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Pedal power: Local duo is biking the country
by Mollee Francisco
What do you do when you’ve lost your job, your home and your girlfriend? You hop on a bicycle and set off on a 10,000 mile ride, of course. At least that’s what you do if you’re Shane Carlson. Carlson, 30, of Chaska, and Victoria’s Luke Earley, 26, are more than a quarter of the way through an “epic” journey that will take them on a wild figure-eight ride across America and into Canada and Mexico. Neither is an avid biker or a huge planner, bu...
Jumping on the bandwidthwagon
by Mollee Francisco
In this era of online shopping and GPS, Google alerts and Kindles, it seems there is little that technology can’t do for us. But when it comes to communication, a human component is still critical and that’s where cities, counties and school districts suffer. While most see the benefits of having websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, few have the budgets to hire staff to manage them. Chaska is no stranger to that conundrum. “The deman...
Council gets first look at 2012 budget issues
by Mollee Francisco
The Chaska City Council took its first look at 2012 budget issues during a work session Monday night. Another year of depressed home market values will contribute to a $400,000-plus deficit the city will have to overcome for 2012. The average home has lost 4.5 percent of its value for taxes payable in 2012. Last year, Chaska faced a $650,000 gap which it remedied through a mixture of raising the city’s tax rate and deferring equipment purchase...
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The secret gardens
by Mollee Francisco
From the street, Jim and Char Sutter’s yard looks like a prototypical suburban yard. Flowers and shrubs dot the landscape. A pair of yellow finches fights over a perch at one of several bird feeders. An American flag flies proudly over a miniature cannon complete with miniature cannonballs. (Ok, maybe the cannon isn’t so commonplace). But a handmade “Welcome come and see” sign next to a lattice arch suggests there is much more to this yard tha...
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Zeppelin?
by Mollee Francisco
“Remember the Hindenburg,” my father said to me as I excitedly told him about the opportunity ahead of me. “This one is filled with non-flammable helium,” I explained. “Well it could still crash,” he responded in a classic dad moment. Exasperated with his lack of enthusiasm, I replied. “Sure, but least it will be awesome up until then.” And awesome it was. Wednesday morning, with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing, I arrived at Flying ...
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