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~ ADVERTISER INDEX ~ ACCOUNTING: Drazan, Henke & Associates … … … … 70 Peterson Company, LTD… … … … … … 46 AGRICULTURE EQUIP. & SUPPLY: Mid-County Co-Op … … … … … … … 54 Midwest Machinery … … … … … … … 52 Waconia Farm & Home Supply … … … 44 AUTOMOBILE SALES & SERVICE: Bradley’s Collision … … … … … … … 71 Colony Plaza … … … … … … … … … … 6 HEI Collision Center … … … … … … … 6 Lenzen Chevrolet … … … … … … … … 52 NAPA … … … … … … … … … … … 50 Parts City … … … … … … … … … … 27 StarWest … … … … … … … … … … … 18 Valley Pontiac of Waconia … … … … … 56 BAIT - FISHING SERVICES: Colony Plaza … … … … … … … … … … 6 In Towne Marina … … … … … … … … 18 BANKS & FINANCIAL SERVICES: Edward Jones … … … … … … … … … 64 Klein Bank … … … … … … … … … … 10 Prudential … … … … … … … … … … 60 Security Bank of Waconia … … … … … 16 Thrivent Financial… … … … … … … … 38 BUILDERS, CONST. CO. & DEVELOPMENTS: 4 Square Builders … … … … … … … … 38 Homeland Builders … … … … … … … 70 Wild Prairie Homes … … … … Inside Back

ELECTRIC: A-1 Electric… … … … … … … … … … 72 ENTERTAINMENT: Carver County Fair … … … … … … … … 8 Lake Waconia Event Center … … … … 30 Rock Isle Farms … … … … … … … … 22 Waconia American Legion … … … … … 24 FOOD & BEVERAGE: Mackenthun’s Market … … … … … … 24 MGM Wine & Spirits … … … … … … 40 FURNITURE & HOME INTERIORS: Factory Direct … … … … … … … … … 42 Yetzer’s Home Furnishings and Floor Store … … … … … … … … 8 HARDWARE: Everson’s Hardware Hank … … … … … 60 Waconia Farm & Home Supply … … … 44 HEALTHCARE FACILITIES: Auburn Homes & Services … … … … … 46 Waconia Good Samaritan Center … … … 48 HEATING & COOLING: Hilgers Plumbing, Heating & Air … … … 12 Lindemeier Heating & Cooling … … … 62 Statewide Gas Services … … … … … … 71 Wood’s Edge … … … … … … … … … 22 HOTEL/MOTEL: AmericInn International … … … … … … 68

CABINETS & WOODWORKING: Medallion Cabinetry … … … … … … … 64 Willems Cabinets & Woodworking … … 27

HOUSING: Evergreen Apartments

CHILDCARE FACILITIES: Ladybug Childcare … … … … … … … … 6 Lil Explorers … … … … … … … … … 20

INSURANCE: AA Segner … … … … … … … … … … 62 American Family/Eveslage Agencies … … 6 State Farm Insurance Jeff Born … … … 22

CHIROPRACTORS: ABC Chiropractic … … … … … … … … 49 Health Source Chiropractic … … … … … 55 Soltis Chiropractic … … … … … … … 20 CHURCHES: Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church … … 44 Parkside Church … … … … … … … … 58 St Bernards Catholic Church … … … … 62 Waconia Trinity Lutheran Church … … … 56 Zion Lutheran Church … … … … … … 22 DANCE: Just for Kix … … … … … … … … … … 28 Rising Star Dance … … … … … … … … 66 DENTAL: Drs. Dungey & Menser DDS … … … … 68 Dr. Oswall DDS … … … … … … … … 42 Hultgren, Hoxie & Waki… … … … … … 48 Waconia Dental … … … … … … … … 14

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LAWN & GARDEN: Creekside Inc … … … … … … … … … 62 Picture Perfect … … … … … … … … … 27 Timberwall Landscape … … … … … … 40 LEGAL SERVICES: Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, Attorneys at Law … … … … … … … 50 MEDICAL: Lakeview Clinic … … … … … … … … 32 Ridgeview Medical Center … … … … … 12 Western OB/GYN … … … … … … … … 66 PHOTOGRAPHY: Inna Flash … … … … … … … … … … 12 Lynn Laumann … … … … … … … … … 38


REALTORS: Coldwell Banker Burnet … … … … … … 26 Re/Max, Becky Larsen … … … Back Cover Re/Max, Donna Mason … … … … … … 61 Re/Max, Jeff Schulz … … … … Inside Front RESTAURANTS & BARS: Golden Dragon… … … … … … … … … 28 Island View Dining … … … … … … … 12 Lola’s Lakehouse … … … … … … … … 31 Papa Murphy’s … … … … … … … … … 58 Subway … … … … … … … … … … … 61 SCHOOLS/INSTRUCTIONAL SVS.: Cologne Academy… … … … … … … … 28 Crown College … … … … … … … … … 61 DoJo Karate … … … … … … … … … 70 Holy Family Catholic High School … … 48 Mayer Lutheran High School … … … … 72 St. Bernard’s Catholic School … … … … 62 St. Joseph Catholic School … … … … … 49 Waconia Trinity Lutheran School … … … 56 Zion Lutheran School … … … … … … 22 SENIOR HOUSING: Auburn Homes & Services … … … … … 46 Kingsway Retirement Living … … … … 30 Lighthouse at Waconia … … … … … … 14 Oak Grove … … … … … … … … … … 71 Westview Acres … … … … … … … … 48 Westwood Place … … … … … … … … 54 SERVICES: Electric Beach Tanning/Videos… … … … 50 Expert Asphalt … … … … … … … … … 62 Fabrion … … … … … … … … … … … 60 In Towne Marina … … … … … … … … 58 Koch Bus Service … … … … … … … … 49 Salon Trende … … … … … … … … … 58 Shawn Dalchow Excavating … … … … 54 Sun Publications Waconia Patriot … … … 62 Waconia Chamber of Commerce … … … 4 SPECIALTY STORES: CDP Sports … … … … … … … … … … 71 Deardorff Orchards … … … … … … … 27 Haferman Water … … … … … … … … 72 Parley Lake Winery … … … … … … … 66 Premier Clothing & Apparel … … … … 52 The Shop Around The Corner … … … … 18 The Jonas Center … … … … … … … … 24 Two Way Communications … … … … … 52 Weinzierl Jewelry … … … … … … … … 8 SPORTS & RECREATION: Waconia Community Ed… … … … … … 61 TITLE COMPANIES: Title Mark … … … … … … … … … … 62 VETERINARIANS: Interlaken Centre … … … … … … … … 24 St. Boni Pet Hospital … … … … … … … 64 Waconia Veterinary Clinic … … … … … 50

Waconia by the Lake . . . .Page 3

Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 36

Development . . . . . . . . . .Page 5

Triathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 37

Dakota Rail Trail . . . . . . . .Page 7

Community Ed. . . . . . . .Page 39

Finding area schools . . . .Page 9

Local contacts . . . . . . . .Page 41

Nickle Dickle turns 50 . .Page 11

Ridgeview Medical . . . . .Page 43

Indoor ice arena . . . . . . .Page 13

Chamber of Commerce .Page 45

Fire Department . . . . . . .Page 15

Farming . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 47

Safari Island . . . . . . . . . .Page 17

City map . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 51

Recreation . . . . . . . . . . .Page 19

The best in golf . . . . . . .Page 53

Band Festival . . . . . . . . .Page 21

Annual events . . . . . . . .Page 55

Carver County Fair . . . .Page 23

Arboretum . . . . . . . . . . .Page 57

Blizzard Blitz Fishing . . .Page 25

Heritage Association . . .Page 59

Fourth of July . . . . . . . . .Page 29

Churches . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 63

City leaders . . . . . . . . . .Page 31

Music by the Lake . . . . .Page 65

Carver Park Reserve . . .Page 33

Crown College . . . . . . . .Page 67

Waconia Regional Park .Page 35

Historical Society . . . . . . . . . .69

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Community by the lake Waconia will be home to the 2012 Governor’s Fishing Opener on May 11 and 12. It will allow the city to promote fishing and tourism.

If you have yet to discover the beauty of Waconia and its people, you are in for a treat. This is the place where more than 150 years ago the first settlers knew they had found a place they could call home. The lake, the rich, fertile soils and abundance of wooded forests made this the perfect place for a community. Today, it has become a bustling community where history has welcomed modern day growth. Located in the heart of Carver County, the city of 10,250 continues on a balanced and deliberate growth pattern that has enabled it to meet the needs of its current residents, while always searching for new ways to greet tomorrow’s neighbors. Although the past four years have seen a slow down in growth, mirroring the economic times in which we live, this is a community that has managed to keep its identity while moving forward with an eye toward change. Boating, fishing, 3

shopping, dining, great schools, parks, bike and walking trails are just a few reasons Waconia has become such a sought after destination point for new residents and visitors. But quite honestly, it is the people that make this a wonderful place to call home or to visit. This guide to the Waconia area was created to help you learn more about the region, understand some of the services that exist and point you in the right direction to take advantage of it all. The city borders the southern shores of Lake Waconia. It is also home to Ridgeview Medical Center, a leading and expanding medical community. There’s a lot to like about Waconia, which you’ll see in this Guide. But don’t take our word for it. Explore Waconia Life!

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The current population of the city is 10,260, which is more include Fronterra, Windmill Creek, Oakpointe, and Waterford, than double what it was 10 years ago. Construction has slowed, just off Highway 284. Recently added is Pinehill development, with 45 new homes built in 2010, but the city continues to off 10th Street and a comp plan amendment that someday may maintain a pace of deliberate, careful growth. As you might allow for a residential development near the golf course. expect, most of the residential growth has been 7 occurring on the fringes, but nowhere more deliberately than on the south and west side of the city. Waconia currently has enough residential property 30 within its borders to handle new growth for the next Lake eight years. Many of those developments have Waconia Waconia Landing names most people recognize. Reg. On the south side of the city there are several Villages of Hilks Park Willowbrooke newer developments just off Highway 284. One of Legacy ia Village the larger ones is Clearwater Mills. It has more than Sugarbush tor 5 Vic Old Orchard o 110 housing lots. Some of the street names there T Sterling Hills 32 284 include Alva, Mill, Fountain, Niagara, Coney and Pheasant Ridge InterLaken Clearwater. Just to the north of Clearwater Mills is Country Ponds Prov. 10th St. Creek the second addition of Ravenwood. It also boasts Clearwater Waconia T more than 100 lots. Some of the street names there Middle 10 o H High Fox Run wy Pinehill Wildhurst .2 include Hunter Square, Mallard Place, Hilltop Lane, School/Safari Ch 12 Ravenwood as Linden Circle and Ravenwood Drive. To the south Island ka od Fronterra o w of Clearwater Mills is Sierra with street names like Waterford or To N Starlight Drive, Silver Street, Diamond Point, Clearwater Mills Oakpointe Bent Creek Feather Circle, Campfire Court and Sierra Parkway. Windmill Sierra Other developments on the southwest side of the city Creek

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Dakota Rail Trail open Carver County celebrated its 100th birthday at the 1955 County Fair. An estimated 20,000 people watched the centennial parade in Waconia.

Outdoor recreational opportunities have always been plentiful for Waconia residents, but now there is another option for citizens desiring a scenic place to exercise or just enjoy a beautiful day. The Dakota Rail Trail is now open from St. Bonifacius to Mayer, skirting the north shore of Lake Waconia. One of the area’s most scenic trails, the Dakota Rail Trail, which is paved, has been a popular option for runners, walkers, bikers and inline skaters in southwestern Hennepin County since it was constructed along a 13-mile stretch of the old Dakota Rail bed in 2009. The original trail runs from Wayzata to St. Bonifacius, offering spectacular views as it stretches along the northern and western shores of Lake Minnetonka and weaves through the lake’s various inlets. The trail was recently extended to Mayer with 7

a grand opening on May 21, 2011. The trail is currently 20 miles from Wayzata to Mayer. The new portion of the trail offers even more stunning views, this time from the northern shore of Lake Waconia. This is the first summer that the trail has been open for use in Carver County. The most elaborate work took place place at highways 7 and 92, near St. Bonifacius, where bridges were constructed over both roads to provide safe passage for walkers and bikers. There is plenty of parking for trail users at the city administration building on Kennedy Memorial Drive, just a block north of Highway 7 in St. Bonifacius or at the trailhead in Mayer, just off Highway 25. A map of the trail is posted at both ends, as well as every two miles along the path. The next phase of the trail will extend from Mayer to the west edge of Carver County.

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Public Schools Waconia: Southview Elementary Khuzana DeVaan, principal 225 W. 4th St., Waconia 952-442-0620 Grades: K-4; est. enroll.: 643 Bayview Elementary Chuck Anderson, principal 24 S. Walnut St., Waconia 952-442-0630 Grades: PK-4; est. enroll.: 673 Clearwater Middle School Peter Gustafson, principal 1650 Community Dr. 952-442-0650 Grades: 5-8; est. enroll.: 978 Waconia High School Mark Fredericksen, principal 1400 Community Dr. 952-442-0670

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Private and Parochial Schools Benton Township: Zion Lutheran School 14735 Co Rd 153 952-466-3379 Grades: PK-8; est. enroll.: 85 Cologne: St. Bernard’s Catholic School 300 Church St. E. 952-466-5917 Grades: PK-6; est. enroll.: 51 Mayer: Zion Lutheran School 209 Bluejay Ave 952-657-2339 Grades: PK-8; est. enroll.: 106 Lutheran High School Kevin Willaby, principal 305 Fifth St. NE 9

952-657-2251 Grades: 9-12; est. enroll.: 285 Victoria: Holy Family Catholic High School Kathleen Brown, principal 8101 Kochia Ln 952-443-4659 Grades: 9-12; est. enroll.: 595 Waconia: Trinity Lutheran School Randy Ash, principal 601 E. 2nd St 952-442-4165 Grades: PK-8; est. enroll.: 320 St. Joseph Catholic School Jeff Lenzmeier, principal 41 E. 1st St. 952-442-4500 Grades: PK-8; est. enroll.: 324

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Nickle Dickle celebrates 50 The 50th Annual Nickle Dickle Day celebration will be bigger and better than ever on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Held the second Saturday after Labor Day, this annual community celebration brings an estimated 20,000 people to Waconia for a day of old fashioned fun. Its origins are rooted in the deep commitment of the business community to make Waconia a family-friendly destination. In 1961 two business owners, Ralph Molnau and Art Laufenberger, attended a State Chamber of Commerce meeting and were inspired to try something new. They were looking for a way to bring people into town to shop and learned of an event strategy that was working for other towns. The idea they wanted to pursue was sidewalk sales. They returned to Waconia with a great event idea, but knew that the event should have

a catchy name. Some of the names suggested were Crazy Days, Water Days and Harvest Days. After much discussion, merchants began to focus on the sale of five cent objects. Art Laufenberger came up with Nickle Dickle Day. In the early years retailers put all the goods they wanted to sell on tables in front of their shops. As an added event, John Scheuble, who started Waconia Farm Supply, created the Crop Shows. Each business had a vegetable contest in front of their shop and each shop had a winner. The VFW used to sell 5-cent sloppy joe’s, with people lining the streets to get theirs. Pillow fluffing is still available there. Many people remember the greased pig contest, bingo and the ever popular ping pong ball drop from a helicopter. That event ended when too many people were climbing on roof 11

tops to find the lucky ping pong ball. A new event was added in the mid 1980s, the Antique and Collector Car and Truck show. Also added were food and craft vendors in City Square Park. In the early 1990s, St. Joe’s added a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and Community Education added fun runs. Along with all of that fun, you’ll see live music, duck races, over 130 craft booths, 14 food vendors, the library book sale, and a mechanical bull. To help celebrate 50 years in 2011, the day will culminate with a street dance. Then of course there is that staple to Nickle This remains the biggest selling day for retailers in downtown Waconia – most featuring specials all day long. Don’t miss this true Waconia Chamber of Commerce day, still going strong after 50 years!

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Ice arena opens a new era There will be an estimated 400 media representatives from a wide area in Waconia next May for the Governor’s Fishing Opener.

There was a time when playing hockey in Waconia meant lacing up the skates and climbing into a parka and pulling on a wool cap. Not so anymore. For the last three years residents of Waconia have enjoyed and used the community’s new ice arena. It’s not a only available for community use, but it’s the home arena for Waconia High School hockey and the Waconia Hockey Association (WHA). The city and WHA are largely responsible for making this facility a reality for the community. The arena features a single sheet of ice, seating capacity for 650 people, a heated viewing area and a large mezzanine viewing area. The building is attached to a warming house which serves an outdoor skating arena. There are open skate times scheduled throughout the summer, as well as adult open hockey and lessons for both figure skaters and hockey 13

skaters. The arena does shut down between midMay and mid-July for routine maintenance. During that time frame the city inspects the building for any issues, such as cracks in the floor under the rink or mechanical issues with any of the building’s cooling or heating equipment. Skating classes are offered at a number of levels, from beginner to basic skills to specialty classes. For a party or more personal recreational use, the arena is available for rent. There is also space for advertising opportunities. For more information, contact the city at 952-442-0694. Rental prices and availability can also be found on The arena is located at 1250 Oak Ave., Waconia, across from the high school. Contact the arena by e-mail at


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Fire protection and service This year is the 50th anniversary of Nickle Dickle Day in Waconia. It was started by retailers and is run by the chamber of commerce.

The volunteer firefighters of the Waconia Fire Department have been protecting the people and property of this area for 128 years. The department has built its reputation on hard work and a commitment to updated training. It relies heavily on the City of Waconia for its financial support, which allows major equipment purchases. It also works extensively with area townships that contract for services. Eventually the city will be looking at a possible relocation of the fire building, perhaps to an area that can accommodate a larger facility, but also make it more centrally located to the areas the department serves. The department also provides volunteer support at numerous community functions throughout the year, including Nickle Dickle 15

Day, the triathlon and band festival, as well as the County Fair. On Memorial Day the fire department also participates in a parade, where veterans from the area are honored for their service to country. On Sept. 11 it hosts a remembrance service at City Square Park, to reflect on the losses of our country during a terrorist strike on Sept. 11, 2001. There are 37 members of the volunteer department. Officers include Chief Randy Sorensen, Assistant Chief Mark Morse, Engine Captain Jeff Borg, Hose Captain Brandon Kolesar, Ladder Captain Justin Sorensen, Safety Captain Brian Roy, Training Captain Aaron Sorensen, Lt. Engine Company David Shaw, Training Lt. Marty Johnson, SCBA Officer Mike Dressel, Secretary Doug Rolf and Treasurer Mike Gieseke. For non-emergencies call the department at 952-442-2316.


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Safari Island a paradise Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, when he was an attorney, helped the city and school create an agreement to build and operate Safari Island.

In the boom year’s of tourism, Waconia was referred to as Paradise of the Northwest. Today, that paradise can still be found in many areas of the city, including the community center known as Safari Island. The centerpiece of Waconia’s parks and recreation department, it offers a large aquatics center, complete with two separate pools, fitness center, four court gymnasium, meeting rooms, large play area for children and elevated running track around the courts. For the competitive swimmer, the eight lane Olympic-size pool is a dream come true. It’s 12 feet at its deepest point, offers a pair of diving boards, as well as a ramped entry off the west lane for folks in wheelchairs or people who simply want to walk into the water. Next to the competitive pool is the leisure pool. It features a two-story water slide, roughly 157 feet in total length. Play fountains and a zerodepth entry make this an ideal pool for families and small children. A whirlpool in the northeast 17

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Swimming The only public beach on Lake Waconia is the 105-acre Lake Waconia Regional Park, located on the south shore of Lake Waconia near the Lake Waconia Event Center. It is accessed from Hwy. 5 via Paradise Lane. It is part of the Carver County park system which includes Baylor Park west of New Germany and Minnewashta Park between Victoria and Chanhassen. The park also includes a picnic shelter available for rent, bathrooms, playground, volleyball court, picnic tables and grills and sledding hill. Safari Island, Waconia’s community center, also offers indoor swimming opportunities with an Olympic-sized lap and diving pool. In addition, there is a zero grade pool with a two story waterslide and water playground for young children and a whirlpool hot tub for relaxation.

Fishing Lake Waconia provides some of the best fishing in the metro. Bass, walleye, northern pike, sunfish, crappies and many other types of fish can be hooked in Waconia. In 2012 it will host the Governor’s Fishing Opener. A fishing pier is located at Cedar Point Park, near the tennis courts off Lake Street. Other fishing “holes” located nearby include Parley Lake with a public access on its southwest shore, Reitz Lake with an access on the northwest shore, Pierson’s Lake with an access on its west central shore and Hydes Lake with a public access on its northeast shore. While Burandt’s Lake is actually connected to Lake Waconia by a series of streams and swamps, nearly all of its lake shore is privately owned and has no public access.

Golf & Bowling The closest course is Island View Golf Course. It is an 18-hole, 72 par

course that overlooks Lake Waconia. It has a full service club house with carts and driving range. The number is 952442-6116. Timber Creek Golf Course is located on County Road 15 near Watertown. It is a par 72, 18-hole course. It has a club house, carts and driving range. The number there is 952-955-3600. Deer Run Golf Course is located on County Road 11 just outside Victoria. It is a par 71, 18-hole course. It has a fullservice club house, carts and driving range. The number is 952-443-2351. River’s Edge Golf Course is located near Watertown on County Road 27. It is a nine-hole, par 36 course. Carts are available, as well as public dining and banquet facilities. The number is 952955-2223. Waconia Lanes is located at 16 W. 1 St. in Waconia. It is a six-lane state-ofthe-art bowling center and includes food and entertainment. The number is 952-442-2179.

Softball & Baseball There are several softball and baseball fields in the area. At the middle school there are three fields and at Brook Peterson Park, west of town, there are another eight fields. Lions Baseball Field is located north of WHS. 19

Skiing & Skating Besides the obvious water skiing that can be done on Lake Waconia, Carver Park Reserve and the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offer extensive cross country skiing trails. Carver Park Reserve is located just east of Waconia near Victoria and the Arboretum is nine miles east of Waconia on Highway 5. The number is 952-443-1400. An ice arena is located just north of the high school in Brook Peterson Park. Call 952-446-7465 for updates and 952446-0694 for scheduling and rental info.

Picnics City Square Park in Waconia offers grills, picnic tables, a shelter and playground equipment for kids. Lake Waconia Regional Park, near the Lakeside Ballroom, offers the same with plenty of room for kids to run around. The city also boasts numerous neighborhood parks for your picnicking adventures.

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A festival of marching The original marching band logo was designed in 1975 by Waconia cymbal player Ginny Steinhagen. She played bass clarinet in the concert band.

For the 13th year in a row, Waconia will host one of the premier summer marching band events, the Annual Lake Waconia Band Festival. It will be held June 18 on Main Street in Waconia, starting at 6 p.m. The featured band at the event will be your own Waconia High School Marching Band. It has been one of the leading marching machines of the state for more than three decades. Big Black has captured more than 228 grand champion or first place awards in the last 36 years and has marched in dozens of national festivals. More than one dozen different groups will march this year. Some of the top schools that will march this year include Park Center, Litchfield, Waconia, Mankato Area 77 Lancers, Owatonna and the Waconia Drumline, which will kick of the 2011 festival with a variety of cadences to energize the crowd. The local band practices on the streets of 21

Waconia nearly every morning during the early days of summer, into July. The bands will perform for a crowd that will likely exceed 7,000, lining Main Street for the afternoon. Units will start at the corner of Orange and Main, march west on Main to Walnut. From there they will head south on Walnut where they will finish up at the fairgrounds. Judging will be done in the downtown section of Waconia at the intersection of Main and Vine streets. This area is usually the first to fill with spectators. Most spectators use blankets and folding chairs to “mark� their spots the night before to ensure good seating along the parade route. The entire event usually last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. City Square Park is also a good gathering spot and most bands will perform there as well. The festival features only marching bands, with the exception of the Waconia High School Drumline. Go Big Black!

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Fair celebrating 100th One hundred years ago the Yellowstone Trail was created for automobile traffic from Massachusetts to Washington, passing through Waconia.

This is one of the grand daddies of Minnesota fairs: The Carver County Fair. This year's fun, scheduled for Aug. 10-14, will mark the 100th anniversary of the fair. The fairgrounds is located on the western side of Waconia, near the water tower, just off Third Street West. There will be plenty of fun activities at the fair. The popular midway, which features several kids' rides and adult rides will be a hot spot. There will also be many buildings on the grounds that house 4-H projects, judging contests, and displays from different organizations and businesses. Those business displays are among some of the favorites at the fair, with many giveaways and drawings for prizes. The 4-H projects are judged first at county fairs all around the state. Winners continue to the Minnesota State Fair for more competition. Carver County area residents are able to experience some of the fine work and efforts of youth first hand at the Carver County Fair. 23

And don’t forget to sample some of the great food. The Carver County Fair has dozens of food vendors set up on the south grounds which offer an assortment of tempting goodies and international foods that can only be found at a fair. In celebration of its 100th birthday, the fair will also be hosting a massive parade through downtown Waconia on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. It will start at City Square Park and finish at the fairgrounds. Some of the most popular attractions at past fairs have been pedal pull competitions for kids, pig and duck races and live music. And it wouldn't be a fair without the dozens of entries in cooking, horticulture and photography. You can find some of the best cookies, some of the largest pumpkins, best sweet corn and stunning photography at fair competitions. The fair concludes Sunday night with the wildly popular demolition derby. For more details about this year’s fair log onto


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Ice fishing a real Blizzard In 2011 the AllDay Blizzard Blitz received plenty of volunteer assistance from students who wanted to donate time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If fishing and football are two of your biggest interests, then it’s tough to beat the All Day Blizzard Blitz that will be coming to Lake Waconia this winter for the second year in a row. The event — an ice fishing contest — benefits the Starkey Hearing Foundation along with the All Day Foundation, which is the charitable organization of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson was on hand last January for the first-ever event; both he and his All Day Foundation are expected to be involved once again in 2012. Last year’s first-ever event — held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January — was a tremendous success. In addition to Peterson, numerous Vikings players were on hand, including— Ben Leber, Jim Kleinsasser and Steve Hutchinson — who participated in the contest. Avid ice fisherman and Vikings fans alike from all over the area came out in large numbers, with more than 1,000 people participating in the contest. The event 25

raised nearly $70,000 — most of it from sponsorships — for the Starkey Foundation, which helps children around the world who need hearing assistance, and the All Day Foundation, which helps children with varying needs. Much of the money raised was targeted for a trip to Uganda to outfit roughly 3,000 children with hearing aids. The 2012 event is set to once again be held on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16. Organizers plan to continue building on last year’s event, which featured prizes, food and DNR activities for kids. Two local cooperating sponsors played a huge role in the success of the event. Lola’s Lakehouse helped host the event at its restaurant, while In Towne Marina was the major player in helping set up, prepare the ice, run the contest and work with vendors. Mayor Jim Nash is co-chairing the 2012 event as well. Details can be found at or in The Waconia Patriot as the event approaches.

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Fireworks light up sky In 1920 Waconia challenged Chaska for the county seat, but a county-wide vote, 2,372 to 1,989, kept the courthouse in Chaska.

Waconia features one of the most brilliant fireworks shows on the Fourth of July, and the credit for that can go in large part to the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers who actually make it happen. An estimated 10,000-15,000 people will come to Waconia from several neighboring communities and counties. They will line the shores of Lake Waconia as fireworks are fired off in dramatic fashion over the lake from Coney Island. Viewed by boat or shore, the display is the grand finale to a day of celebration. Waconia has a long tradition of providing a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, making it one of the few communities in the metro that does so over a lake. The fireworks are free to watch for the public, but the Waconia Chamber of Commerce does the fund-raising throughout the year to make it all possible. It raises money by sponsoring Nickle Dickle Day in September, and through generous 29

donations from businesses, service groups and private individuals within the Waconia area. Because the fireworks are dependent on contributions every year in order to be possible, the chamber gladly accepts any amount that area residents would like to offer to help in the effort. If you’d like to make a donation to the chamber for this event, call 952-442-5812. The chamber office is located at 209 South Vine, in the City Hall Building. A core group of people from the community have taken pyro-technical classes in shooting off the fireworks. Many of them have been making the fireworks show possible for years. They are not paid for their services, but they give up their own holiday to make the day special for the people of the area. Fireworks will be shot off from Coney Island, providing great visibility from the regional park to downtown. Boaters can also watch from the lake. The show kicks off at dusk. 1 5/6/2011 11:38:50 AM

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To serve the residents Waconia City Council Mayor Jim Nash, 952-807-6416. Councilors Jim Sanborn (Ward I), 952-270-6085. Marc Carrier (Ward I), 952-442-1546. Larry Millender (Ward II), 952-380-8357. Kent Bloudek (Ward II), 612-202-4566. Administrator Susan Arntz 952-442-2184. In 1933 the Paradise Nite Club opened along the shores of the lake as a way to respond to deep worries of the Depression.

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Nature at your doorstep In 1855 the Minnesota Legislature organized Carver County with a population of 352. Waconia was founded two years later.

Nature’s beauty is on full display at Carver Park Reserve. If you enjoy meandering walkways that take you through wooded forests, open prairie, along the shores of small lakes and over rolling hills, Carver Park Reserve will offer you this and more. Located just six miles east of Waconia on County Road 11 the massive 3,500 acre nature reserve also offers bike paths (gravel and paved), picnic areas, restroom facilities and more. At the heart of Carver Park Reserve is Lowry Nature Center, which yearly attracts groups of adults and school children as well as families for weekday and weekend programs. Programs focus on the park reserve’s abundant natural resources and range from fall migration waterfowl watches at Fred E. King Waterfowl Sanctuary with its viewing blind, to the springtime ritual of maple syrup making, to star gazing in the summer. The park’s deer population roams freely and may be viewed from the nature center. 33

Many park users have also noted that deer can often be seen slipping through a thicket of trees or standing motionless as bikers and walkers stroll through the reserve.

So Much To Do • Lowry Nature Center. View the exhibits and wildlife or attend a scheduled program or class. Telephone, 763-694-7650. • Public picnic area, group picnic area available for a fee by reservation. • Public campground (no electricity or showers) with swimming beach and small play area. • Fishing with boat launches on four of the park’s six lakes. • 8-5 miles of paved bike trails,14.5 miles of turf hiking trails, 6 miles of horseback riding trails; trailer parking available. • Waterfowl viewing blind at the Fred E. King Waterfowl Sanctuary. • Winter sliding hill and ice skating pond.

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Regional park with beach Coney Island Hotel opened on the island in 1866. It was a popular destination for vacationers from Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Lake Waconia Regional Park offers 105 acres of terrain that presents a refined, yet rustic feel alongside beautiful Lake Waconia. It is located just east of Waconia on Paradise Lane, next to the Lake Waconia Event Center.. If you’re looking for a place to have a family reunion, graduation party or company picnic this might be the perfect location. The picnic shelter, located on the south side of the park, on a hill overlooking the lake, is available for rental throughout the summer and is located close to the playground, restrooms, beach and open park area. The shelter is near a sand volleyball court, grills, electrical outlets, and water faucet along with seating for up to 80 people. Still more picnic tables can be utilized outside of the shelter. Annual parking permits are available that allow patrons access to this park and the other 35

regional parks in the county, including Minnewashta and Baylor. If you live in Waconia and plan to walk to the park, you can gain access without any entrance fee to the park. Old Beach Lane, on the park’s west side, makes a direct connection with the city off Main Street South. The park offers the only public swimming beach on the lake and lifeguards are on duty during specified hours in the summer. See park posting for specific times. In the winter, the park is transformed to a wonderland, especially the large sledding hill on the south side of the property. Known as Mt. Waconia, At 80-feet in height, it’s the biggest hill in Waconia. The park area is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. or sunset, whichever is later. For more information call Carver County Parks at 952-466-5250.

Library a true resource A severe tornado and thunderstorm ripped through Waconia in 1904. Four area residents were killed as a result of the devastation.

The Waconia Library exists today because of the efforts and organization of civic-minded women who cooperated with churches, schools and other civic groups in the 1930s. These words are found in the typed announcement for “The Day of a Book,” an event held on Jan. 26, 1935: “…the outstanding characteristic of Waconia is its own completeness. We do things for ourselves and require little aid from outside sources. And so continuing this tradition, we are going to build a library book by book from your house and mine.” With a collection of over 40,000 books, the Waconia Library is providing the community with access to valuable resources. The Waconia Public Library, located at 217 Vine St., is a part of the Carver County library system, which was established in 1975. The Waconia Library itself began serving the community in 1935. Since then, it has continued to 36

be a growing asset to the community, as well as a dynamic resource that is responsive to the progress of technology. The library is keeping up with the online revolution in many ways. eAudiobooks are now available for patrons to download through These audio books can be checked out online and downloaded to a personal computer and then be transferred to a portable device. Some of the portable devices include the iPhone, iPod Classic, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, and the iTouch. The library also offers computer and software classes, summer reading programs, author talks, book clubs, book sales and story times. A comprehensive calendar of events, as well as access to other Carver County library sites and library hours, is available on the library’s

Triathletes converge on city Louise Butke was Waconia’s first female mayor from 1936-38. She chose not to seek a second term, but almost won by write-in votes.

If you have a love of swimming, running and biking, you may want to participate in the Lake Waconia Triathlon, held Sunday, June 26 in Waconia. You’ll see more swimmers, bikers and runners in one area of Waconia than ever before. The local terrain will again challenge hundreds of athletes in the 22nd year of the event. This year’s will again be one of the biggest ever with more than 500 participants. This annual event combines running, biking and swimming to test those who compete. It is one of the longest running triathlons in the state. Each participant competes at their own speed. Race officials have said the idea is to have “fun” while striving to reach the finish. The swimming portion is approximately 1/2 mile in distance. Competitors leave the county beach site and swim to a buoy that is located 1/4 mile out. They swim around the buoy and back 37

to shore. From there, swimmers make a quick transition to their bikes which are located in a huge pen near the beach. Bikers head through downtown Waconia on Old Beach Ln., heading west to Highway 25. For a detailed route of the bike portion, go to The athletes bike a total of 20 miles. Many spectators have said the bike portion is their favorite, simply because many of the bikes are so high-tech. Finally, the athletes are off on a four-mile run which takes them again through the streets of Waconia and back to the beach. The event is organized by Lake Waconia Triathlon, Inc, a non-profit group under the direction of Tom and Jean Konrardy and Marv and Shelly Denzer. Proceeds benefit area organizations and events, such as the fireworks show and Lake Waconia Association.

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Community ed. a resource Waconia nearly landed the 2010 Governor’s Fishing Opener, but was edged by Grand Rapids. In 2009 it was held in White Bear Lake.

If it’s learning and fun you seek, look no further than community education. It continues to promote the journey of lifelong learning through summer offerings in adult enrichment classes, adult trips and tours, youth enrichment classes, youth recreation, and youth trips. With an estimated 18,000 participants using community education every year, it’s clear that everyone from age 0 to 100 can find something of interest. These kinds of events have been cultivating a community of lifelong health and education in Waconia and neighboring communities since 1979. Adult enrichment classes include courses in developing personal rhythm or pet control, as well as CPR and defensive driving, allowing the older community to delve into something they may not usually have time for. Youth enrichment classes range from courses in karate to summer camps geared toward 39

speaking Spanish or creating music. Other opportunities for the community’s youth include Homeward Bound Theatre Company and babysitter’s training. The youth recreation opportunities give the younger community a number of sports camps to attend. Some of the sports offered this summer include basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, cheerleading, softball, tennis, golf, rugby, baseball, lacrosse, and even a youth triathlon. More than 2,000 kids have participated in these sports camps. Courses in early childhood family are also available, designed for families with children between the ages of 0 and 5. Detailed information about community ed. is offered in a packet in the lobby of Waconia City Hall. The Community Education’s Office can be reached at 952-442-0610 or visited online at It is located at 516 Industrial Blvd., Waconia.

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Getting connected to service Waconia Emergencies 911 Waconia City Hall 952-442-2184 Waconia Public Works 952-442-2615 Waconia Parks & Adult Recreation 952-442-5802 Safari Island 952-442-0695 Waconia Chamber of Commerce 952-442-5812 Community Ed. & Youth Recreation 952-442-0610 Southview Elementary School 952442-0620 Bayview Elementary School 952-442-0630 Clearwater Middle School 952-442-0650 Waconia High School 952-442-0670 School District Office 952-442-0600 Ridgeview Medical Center 952-442-2191 Carver County Courthouse 952-361-1500 Carver County Sheriff (non-emergency) 952-361-1231 Carver County Parks 952-466-5250

Senior Citizens Congregate Dining 952-442-5478 DMV (tabs, titles) 952-442-4038 Waconia Post Office 952-442-2928 Waconia United Food Shelf 952442-3878

Utilities & Solid Waste: Cable Mediacom 800-332-0245 Electric Xcel Energy 800-895-4999 Minnesota Valley Elec. Coop 952-4922313 (MVEC serves Country Ponds, Sterling Hill & Villages of Hilks Lake) Gas CenterPoint (Minnegasco) 800245-2377 Sewer/Water City of Waconia 952-4423107 Telephone Embarq 800-788-3500 Waste hauling Waste Management 800-450-9378 Francks Sanitation 952-467-3663 BFI 952-941-5174 Tidy Disposal 952-873-2636 41

County Contacts: Auditor 952-361-1910 Birth/Death Certificates 952-3611910 Building Permits 952-361-1820 Commissioners 952-361-1510 General Information 952-361-1500 Land Records 952-361-1930 License Center 952-361-1900 Parks 952-466-5250 Comm. Health Services 952-361-1329 Recycling 952-361-1835 Social Services 952-361-1600 Taxes Current 952-361-1980 U of M Extension 952-466-5300 Veteran’s Services 952-442-2323 Voter Registration 952-361-1910 Carver County Mental Health 952-442-4437 540 E. 1st St., Waconia 24.hour crisis line: 952-442-7601 Carver-Scott Ed. Cooperative 952-368-8800 Carver-Scott Humane Society 952-368-3553


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Ridgeview’s top health care Waconia Ridgeview Hospital opened its doors in 1963. Originally it was a 45-bed hospital. Previously, Nagel Hospital served Waconia.

No only an asset to Waconia’s business, medical, and health community, Ridgeview Medical Center, located at 500 South Maple Street, is a facility that has demonstrated a nationally recognized commitment to quality and progress in its services. Practice Greenhealth awarded the facility with one of its highest honors in 2011, the Environmental Leadership award. This award made the facility a part of the Environmental Leadership Circle, a group of health care facilities walking the green talk. Along with the facility’s commitment to the environment is its commitment to progress. The medical community recently opened the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska. This new facility is the region’s first Medicare-certified hospice offering both general and inpatient care. It is not only the organization that is committed to environmental health and medical 43

progress, but the doctors carry that torch as well. Mpls. St. Paul magazine recognized 21 Ridgeview and Ridgeview-associated physicians in their 2009 Top Doctor listing. In addition to founding a new online service, Ridgeview, along with 14 other nationwide sites, is one of the first medical communities to offer RapidArcä radiotherapy technology, a breakthrough technology in cancer treatment. The hospital also opened a new state of the art emergency/urgent care facility just off Highway 212 in Chaska this past year. It is the only facility of its type in the Midwest. Members of the community can rest assured that their local hospital employs the leading medical community of Carver County. The patients of Waconia have every reason to feel safe and healthy, as they have access to nationally recognized, top-notch healthcare. For more details visit or call 952-442-2191.


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Chamber ready for 50th The Waconia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is celebrating its 50th anniversary in March of 2012, two months before the fishing opener.

There is a reason Waconia is known for its small town charm and uptown pizzazz, and a large reason behind the success of the city’s economic life is the Waconia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The chamber works hard to fuel and promote the life of the community through events like Sister Saturday, fireworks on the 4th of July, Nickle Dickle Day, Business Expo, Homespun Holidays, Chamber Golf Tournament, west metro business-to-business events, monthly luncheons, coffee connections; and the list goes on. Every event the Chamber hosts is done with the purpose of enriching Waconia’s business and community life. For a comprehensive look at what goes on in the community, visit The Tourism Bureau is active in bringing people into the community. Through the many events the Chamber coordinates and the other services it provides, people seeking to move to or visit the area will find all the information they need about 45

the community in City Hall, where there is also a kiosk located in the lobby that is available seven days a week. Area businesses can invest in membership and utilize the Chamber’s services as a resource for networking and advertising both locally and to the larger metro area. Members are also listed on the Chamber’s website and included in tourism information. The Waconia Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organization driven by its members to support and encourage a vital and prosperous business community. We are a business advocate and resource as well as a community partner. The work of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce is focused in four areas: economic development, members services and programs, public policy, tourism and destination identity. The Waconia Chamber of Commerce is here for you! Visit or call 952-442-5812. Its office is located at City Hall, 209 South Vine.

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The nation’s backbone In 1918 there were 19 creameries in Carver County that were producing 8,000 pounds of butter per day or 2.9 million pounds for the year.

Although urban growth continues throughout Carver County, agriculture remains an active member of the local economy. And there is a good reason for that. The county historically ranks 10th in the state with the number of dairy cows, 13,000, and is also 10th in dairy production. There are more than 190 dairy farms in the county. And among those dairy farms are some of the most productive in the entire state. With its rolling hills and lush, green grass, early settlers quickly discovered cows thrived on land such as this. There may not be a higher concentration of dairy farms anywhere in the world. Just as the crops from area farms have helped feed the world, so too have the dairy products that come from this area. Just to the south of Waconia is the home of Bongards’ Creameries, known throughout the state for high quality dairy products. Dairy farm or crop farm, Minnesota is looking 47

to recognize family farms through out the state. Families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the Minnesota State Fair's 2011 Century Farm program. The Century Farm program recognizes family farms according to three qualifications. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres in size. A commemorative certificate signed by the president of the State Fair, the president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and the Governor will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm recognition. Information on all Century Farm families will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. Applications are available by e-mailing or calling 651-288-4446.


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A golf course to satisfy Island View Golf Course near Waconia opened to the public as a nine-hole course in 1960. It expanded to 18 holes in 1974.

Built in 1959, Island View Golf Club is an 18hole semi-private course that covers 145 acres just east of Waconia. The 6,552-yard, par-72 course is situated on County Road 30, just off the shores of Lake Waconia. Its fairways are lined with mature trees, while it’s rolling hills and manicured greens offer a scenic round of challenging golf from start to finish. The course, which opened to the public as a nine-hole course in July of 1960, expanded to 18 holes in 1974. The clubhouse, which has undergone several renovations over the years, expanded to its current size in 1983, and now offers a pro shop — which is stocked with the latest equipment and apparel — as well as men’s and women’s locker facilities, casual dining, banquet and reception areas and a bar and lounge area. The course is open to the public for both golfing and dining. Island View Golf Club also offers a full length driving range, as well as chipping and putting 53

practice areas. The club is a semi-private course with both full and associate memberships available. Island View hosts several men’s and women’s leagues, and also offers a junior golf program for kids in fifth through 11th grades. Non-Members may make tee times up to three days in advance by calling the pro shop at 952442-6116, Extension 2. More information about the course can be found at Golf enthusiasts can enjoy several other courses near Waconia, including Timber Creek Golf Course, which is located five miles west of Mound on County Road 15, near Watertown, and Deer Run Golf Course, which is located on County Road 11 just outside Victoria. Both courses are 18 holes and offer a clubhouse, carts and a driving range. River’s Edge Golf Course is a nine-hole course located near Watertown on County Road 27.



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June 2, 9, 16, 18, 23, 30: Music in the Park concerts at 7 p.m. in City Square Park. Rain site, Safari Island. June 17: Fishing in the Neighborhood at Cedar Point Park Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to noon. June 18: Band Festival-6 p.m., downtown Waconia. June 26: Lake Waconia Triathlon June 27: Ridgeview Golf and Taste Celebration at Island View Golf Course. Day long fundraiser. Food. Golf. Raffle, Card-playing. July 4: Fireworks show over lake. July 18: Chamber Golf Tournament from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Island View Golf Club. Aug. 10-14: Carver County Fair. Aug. 18: Chamber Golf Scramble, Island View Golf, 11 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 5: Labor Day. Stay home and relax with your family and friends. Sept. 17: Nickle Dickle Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Waconia. Oct. 6-9: Scarecrow Contest. Nov. 5: Dear Hunting (shopping deals).

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Beauty at the Arboretum A ring of chicken thieves working in Carver County was arrested in 1935. That was welcome news to farmers who were wondering where the chickens were going.

One of the world’s greatest research centers, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is located just down the road. It is situated just nine miles east of Waconia on Highway 5. But if you don't look for it, you might drive right by because it blends in so well with its surroundings. It features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close gardens and bike, walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections. The mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in welldesigned and maintained displays, collections, 57

model landscapes, and conservation areas. A 45,000 square-foot Visitor Center serves as the formal entry point to the Arboretum’s 1,040 acres of display gardens, extensive northernhardy plant collections, and diverse natural landscapes. The Visitor Center enhances service to members and guests through its McQuinn Great Hall, which creates an exceptional space for exhibits and receptions, as well as a restaurant, gift store, and display gallery. Other key features include: •A 375-seat auditorium and two classrooms with a teaching garden that offer expanded meeting space for classes, seminars, and conferences; •An enclosed skyway that links the Visitor Center to the Snyder Building, allowing the two buildings to function together. •The Snyder Building is still home to the Andersen Horticultural Library. •Miles of walking trails.

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Heritage Association Board members, front row left to right: Mary Happ, Joann Gorman, Nancy Anderson; back row, left to right: Paul Melchert, Lois Johnson, Mary Erhard and Will Yetzer.

Tracking our local heritage The first church in Waconia was St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church which was organized in 1857 by Rev. Father Bruno Riss.

Tracing a family’s history can be a time consuming, but fascinating past time. The facts and stories are an invaluable treasure to pass on to future generations. To consider preserving the history of an entire city might seem an insurmountable task. But, that is the mission the Waconia Heritage Association (WHA) has set out to complete. The group has already published Waconia: Paradise of the Northwest The Lake and its Island, released in 1986. Now, the WHA is working on a second book with a working title - Waconia: Paradise of the Northwest, The Town and its People. The first book focused on Lake Waconia and Coney Island. The second book will focus on the town of Waconia and its people. Both books cover the first 150 years of Waconia’s history from 1857 to 2007. Community members are writing most of the essays in the second book and the association sorts, edits and verifies facts within the essays 59

with the help of the Carver County Historical Society. The City of Waconia has donated office space to the group in city hall and will store all submitted essays in the full format of their submission. With no firm deadline for publication of the second book the group has been encouraged by its oldest member Will Yetzer, who in his mid 90s, has informed the board that he would like to see a published copy of the second book. The WHA has also put together a historic walking tour of the city of Waconia. The brochure is available at city hall and features 22 historic stops within 1.7 mile walk in downtown Waconia. Since its inception in 1983, the Waconia Heritage Association’s purpose was to “discover and memorialize the heritage and history of the area.” The Waconia Heritage Association can be reached by calling Nancy Anderson at 952-9553493.

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Finding faith in the area WACONIA Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Rev. Dale R. Peterson 952-442-2101 800 Waconia Parkway N. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 41 E. 1st St. Fr. Larry Blake 952-442-2384 Trinity Lutheran Church Rev. Phil Wagner 952-442-4165. 601 2nd St., E. Waconia Moravian Church Rev. Cindy Mueller 952-442-2920 209 E. 2nd St. Oakwood Community Church Pastor Steve Anderson 952-442-4323 Meets at Waconia High School Waconia Parkside Church Pastor Randy Burg 952-442-2113 9560 Hwy 5. PO Box 221 Promise Community Church Pastor Mark Sullivan 952-442-1109 Meets at Clearwater Middle School Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Bishop Richards 952-442-4310

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BENTON TOWNSHIP Zion Lutheran Church Rev. Eric Zacharias, 952-466-3379 14745 Co. Rd. 153 COLOGNE St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Fr. Martin Shallbetter 952-466-2031 210 Church St., E. NEW GERMANY St. Mark Lutheran Church Rev. LeRoy LaPlant 952-353-2464 510 Broadway St., P.O. Box 69 St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood Pastor Bob Rupprecht 952353-2406 17725 53rd St . ST. BONIFACIUS St. Boniface Catholic Church Fr. Thomas Balluff 952-446-1054 4025 Main St. 63

Minnetrista Baptist Church Rev. John McNabb 952-446-1118. 8325 Kennedy Memorial Dr. Freshwater Community Church Pastor John Braland 952-446-9090 4319 Steiner St. St. Bonifacius

VICTORIA St. Victoria Catholic Church, Co. Rd. 11, so. of Hwy 5, Fr. Robert White, 952-443-2661 Faith Lutheran, On Hwy 5 & Minnewashta Parkway Pastor Bill Monday 952-474-4966 Lake Auburn Moravian Church Pastor Brian Dixon 952-443-2051 in Victoria on Co. Rd. 11 MAYER Zion Lutheran Church Rev. Lucas V. Woodford 952-657-2566 209 Blue Jay Ave.

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Music by the Lake a treat O.D. Sell of Mayer created the County Historical Society in 1940. It was located in Mayer until the mid1940s when it moved to Waconia.

Elite musical performances and world premiers are the stuff of Hollywood and New York, but thanks to a group of music lovers in Waconia, it is also the stuff of Music By The Lake at Faith Lutheran Church. From the humble beginnings of single performance by a local, classical pianist, in January of 2005, the idea that concerts like this should happen, on a regular basis, in Waconia came to fruition. Soon a board of directors including: Liz Hegle, Doug Scholla, Rolly Leuzinger Ross Hanson, Keith Sjodin and Charley Streiff came together to seek out elite musicians to perform for Music By The Lake. Music By The Lake has become an annual concert series that includes three performances and it only contracts the finest musicians. Diversity is important to the series; it features various genre from classical and choral to blue65

grass and big band. One prerequisite all the groups must have is the ability to relate to the audience. Music By The Lake has even hosted a world premier of a piece of music by the choral group Cantus. The piece, which is based on a letter from Pfc. Jesse A. Givens of Springfield, Mo., who served in Iraq, features a letter to his wife, stepson and unborn child. It was to be read only in the event of his death. Pfc. Givens was killed May 1, 2003. Pfc. Givens’ widow Melissa was present at the premier in Waconia on April 6, 2008. The 2011-2012 series of Music By The Lake will include Vocalessence on Oct 22, 2011, Copper Street Brass Quintet on Dec. 11, 2011 and Neal and Leandra on April, 14, 2012. For information on Music By The Lake go to Tickets are sold via

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Reaching higher at Crown The Paradise Nite Club in Waconia burned down in 1971. It was later rebuilt and was more recently known as the Lakeside Ballroom.

For over 90 years Crown College has been a part of Minnesota’s culture of higher education and, since 1970, has been a part of the Waconia community. This private college of 1,500 local and international students is located on County Road 92 on 215 acres of property and offers a number of degrees for both traditional and nontraditional students. Unlike most institutions of higher education, Crown’s campus is compromised of only one building that accommodates classes, administration, faculty and staff, sporting events and other school functions. This single building was formerly a Jesuit monastery surrounded by other buildings that serve as residence halls. The on-campus housing at Crown accommodates a variety of students, including those with families. The academic program for nontraditional students, formerly known as the Crown Adult 67

Program (CAP), is now the Adult and Graduate Studies program (AGS). AGS offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees for adults who have already taken on the responsibilities of a full-time job, family, or both. Certificates and licensure programs are available as well. Crown’s undergraduate program has grown with the recent addition of the nursing program. Many students have come in as freshmen or transferred from other schools because of the addition of the Nursing Department. For more information about this and other academic departments and programs, visit Stay tuned for more about the college in the semesters to come. Crown College 8700 College View DR St. Bonifacius, MN 55375


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Historical Society nearby To help commemorate the nation's bicentennial in 1976, the Waconia Bicentennial Commission was organized. It organized local events.

History has always been important to the people of this community. Life in Carver County is a magnificent journey. Since its formation in 1940, the Carver County Historical Society has been dedicated to sharing and preserving knowledge of the county’s history and exhibiting this magnificent journey. Located at the corner of Cherry and First Street, the museum is most recognizable by its architecture, a two-story building with a siloshaped glass entry, symbolic of the county’s rich agricultural heritage. There is also a retired World War II tank on the west side of the front lawn. This tank is indicative of one of the collections housed by the society, a massive military display of artifacts collected by local military historian and collector Dan Steinhagen. The Carver County Historical Society features five local history galleries and a gallery honoring veterans. The local history galleries are primarily thematic and tell the story of our county's her69

itage. The objects on display are used to help tell these stories. Exhibits or parts of exhibits change regularly. Scavenger hunts are available for children of all ages who are visiting the museum. Galleries for you to view: Choosing Carver County This gallery highlights the history of immigration to Carver County. Toolin' Around Carver County Hammers, axes, planes and other tools are the focus of this exhibit. Snapshots of Carver County History This gallery examines various aspects of Carver County's past including natural history, agriculture and industry and recreation. For more information about the Carver County Historical Society (555 West First St., Waconia), visit or call 952-442-4234.

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