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I am disappointed as I read the letters in the newspaper for Oct. 14. Our nation has become great for many reasons, but a major factor has been the education of citizens and strong belief in facts, information and knowledge. Unfortunately, that history seems to be losing favor.

In a paid letter to the editor that was featured in both the Chaska Herald and the Chanhassen Villager this past week, some concerns were raised about the amount the district spends per student, as well as the inflation factor that is included with the referendum question. (“Biggest negative…

Homeowners in the Eastern Carver County School District will be expected to pay approximately $240 a year more with the upcoming referendum. The ECC School District website estimated enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is 10,825. However, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated …

I was distressed by the statement by the top elected officials of Carver and Chaska taking sides with the Easter Carver County School Board regarding the recent heated debate (and actions) by parents in front of the board objecting to mask mandates ("We're truly better together," Oct. 7).

Cooking in the Kitchen returns Saturday, Oct. 16. Join my daughter, Morgan, and I with special dog guest, Duke, as we take advantage of the library’s cookbook collection and feature a delicious recipe. We’ll be live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. or catch it later the Library’s YouTube page.

Are you feeling increased stress these days? If so, you’re not alone. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. Turn on any news station and you’ll see that today’s chronic stressful events have taken a toll on society as a whole. On an individual level, people of all ages are suffering an…

There’s an inspirational poster in our district office: “I touch the future. I teach.” That quote is from Christa McAuliffe, a gifted teacher from the Space Shuttle Challenger. Those words resonate with Eastern Carver County Schools employees who invest their lives working with the youth of …

When it comes to confusing common names for animals, I think the American elk has got to be near the top of the confusing list. This came to light last week when I was in northern Montana to film and photograph elk. I ran into a guy from Europe who was also looking to capture images of elk, …

We may be getting some rain, and the temperature is turning cooler, but make no mistake we’re still in a drought. Our Environmental Services division monitors the impact of the drought on the region’s water resources, and the Mississippi River is one place where the lack of rainfall is appar…

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen, a Chaska family physician, according to an interview in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is calling for civil disobedience against the COVID-19 vaccine and wearing masks. He is asking all of us to ignore vaccine and mask guidance intended to stem…

October is Teentober or Teen Read Month. Teentober is all about fresh starts. If you are 12-19 years old, you can have up to $10 in fines waived from your account for the month of October. Stop in at any Carver County Library and ask library staff for a waiver beginning Oct. 1.

Do you remember where you were at the time of the collapse of the Twin Towers 20 years ago? We do. With the recent 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 Twin Towers catastrophe, we watched the TV replays of the disaster and what unfolded immediately afterward. We thought about the phrase, “Never f…

Whether you are looking to get outside or stay cozied up at home, Carver County Library has family friendly programs planned for you. Take a stroll and read a story at Chaska’s StoryWalk on Saturday, Sept. 18 anytime between 10:30 a.m. and noon.