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Highway 41

Highway 41 is slated to close at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

The Minnesota River continues to rise.

The flooding river has closed river crossings in Chaska and Jordan.

The river is expected to rise above 32 feet early next week, getting close to a level that would flood Athletic Park in Chaska.

Stay posted for updates.

Andy Steinfeldt plank

Steinfeldt, of Minnetonka, celebrated his 71st birthday by holding an abdominal plank for 38 minutes.

A few years ago, Andy Steinfeldt didn’t even know what a plank was, and now he may hold the Guinness World Record for planking.

The Minnetonka resident celebrated his 71st birthday on March 19 by planking for 38 minutes.

“It’s quite grueling,” Steinfeldt reports.

Christopher Shimek

Christopher J. Shimek, of Prior Lake, plead guilty and was sentenced on two misdemeanor traffic charges on March 18. The charges were for an accident in December 2016 that resulted in the death of Calvin Robnik of Willmar.

Family members of Calvin Robnik, killed in a fatal car accident the day after Christmas 2016, sobbed as the man responsible was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Judge Caroline Lennon sentenced Christopher Shimek, of Prior Lake, on March 18, following guilty pleas to misdemeanor careless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign.

McDonald sisters for peace

The McDonald sisters in their peace T-shirts, from left, Kate, Jane, Rita and Brigid.

The McDonald sisters of Carver County are the subject of a new History Theatre play, called “Sisters of Peace.”

Rita, Kate, Brigid and Jane McDonald all became Catholic Sisters. They also became protesters. And in the 1970s and 1980s, they became well known anti-war protesters.

“We protest the violence and the war-based economy, but we are advocates for peace,” Jane said.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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