TV programs like TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" and PBS's "Finding Your Roots" and easier access to online search sites like "Ancestry.com" have made genealogy more intriguing than ever. You can even send for DNA test kits that will link you to genealogy sites, and branches of the family tree you never knew you had.
Last week, the Twin Cities & Western Railroad (TC&W) celebrated its 25th anniversary. As part of the celebration, it invited local government officials, customers and TC&W employees and their families to ride the train from Chanhassen to Cologne and back. The trip — about 45 minutes each way, at 30 miles per hour — provided riders a view of the countryside not possible from the highway or county roads. Twice a day, the Twin Cities & Western (TC&W) Railroad rumbles through Chanhassen, making motorists stop at County Road 101 North.
Mark King steps backstage and shakes out his arms as he hears the audience burst with laughter — it’s finally intermission. For King, intermission means taking a break from holding his arms in a 90-degree candlestick fashion as Lumiere. King says the burning is worth it to hear the instant feedback from a great audience.
Denny Laufenburger wears many hats around the City of Chanhassen. He's the mayor. A board member for the Chanhassen Red Birds. And the public address announcer for baseball, football and girls basketball for Chanhassen High School.