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2016 - 2017 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide yesterday, today, tomorrow

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU We have a deep commitment to solving the customer’s problem. Our job is to make sure each customer is satisfied. We will have an open door policy with each other and with our customers. Encourage people to feel free to come to us and discuss technical questions, suggestions or whatever is on their minds. We will not just give them standard, one-word answers. They will receive detailed information because it is better to have more information than you need. We will have a ‘how can I help you’ attitude that will flow out to all of our customers. We will try to explain things the way we would like someone to explain them to us: in great detail, clearly and patiently. Genuine dedication will show in our voices.

Visit our outdoor showroom or contact Timberwall for more information, 952-443-2808 • 1915 Arboretum Blvd. Victoria, MN 55836

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Hundreds turned out to celebrate the dedication of the Prince mural on the side wall of the Chanhassen Cinema June 22. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)


Parks Nature Preserves Recreation Lakes Trails

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Farmers Market



Mayor’s Column City of Chanhassen Chanhassen City Council Meetings City Departments Ordinances City of Victoria Frequently Called Numbers Victoria City Council Meetings Carver County Emergency Numbers Frequently Called Numbers Human Services Libraries Licenses and Documents Metropolitan Council Transportation Utilities Waste Disposal

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Watersheds U.S. Postal Service Voting Information

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HEALTH Hospitals Medical Clinics

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LEISURE Youth Sports Youth Organization Organizations

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LIVING Eastern Carver County Schools Minnetonka Public Schools Non-Public Schools Help & Support Services

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MARKETPLACE Media Chamber of Commerce Business Directory

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PETS Pet Information


2016 - 2017 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Editor/Publisher: Richard Crawford \ Director of Operations: Laurie Hartmann Editorial content: Unsie Zuege \ Cover Design: Nicole Bullock Editorial Design: Mickelle McDowell, Jessica B Bidleman, Carrie Rood \ Advertising: Samuel Schmitt Special thanks to the city of Chanhassen, SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, CAP Agency, Carver County and local school districts for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Chanhassen Villager, 123 West 2nd St., Chaska MN 55318. Copyright 2016 - 2017. Printed in the U.S.A. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 952-445-3333 or send an email to

Cover photo by: Unsie Zuege Lake Ann Beach is a popular draw.

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SouthWest Transit. You’ll love the way we move you. ECO-FRIENDLY • SMART • COMFORTABLE • EASY Award-winning transit agency for Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Express bus service Monday through Friday to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.


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Lake Ann Beach is a popular destination in Chanhassen during the summer season. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)


elcome to the 2016-2017 Chanhassen Lifestyle Guide. This year we asked for your advice and called upon a random sampling of Chanhassen residents to tell us what they love about living here. Throughout our 2016-2017 Chanhassen Lifestyle Guide, you’ll see what they enjoy about the city, the community, the businesses and all the other amenities that make Chanhassen not just where they live but what makes it their home. This publication of fers a director y of information and resources used by Chanhassen area businesses and residents, especially those who are new to this area. The Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and email addresses. Keep it handy; use it often. Our apologies in advance for omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 952-345-6682. Send information for the Lifestyle Guide to Amanda McKnight

at Chanhassen offers great quality of life and has been recognized in a host of national rankings for being a great place to live, work and play! Most of the city’s 14,427 acres are in Carver County, with 154 in Hennepin County. Five major highways traverse the community — including Highway 212 — allowing residents and commuters to reach other metropolitan communities in minutes. Two public school districts, Minnetonka and District 112, as well as private schools, serve the families in the community. There is much to do and enjoy in Chanhassen. The downtown area offers shopping, dining and entertainment — including the landmark Chanhassen Dinner Theatres — as well as a library and many service and retail businesses. For outdoor enthusiasts, Chanhassen has 11 lakes that offer recreation and relaxation to residents and visitors to the community. The city’s park system features more than 30 community and neighborhood parks, as well as over 100 miles of trails for people of all ages. The park system also features 14 nature preserves. Additionally, the Chanhassen Senior Center is a social gathering spot for those over age 55.





Minnesota Harvest Orchard




Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


SouthWest Transit


Chaska Curling Center


Abel Heating & Cooling





Waconia Dodge



Haferman Water Conditioning, Inc.


Victoria House


I Got a Guy LLC


The Mustard Seed


Brown’s Tire & Auto


Chanhassen American Legion


Olive Branch Estates




The Prop Shop




Summer Wood of Chanhassen


Mr. Handyman


Cuzzy’s Bricks House

GOVERNMENT Victoria Recreation Center


HEALTH Live Well Market Square

Edina Realty - Godzala


Edina Realty



Chaska Valley Vet Clinic



Stone Creek Dental


Chanhassen Family Dentistry, P.A.


Prairie Dental


Veil Orthodontics


Ovation Orthodontics


Radiance Dental


Requet Chiropractic Wellness Center


Two Twelve Medical Center


Lakeview Clinic


St. Francis Regional Medical Center


North Memorial Clinic


LEISURE Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping




LIVING Seedlings


Eastern Carver County Schools


Southwest Christian High School


Sylvan Learning


Crown College


Winslow Monument Service


Bertas Funeral Home & Cremation


Worship Directory


The city was reviewing plans in October to turn Prince’s Paisley Park into a permanent museum in memory of the music icon who called Chanhassen home. (File Photo)


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres






1,304 2010 - 2014 = 100

24,481 24,967 25,332

10.1% change from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015

= 1,500


5 years and under 18 years and under


Between 19 and 64 years


WORK TRAVEL TIME Mean travel time to work

workers age 16+

23.4 min

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65 years and older




8,679 Housing units, 2010 = 1,000










7% Foreign born Between 2010 and 2014 EDUCATION

96.6% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2010 - 2014

60.7% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2010 - 2014


Home ownership rate, 2010 - 2014

89.1% Living in same house 1 year and over $334,900 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2010 - 2014 2.81 Persons per household $108,078 Median household income, 2010 - 2014 $47,853 Per capita income in past 12 months, 2014 dollars Source:



elcome to the community of Chanhassen, Minnesota! As you review the contents of this year’s Lifestyle Guide to our community, please consider the broad array of entertainment, recreation, housing, employment and lifestyle choices available to you in Chanhassen. We are a “Community for Life … Providing for Today and Planning for Tomorrow.” Whether you are a visitor, new to our community, or a longtime resident, you will find many activities and attractions to enjoy. Some of the “Small Town America” elements of Chanhassen include: • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres – Largest of its kind in the United States. • University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Founded in 1958, has over 400,000 visitors annually.

• Community Festivals; including Feb Fest, Fourth of July Celebration, Taste of Chanhassen, BuyChanhassen “Night on the Town.” • Vibrant Downtown Business District – Including more than 30 restaurant options for almost any choice of cuisine. • Parks and Trails – More than 100 miles of sidewalks and trails and more than two dozen neighborhood parks. • Community Parks and Lakes – Lakes Susan, Ann and Lotus provide great recreation and fishing opportunities. Bandimere Park includes a challenging Disk Golf Course. • Neighborhood Night Out – First Tuesday in August, over 50 neighborhoods gather to “meet and greet” neighbors and city leaders to enrich relationships and

promote public safety. • Paisley Park – The recording studio, concert venue and now “Memorial Site” to Prince Rogers Nelson, who called Chanhassen his home for the last 30 years of his life. When you experience all that our community has to offer, you will learn that the quality of life that we enjoy in “Chan-Happenin” is the cumulative product of civic pride and active participation from all our citizens, businesses, shops and residents alike. The goodness in Chanhassen comes from our civic organizations, places of worship, public and private schools, places of commerce and industry, youth and adult athletic organizations, tightly knit neighborhood groups and most importantly from our families who are committed to

DENNY LAUFENBURGER preser ving and nurturing the character of our community. We hope you find great value and satisfaction during the time you spend in Chanhassen. If you need further information about Chanhassen, please try out the many advertisers you find in this guide, or simply call City Hall at 952-227-1100. We welcome your questions and comments. Laufenburger is the mayor of Chanhassen.

Taking part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Chanhassen Firefighter Memorial are, from left, Chanhassen City Councilor Bethany Tjornhom, firefighter Doug Foote, Mayor Denny Laufenburger, former St. Louis Park Fire Chief Mark Windschitl, project supporter Mark Undestad, and Chanhassen Fire Chief Don Johnson. (Photo courtesy Roger Smallbeck)

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Above - Spent paint at the Prince mural in Chanhassen. (Photos by Richard Crawford) Left - “Mr. G,” a native of New Zealand, created a mural to honor Prince in downtown Chanhassen.



hen it comes to attractions, Chanhassen can boast of plenty. The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is nationally recognized for its quality music theater and for being the largest dinner theater in the United States. In recent years, the CDT has expanded its entertainment offerings with live music acts, a comedy club and a lively pub. For nature lovers, the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a living catalog of the upper Midwest’s plants, flowers, trees and vegetation. For something out of the ordinary, Chanhassen resident Claire Becker recommends touring the Temple of Eckankar. “I lived in Chanhassen for 19 years before finally bothering to check out the huge pyramid in the middle of it and let me tell you it is not what I expected,” Becker says. The temple is the world headquarters for Eckankar, a modern-day religion founded in 1965. And there is Paisley Park, the home and music studio of international pop musician Prince Rogers Nelson, which has gained even more attention since his untimely death in April 2016. Months after Prince’s death, fans from around the world continue to make a pilgrimage to Paisley Park to lay flowers, hang purple balloons and tie letters and cards to the fence surrounding the studio. Chanhassen resident Jessica Boevers regrets that she never

In recent years, the once reclusive Prince began hosting impromptu concerts and dance parties at Paisley Park. took advantage of Prince’s Paisley Park dance parties and concerts. In recent years, the once reclusive Prince began hosting impromptu concerts and dance parties at Paisley Park. “I’d always meant to go to Paisley Park,” Boevers said. “And now it’s too late.” But Boevers and her son Joshua have taken advantage of most other local attractions. “We go to the beaches, the library, the free music in the park,” Boevers says. “We love using the trail ... we’ll take our bikes a couple times a week. My husband and I rented paddleboards at Lake Ann. It was a lot of fun. And my son Joshua has enjoyed participating in the weekly Discovery Playground each summer, and Lake Ann Adventure camp for one week in the summer. Both are offered through the Parks and Recreation Department, and I’m continually impressed by the quality of playground leaders that the department hires. “For the first time last February, we took our chances searching for the medallion together during Feb Fest. We didn’t find it but gained some experience for next year’s hunt! “We have visited nearly every park within Chanhassen,” Boevers said. “One summer we made it our goal to go to a new one each week for a month. And we’ve spent many hours at the Arboretum using our membership a few years ago. We read the Villager thoroughly each week, looking for activities and events in and around Chanhassen that we can take part in.”

ATTRACTIONS PARKS Residents take pride in the city park system, which has more than 35 community, neighborhood and open space locations with over 90 miles of trails. The city of Chanhassen’s plan is to provide a park within a half-mile of every resident’s front door. With the exception of some of Chanhassen’s more rural areas, this goal has been attained. Carver County operates the 350acre Minnewashta Regional Park in western Chanhassen. On its southern border is the Minnesota River Valley Wildlife Refuge. The city is also home to University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Call Chanhassen Parks & Recreation at 952-227-1121 to make picnic reservations. COMMUNITY PARKS Lake Ann Park 1456 W. 78th St. This 102-acre community park is located approximately one-half mile west of Powers Boulevard (County Road 17) and West 78th Street. The beach has lifeguards on duty (mid-June to late August weather permitting). Concessions and boat rentals are available daily during the summer months. It also has two picnic/recreation shelters, reservation picnic sites, tennis court, six ballfields, soccer field, canoe racks available for rent, volleyball, trails, boat access and a fishing pier. City Center Park 7700 Market Blvd. This 10-acre park — jointly owned by the city of Chanhassen and School District 112 — lies adjacent to City Hall and Chanhassen Elementary School. The park has four ballfields, five soccer fields, four tennis courts, three basketball courts, a skating rink, hockey rink, skate park and playground. Skate Park — Open from sunrise to sunset. Skateboards, bicycles and in-line skates are welcome at the skate park. Protective helmets and appropriate footwear are mandatory. Spectators must stay clear of the ramp area. For information, call Park & Recreation at 952-227-1100.

Lake Susan Park 903 Lake Dr. E. This 33-acre community park has a reservation picnic shelter, two sand volleyball courts, two tennis courts, baseball field, basketball court, archery range, playground equipment, canoe racks available for rent, fishing pier, boat access, trail and a swimming beach (lifeguards are not on duty at this site). Bandimere Community Park 9405 Great Plains Blvd. This 32-acre community park is located on Highway 101 just south of Lyman Boulevard. A youth athletic complex, it has an internal trail system, three ballfields, three soccer fields, a disc golf course, playground equipment and parking. NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS Bandimere Heights Park 9290 Kiowa Tr. This four-acre park is adjacent to Bandimere Community Park. It has an open playing field, basketball court, trail connection to Bandimere Community Park and off-street parking. Carver Beach Park 6891 Lotus Tr. This six-acre linear park along the northwest shoreline of Lotus Lake has two beaches, a small playground, picnic area, canoe rack, fishing dock and off-street parking.

Chanhassen Hills Park 8579 Chanhassen Hills Dr. S. This seven-acre park has a ballfield, basketball half-court, playground, sand volleyball court, trail and offstreet parking. Curry Farms Park 1300 Stratton Ct. This six-acre park has a playground, basketball half-court, open field, off-street parking and a loop trail.

Kerber Pond Park 7380 Kerber Blvd. This 27-acre park is primarily composed of open space with a trail that winds through the park encompassing the pond. It is intended to be a passive facility, accommodating the observation of plants and wildlife in a natural environment. Picnic sites are located along Kerber Boulevard.

Greenwood Shores Park 7110 Utica Ln. This three-acre park abuts both Lake Ann and Lake Lucy. The site includes a beach on Lake Ann, picnic area and a trail connection to Lake Ann Park.

Meadow Green Park 921 Pontiac Ln. This 13-acre park provides ballfields for a variety of youth sport teams. It has a picnic shelter, playground, basketball half-court, tennis courts, picnic tables, off-street parking and a trail connection.

Herman Field Park 2591 Forest Ave. This 12-acre park has an open field, picnic area, playground, off-street parking and natural areas.

Minnewashta Heights Park 6220 Dogwood Ave. This two-acre site has a picnic area, playground, basketball half-court and an open field.

Winner of 4 Tony Awards

Opens September 30!

Carver Beach Playground 900 Carver Beach Rd. This two-acre park features a large playground, a ball field and basketball half-court. Cathcart Park 26655 West 62nd St. This neighborhood park is owned by the city of Shorewood but lies within the city of Chanhassen. The park has a ballfield, tennis court, playground, basketball court, offstreet parking and a hockey rink with warming house. Chanhassen Estates Park 55 Lake Dr. E. A one-acre park in Chanhassen Estates (south of McDonald’s) has an open field, playground and a basketball half-court.

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North Lotus Lake Park 295 Pleasant View Rd. This 20-acre site sloping toward Lotus Lake offers open space, playground, ballfield, tennis courts, picnic shelter, in-line skating/hockey rink, winter skating, sliding hill, trail loop and off-street parking. Pheasant Hill Park 1720 Lake Lucy Ln. This 11-acre site has an open field, basketball court, playground, sand volleyball court and a walking trail. Pioneer Pass Park 9630 Bluff Creek Drive Completed in 2014, this eightacre park offers a playground, basketball half-court, open field, ball field, trail connections, and off-street parking. Power Hill Park 8702 Flamingo Dr. This 22-acre site has a picnic shelter, sledding hill, open field, play area, basketball court, trail loop and off-street parking. Prairie Knoll Park 1124 Dove Ct. This four-acre park has a playground, basketball half-court, open field and trail connection. Rice Marsh Lake Park 8119 Erie Cir. This four-acre park contains a picnic area, playground, trail connections, ballfield, basketball court and off-street parking. Riley Ridge Park 8959 Reflections Road This 19-acre park is comprised of a combination of woodlands, wetlands, and active play areas. The park opened in 2013 and features a large playground, picnic shelter, basketball half-court, sledding hill, trail loop, and offstreet parking.

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Roundhouse Park 3950 Kings Rd. This eight-acre park includes the “Roundhouse Park Building,” winter skating, playground, beach on Lake Minnewashta, picnic area, walking trail, fishing pier, open field and off-street parking.

South Lotus Lake Park 7610 South Shore Dr. This nine-acre park consist s of three separate parcels. One borders Lotus Lake and includes a boat access. The upland portions have a playground, open field, tennis courts and off-street parking. Stone Creek Park 2250 Stone Creek Ln. E. This eight-acre site has play equipment, basketball-half court, sledding hill, open field and trail connection. Much of the park is heavily wooded. Sugarbush Park 7220 Galpin Blvd. This five-acre park has a playground, basketball half-court and open field. Trail connections and off-street parking are available. Sunset Ridge Park 1364 Lake Susan Hills Dr. This nine-acre park has a playground, basketball half-court, open field, ball field, trail connections and off-street parking.

NATURE PRESERVES Bluff Creek Preserve Headwaters North of Hwy. 5, east of Hwy. 41 The Bluff Creek trail winds its way through this large expanse of wetland and upland habitat. Three separate parcels totaling approximately 49 acres have been assembled to date. When complete the Bluff Creek Preserve will include more than 120 acres of varied habitats. This preserve creates an important wildlife travel corridor in the center of the community. Access is available from a variety of neighborhood trail connections. Chanhassen Nature Preserve Coulter Blvd. This 112-acre wetland complex is the largest city-owned nature preserve within Chanhassen’s borders. Only the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and countyowned Minnewashta Regional Park boast larger nature areas.

ATTRACTIONS Lake Susan Preserve Powers Blvd. Approximately 60 acres in size, this preserve is easily noticed while driving south on Powers Boulevard. A trail connection leading from Lake Susan Community Park to the preserve is well worth the walk. Pleasant View Preserve Pleasant View Rd. Nestled in one of the many crooks of Pleasant View Road is this small but wooded preserve. The property is located at the south end of Silver Lake Park. A local deer herd frequents this area. Rice Marsh Lake Park Preserve Dakota Lane A natural extension of Rice Marsh Lake Park, this 70-plus-acre preserve is largely comprised of a rich cattail wetland. The preserve extends eastward into Eden Prairie. REGIONAL PARKS Carver County Parks 952-466-5250 Carver Parks operates the following regional parks: Baylor Regional Park 10775 Co. Rd. 33 Norwood Young America 952-466-5250 A 201-acre park, Baylor is also home to the Eagle Lake Observatory operated by the Minnesota Astronomical Society. The Observatory has several telescopes for public viewing at scheduled events. Additional facilities at Baylor include campgrounds, a beach, fishing pier, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic shelters and trails. Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 6900 Hazeltine Blvd. Chanhassen 952-466-5250 Lake Minnewashta is a 340-acre park with a boat launch, picnic shelters, swimming beach with lifeguards, creative children’s play structure, hiking trails, cross country skiing, volleyball courts, restrooms and fishing pier.

Lake Waconia Regional Park 8170 Paradise Lane, east of Waconia 952-466-5250 This park and beach area has a children’s play area , picnic grounds, picnic shelter and restrooms. A large sliding hill, featuring an 80-foot plunge, offers sledding enthusiasts a scenic view of Lake Waconia and Coney Island. Three Rivers Park District 763-559-9000 Three Rivers operates the following:

Your in-town getaway year-round!

Spring Wonder! Thousands of tulips. Gardens and woodlands. Miles of trails.

Carver Park Reserve 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Lake Auburn Campground reservations 763-559-6700 Lowry Nature Center 763-694-7650 A 3,700-acre park reserve where trumpeter swans and other wildlife have been nurtured. There are trails, camping, biking, fishing, children’s playground, Historic Grimm Farm and nature programs.

Summer in Bloom. Gardens in bloom. Plus outdoor exhibits, music, family fun.

The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park 2187 Highway 101 East Shakopee 763-694-7784 NATURE AREAS

The Best Fall Color.

MN Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Dr. Chanhassen 952-443-1400 The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers more than 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens, natural woodlands, wetlands and prairie, plant collections, and displays. Walk, hike, cross-country ski more than eight miles of trails. Open 363 days a year.

Amazing scarecrows. Pumpkin Palooza. Events and fun outdoors. AppleHouse open.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge 3815 American Blvd. E. Bloomington 952-854-5900

Color Spirits Bright. Holiday trees and teas, Santa, winter trails. Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum. 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318 2016 - 2017 |


ATTRACTIONS Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center 15865 Carver Highlands Dr. Carver 952-361-4500 Made up of 14 separate units, the 14,000-acre Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge runs from Bloomington to Henderson, along both sides of the Minnesota River, to provide 4,700 acres of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, wildlife observation and photography as posted on Refuge interpretive signs. Seminary Fen Seminary Fen is a 73-acre Scientific and Natural (SNA) area located next to County Road 61 in southern Chanhassen. Named for an old seminary that was once located on the site, the Seminary Fen SNA contains one of the rarest types of wetland in the United States called a calcareous fen. A calcareous fen is wetland characterized by a substrate of non-acidic peat and an upwelling of cold oxygen-poor groundwater rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates. The fen is fed by upwelling groundwater from bedrock aquifers below the Minnesota River Valley. Fens have been protected since 1991 in Minnesota by the state’s Wetland Conservation Act. The site contains eight species of state-listed rare plants and important wildlife habitat.

RECREATION Chanhassen Recreation Center 2310 Coulter Blvd. 952-227-1400 The recreation center, which is attached to Bluff Creek Elementary School, offers open gymnasiums, an aerobics/dance room, a fitness room with various pieces of strength equipment, community meeting rooms and a conference room. Community meeting rooms and the conference room can be rented. Various youth and adult programs are offered through the Chanhassen Recreation Department. Approximately 20 acres of this

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Rice Marsh Lake Features: 79 acres, a marsh not suitable for summer fishing. Some ice fishing does occur. Maximum depth of 11 feet. No public access. Lake Riley Features: 300 acres, good northern population. Crappies are present in good numbers; some bass and walleye present. Public access in Eden Prairie. Maximum depth of 49 feet. Swimming beach. Chanhassen’s February Festival is each year on the first Saturday of February on Lake Ann. (File photo by Richard Crawford) 40-acre site are dedicated to a community park containing six multipurpose ball fields, four lighted tennis courts, two lighted in-line skating/ hockey rinks, ice skating facilities, warming house, soccer fields, trails, a park shelter, concession stand, parking and other support facilities. CAMPGROUNDS Baylor Regional Park 10775 Co. Rd. 33 Norwood Young America 952-466-5250 Chanhassen Trail System Chanhassen prides itself on providing a comprehensive, multipurpose trail system. With only a few exceptions, trails are readily available to all neighborhoods in Chanhassen. The city has built and maintains 90 miles of trails. Many of the city’s trails are located in natural resource corridors. Whether you enjoy a morning run, evening walk, an af ternoon of rollerblading, or a healthy bike ride, Chanhassen’s trails are for you! A trail map is available at the city website at

LAKES Much of the recreational activity in Chanhassen year-round revolves around lakes in the community. Here is an overview of select Chanhassen lakes: Christmas Lake Features: 276 acres, stocked with excess brood stock trout through a program of the DNR. Northern,

bass and panfish also present. Public access in Shorewood. Maximum depth of 87 feet. Lake Lucy Features: 90 acres, some panfish present, poor population of most game fish. No public access. Maximum depth of 20 feet. Lake Ann Features: 117 acres, good for bass, sunfish and crappies. Trolling motors only. Maximum depth of 45 feet. Good for canoeing and other non-motorized watercraft. Swimming beach. Lake Minnewashta Features: 680 acres, abundant in bass, sunfish, small northern pike. Popular in summer and winter. Two p ublic accesses at Minnewashta Park. Maximum depth of 70 feet. Swimming beach. Lake St. Joe Features: 14 acres, small, unimproved access of f of Minnewashta Parkway. Canoes are appropriate. Maximum depth of 52 feet. Lotus Lake Features: 240 acres, stocked with walleye every two or three years. Popular year-round for crappie, sunfish, northern pike and bass. Public access on the south end. Maximum depth of 29 feet. Lake Susan Features: 93 acres, fished by locals; mainly panfish. Walleye and bass fry have been introduced. Public access at Lake Susan Park. Maximum depth of 17 feet.

TRAILS Chanhassen prides itself on providing a comprehensive, multipurpose trail system. Trails are readily available to all neighborhoods in Chanhassen. The city has built and maintains 90 miles of trails. Many of the city’s trails are located in natural resource corridors and accommodate walkers, runners and bicyclists. There is also access to regional trails, including the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, the Southwest Regional Trail Connection between Chaska and Victoria, and the Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail. For more information, go to and search on trails. Annual Festivals Chanhassen promotes several annual community events with the support of the business community and local organizations. Feb Fest is an annual celebration on the first Saturday of February on Lake Ann and includes a variety of activities, including an ice fishing contest. A summer concert series takes place on Thursdays from June through mid-August featuring musical performances at City Center Park Plaza. The city’s Fourth of July Celebration spans three days and is packed with family activities. The Fourth of July parade and fireworks over Lake Ann attract thousands to the community. An annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in City Center Park kicks of the holiday season.

● Weddings

● Proms

● Class Reunions ● Fundraisers ● Banquets

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Chaska Community Center

Includes: *On-Site Catering *Seating for 300 *Outdoor Patio *Quality Sound & Lighting *Wood Dance Floor

1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

● Birthday Parties ● Room Rentals ● Pool ● Gyms ● Two Ice Arenas


Chaska Curling Center 3210 Chaska Boulevard, Chaska, MN 55318

• Group/Corporate Curling & Parties • Junior Curling • Learn to Curl Classes • 15 Different Leagues Jeff Isaacson 952- 227-2475

3210 Chaska Boulevard Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-6794

Located in the Chaska Curling & Event Center, Crooked Pint Ale House is the perfect spot for a night out with friends, the family or for your team after a big win. With a menu of nearly 60 choices, Crooked Pint will soon be your favorite place to grab a warm meal and cold beer. Hours: M-W – 11am – midnight; Th-F – 11am – 1am; Sat – 10am – 1am; Sun – 10am-midnight


Above - Downtown Chanhassen restaurants go from casual to white tablecloth and everything in-between. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)

Right - A Chicken Diavolo Pasta Bowl from Piada Italian Street Food, which recently opened in Chanhassen. (Submitted photo)


hat are you in the mood for? Cooking up a storm in your own kitchen? Home chefs have a wide variety of places to shop for ingredients with three downtown grocery stores, and in summer, the Saturday morning farmers market in City Center Park offers fresh produce, vegetables, and fruits. And to set off a table setting, gorgeous freshly cut flowers. The nearby Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers a variety of cooking classes and workshops throughout the year. It’s annual summer Taste and Toast fundraiser introduces a cross-section of local trendsetting restaurants, wineries and breweries. For those looking to eat out, Chanhassen has plenty of choices, from all-American burgers and fries, barbeque ribs, pizza and pasta, to restaurants with international dishes from pad Thai noodles to sushi. And there’s always the option of takeout and delivery, too. Claire Becker, Chanhassen resident and a student attending the University of Minnesota, with an affinity for all-day breakfast places, describes Chanhassen’s restaurant choices this way. “Chanhassen gets wild in the food department,” Becker muses. “You can find Thai food, Italian street food, barbecue, Chinese, diner food, fine dining, cafés, coffee shops, bakeries, sandwich shops, pizza places, and places that sell half-priced pie and all-you-can eat pancakes past 12 p.m.”

“Chanhassen gets wild in the food department. You can find Thai food, Italian street food, barbecue, Chinese, diner food, fine dining, cafés, coffee shops, bakeries, sandwich shops, pizza places, and places that sell half-priced pie and all-you-can eat pancakes past 12 p.m.”

Claire Becker

Chan resident, U of M student Still, Chanhassen could offer more. For Chanhassen resident Renee Brownlee, “Chan is not a ‘foody’ mecca or fine dining city. The Chan restaurant scene is primarily fast or semi-fast eating options.” But Brownlee does believe that “the few ‘sit-down’ restaurants offer fairly reasonably priced, good food options.”



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There’s always plenty of food options available at Chanhassen City Center Park during Fourth of July festivities, which feature traditional fair food and offerings for area restaurants. (Photo by Richard Crawford)

FARMERS MARKET Chanhassen Farmers Market City Center Park, corner of Market Boulevard and 78th Street The farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in July through October.

Right - Despite temperatures in the mid-90s, residents enjoyed Chanhassen’s annual Night on the Town July 21. Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy Carly Barett talks to a family during the event in Downtown Chanhassen. Residents enjoyed bounce houses, local businesses, services, and food booths, and live entertainment all along West 78th Street.


t’s not bragging if it’s true, right? Judging by the quantity of awards and recognition the city of Chanhassen has received in recent years, Chanhassen is, hands down, one of the best places to live in Minnesota, and in the United States. The most recent honor came from Money Magazine in August 2015 when it named Chanhassen as the one of the “Best Places to Live” in the nation, coming in at No. 7. In 2013, Money ranked Chanhassen as fourth Best Place to Live. It’s also made national lists as one of the Top Ten Cities in America to Raise a Family, Best Small Town in Minnesota, and Best Small Town in the Country. For Chanhassen resident Don Shilling, the accolades are well deserved. “I think [the recognition] is earned,” Shilling says. “I don’t think the honor comes lightly. It takes lots of effort from the city and city council to make things happen. When we moved here in 1989, there was a barn and farm where the current Byerly’s is now, and no Target. So we’ve watched Chanhassen grow around us. “What I like,” Shilling said, “is that the city kept its vision of a main street and downtown. We like that a lot ... the services that were needed have come to the town — grocery stores, the dinner theater, restaurants, the movie theater. There’s a lot to do in downtown.” Bob Lokhorst gives city government a thumbs up, too. “Chanhassen has a great mayor and a great city council to make sure Chanhassen is headed in the right direction,” Lokhorst

“I think [the recognition] is earned. I don’t think the honor comes lightly. It takes lots of effort from the city and city council to make things happen.”

Don Shilling

Chanhassen resident

said. “Our mayor likes to be involved in high school activities and takes an interest in what the residents of Chanhassen have to say regarding improvements and anything else to make Chanhassen a great place to live, work and play.” George and Susan Borchardt moved to Chanhassen in 1999, from Richfield, “back when our kids were kids,” they said. “Government leadership appears low profile and must be doing something right. Life is good in our three-mile radius in Chanhassen, Minn. We’ve enjoyed the well-kept, original neighborhoods, and historic locations within the city with family names to match. There’s acres upon acres of plants, trees, exhibits and learning resources for all to enjoy.”


Above - In Chanhassen, Mayor Denny Laufenburger also takes on a role as the official announcer for the city’s town ball team, the Red Birds. (Photos by Unsie Zuege)


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PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAM Preschool Sports andand Arts Sports Programs Arts Programs Youth Sports Programs Youth ArtArt Camps Youth Camps Parents Night Out Youthand andAdult AdultFitness Fitness Youth Programs Programs Yoga Drop-In Fitness Classes Pickleball

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CHANHASSEN 952-227-1100

CHANHASSEN CITY HALL 7700 Market Blvd., P.O. Box 147, Chanhassen, 55317 952-227-1100



Police and fire emergency Sheriff Non-Emergency Hospitals Ridgeview Medical Center St. Francis Regional Medical Center Other Services Chanhassen Utilities (after hours water & sewer emergencies) Non-Emergencies Chanhassen Fire Station No. 1 Chanhassen Fire Station No. 2 City Manager Todd Gerhardt

911 952-361-1231

952-442-2191 952-428-3000

The city of Chanhassen has several commissions and boards, including: Environmental Commission, Park and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission and Senior Commission. Second & Fourth Mondays:

952-227-1300 952-917-9345

Chanhassen City Council 7 p.m., Council Chambers First and third Tuesdays:

952-227-1200 952-474-7094 952-227-1119

Chanhassen Planning Commission 7 p.m., Council Chambers Fourth Tuesday: Chanhassen Park and Recreation Commission 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers

CHANHASSEN CITY COUNCIL Chanhassen operates under the “Optional Plan B” form of government as authorized by Minnesota statutes. Under this plan, the elected city council consists of a mayor and four council members. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held in even-numbered years and coincide with general elections conducted in November. All council positions are representatives at-large. All policy decisions and legislative activities are the responsibility of the council, but the administrative duties are delegated to the city manager, who is appointed by the council. The commissions and advisory boards are appointed by the city council. The city manager appoints all other city staff. Appointment of the city attorney is subject to approval by the council.


ELISE RYAN Councilor


* Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 dcampion@

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 eryan@ci.chanhassen.

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* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 jmcdonald@ ci.chanhassen.

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 btjornhom@ ci.chanhassen.

Third Friday: Chanhassen Senior Commission 10 a.m., Council Chambers

CITY DEPARTMENTS Administration City Manager Todd Gerhardt 952-227-1119

Natural Resources Jill Sinclair 952-227-1133

Engineering/Public Works Director Paul Oehme 952-227-1169

Parks and Recreation Director Todd Hoffman 952-227-1129

Finance Director Greg Sticha 952-227-1149

Planning and Zoning Director Kate Aanenson 952-227-1139

Fire Department Chief Don Johnson 952-227-1152

Surface Water Resources Coordinator Terry Jeffery 952-227-1168

Law Enforcement Lt. Eric Kittelson 952-227-1601

ORDINANCES For additional information about other ordinances, call the city offices at 952-227-1100 or visit Peddlers & Solicitors Peddlers and solicitors licenses are required. Exemptions include: children under 17 soliciting for school-sponsored activities; residents selling personal property from their residence for no more than three days per year (such as a “garage sale,”); and religious, charitable, or nonprofit organizations. To check on the credibility of door-to-door solicitors, call City Hall at 952-227-1181. 2016 - 2017 |


GOVERNMENT Winter Parking On street parking is prohibited between Nov. 1 and April 1 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. On-street parking is also prohibited when there is two inches or more of snow on a street until the street has been plowed curb to curb. Representatives of the Carver County Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and community service officer shall have the authority to impound vehicles in violation. Summer Lawn Watering Chanhassen has an odd/even-watering restriction in effect from May 1 to Sept. 30 each year. For more information, call 952-227-1100. Pets Chanhassen city code requires pets to have current rabies vaccination. For information regarding pets, call 952-227-1100. No dog or cat shall be allowed to run at-large. Pets must be under restraint at all times when off the owner’s property. Violators are subject to a fine and risk impound of the animal. To report a stray animal or if you have lost your pet, contact Animal Control at 952-227-1607. Permits The city of Chanhassen requires a building permit if you plan to: • Erect, construct, enlarge, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy, or maintain any building or structure, including fences, storage sheds, decks, and swimming pools. • Permits are also required for plumbing and heating alterations and additions, including central air conditioning, water softeners, and lawn irrigation equipment. • Zoning permits are required for the construction of structures that do not require building permits.

Santa Claus draws a crowd at the Chanhassen Tree Lighting ceremony in City Center Park. Santa surprised area children in 2015 by emerging from a new Santa’s Workshop in the plaza. (Photo by Richard Crawford)



ne of Carver County’s fastestgrowing communities, Victoria features lakes within its boundaries, including Smithtown Bay of Lake Minnetonka, Auburn, Church, Tamarack, Virginia, Zumbra, Schutz, Stone, Wassermann, Carl Krey and Stieger lakes. Parks abound for active and passive use. Lions Community Park offers softball/baseball fields, hockey, tennis, basketball and horseshoes. Diethelm Park is the home of baseball/softball fields, soccer/lacrosse fields, the Victoria skate park and the Victoria Recreation Center. The Lowry Nature Center and Carver Park Reserve are major attractions for those who appreciate nature and environmental protection. The University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Farm and apple barn is located in Victoria, offering its 150-plus varieties of apples each fall. The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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borders on the east. In 2014 Victoria unveiled a new City Hall/public library downtown and is preparing for continued growth while preserving its smalltown charm.

FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Police and Fire Emergency — 911 Police (General Information) 952-361-1231 Fire (General Information) 952-443-4240 Victoria City Hall 1670 Stieger Lake Lane Victoria, 55386 952-443-4210 Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Victoria City Manager Laurie Hokkanen 952-443-4211

VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL Mayor Tom O’Connor 952-443-4210 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Council Members Lani Basa 952-443-4210 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jim Crowley 952-443-4210 Tom Strigel 952-443-4210

Tom Vogt 952-443-4736 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

MEETINGS Victoria City Council Council chambers, 6:30 p.m. Meets the second and fourth Monday Planning Commission City Hall, 6:30 p.m. Meets on the first and third Tuesday. Park and Recreation Committee Recreation Center 6:30 p.m. Meets on the third Monday. Victoria for a Lifetime Committee Community Education Room, 5 p.m. Meets on the third Tuesday. Finance Committee City Hall, 4:30 p.m. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday





Information 952-361-1500


arver County is geographically one of the metro area’s smallest counties but continues to be one of the state’s fastest growing. Recent estimates by the Metropolitan Council predict the population will swell from 91,000 in 2010 to more than 131,000 in 2040 — and Carver County officials believe those numbers may be conservative. Residents take great pride in being an upscale community with beautiful natural surroundings. The county offers a combination of a picturesque setting with growing professional opportunities. Carver County is home to an array of recreational activities, including renowned golf courses, beautiful lakes, and miles of hiking and biking trails with some of the most breathtaking parks. Carver County government proceedings can be followed online at www. The Carver County Board is composed of five members, each of whom is elected from a geographic district. Terms are four years and they are staggered. The County Board generally meets twice monthly at the Carver County Government Center in Chaska. Photo by Richard Crawford




TOM WORKMAN District 2



MARK METZ County Attorney

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Medical/Police/Fire Non-Emergency Administration Investigation TIP Line

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GOVERNMENT FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS CARVER COUNTY DIRECTORS Kerie Anderka, Employee Relations, 952-361-1525 Rod Franks, Health & Human Services, 952-361-1600 David Frischmon, Property & Financial Services, 952-361-1509 David Hemze, County Administration, 952-361-1510 Eric Johnson, Court Services, 952361-1460 Lyndon Robjent, Public Works, 952-466-5200 Kristin Trebil-Halbersma, Court Administration, 952-361-1420 Tom Vellenga, Public Services, 952-361-1501 County Attorney 952-361-1400 Court Administration 952-361-1420 Customer Service 952-361-1500 Elections/Voter Registration 952-361-1910 Workforce Services 952-361-1600 U of M Extension–Carver County 952-466-5300 Community Social Services 952-361-1600 Soil & Water Conservation 952-466-5230 Watershed Management 952-361-1825 County Engineer, Public Works 952-466-5200 Property Assessment 952-361-1960 Property Taxpayer Services 952-361-1910

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Sheriff 952-361-1212

HUMAN SERVICES Social Services Many social service programs are provided by government. In most cases, federal, state and local funds are administered through county agencies. The following programs — many mandated, some locally initiated — are offered by Carver County Social Services, a department of the County of Carver. Many are available only to people who meet income criteria, but others are available on a sliding fee scale, while still others are available to any county resident. The programs are separated into four categories: Social Services; Mental Health Services; Financial Assistance; and Employment/ Training. Community Social Services 952-361-1600 Mental Health Services First Street Center 540 E. 1st St., Waconia 952-442-4437 Emergency after hours 952-442-7601 First Street Center, Carver County Mental Health Program, provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling/psychotherapy, psychological testing, and psychiatric evaluation and medication management. The Community Support Program serves individuals with serious and persistent mental illness through case management, housing support, social and recreational activities, and related supportive services.

LIBRARIES Carver County Library System 952-448-9395 The Carver County Library System has facilities in Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown and Norwood Young America. The Chanhassen facility serves as the countywide reference library. The Carver County Library System is

“Tails for Reading” sessions at the library allow children to read to specially trained dogs. (Submitted photo)

a member of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), which provides cooperative services between the seven-county metropolitan area with over 100 libraries. Library customers may borrow and return items to any public library in the area. Chaska Public Library 3 City Hall Plaza, Chaska 952-448-3886 Chanhassen Library 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen 952-227-1500 Victoria Library 1670 Stieger Lake Lane Victoria 952-442-3050 Law Library Carver County Law Library 600 4th St. E., Chaska 952-361-1564 HISTORICAL RESEARCH Carver County Historical Society 555 W. 1st St., Waconia 952-442-4234 www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety. org Chaska Historical Society 112 4th St. W., Chaska 952-448-6077

LICENSES AND DOCUMENTS Driver’s Examinations — Chaska State of Minnesota Road test

Appointments/scheduling 651-284-1000 Carver County Service Centers Carver County has service centers located in Chanhassen and Chaska. They offer a range of services, including driver’s license transactions, DNR transactions, hunting and fishing licenses and passports (Chanhassen location). For a complete list and hours, go to www. Chaska Branch 418 Pine St., Chaska 952-361-1900 Chanhassen Branch 7808 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen 952-361-3900 Birth & Death Certificates & Marriage Licenses Taxpayer Services Carver County Government Center 600 Fourth St. E., Chaska 952-361-1910

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101 651-602-1000 The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council advocates for vital communities and a competitive region. It runs the regional

GOVERNMENT bus system, collects and treats wastewater and manages water resources preservation, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 189 cities and townships and a population of 2.85 million. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chairperson.

TRANSPORTATION SouthWest Transit 13500 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-2BUS (2287) SouthWest Transit operates under a joint powers agreement of the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Bus transportation is provided to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, MondayFriday, from the following Parkand-Ride locations: Chanhassen Transit Station, Chanhassen; SouthWest Village, Chanhassen; Walnut Park and Ride, Chaska; Cloverfield Park and Ride, Chaska; SouthWest Station, Eden Prairie; Preserve Village Mall, Eden Prairie; and Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie.

UTILITIES Buried Cable – Call Before You Dig Gopher State One 651-454-0002 ELECTRICITY Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative 952-492-2313 NATURAL GAS CenterPoint Energy

612-372-4727 WATER & SEWER City of Chanhassen/ Public Works 952-227-1300 Chanhassen Utilities 952-917-9345 (Water & sewer emergencies) CABLE TV The city of Chanhassen has a franchise agreement with Mediacom to provide cable television service. Mediacom 1-855-633-4226

WASTE DISPOSAL Garbage Collection The city of Chanhassen does not provide garbage service. It is up to each resident to contact a hauler licensed with the city. Haulers are also required to provide recycling services, including recycling containers. There are also a number of licensed haulers of commercial, construction/demo and roll-off garbage. Call the city of Chanhassen at 952227-1100 for more information about these services. Carver County Environmental Center 116 Peavey Circle, Chaska 952-361-1835 Recyclables and household hazardous waste may be dropped off at this site, in many cases at no cost. The center also will collect items such as yard waste, electronics, appliances for a fee. The Center features a product reuse area and an environmental education clearing house. Items, such as composting bins and radon test kits, also are for sale. Household Hazardous Waste Household hazardous waste must be disposed of properly to avoid endangering health and contaminating ground water. These wastes include: solvents, household cleaners, pesticides, paint, wood preservatives, aerosols, batteries, automotive oil and antifreeze. The best way to handle the waste – except

those that are banned – is to use it or give it to someone who will. If these options are not available to you, please contact the county for collection information. Sellers of automotive products may take used automotive waste, perhaps for a fee. Check before bringing the waste in. The county also schedules periodic hazardous waste collection programs.


You must be registered to vote. In Minnesota, you may register before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. Your registration remains current until you move, change your name or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application. Chanhassen poll locations General & Primary Elections Precinct 1A

Watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that participate in water planning and implementation include: Carver County Water Resource Management Area Carver County is the watershed authority for Bevens, Carver, Pioneer, East Chaska and West Chaska Creeks and the Crow River. Watershed Administrator 952-361-1825

Chanhassen Main Fire Station 7610 Laredo Dr. Precinct 1B

Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Watershed Administrator 763-545-4659

Precinct 3 Westwood Community Church 3121 Westwood Drive

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Watershed Administrator 952-471-0590 Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District Watershed Administrator 952-607-6512

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Chanhassen Post Office 7730 Laredo Dr. 1-800-275-8777 ZIP code: 55317 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.


City Hall 7700 Market Blvd. Precinct 2A Chanhassen Rec. Center 2310 Coulter Blvd. Precinct 2B Chanhassen Rec. Center 2310 Coulter Blvd.

Precinct 4 Chanhassen Public Works 7901 Park Place Precinct 5 Living Christ Lutheran Church820 Lake Drive For precinct information, you may also visit: or call Taxpayer Services at 952361-1910. Party Contacts Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) 255 E. Plato, St. Paul 651-293-1200 Green Party 180 5th St. E., Suite 222, St. Paul 651-288-2820 Independence Party (IP) P.O. Box 40495, St. Paul 651-487-9700 Republican Party of Minnesota (GOP) 525 Park St., St. Paul 651-222-0022 2016 - 2017 |



SEN. DAVID OSMEK, DISTRICT 33 (R) 651-296-1282


* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

HOUSE 651-296-2146 |

REP. CINDY PUGH, DISTRICT 33B (R) 651-296-4315

REP. JIM NASH, DISTRICT 47A (R) 651-296-4282

REP. JOE HOPPE, DISTRICT 47B (R) 651-296-5066

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

* Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

Planes in formation overhead provided a stirring patriotic start to Chanhassen’s July 4th parade. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)



MARK DAYTON (D) Governor 651-201-3400

LORI SWANSON (D) Attorney General 651-296-3353

AMY KLOBUCHAR (D) 612-727-5220

AL FRANKEN (D) 651-221-1016


STEVE SIMON (D) Secretary of State 651-296-2803

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REBECCA OTTO (D) State Auditor 651-296-2551

REP. ERIK PAULSEN 952-405-8510 * Term ends Dec. 31, 2016


Above - Jennifer Anderson, a Carver County public health program specialist, distributes fliers about a focus group session for those with memory loss. (File photos by Unsie Zuege) Right - Chanhassen’s trails throughout the city making walking to the store or to the nearby park a breeze.


taying healthy in Chanhassen is easy. No matter what your fitness level, there’s something for everyone. The comprehensive trail and park system throughout the city makes it a breeze for residents to simply step out the door and enjoy a walk, a run, or a bike ride. The city’s many fitness centers include the Chanhassen Recreation Center for exercise and fitness programs and equipment. “That the city houses an airport-sized fitness club definitely doesn’t hurt Chanhassen in the health department,” Claire Becker says. Becker, a Chanhassen native, currently attends the University of Minnesota. “And its zillions of beautiful parks, lakes and the Arboretum aren’t bad for wellbeing either. When I was kid, my neighbors and I used to beg our parents to drive us to Lake Ann so we could run around and pretend to be pirates on the playground and mermaids in the lake. Way better than sitting inside all day.” When residents need more than a brisk walk or a bike ride to feel good, there’s a wide selection of health care facilities to choose from. Chanhassen has a healthy share of health provider groups, along with dentists, orthodontists, chiropractors and other medical professionals. And, it’s re-

“It’s so nice to have urgent care and my primary doctor in town.”

Emily Mattran

Chanhassen resident

assuring to know that emergency medical services are right next door at the Two Twelve Medical Center, in Chaska, off Highway 212. When Emily Mattran and her family moved to Chanhassen in 1989, Powers Boulevard was still a two-lane road, Mattran recalls, and they could take walks next to farm fields. “All the things we needed at that time required a drive,” Mattran says. She and her family have watched the city grow up around them; growth finally making it possible to stay in town to buy groceries, see a movie, and to see a doctor. “When my health care clinic finally moved out here, that was a big plus for me,” Mattran says. “It’s so nice to have urgent care and my primary doctor in town. It’s so much easier to get an appointment, too, instead of trying to schedule appointments and driving to get in at the larger clinics located closer to Minneapolis.”

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Iris Valley Boutique

Excel Interiors

Chanhassen Floral

Best Cleaners

Lavin Lacrosse

Vision Clinic

Merlin’s Ace Hardware

Wells Fargo

The Pet Stop on 78th

Nail Gallery & More

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies

J. Bellas Salon

Love INC

Chanhassen Chiropractic

Metro Dental Care

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HEALTH HEALTH & WELLNESS HOSPITALS Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple St., Waconia 952-442-2191 St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee 952-428-3000 Fairview Southdale Hospital 6401 France Ave. S., Edina 952-924-5000 Methodist Hospital 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park 952-993-5000

MEDICAL CLINICS Allina Medical Clinic– Crossroads Chaska 111 Hundertmark Rd., Ste. 220, Chaska 952-448-2050 Lakeview Clinic 110105 Pioneer Trail, Chaska 952-556-0120 Park Nicollet Clinic– Chanhassen 300 Lake Dr., Chanhassen 952-993-4300 Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic 7907 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen 952-934-0570 Two Twelve Medical Center Located at the intersection of Highway 212/ Highway 41, Chaska 952-361-2447

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Need a doctor and can’t wait until morning? Go to Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska 24/7 Emergency & Urgent Care Urgent care patients ages 3 months and older may be seen for conditions such as:  Allergies  Bronchitis  Earaches  Infections  Influenza  Insect bites  Stings




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(Above) The city’s extensive network of walking and biking trails makes it easy to bike nearly everywhere. (Photos by Unsie Zuege) (Right) A mom and her son relax during a concert in the park event in City Center Park.


hen it’s time to relax and play, Chanhassen residents have to make choices. What’s your preference? There’s pickleball at the Recreation Center — a racquet game perfect for all ages, not just seniors — Pokeman Go all around town and at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, free summertime concerts in the park, biking and hiking on city trails, special nights out at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres entertainment complex — musical theater, live music acts, and a comedy club, karaoke in a downtown bar, or a night out at the movie theater. Bob Lokhorst enjoys the city’s trail system. “I love the bike trails and it’s a good way to tour the area and find out where places are located,” Lokhorst says. “I have biked to Victoria, the Carver Park Reserve, to Hopkins and to other places all on the great trails, some maintained by the Three Rivers Park District. “The parks have great sandy beaches and fishing docks and playgrounds for the little ones,” Lokhorst adds. “You can enjoy a picnic at one of the parks near you. Another fun outing is to watch the home town baseball team, The Red Birds, play ball at the Storm Red Birds stadium at Chanhassen High School.

“I love the bike trails and it’s a good way to tour the area and find out where places are located.”

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Chanhassen resident

This is a great stadium and you can see some great ball playing as well as enjoy food at the concession stand. We have season tickets and have seen some great ball playing and the games are announced by our own mayor Denny Laufenburger. “We also are members of the historical society and through this outlet you learn a lot of history about Chanhassen and can be involved in maintaining history. And the Senior Center is a great place to meet others through the various activities that are scheduled.”


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YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS Boy Scouts of America/Cub Scouts Northern Star Council Camp Fire U.S.A. Camp Tanadoona 952-474-8085 Girl Scouts Council of Minnesota and WI River Valleys

4-H Clubs Univ. of MN Extension — Carver County 952-466-5300

ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 580 290 Lake Dr. E., Chanhassen 952-934-6677 Bountiful Basket Food Shelf 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-556-0244 Carver County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) 501 W. Third St., Waconia 952-442-2333 Carver County Historical Society 555 W. First St., Waconia 952-442-4234 www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety. org

Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse 952-361-1212 Carver County Toastmasters clubs Carver/Scott Master Gardeners Carver Scott Extension office 952-466-5309 Email mastergardeners@co.carver. Chanhassen Lions Chanhassen Rotary Club Chanhassen Senior Center 952-227-1125 Chanhassen Storm Chasers Booster Club Information: Chanhassen Historical Society

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NOW – National Organization for Women/MN Valley

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Pheasants Forever – Carver County Relay For Life of Eastern Carver County American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345

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Sunning on Lake Ann’s beach. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)

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(Above) A quiet afternoon, boating on Lake Ann. (Photos by Unsie Zuege) (Right) The shade is cool after an afternoon of biking the city’s trails.


“Chanhassen is safe and friendly, and now offers so many services.”

Jim and Darla Olson Chanhassen residents


hat makes Chanhassen a great place to live? For casual passersby, it may look similar to other Twin Cities suburbs with restaurants, big box stores, ubiquitous coffee shops and fitness centers. Not so fast. When asked, Chanhassen residents spoke up loud and clear. Chanhassen is different, and it’s the difference that drew them, and has kept them here. Truth be told, when Jim and Darla Olson moved to Chanhassen 23 years ago from Edina, Jim admitted it “felt so far from the Twin Cities it was like we were in South Dakota. At the time the city had a rural feel to it,” Olson says with a laugh. “But we’ve watched it more than double in size; the community has grown up around us. Initially, we were outsiders, but a quarter of century later, we’re engaged in the community. Chanhassen is safe and friendly, and now offers so many services. The city is a good size, we have good schools — public and private, churches, a good variety of food/restaurants, particularly in the last two years. The city government and the mayor are doing a good job. The list goes on.” Referencing the city’s recognition by Money Magazine and other national publications for its quality of life, Olson feels “we’ve earned the accolades we’ve gotten. It’s a good place. We like that we have country on one side of us and city on the other side. We feel we live in the best of both worlds.”

Australian native Kirstyn Sansom and her Iowa-born husband moved to Minnesota, first to Eden Prairie, then Chanhassen, in 2010. The couple met in Melbourne when when Sansom’s future husband had an internship that turned into a job. They chose Chanhassen because “I didn’t want to move to Iowa,” Sansom admits, “which is where my husband is from.” There are no regrets. “We love it for the recreation, the proximity of everything,” Sansom says. “We have a multitude of grocery stores, good parks, good trails. We have two children, ages 2 and 5, and the city is ideal for families.” “I like the smaller town feel,” Sansom says. “I can literally walk to the grocery store. And we love the July 4th celebration. The carnival and family night is great. We put out our blankets the night before the parade, we love the fireworks, the kiddie parade ... the community the people are just so nice. We’ve had friends visit from Australia and other countries, and they can’t believe how people are ridiculously nice here. Mr. G’s manager [Mr. G is an Australian-based mural artist who painted the Prince memorial mural in downtown Chanhassen in July 2016] even commented to me, ‘No wonder Prince never left this place.’

LIVING EASTERN CARVER COUNTY SCHOOLS SCHOOL DISTRICT 112 Eastern Carver County Schools is a growing school system serving more than 9,000 students in Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria. The district includes seven elementary schools (1-5), three middle schools (6-8) and two high schools. All-day kindergarten is offered at the Kindergarten Center and in five elementary schools. La Academia is a dual language Spanish immersion school (K-5) and the Integrated Arts Academy is an alternative learning center serving 9th-12th- graders. The district strives to provide a personalized learning experience for every student. Secondary curriculum fosters the best possible learning for students in the 21st century. The elementary program embeds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and strategies and a focus on cultural competence to fully

support the secondary program. Each high school offers accelerated curriculum, which includes Advanced Placement classes and an accredited pre-engineering program. The Welcome Center, located in the District Education Center, provides convenient one-stop central registration for new families. DISTRICT 112 SCHOOL BOARD The communities served by School District 112 hold these expectations for their schools: a relevant, rigorous academic program, high expectations for student behavior and, opportunity to pursue interests through activities and enrichment programs. It’s the job of the School Board to ensure that community resources target those expectations. The school board generally meets twice per month in the Board Room on the third floor of the Eastern Carver County Schools’ Education Center, 11 Peavey Road in Chaska. For meeting schedules, go to the district website at www.

Lisa Anderson Board Chair 952-361-4367 Fred Berg Director 952-474-8394 Josie Colleran Director 952-240-0222 Tim Klein Vice Chair, Clerk 952-513-8767 Amy Logue Director 612-201-3047 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Heather Nelson Director 952-448-9791 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Jeff Ross Treasurer 763-458-8801 Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

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Chaska Elementary School 1800 Chestnut St. N., Chaska 952-556-6300 Chaska Middle School East 1600 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska 952-556-7600 Chaska Middle School West 140 Engler Blvd. E., Chaska 952-556-7400 Clover Ridge Elementary School 114000 Hundertmark Rd., Chaska 952-556-6900 East Union Elementary School 15655 Co. Rd. 43, Carver 952-556-6800 Jonathan Elementary School 110300 Pioneer Tr., Chaska 952-556-6500 Kindergarten Center 110600 Village Rd., Chaska 952-556-6400 La Academia 110600 Village Rd., Chaska 952-556-6400 Pioneer Ridge Middle School 1085 Pioneer Trail E., Chaska 952-556-7800 Victoria Elementary School 9300 Red Fox Dr., Victoria 952-556-3000

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MINNETONKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOOL DISTRICT 276 Minnetonka Schools are focused on world-class child-centered excellence and serve the western third of Minnetonka and all or parts of Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Victoria and Woodland. Minnetonka Schools lead the state as a district of choice through open enrollment. Fiscal responsibility and a Moody’s Aaa bond rating have insured financial stability and a strong future for the district. In total there are six elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), one high school (9-12), and a community education center that houses many of the district’s early childhood, youth and adult programs. Minnetonka Public Schools offers a variety of learning opportunities for families, including Chinese or Spanish Immersion at every school,

beginning in kindergarten. In additional to math, reading and writing, fine arts, computer coding, digital citizenship, STEM and physical education are part of every child’s elementary education.. Minnetonka High School offers accelerated courses, including preengineering and architectural design, as well as dozens of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma courses and VANTAGE, Minnetonka’s Advanced Professional Studies program. MINNETONKA SCHOOL BOARD The school board is the district’s governing body. It is composed of seven members, each of whom is a district resident elected at-large by district voters. Board meetings usually are held the first Thursday of the month, at the District Service Center located at 5621 County Road 101, Minnetonka. School Board members are elected in odd-numbered years. Mark Ambrosen 952-470-2235 Katie Becker 612-281-0025 Heidi Garcia 952-934-2289

Clear Springs Elementary 5701 County Road 101, Minnetonka 952-401-6953 Deephaven Elementary 4452 Vine Hill Rd., Deephaven 952-401-6900 Excelsior Elementary 441 Oak St., Excelsior 952-401-5650 Groveland Elementary 17310 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka 952-401-5600 Minnewashta Elementary 26350 Smithtown Rd., Excelsior 952-401-5500 Scenic Heights Elementary 5650 Scenic Heights Dr., Minnetonka 952-401-5400 Minnetonka Middle SchoolEast 17000 Lake St. Ext., Minnetonka 952-401-5200 Minnetonka Middle School West 6421 Hazeltine Blvd., Excelsior Minnetonka High School 18301 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka 952-401-5700 Minnetonka Community Education Center 4584 Vine Hill Rd., Deephaven 952-401-6800 Minnetonka Preschool 4584 Vine Hill Rd., Deephaven

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NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS Chapel Hill Academy Chapel Hill is an independent Christian school offering small class sizes in a nurturing environment. Christian world-view training is integrated into each day, allowing students to excel spiritually, academically and socially as they prepare for high school. Specials include music/ band, Spanish, library, physical education and art. After-school care and sports leagues are offered. Parent involvement is welcome. Financial assistance is available. Grades K-8 306 W. 78th St., Chanhassen 952-949-9014 Guardian Angels A Catholic school open to all faiths and committed to building an education for the future. Fully accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association and directed by a professional certified teaching staff. Pre-K-8 217 W. 2nd St., Chaska 952-227-4010 St. John’s Lutheran School St. John’s is nationally accredited, preschool-8th grade school providing a quality Christian education with proven results. St. John’s 2016 - 2017 |


LIVING Lutheran School consistently ranks above State and National testing averages, while incorporating strong Christian values and morals throughout the curriculum in a warm and nurturing environment. Pre-K-8 300 4th St. E., Chaska 952-448-2526 St. Hubert School St. Hubert is a fully accredited Pre-K-8 school of 650 students. Teachers work collaboratively to meet the diverse needs of their students while recognizing the importance of educating the whole child. St. Hubert’s mission is to develop and nurture the spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, physical and moral growth of each individual child. Grades Pre K-8 8201 Main St., Chanhassen 952-934-6003 Mayer Lutheran High School A nationally accredited high

school offering Christ-centered education and academic excellence, sports and fine arts programs. Bus service is available. A variety of denominations are represented and welcomed. 305 5th St. N.E., Mayer 952-657-2251 Holy Family Catholic High School Serving grades 9-12, this Lassalian co-educational college prep school is committed to helping young men and women realize their academic and spiritual potentials. The school also provides a full program of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities, and is affiliated with the Minnesota River Conference. Financial aid and transportation are available. 8101 Kochia Ln., Victoria 952-443-4659 Southwest Christian High School Southwest students (grades 9-12) are challenged to think and live differently in the midst of postmodern

culture. All subjects, from physics to physical education, are rigorously taught with a biblical worldview. Honors and AP classes, music and fine arts, 17 varsity sports and a wide variety of co-curricular activities are available. SWCHS also offers a robust financial aid program. To arrange a tour, call the Admissions Office. 1981 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-556-0040 SENIOR CENTER Chanhassen Senior Center The Chanhassen Senior Center offers a welcoming environment and hosts an array of activities and programs for individuals age 55 and older. Recreational, educational, health, and wellness programs, monthly special events, day and extended trips, senior clubs, cards and woodcarving are some of the favorites. The senior center is located in the lower level of Chanhassen City Hall at 7700 Market Blvd. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HELP & SUPPORT SERVICES Alcoholics Anonymous AARP – American Association of Retired Persons Information Center – Mall of America 952-858-9040 American Cancer Society American Heart Association – Greater Twin Cities American Lung Association of MN American Red Cross – Twin Cities ARC – Greater Twin Cities Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

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Your student receives nurturing support and challenging curriculum at every level Personalized learning removes artificial caps based on age and grade levels Our outstanding preschool program, rated 4 stars by Parent Aware, prepares your child to be a life-long learner Elementary schools encourage critical-thinking through STEM focus and hands-on learning Accelerated middle school classes with the potential to take high school credits early The small sizes of Chaska & Chanhassen High Schools put more students in the spotlight Both high schools offer 27 Advanced Placement courses and more than 50 clubs and organizations

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Above - Flower vendor Chang Mee Vang creates bouquets of freshly picked flowers for her booth at the Chanhassen Farmers Market. (Photos by Unsie Zuege) Right - Residents choose fresh direct-from-the-farm produce at Chanhassen’s Farmers Market Saturday mornings during the summer.



n informal poll of Chanhassen residents reveals that nearly everything a person might need is within walking distance or an short car ride in the city. That wasn’t always the case. Chanhassen resident Emily Mattran remembers when the nearest grocery store was a Kenny’s Market; anything more than milk and cereal meant driving to the Cub in Eden Prairie, Mattran remembers. “Since then, the city’s grown, and we’ve really enjoyed the mix of new businesses and services. The downtown has a cohesiveness, and feels friendly. There’s been a real effort at the city level to make it a welcoming, friendly small town. And that’s been a concern, that we continue to keep the downtown center of Chanhassen a vital place. I hope the city continues to make a concerted effort to keep the vibrancy downtown ... from the historic church, the music in the park, and the beautiful public library.” Others agree. For Chanhassen resident Kevin Griswold, “Everything is right here. Retail, doctors, dentists ... everything including wonderful boutique shops.” For George and Susan Borchardt, nearly everything they need is within three miles of their Chanhassen home. “We have retail at all levels including grocery, hardware, and general provisions.” Still, there’s always room for improvement. JoAnne Porter

“There’s been a real effort at the city level to make it a welcoming, friendly small town.”

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moved to Chanhassen 20 years ago, from St. Louis Park. “We gave up the convenience and proximity to downtown theaters, shows and sporting events to a quieter neighborhood to raise our son,” Porter recalls. “Although the city has recently added more restaurants than in our last 20 years here, we still miss a local TGIF’s or similar [restaurant]. “I also wish the city would expand the Saturday farmer’s market to include more vendors to create some competition and variety for fresh produce. “I have a lot of criticisms,” Porter says,”but I really do like living here. I have many of the conveniences of a big city but I still feel like I live in a small town. “And lastly, the best three things about Chanhassen are the library, the Fourth of July celebration, and the Arboretum. Honorable mentions are the variety of grocery stores and liquor stores.”

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Water plant approved in split vote BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Plans for a new $20 million water treatment plant were approved Monday in a split vote by the Chanhassen City Council. The plant will remove iron and manganese from household water in the western part of the city and eliminate periodic discoloration of water experienced by some homeowners. Four homeowners’ associations had banded together to urge the city to rethink the location and type of treatment plant to be constructed. The city purchased land at 2070 Lake Harrison Road in 2005 for a potential future water plant and the site was identified as a future water treatment plant in the city’s 2008 long-term master plan. According to a city report, in 2003, five sites were reviewed for a potential site of a second treatment plant. All were in the Galpin Boulevard area due to its proximity to the city’s well field. The 6.5-acre Lake Harrison Road site was selected based on size, feasibility, availability for purchase and cost. The proposed water treatment plant will include one main building designed to look like a residential structure; a driveway, loading area, and parking lot; and a tank that will be almost entirely submerged.

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omething strange is going on in Michael Hines’ Chanhassen yard. He returned from a business trip last week to discover his Mission Hi l ls backya rd filled with muddy holes. Investigating, he couldn’t believe what he found. Crayfish. Dozens of crayfish, digging themselves into holes throughout his backyard. Funny thing is, Hines isn’t on a pond,

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15195 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie • 952-934-2323 ½ mile West of Buca on Martin Drive Hours: Tues-Thurs 10-7, Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4

Senior Living Community


SUMMERWOOD OF CHANHASSEN Senior Apartments Assisted Living ❦ Memory Care Located just off Highways 5 & 101 near the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

525 Lake Drive Chanhassen, MN 55317

952-294-5500 | 2016 - 2017




Technicians are background checked employees & insured professionals who provide quality workmanship!

MN Lic #BC676897


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



Chanhassen Family Dentistry

Charter Bank

8116 Mallory Ct. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-443-3368

Ovation Orthodontics

2634 Shadow Ln., #102 Chaska, MN 55318 952-937-0111

Ovation Orthodontics

7825 Terrey Pine Ct., #101 Eden Prairie, MN 55347 952-937-0111

Radiance Dental

500 W. 79th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-7987

Stone Creek Dental

7935 Stone Creek Dr., #150 Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-937-2839

DINING/FOOD Houlihan’s

530 Pond Promenade Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-974-3939

Pasta Zola

188 Pioneer Trail Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-8606

3675 Arboretum Dr. Chaska, MN 55318 952-443-1400

455 Pond Promenade Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-227-2265

Tempo Investment Advisors 7924 Victoria Dr., #211 Victoria, MN 55386 952-300-8836

FUNERAL/CREMATION Bertas Funeral Home 200 W. 3rd St. Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-2137

MEDICAL Lakeview Clinic

110105 Pioneer Trail Chaska, MN 55318 952-556-0120

PETS Fido’s Pantry

2473 Hwy. 7 Excelsior, MN 55331 952-474-9383

RETAIL Tazzie Baby & Child

1750 Tower Blvd. Victoria, MN 55386 952-479-1391

The Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center


10000 Great Plains Blvd. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-445-6555

Abel Heating & Cooling

Yetzer’s Home Furnishings & Flooring

6501 Co. Rd. 15 Minnetrista, MN 55364 952-472-2665

Mr. Handyman

551 W. 78th St., #213 Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-777-8849

Quality Heating & Air Services Inc. 12912 Ventura Ct., #21 Shakopee, MN 55379 952-403-1110

33 W. First St. Waconia, MN 55387 952-442-4242

SENIOR LIVING Olive Branch Estates

1850 Pioneer Trail Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-448-4800



8700 College View Dr. St Bonifacius, MN 55375 952-446-4100

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Southwest Christian High School

501 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-1525

LODGING 570 Pond Promenade Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-3888

1981 Bavaria Rd. Chaska, MN 55318 952-556-0040

2016 - 2017 |



Pets get lots of love in Chanhassen. The city’s trails and parks provide dogs and their owners plenty of places to play and bond. (Photo by Unsie Zuege)



hanhassen loves its pets. The city’s trails and parks provide pet owners and their four-legged friends plenty of walking and running space. And for those who like to run free, off-leash, Carver County’s Lake Minnewashta Regional Park offers an off leash park with areas for both large and small dogs. It’s a favorite destination for Chanhassen resident Kevin Griswwold. “We take a lot of walks,” Griswold says. “We love the paths and especially visit Kerber Pond regularly. And the dog park at Lake Minnewashta — our two dogs love it there.” The Three Rivers Park District’s Carver Park Reserve, just down the road in Victoria, also has a 27-acre dog park, and in the spring of 2016, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum opened up a 65-acre dog commons and trail system, recognizing the therapeutic effects for the mind, body and spirit by recreating with man’s best friend in nature. The city has a variety of veterinarian clinics, pet grooming/ spas, and kennels, even a doggie daycare, to make sure pets enjoy a quality of life on par with their humans. “[Chanhassen] is pet-friendly and most pet owners abide by the leash rules,” observes resident Al Lokhorst, “and through the pets we have met very nice people.” So is Chanhassen a great place for pets, or what? “Never have I seen happier or more spoiled pets than in the city of Chanhassen,” Claire Becker says. Becker, a Chanhassen native, and a University of Minnesota student, says “I don’t even think my cat moves anymore, she just lays on our screened-in porch in the sun for days. And my neighbor’s dog gets fed so many apples that he’ll probably never need to see a doctor again. If I was going to be a pet anywhere, I’d want it to be Chanhassen.”

“We love the paths and especially visit Kerber Pond regularly.”

Kevin Griswold

Chanhassen resident

PET LICENSES PET INFORMATION The city of Chanhassen does not require pet licenses, but both cats and dogs are required to have some identification on them that would assist animal control in contacting the owner. Types of identification include microchips, veterinarian-issued rabies tags, or any tags or collars with contact information and phone numbers inscribed on them. Rabies Vaccinations All dogs and cats over six months of age and kept as a pet are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Kennel Permit Any household with more than two two dogs, more than three cats or any combination of four or more dogs or cats over six months of age is required to obtain a private kennel permit. Carver-Scott Humane Society The Carver-Scott Humane Society serves Carver and Scott counties as well as a portion of Hennepin County. The organization has a location in downtown Chaska but the majority of all abandoned pets are housed in foster care until permanent adoption. The humane society frequently hosts pet adoption days. At the new space in downtown Chaska at 210 Chestnut Street North, the organization houses up to 12 cats on site. For more information about the Carver-Scott Humane Society, call (952) 368-3553 or visit Those interested in volunteering can fill out an application online, call or stop by 210 Chestnut Street North in Chaska.


Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome during my first few months on the job. It is appreciated. I am a Minnesota boy who grew up on the nor th side of Minneapolis and graduated Jeff from the UniFilipek versity of Minnesota. I have also worked for other chambers and non-profits in Albert Lea, Willmar, and most recently Pierre, S.D. When considering a career change and moving back to Minnesota it was important for me to find the right community. The SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce covers the cities of Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria. I couldn’t have picked a greater place to live, work, shop and play! HAPPY PLACE Carver County moved up a notch in the “Happiest Places in America” ranking to claim the No. 3 spot this year according to a study done by Smart Asset. The data firm analyzed metrics related to family stability, physical health, personal financial health and economic security for counties that have a population greater than 50,000. As the study notes, “given the high quality of life we experience, it’s not surprising the county’s population increased by more than 8 percent between 2010 and 2015.” Earlier this year, Carver County was ranked the healthiest county in the state, and this study confirms the positive factors that go with living here. Our area is home to an array of outstanding recreational resources including renowned golf courses, beautiful lakes, and many miles of hiking and biking trails through breathtaking parks. We are home to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Paisley Park, and Hazeltine National Golf Club,

Carver County offers an ideal combination of picturesque natural settings — like Spring Peeper Meadow in Chanhassen — and attractive professional opportunities. (Photo by Mark W. Olson) which hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup among other national golf events. Our strong schools and health care facilities also contribute to our way of life. It is no secret that Carver County offers the ideal combination of a picturesque natural setting and attractive professional opportunities and that has helped make it one of the fastest growing counties in the state. DIVERSE ECONOMY Many employers — both large and small — do business in Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria. Our thriving businesses offer a diverse base of advanced manufacturing, industrial companies, non-profits, retail shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Office and warehouse buildings are located in various industrial parks, while our downtown areas welcome visitors with a unique charm. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to support more than 460 member businesses representing roughly 25,000 employees in the southwest metro region. Our energetic staff team works hard every day with member business referrals, networking and educational opportunities, new business ribbon cuttings and several major events throughout the year. We are also involved in local, regional, state and federal policy issues that influence

the business climate. These first few months at the chamber have been spent learning our operations and establishing relationships with various commu-

nity leaders. After a period of data collection from our businesses and other community stakeholders, we will develop a strategic plan for the chamber that will provide direction on how best to serve the business community. We look forward to continuing our great traditional programs, events and services, while finding new ways to serve our communities and members. Stretching from cities to hills, and from lakes to rivers, we are enjoying a period of surging momentum and growth. Steeped in a rich history along the historic Minnesota River, our culture, community passion, and pride have made our area what it is today. Uniquely endowed by nature, and positioned just outside the urban center, we do provide the best place in which to live, work, shop and play. Jeff Filipek is the president of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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