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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.

With all the bad things that we hear about every day on the news — wars, killings in the schools, politics — I am honored to tell you my story about a recent Saturday here in Chaska at my house, that I know many of you know nothing about, Christmas in May.

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…

The Little Engine That Could is a much-loved children’s book. Was it read to you as a child or have you read it to a child or grandchild? That book was written in 1930 by Watty Piper. It was updated in 1991 and 2011 and has been a favorite through generations. We got to talking about that bo…

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