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This year, June belongs to Jupiter. Earth has been gaining on the giant planet, and on the 10th we lap it in the orbital race. At that moment, Jupiter and the sun occupy opposite corners of the sky. Befitting its position, Jupiter rises in the southeast at about the same time the sun sets in…

According to historians, we are at a perilous time in our American democracy. The amount of money spent on elections is growing, while the social needs of real people are not being met. Multinational corporations (big business) can influence and even create regulations that benefit themselve…

Eastern Carver County Schools continues to expand its commitment to an exceptional, personalized approach to education in District 112. Their five-pointed star, implemented to meet learning needs for students, emphasizes collaboration and engagement with peers and learning tools.

There is a group of birds that I find so very interesting and exciting. They are not tiny and colorful, or sing a beautiful song, but rather look plain and sort of familiar. In fact, they look much like a chicken.

Recently there was a letter in the Chaska Herald expressing concern about voter fraud due to inadequate checking of identity documents and citizenship status ("Our elections have no integrity," March 21). It is not my intent to get into a debate over this particular issue, but rather discuss…

Spring has finally arrived, and more people are taking to the outdoors to be active. With an abundance of parks and trails in Carver County, children and adults of all ages have opportunities to bike, walk and hike.

In May we start to lose our old friend Mars, which is dropping out of the evening sky after being a fixture there since last summer. The red planet has great staying power, thanks to being the speediest of the outer planets. But Earth is speedier yet, and now we’re starting to round the sun,…

As many of you know, from news stories or having experienced it yourself already, Minnesota is undergoing a change with its driver's licenses (DLs). Two new choices in licenses have been introduced — Real ID and Enhanced — and some confusion has occurred about which type might be the best fo…

Based on a recent letter published in the Herald, (“Fossil fuel vs. green energy,” March 14), I would like to correct several assertions about “green energy” that are incredibly misleading and, frankly, wrong.

Our schools belong to our community. In Eastern Carver County Schools, we take that responsibility seriously, and our staff work hard every day to provide the quality of education our residents expect and our students deserve.

Late winter and early spring is usually the time I start to see blue snow. That’s right, blue snow. Or more accurately, blue spots in the snow. If you have walked the woods at this time of year you may have seen small blue spots in the melting piles of snow.

Recently I attended a town hall meeting held by two of our state legislators. The meeting was evenly split politically and generally well-behaved, but at times there were shouting matches that were quickly subdued by the hosts.

It’s been two months since I was first sworn-in as our community’s state representative. I’m reminded each day what an incredible honor it is to represent eastern Carver County at our state Capitol. As always, I would like to hear from you about the issues that are important to you and your …

In addition to all the free arts programs offered at your Carver County Library, you can also spring into arts with the smARTpass program. This access program is available exclusively to metro public library users.

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