Chaska Herald staff

Chaska Herald staff is pictured following the newspaper-sponsored Cubs game in July. Left to right, editor Mark Olson; Southwest Newspapers general manager Mark Weber; publisher Richard Crawford; advertising representative Bob Suel; staff writer Mollee Francisco; sports editor Eric Kraushar; and advertising representative Vanessa Stroh.

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, the first Chaska Herald, then called the Valley Herald, published its first four-page newspaper.

Owner Charles Warner, in his Sept. 4, 1862 editorial, wrote, “Some have already offered to chant our requiem, others to write our last will and testament, anticipating an early demise. So, that in view of this multiplicity of kindly offers, we are with some confi-dence persuaded to launch out into the sea of editorial perils.”

Yes – journalists were sarcastic even 150 years ago. It runs in our ink-tainted blood.

Fortunately, journalists are also optimists. Warner didn’t know what to expect when he founded the newspaper, but he hoped for the best. Chaska was still just hopes and dreams – a village only beginning its voyage.

The Herald has chronicled this journey – at your request – for the past 150 years.

We wouldn’t be here without the support of our readers and local businesses.

So thank you.

We are reaching more print subscribers than any time in the Herald’s history. Online, our numbers continue to grow. The public continues to have an insatiable appetite for local news from an unbiased source.

However, we know the Herald still sails a “sea of editorial perils.”

Over the years the Herald has undergone many technological changes that were revolutionary at the time – moving from a hand press to a mechanical press; and then from “hot lead” to offset printing.

In our most recent evolution, the once-a-week print edition of the Herald is augmented by 24-7 coverage at

Production and delivery of local news must evolve as society evolves, otherwise the Herald will be as useful as the steamboats it first covered. Sure they’re fun to reminisce about, but most of us would rather travel via automobile.

And while we love history, we’re looking forward to the future.

You can read about it in the Herald.


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