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Hats off to Chaska Parks and Recreation for its efforts to provide a successful Fire and Ice Festival, and to the River City Days Committee for all of its hard work to provide a wonderful community gathering and celebration.

As a former public school teacher and a dad, the back-to-school season is a meaningful time of year for me. This year, it’s also full of change. My daughter, Hope, starts her first year of college at the University of Minnesota and my son, Gus, heads back to middle school. This will also be …

It’s hard to believe that we’re in the last days of summer, but everywhere I look, the staff of Eastern Carver County Schools are busy preparing for the 2019-20 school year. It’s always an exciting — and a little nerve-wracking — time as we work to make sure we’re prepared for the arrival of…

Around the time of the September equinox, the days shorten at their fastest clip and the night reasserts its dominance of the northern sky. This year the equinox arrives at 2:50 a.m. on the 23rd. At that moment the sun will shine directly over the equator, lighting the Earth from pole to pole.

The Carver County Library thanks the community for their great support of the “A Universe of Stories” youth summer reading program. Over 1,000 children and teens wrote 16,452 reviews to earn exciting incentives such as tickets to the State Fair, Minnesota Twins, Sea Life, and Crayola Experience.

Bring your family to Life Time Fitness in Chanhassen from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24 for a special Storywalk through the book “Silly Sally,” stopping to read the book pages on large posters in an event sponsored by the Friends of the Victoria Library.

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or any dementia, literature and community resources are available from a hands-on caretaker at the ACT on Alzheimer’s Desk at Chanhassen Library beginning 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Each spring I lead a bunch of wildlife photo tours. Dozens of photographers from around the world spend anywhere from a few hours up to a week with me pursuing a number of natural subjects. One of the favorite subjects are American black bears (Ursus americanus).

I received my driver’s license in 1955 at the age of 15. We had to signal left turn, right turn, and stop by sticking our left arm out of the window. Minnesota allowed 14-year-olds to drive farm tractors on public roads in those days.

Physical abuse, mental abuse and drug abuse. That’s how Maria grew up. She was bullied in school. She had a learning disability. She didn’t wear the same clothes as the other kids. She felt alone and isolated, like there was no place to go. And it’s why in 7th grade she tried to end her own …

Kim Glieden lay in bed one night, just 24 hours or so away from a reunion of baseball players from Arlington, Minnesota. He had this thought of rounding first base, hitting second and third, stepping on home plate.

Kim Glieden lay in bed one night, just 24 hours or so away from a reunion of baseball players from Arlington, Minnesota. He had this thought of rounding first base, hitting second and third, stepping on home plate.

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