume its past role as a major contributor to city life. The organization’s mission is beautifying, restoring and improving historic Carver, its nature trails, riverfront, cultural, artis-tic, historic and educational amen...
Commentary: Tree’s bad habits are a thorny topic
by Cliff Johnson
A few weeks ago as I neared the parking lot of my church, I was surprised to see small drifts of cottonwood tree “cotton” along the street curbs. It got me to thinking about the habits, good and bad, of trees and other plants. Too often we discover bad habits of trees years after the trees are in the ground — too late to do much about the bad habits, in other words. Sometimes we inherit the problems when we purchase a different home. Many bad ...
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The entrance to the 1912 Carver County Fair.
Commentary: Peaceniks, rivalries and crooked roads
by Wendy Petersen-Biorn
The 100th anniversary of the Carver County Fair is being celebrated this year in Waconia, Aug. 10-14. An event of this magnitude immediately put me in the hunt researching, to learn the nuances of this well known event. My first stop was to pick up the secretarial notes from the Waconia fair office. These minutes cover the years of 1911 through 1986. There is a problem with research however. I have often told people who are researching their f...
Stream of consciousness
by Mollee Francisco
For 76-year-old Don Javurek, stream monitoring was always a good reason to get up in the morning and enjoy a bit of the great outdoors. “I’ve always been an avid outdoorsman,” he said. For the last 10 years, the Chaska resident has been monitoring local streams and tracking their clarity as part of the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. The program provides data to understand the health of a body of water. “In much the same way that blood pres...
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