The Chaska Rotary Club’s motto this month is “Rotary Leads the Way in May.” I find the month of May to be special for many reasons, among them is that May officially recognizes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness and Childcare Provider Day.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation naming May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and established National Police Week during the week of May 15. This week offers an opportunity to remember peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. In the decades since its …
Spring has finally sprung in Carver and now is as good a time as any to share a few updates about what is going on in our community.
“Mirrors and Windows,” a book fair event promoting stories by authors of color and independent, minority owned book sellers, will be held at Family of Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about living in Chaska is the many service organizations we have that are committed to making this such a great community to live in. Using the simple concept of “neighbor helping neighbor,” these organizations and their members have demonstrated that a …
I’ve always loved a good year-ender, a retrospective look at the most notable items from the previous year. In Carver, it has been my tradition to share 10 things that were the most memorable in our community from the previous year. With that, here’s my list for 2022:
The city of Carver has a great system of parks and trails. We’re fortunate to have some unique natural features and lots of outdoor space to explore and enjoy in our community.
As a southern girl and a Minnesota transplant, winter activities have always been fascinating to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would move from the Land of Enchantment to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, yet alone go ice fishing — but here I am. I can now say I have crossed ice…
Inspired by the Chaska Herald’s annual Top 10 stories, for the past three years I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the previous year in the city of Carver. Here is my list of the Top 10 most memorable and impactful things in our community in 2021:
We’ve had a busy summer in the city of Carver and there’s lots to look forward to this fall. With that, I’d like to share a few updates.
No matter where you live in the seven-county metro area, if you drive a car, you will eventually get stuck in traffic on Interstate 494. It is one of the region’s most vibrant, growing areas with the Mall of America, the airport, hotels, businesses — even IKEA. Trucking and freight associati…
There’s a lot to look forward to this spring and summer in the city of Carver, and I want to share a few updates.
Editor's note: This letter was submitted on behalf of the Chaska Human Rights Commission.
David loved his friends. It’s not that he disliked his family, he just loved to get out of his noisy, cramped apartment to have fun. One school night, David stayed out late.
The science is clear: Carbon emissions sent into the atmosphere from a variety of human sources threaten to upend our economy, our health, our national security and our very way of life.
I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.
I’ve learned the lessons of depression the hard way. It’s something I experienced first in my late teens and then again in my 30s.
In the first few days of August, the moon wanes itself out of the evening sky and leaves us with a rare spread of bright planets and stars.
Last week, after months of negotiations, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives finally scheduled a vote on common-sense immigration reform legislation.
It was just before Christmas that a massive overhaul of our nation’s tax code was passed into law. This reform plan, the first in over 30 years, is a major victory for our economy, our state and for the country. It will create more jobs, boost paychecks for employees, and put more money in p…
About a month ago, the Star Tribune published an article titled, “Shovel your sidewalk or Minneapolis will send someone to do it for $150."
Federal tax reform has been center stage at Washington, D.C. The sweeping changes just passed will provide an important opportunity for Minnesota policymakers to make our tax system more competitive.
As one of the victory babies of the baby boomer generation, or prophet generation, I have explored ways that we can bequeath to posterity our final states of consciousness, much like the four old men of the gilded era, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittie…
Football continues to dominate the fall landscape like it does every year, but it's not just on the field like in the Minnesota state prep semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The so-called economic “recovery” since the Great Recession has not worked for many Americans. It certainly hasn’t worked for a lot of Minnesotans who have, or are at risk of having, a lower standard of living than their parents. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck and just feel like th…
During the lazy days of summer, nothing in nature seems to be moving or doing much of anything. However, autumn feels like everything in nature is on the move or rushing to prepare for winter.
(tncms-asset)935d70c8-97ff-11e7-857c-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset) Nothing can prepare a police department for the tragedy that we experienced with the loss of Officer Bill Mathews on Sept. 8. Similarly, nothing can prepare a police department for the outpouring of care, generosity and suppo…
There is nothing better than spending a late summer morning walking the woods in search of whatever interesting thing you can find.
Aging in place is defined as an individual living in the residence of their choice as they age, while maintaining their quality of life. According to AARP, 87 percent of older adults age 65+ want to age in place and stay in their current home and community as they age.
Late summer and early fall is the best time for mushrooms. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been out and about searching high and low for all sorts of mushrooms. I find peace in the simple act of walking in the woods without a specific purpose and being happy with whatever I find.
I’m often asked what is my favorite bird. This is much like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.
Editor's note: The newspaper rarely prints anonymous commentary; however, it is making an exception in this case. Authorship has been verified.
R ecently I had a wonderful opportunity to study and photograph a pair of red-headed woodpeckers nesting in an old tree and feeding their young.
Some things are beyond our ability to control. No matter how bad it gets, there’s nothing that we can do about the weather, stock market or inflation.
In 2007, a young Marine officer named Travis Manion lost his life protecting wounded teammates in Iraq.
Volunteering your time and energy helps strengthen your community, but it also has important emotional and physical benefits.
All public housing in the United States is going smoke free.
Living alone in a senior high-rise and experiencing early dementia, Edna had a difficult time refusing offers that came by way of the telephone. "The people are so nice, it's hard to refuse them," she told her daughter, Lynae.
When Deborah's father turned 84, he needed help remaining independent at home. So Deb assisted with housework and cleaning; she raked leaves and shoveled snow, too. When he had a doctor appointment, Deb usually drove him.
Viola, 84, was going down the basement stairs to get the clothes out of the dryer, when the phone rang, startling her. One foot slipped, and down she went, landing in a heap on the basement floor. Her cries for help went unheard because she lived alone. “Viola laid there for nine days, and i…
Editor's Note: This commentary is from the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Editor’s Note: This commentary is from the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.
With darkening skies but not yet the winter cold, October is ideal for watching stars and planets.
September opens with a new moon and a wandering Mars. The red planet is on the verge of leaving Scorpius en route to Sagittarius, the archer, and its well-named Teapot.
As August begins, Jupiter comes out in the sun's afterglow and soon drops out of sight. High in the southwest, the brilliant star Arcturus starts a month-long plummet to the horizon, dragging its kite-shaped constellation, Bootes the herdsman, along with it. And low in the southwest, Mars pr…
Star watchers have good reasons -- besides the usual one -- to celebrate on July 4th. First, we get a new moon, which means we can watch stars and planets at any time of night without lunar interference.
Star watchers have good reasons — besides the usual one — to celebrate on July 4th. First, we get a new moon, which means we can watch stars and planets at any time of night without lunar interference.
Saturn has been playing second fiddle to Mars all year, but in June the red planet fades while the ringed planet reaches its pinnacle.
O n April 5, at the Chanhassen Library, a packed room waited for Jacquelyn Mitchard to take the podium.
Bob Roepke’s recent column in the Herald of his growing-up years in Chaska, when it was just a small town, brought to my mind some of my own reminiscences (only mine go back a generation earlier than his).