A number of the shops on East Second Street in downtown Chaska are boarded up.

The businesses are located between Highway 41 and Walnut Street. The most prominent shop is Dunn Brothers, at the intersection, but also includes the Second Street Professional Building, Rever Nail Bar and David Lloyd Gallery.

The boarded-up businesses are concentrated on one block of East Second Street. There doesn't appear to be boarded-up windows elsewhere throughout downtown Chaska.

Mark Gulbransen was busy installing plywood over the windows of his wife’s photo studio, Lynn Laumann Photography on Saturday afternoon.

The measures were a precautionary measure, due to protests planned Sunday in downtown Chaska, Gulbransen said, not based on a specific threat. Recent Twin Cities demonstrations following the death of George Floyd have evolved into riots.

Dunn Brothers Coffee owner Mike Webb posted a statement on Facebook, noting its Sunday closure:

"Note: we are not afraid ... we agree with the right to protest, wholeheartedly. We do not agree with the violent outside forces entering our communities.

"Our building owner has chosen to board up our windows ... I understand his intent to protect his investment and agree with his choice. I won't have my employees on the forefront of this and have told them to stay home and safe. And I will not do business from behind a barricade.

"I hope leadership shows itself during this period and I hope you all stay safe and process your beliefs in a safe and healthy way. We love this community, it's people and it's belief that we can always be better. And will continue to help lead in that capacity. We will be open Monday morning. We will help the change," stated the Dunn Brothers post.

Both of the in-person demonstrations scheduled Sunday have been canceled in lieu of virtual events. Organizers of one of the events is sponsoring a supply collection drive.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Local public safety officials issued statements Saturday afternoon on Facebook stating that they have not received any reports of threats.

Chaska Police Department: "Over the past 24 hours, we have heard multiple rumors circulating in our community. We have not received any information of any threats or planned acts of violence, property damage, or other criminal acts in the city of Chaska. We are working closely with our law enforcement partners to monitor available information and protect our community."

Carver County Sheriff’s Office: "At this time, there have been no credible threats or communication targeting anywhere in Carver County. I will continue to monitor any and all activity and if the situation changes, I will immediately disseminate that information."

Editor's note: This story was updated to include comments from Chaska Dunn Brothers Coffee and to include confirmation that both Sunday in-person events have been canceled.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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