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Chanhassen Office • 952-934-5000

Melodee and Randy Brooks

Kathy Rauth and Sarah Polovitz

Jan Rome and Emily Rome Welter

Matt and Beth Jones

Sandy Carlson

Sue Busch

Missy Vilett

Mary Pat Nydahl

Sue Heldstab

Jesse Godzala

Nancy Arneson

Jay Staats

Malene Houmaae

Dave VanOrden

Kate Damato

Josh Ives

Lisa Norton

Cindy Bramwell

Randa Hahn

Kelli Sterner

Ryan Rischmiller

Tom McDonough

Darin Brooks

Kelly Krebsbach

Sheila and Denny Loving

Mark Bentrup

Dave Moore

Jo Ann Johanning

Julie Dial

Jennifer Palmquist

Cole DeVries

Tessa Stanislawski

Mike Meyer

Erik Johnson

Amy Koethe

Semira Salihovic

Cindy Duenow

Tony Kantar

Greg Butler

Katie Toye

John Kellogg

Brenda Boime

May Houth

Amy Labo

John Peacock

Angie Degel

Trent Kasper

Harlin Paradise

Phil Holm Sales Manager

Barb Edeskuty Office Administrator

Tess Lawson Title Closing Manager

Sue Larson Loan Officer

Scott Teece Insurance Agent

Edina Realty Chanhassen Office •

Edina Realty - Edina Realty Mortgage - Edina Realty Title

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Jim Vangerud and his dog Haakon take a stroll through City Square Park on a snowy day. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)

ATTRACTIONS Parks Recreation Trails Fishing Docks Beaches Swimming Pool Festivals

HEALTH 11-12 13 13 13 13 13 13

FOOD Farmers Market


GOVERNMENT City of Chaska Jonathan in Chaska Chaska Mayor’s Welcome Carver County Frequently Called Numbers Health and Human Services Libraries Licenses and Documents Metropolitan Council Transportation Utilities Waste Disposal Watersheds U.S. Postal Service Voting Information State of Minnesota United States

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Hospitals Medical Clinics Urgent Care

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LEISURE Clubs & Organizations Youth Sports Youth Organizations

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LIVING Chaska Historical Society Worship Directory School District 112 Non-Public Schools Senior Services Help and Support Services

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MARKETPLACE Downtown Chaska Chamber of Commerce Local Newspapers Metro Newspapers Business Directory

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ANIMALS Pet Information


2017-2018 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Regional Editor: Tim Engstrom \ Director of Operations: Laurie Hartmann Editorial Content: Mark Olson, Alex Chhith \ Cover Design: Mike Gears Editorial Design: Mike Gears \ Advertising: Samuel Schmitt Special thanks to the city of Chaska, Chaska Historical Society, SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, CAP Agency, Carver County and District 112 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 Chaska Herald, 123 W. Second St., Chaska MN 55318. Copyright 2017-2018. Printed in the USA. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 952-445-3333 or send an email to

Cover photo by: Mark W. Olson Crowds enjoy Taste of Chaska.

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A walker takes a hike along the Minnesota River levee trail during a foggy morning in Chaska. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)


elcome to the 2017-2018 Chaska Lifestyle Guide. Despite recent growth, Chaska retains its small town charm. The image of a caring and active community, where people meet and greet each other on the street, continues to be fostered even as the population grows. 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 and 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 informa-

tion for the Lifestyle Guide to Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@ Chaska’s employment opportunities, education system, diverse population and strong sense of community have helped earn the community the designation of one of the best small towns in the United States. Chaska maintains a strong, diversified light-industry base. Attracting and preserving high quality jobs is a priority of the city and is consistent with its long-term vision of being a place for residents to both live and work. Established in 1851, Chaska has a core historic downtown that serves as a focal point for both commercial development and social activities. Those who live in Chaska continue to enjoy ice cream socials and band concerts in City Square Park. These and other activities are designed to strengthen the community and support shared community values. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy the community’s trail system, expansive parks, two swimming beaches and a disc golf course. Chaska also has an extensive year-round recreation program for children and adults, including seniors. Chaska is also home to a new curling center as well as Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of several major golfing tournaments for men, women and seniors, including the 2016 Ryder Cup.





888 2011 - 2015 = 100

24,838 25,199 26,016

9% change from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016

= 1,500

5 years and under


18 years and under

30% 63.4%

Between 19 and 64 years




8.5% ASIAN







8.2% Foreign born Between 2011 and 2015 EDUCATION

93.7% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2011 - 2015

Mean travel time to work

workers age 16+

25 min

2011 - 2015



65 years and older



41.1% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2011 - 2015

9,290 Housing units, 2010 = 1,250


Homeownership rate, 2011 - 2015

82.8% Living in same house 1 year and over $225,700 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2011 - 2015 2.68 People per household $75,828 Median household income, 2011 - 2015 $36,011 Per capita income in past 12 months, 2015 dollars Source:




Atneosen & Co. Accounting


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Auburn Manor


Mr. Handyman

B. Craig Thalacker Agency, Inc.


Mustard Seed

Best Cleaners


My Appliance Source


Body Expressions


North Memorial Clinic


Brambillas RV


Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant


Brock’s Flooring


Park Dental


Carver Dental


Prairie Farm Supply


Carver Insurance Group


Radiance Dental


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres


Regarding Dentistry


Chanhassen Family Dentistry


Ridgeview Medical Center


Chaska Community Center

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St. Francis Regional Medical Center


Chaska Dental Center


St. John’s Lutheran Church


Chaska Historical Society


St. John’s Lutheran School


Coldewell Banker


Sebenaler Chiropractic and Wellness Center 49

Cologne Academy


Seedlings Gifts and Books


Crooked Pint Ale House


Shakopee Chevrolet


Dolce Vita Wine Shop


Shop 501 & Company


Southwest Christian High School


Edina Realty




Gardeneer Landscape Contractor


SouthWest Transit


Grace Church


Sugar Creek Chiropractic


Heartland Floral


Temple of Eck




Transformation Club


Hour Glass Cleaners


Trinity Hill


Lakeview Clinic


Valley Dental Care


Linda’s Cellar


VFW Chaska


Living Christ Lutheran Church


Waconia Ford

Michael King Orthodontics


Wally’s Sports & Clothing


Minnesota Harvest


Winslow Monument Service



Dr. Phil Thorseson checks out Harley, an Australian cattle dog mix, while Nawy Puth and William Lopez wait for the diagnosis. The check-up was part of a vaccination clinic that introduced the Chaska Police Department’s Paw Patrol program. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)

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Above – While showing his son Peter how to cast a line, Travis Oye caught a fish off the new Firemen’s Clayhole bridge. (Photo by Pauline Chandra) Inset – Teammates celebrate a two-run home run from Tony Lane in the first inning of a Chaska Cubs’ 13-1 win over Victoria on July 8 at Athletic Park. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Laumann)


hen it comes to having fun close to home, Chaska has you covered. Whether it’s running or biking through the 70-plus miles of trails, taking in the beauty of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, or catching a ball game at Athletic Park, Chaska is home to many amenities. “Chaska has a strong parks and trails system. Among the best one can find, plus it provides gathering opportunities for a variety of programs for all ages!” former Chaska mayor Bob Roepke said. “City Square, Athletic Park and now Firemen’s Park all provide high quality opportunities for the community to come together, build and enjoy the community spirit that is Chaska!” Revamped Firemen’s Park, near the intersection of Highway 41 and County Road 61, is at the center of fun. From the popular Clayhole swim beach and concessions to a stroll across the boardwalk and throughout the park, there is something to do for all ages. A new water fountain area for younger children is a huge hit on warm days. Make sure to stop down on Wednesdays between June and August for a concert series. There is also summer kid entertainment Tuesday morning in the park. Paddleboat and paddleboard rentals are available.

Inside the new event center is the Chaska Curling Center. It has the largest curling membership in the nation, with more than 1,300 participants, as well as bonspiels, corporate, junior and learn to curl events. Just west of downtown is famed Athletic Park, one of the most recognizable baseball stadiums in the state of Minnesota. Chaska is host to the Class A State High School League State Tournament each June as well as the Play Ball MN! All-Star Series as well. The Chaska Cubs, a Class B amateur baseball team within the Minnesota Baseball Association, calls Athletic Park home between May and August. Cubs games are a staple among the local faithful as families show up regularly to take in nine innings, enjoy a hot dog and beverage and cheer on the team. Experience Lenzen Night in late July for the full Cubs experience. Also in downtown is City Square Park with its small-town gazebo, home to concerts, Taste of Chaska and many events during River City Days in July. “What makes Chaska a special place is that it has a strong value on and priority for being a community for all. And in that community you have the opportunity to live, work, shop and play, all within Chaska,” Roepke added.

“City Square, Athletic Park and now Firemen’s Park all provide high quality opportunities for the community to come together, build and enjoy the community spirit that is Chaska!” Bob Roepke Former Chaska Mayor


Courthouse Lake, in downtown Chaska, is among the local lakes with a dock. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)

CHASKA PARKS The city of Chaska has a combination of community playfields, community parks, neighborhood parks and tot lots to serve all of its residents. More than 1,000 acres of public open space exists, of which approximately 600 acres are developed parkland. Request a Chaska parks map by calling the Chaska Parks and Recreation Department at 952-448-3176.

City Square 300 Chestnut St.

The Parks and Trails system development is one of the responsibilities of the Chaska Park Board, which serves in a volunteer advisory capacity to the Chaska City Council. The Park Board meets the second Monday of each month at the Chaska Community Center.

Disc Golf Course Chaska Middle School East

The Jonathan Association maintains Lake Grace Park and other open space, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) own or manage areas along the Minnesota River. CITY PARKS Athletic Park 725 W. 1st St. Bavaria Park 3141 Bavaria Hills Tr. Chaska Town Course 3000 Town Course Dr.

Community Park 1151 Hundertmark Rd. Community Center 1661 Park Ridge Dr. Cortina Woods Park 315 School Rd.

East Creek Canyon Park 3018 Canyon Rd. Firemen’s Park 3210 Chaska Boulevard Firemen’s Park II 500 Maple St. Friendship Park 850 Hundertmark Rd. Griep Park 317 Groves Dr. Hazeltine Bluff Park 1140 Ridge Bluff Dr. Hickory Park 120 Hickory St. Highland Park 621 Tuepelo Way

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ATTRACTIONS Kelzer Park 3025 Holstein Rd.

Experience the Best of Every Season

Lake Bavaria Park County Road 11 Lions Park 1300 Crosstown Blvd. McKnight Park 110400 Pioneer Tr. Meadow Park 305 Engler Blvd.

The Best Fall Color Scarecrows, pumpkins, Tram tours, Nature walking play, hiking trails, AppleHouse.

Moers Hammers Park 1245 Moers Drive Par 30 Golf Course 1207 Hazeltine Blvd. Pioneer Park 545 Pioneer Tr. & Co. Rd. 17 Riverview Park 183 Riverview Rd.

Color Winter Spirits Bright Poinsettia tree, holiday lights, gift market, Santa, best snowshoe trails.

Schalow Park 865 Mallory Lane Shadow Wood Park 2666 Wood Dr. Town Course Park 3000 Town Course Dr. Veterans Park 619 Creek Rd.

Natural Wonders of Spring Maple syrup, best tulips, crabapple blossoms, trails, waterfalls, tours, yoga.

(Formerly Veterans Park) 660 Victoria Dr. Walden Park 2945 Clover Ridge Dr. Winkel Park 220 Pine St. S. Wood Ridge 685 August Dr.

CARVER PARKS Best Summer Escapes 2018 Summer in bloom, Origami outdoor exhibit, celebrate 60th anniversary fun.

3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318

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There are seven Carver City Parks located throughout the community, including: Bluff Park (three soccer fields, one softball field, covered shelter, picnic tables, restrooms and paved parking); Gazebo Park (downtown gazebo, free library); Community Park (two volleyball courts, ice

rink, warming house, softball and baseball fields, covered shelter with picnic tables and restrooms, batting cages, two playgrounds, paved parking lot); Depot Park (covered picnic tables, grills, caboose next to historic railroad water tower); Lions (tennis court, basketball court, park shelter, ballfield, playground equipment, electrical outlets); Overlook Park (scenic view); Riverside Park (boat ramp, archery, primitive campsites, horseshoe pits); and Ironwood Park, being constructed as this issue went to press, next to the new Carver Elementary School. Walking trails throughout the city. Contact the Park and Recreation Department for information about park shelter rental, activities and programs at 952-448-5353, ext. 29.

REGIONAL PARKS The DNR also manages the Courthouse Lake, located behind the Carver County Courthouse. The Jonathan Association operates Lake Grace Park, off Village Road. 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.

ATTRACTIONS 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 80foot 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: 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. The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee 763-694-7784 NATURE AREAS Minnesota 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.

TRAILS The city of Chaska has more than 40 miles of trails. The trail system is a combination of hard-surfaced off-road walkways and pedestrian friendly ravine-system trails that cover the majority of the community. The municipal trail system is complemented by the Minnesota DNR trail system on the Minnesota

River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife trail, going from Athletic Park in Chaska to the City of Carver. For a cty of Chaska trails map, contact the Chaska Parks and Recreation Department at 952-448-3176. In addition, the Jonathan Association maintains its own trail system. Two nearby abandoned rail lines have been turned into trails, one – the former Chicago-Northwestern line – starts at the eastern edge of Chaska and continues through Chanhassen to Hopkins. A similar line starts in Victoria and ends in Hopkins.

RECREATION The Chaska Parks & Recreation Department provides a variety of leisure programming for eastern Carver County. Hundreds of preschool through senior citizen recreation offerings and special community events are listed in quarterly brochures or by calling 952-448-3176. Chaska Community Center 1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska 952448-5633 The city of Chaska also operates the Chaska Community Center, which includes a swimming pool, splash pad, gyms, racquetball courts, ice arena, preschool play castle and much more. The center also houses a gallery and theater, advanced fitness equipment and several amenities including an on-site café. Located next to the Community Center is The Lodge, which opened in 2007 to serve Active Older Adults (AOA) ages 55 and older. The Lodge is designed with areas that encourage socializing, and also includes a kitchen, multi-purpose room, library/computer kiosk, pool table, an enclosed deck overlooking the Minnesota River Valley, an outdoor terrace and garden and more.

SWIMMING POOL Chaska Community Center (also has splash pad) 1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska 952-448-5633

FISHING DOCKS Lake Bavaria Park County Road 11 Veterans Park 619 Creek Rd. Firemen’s Park (County Rd. 61 & Hwy. 41) Courthouse Lake 4th & Beech

BEACHES Firemen’s Park (County Rd. 61 & Hwy. 41) Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Hwy. 41, Chanhassen

FESTIVALS Chaska River City Days on the last weekend of July is an annual summer community celebration of life along the Minnesota River. The entire River City Days weekend is supported and sponsored by dozens of organizations in the community who are dedicated to bringing all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of the annual celebration. Steamboat Days on the second weekend of September is the annual community celebration for Carver, with food, music, burn-out contest and large parade.

Opening November 3!

Back by Popular Demand!

“Heavenly…a must see!”

– Pioneer Press

Minnesota Harvest 8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785

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Crowds pack the northeast corner of City Square Park during Taste of Chaska. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)


rom burgers and fries to pizza and pasta to authentic tacos from a food truck, there are plenty of reasons for residents to keep their dining dollars in Chaska. Most Chaska restaurants are in downtown or in the Chaska Commons area near Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail. A mix of chain and independently owned establishments give consumers options to choose from. Each May, the city celebrates the variety of food options with the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Taste of Chaska. Area restaurants, breweries and wineries come together in City Square Park to showcase their offerings. It is a huge hit for all ages. “The 2017 Taste of Chaska brought out 54 business vendors on a beautiful spring evening. Around 20 were food vendors mostly from Chaska and the Southwest Metro area. Several local wineries and craft beer vendors were featured in a tasting tent. The event also included live music from Chaska’s own SoundCheck music school. The young families enjoyed the kids zone and bouncy houses,” SouthWest Metro Chamber Events Manager Kelly Darcourt said. “It was estimated that well over 1,000 people attended. We hope to have even more local restaurants and food trucks participate next year.” During the summer months, Chaska features two farmers markets. They are a great place to find fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods the whole family will enjoy.

“These events help draw new people into downtown Chaska and they get exposed to our business community.” Jeff Filipek, President SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Chaska Farmers Market is held at the Carver County Government Center. On Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m., the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts the Chaska Downtown Farmers Market in City Square Park. Handmade goodies, flowers and a variety of produce are available for purchase. Over 20 full-season and 15 part-time vendors were signed up earlier this year. “We have added a couple new elements to the farmers market this year,” said Chamber President Jeff Filipek. “In partnership with Carver County Health, youth ages 4-12 can check in at our chamber table and get a $2 token for free produce.” He added that “some evenings will have special activities like Yoga in the Park, Kids Bouncy House and more.” The Downtown Chaska Farmers Market Facebook page is a great way to see what is happening each week. “These events help draw new people into downtown Chaska and they get exposed to our business community” said Filipek.

FOOD FARMERS MARKET Chaska Downtown Farmers Market City Square Park, 120 E. Fourth Street The farmers market is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July through October. Call 612-6190558 for more information.

Chaska Farmers Market Carver County Government Center parking lot, Fourth and Beech streets The farmers market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in July through October. Call 612227-8101 or for more information.

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230 S. Lewis St. Shakopee


230 S. Lewis St., Shakopee • 952-445-9218 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8:30pm • Friday 11am-9:30pm Saturday 11-9:30pm • Closed Sunday WE CATER!


Crooked Pint Ale House in Chaska offers more than 60 choices for lunch and dinner – from pub pot pies to incredible lucys. The bar boasts 32 taps with local and regional craft beers plus a great wine and liquor selection. Crooked Pint has something for everybody! 3210 Chaska Boulevard • Chaska • Tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus and rhubarb are among the pieces of produce available at the Chaska Downtown Farmers Market. (File photo)


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Above – Chaska City Hall fountain, 1 City Hall Plaza, Chaska. Inset – The Carver County Government Center, reflected on Courthouse Lake. (Photos by Mark W. Olson)


hen it comes to the city’s government center, city employees try to make everything as easy as possible. “We talk a lot about being the best small town in Minnesota and what that means. A big part of that is city government,” said Assistant City Administrator Nate Kabat. “We want to make sure that when people are interacting with the government, that they’ll be heard and they’ll be responded to.” Chaska is the county seat for Carver County and the sprawling Carver County Government Center complex can be found on the eastern side of downtown between Beech Street and the Minnesota River. There are many county offices there including the jail, courthouse, public health, the county assessor and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Chaska operates its own police department, which is located in City Hall in the heart of downtown Chaska between West Fourth and West Fifth streets. The building has city offices, City Council chambers and the Chaska Library. The Chaska Fire Station is located on Engler Boulevard, west of Highway 41. To the east of City Hall, on West Fourth Street, is the Chaska History Center, which is located in a restored livery stable and features ever-changing exhibits highlighting the area’s rich history. Residents can also access historical photos and artifacts in addition to seeking the expertise of the center’s many knowledgeable volunteers. On West Third Street, residents can find the Chaska Post Office. “I would say that here at City Hall we strive to be a very approachable place for residents to be coming in,” Kabat said.

“We want to make sure that when people are interacting with the government, that they’ll be heard and they’ll be responded to.” Nate Kabat

“Chaska is a place you can come and get what you need, you can buy local and see some unique restaurants downtown and have a fun time.” Chaska is also home to Eastern Carver County School District (District 112) headquarters. The school district offices are located on the northern side of the city in the Jonathan Industrial Park on Peavey Road. “We’re lucky to have some good schools in the area,” said Jeff Filipek, president of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.



CARVER Since its establishment in 1862, the city of Carver has benefited from an overwhelming sense of community spirit exhibited through a tradition of selfless contributions made by residents, community organizations, and businesses. It’s this spirit that has preserved Carver’s Downtown Historic District; which is one of the nation’s biggest on the National Register of Historic Places. The preservation of the Historic District is symbolic of generations of community stakeholders working to make Carver a great place to call home. Building on history, our community continues to evolve with the many new residents who have chosen to make Carver their home. — Mayor Mike Webb

CARVER CITY COUNCIL Mayor Mike Webb 612-245-8835 Council Members Glen Henry 952-361-9834

Courtney Johnson 612-702-7703 Kristy Mock 952-500-3972 Cindy Monroe 952-448-4760

MEETINGS & PUBLIC SAFETY Carver City Council Council chambers, 7 p.m. Meets the first and third Mondays Carver Planning Commission Council chambers, 6:30 p.m. Meets on the third Thursday Carver Park & Recreation Council chambers, 6:30 p.m. Meets on second Monday Carver Heritage Preservation Commission Council chambers, 6:30 p.m. Meets on second Tuesday

Carver Fire Department Carver and parts of the surrounding rural area are served by a volunteer fire department. Fire Station, 801 Jonathan Carver Parkway 952-448-2290, Ext. 1 (non-emergency) Police Service The city of Carver has one full-time Carver County sheriff’s deputy on duty in the community. In addition, a Community Services Officer (CSO) works with the deputy and handles nuisance complaints and animal control.

FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Police and fire emergency Police (General Information) Fire (General Information) Carver City Hall 316 Broadway, P.O. Box 147 Carver City Administrator Brent Mareck

911 952-361-1231 952-448-2290 952-448-5353 952-448-5353

CARVER CITY HALL 316 Broadway, P.O. Box 147 Carver, MN

Information: 952-448-5353

CITY ORDINANCES Following are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding city of Carver ordinances. For more information or a full list of ordinances, call the city of Carver at 952-448-5353 or visit www. WINTER PARKING The city of Carver prohibits parking of any vehicle or other object on public streets or alleys when 2 or more inches of snow have accumulated, whether the accumulation is due to new snowfall or drifting and blowing. Once the streets are cleared, parking may resume. LAWN WATERING Homes or businesses with addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, etc.) may water the lawn on odd-numbered calendar days; addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, etc.) may water on even-numbered calendar days. The odd-even schedule is in effect year-round. No lawn watering is permitted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. A 30-day permit to water newly seeded or sodded lawns is available at City Hall. CITY PARK USE/VEHICLES IN CITY PARKS City parks are closed and must be vacated between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless the user has a prior written permit from the city of Carver authorizing use during that time. No motor vehicle — other than maintenance vehicles operated by the city of Carver personnel or contractors working on its behalf — may be operated in any city park. RECREATIONAL FIRES Recreational fires (used for recreational, ceremonial, food preparation or social purposes) are allowed if they burn no more than three feet in diameter and three feet in height; use dry, clean wood; produce little detectable smoke, odor or soot beyond the property line; be extinguished completely; and respect and air quality so that nuisance, health or safety hazards will not be created. Recreational fires shall not be located closer than 25 feet to any structure. SNOWMOBILES No person shall operated a snowmobile upon any public street, alley, lot, lake or stream within the city between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. There are exceptions to this ordinance — call City Hall for details. SNOWBOUND RESTRICTIONS/SNOWBOUND VEHICLES It is unlawful to park any vehicle or other object on public streets or alleys any time 2 inches or more of snow has accumulated (whether due to new snow or drifting/blowing of snow. Due to the limited number of available parking spaces on 3rd Street, “No Parking” restrictions are enforced from 5 to 10 a.m. when 2 inches or more of snow has accumulated. No person shall park his or her vehicle or allow a vehicle he/she owns and operates to be parked upon any street or alley within the city when such vehicle is in snowbound condition. A snowbound vehicle is defined as a vehicle that has been standing on a street or alleyway for at least 48 hours, and either has not been moved or cannot be moved due to the accumulation of ice and snow on or around the vehicle. 2017 - 2018 |








FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Police and fire emergency Matt Podhradsky, City Administrator Noel Graczyk, Administrative Services Director Jeff Isaacson, Curling Manager Kevin Ringwald, Planning & Development Director Toby Saxon, Electric Director Matt Clark, City Engineer Tim Wiebe,Fire Chief John Kellin, PGA Head Golf Pro, Chaska Town Course Scott Knight, Chief of Police Brian Jung, Public Works Superintendent Police (general information) Fire (general information) Utilities Billing After-Hours Emergencies Animal Control Chaska Parks and Recreation Chaska Community Center Chaska Town Course Maintenance Chaska Town Course Pro Shop/Reservations Chaska Par 30

911 952-448-9200 952-448-9200 952-227-2475 952-448-9200 952-448-4335 952-227-7522 952-448-2990 952-443-3748 952-448-4200 952-227-7713 952-448-4200 952-448-2990 952-448-9200 952-448-4335 952-448-4200 952-448-3176 952-448-5633 952-443-3642 952-443-3748 952-448-7454

CHASKA CITY COUNCIL The mayor and four council members serve as the Chaska City Council. The position of mayor is elected at large (citywide) every two years. Council members are elected to four-year terms, with two seats up each election. Chaska has a ward form of government, therefore each council member is elected by the voters in his or her ward. Chaska City Council elections are held concurrently with the state and federal general elections.


PAULA GEISLER Council Member Ward I

MEETINGS Chaska City Council Council Chambers 7 p.m. Meetings are the first, third and fifth Mondays at City Hall. Chaska Economic Development Authority Chaska City Council members sit as the EDA. Meetings immediately follow council meeting as needed.

GREG BOE Council Member Ward II

CHRIS SCHULZ JAY ROHE Council Member Council Member Ward III Ward IV

Chaska Heritage Preservation Commission Meets the first Tuesday of each month at City Hall. 7 p.m. Chaska Human Rights Commission Chaska City Hall 6:30 p.m. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of each month. Chaska Planning Commission Council Chambers 7 p.m. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Chaska Parks Commission Chaska Community Center 7 p.m. Meetings are the second Monday of each month. This committee also handles cable television issues.

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JONATHAN IN CHASKA Jonathan Association The Karen House 111000 Bavaria Rd., Chaska 952-448-4700 The Jonathan Association Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. The meetings are held at the Chaska City Hall Chambers at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise announced).



his is another busy year in Chaska, as we continue to strive to be “The Best Small Town in Minnesota!” Our 10-year street reconstruction plan in downtown Chaska continued this summer, as we move forward towards our goal of rebuilding all streets and utilities throughout our entire downtown area, something that has been desperately needed for several years. In 2017, we are focusing on the reconstruction of Second Street, stretching one block on each side of Highway 41 between Hickory and Pine streets. This stretch of road is the heart of our historic downtown commercial district, making this an especially challenging project year. On the street, all utilities and sidewalks will be replaced, and streetscape, including a cobblestone street will be constructed. We thank each and every business for their patience and hope our residents continue to patronize them during construction. In addition to Second Street, another large construction project in downtown will be the reconstruction of County Road 61 from Highway 41 to Hickory Street. This project will include the replacement of the bridge over the West Chaska Creek diversion channel that has been


partially closed for the past three years, and will include our downtown streetscape and safety upgrades to help pedestrians crossing Highway 61 to get to Firemen’s Park and the Curling and Event Center. Besides roads being under construction, we are also planning for a future transportation project which will bring significant improvements to Highway 41 in the central part of our community. We are currently finalizing plans for the widening of Highway 41 between Highway 212 and Pioneer Trail, making it a four-lane section. Significant improvements will be made on Hundertmark Road at its intersection with Highway 41, to deal with issues we see during peak traffic times. This project is slated to occur during the summer of 2018, bringing some much needed congestion relief to this are of the city.

We are also in the early planning stages for the rebuild of Highway 41 through our downtown area, which is slated to occur in 2022. This project will not only help with congestion, but also make our historic downtown commercial district much more pedestrian friendly. While all of these projects create short-term inconveniences, we are confident they will create long-term benefits for residents and businesses in the community. All of the details of these projects can be found on the city of Chaska website if you have any questions. In addition to road projects, we also continue to work on revitalizing our downtown commercial district. After completing two other catalyst redevelopment projects in downtown, including Firemen’s Park and The Landing at First Street and Highway 41, we continue to move forward with our next catalyst project. The next project is called City Square West and is located on the entire block just west of City Square Park. Our initial plans show it being a new 30,000-square-foot library, housing and retail area and will include KleinBank, the U.S. Post Office and a parking structure. We will have a citizen task force to develop

final plans for the site and move forward with getting this project started. Firemen’s Park, along with the Curling and Event Center continue to be a very busy place. We feel this project is doing what we had hoped it would do, which is to generate traffic and bring people into the downtown area on a regular basis. We hope to continue with redevelopment of sites surrounding Firemen’s Park, which have had a renewed interest shown in them by developers since the completion of the Firemen’s Park project. We hope to have more to share in the near future! Housing in our new development area of southwest Chaska is going at a fast past, with over 200 homes being built in 2016. Another 50-lot development was approved by the Chaska City Council last winter, hopefully this momentum will keep up moving forward. Hy-Vee grocery store, an office and medical building and U.S. Bank’s new data center were also approved. Construction on some has already started. This development area will continue to take a step forward this summer with the construction of new collector roads and the installation of new utilities. Thank you to all of you.

CHASKA ORDINANCES For a complete list of ordinances, go to and search on ordinances. WINTER PARKING Chaska follows a calendar parking schedule for on-street parking during the winter. The ordinance applies to all public parking–streets, alleys, parking lots. From Nov. 1 to April 1, whenever 2 inches of snow accumulates to require plowing, vehicles must park on the evennumbered side of the street on

even-numbered days of the month; and on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days. For residents’ convenience, the city counts the day as beginning at 8 a.m. NOISE/ODOR ORDINANCE There is a noise ordinance prohibiting loud, unnecessary or unusual noises that annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace, safety or welfare of others. The ordinance

also prohibits offensive odors. SUMMER LAWN WATERING The city of Chaska has an ordinance regarding water usage effective May 1-Sept. 30. Compliance is based on an odd-even cycle of watering. You are required to limit your lawn sprinkling and other non-essential water use based on your address and the calendar day of the month. Even-numbered addresses water on even numbered calendar days; odd-numbered ad-

dresses sprinkle on odd numbered days. Compliance with this ordinance is mandatory. Failure to comply may result in fines and/or termination of water service. New seed or sod is exempt from the ordinance until it becomes established. Commercial, industrial and residential automated irrigation systems are required to follow the same guidelines. 2017 - 2018 |






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Carver 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. (File photo)


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JIM ISCHE District 5 952-212-7453


JIM OLSON Sheriff 952-361-1212


MARK METZ County Attorney 952-361-1400 mmetz@

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 952-361-1506

Lyndon Robjent, Public Works 952-466-5200

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Church-by-the-River, where the Carver City Council meets. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)

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 Mental Health Services provides various types of mental health services, such as mental health and chemical health assessments, case management services, resource referral and outpatient therapy and psychiatry. 540 E. 1st St., Waconia 952-442-4437 Emergency after hours 952-442-7601

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 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 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 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 2017 - 2018 |


GOVERNMENT METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul 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 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 Carver, 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) SouthWest Village, Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 101; Chanhassen Transit Station, Market Street next to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; (Chaska) East Creek Transit Station, Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 41; Walnut Park and Ride, Co. Rd. 61 and Walnut Street; (Carver) Carver Station. Jonathan Carver Parkway and Ironwood Dr.; (Eden Prairie) SouthWest Station, Hwy. 212 and Prairie Center Drive; Preserve Village, Hwy. 169 and Anderson Lakes Parkway (Preserve Village Mall).

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UTILITIES Chaska Utilities 952-448-4335 Payment drop-off 1 City Hall Plaza Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative 952-492-2313 NATURAL GAS CenterPoint Energy 612-372-4727

WASTE DISPOSAL GARBAGE COLLECTION Area residents (or their landlord) must make their own arrangements with private services for garbage collection. Curbside recycling is available in Chaska as a service provided by the resident’s garbage hauler.

RECYCLING 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.

WATERSHEDS 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. 952-361-1825 Lower Minnesota River Watershed District 763-545-4659 Minnehaha Creek Watershed District 952-471-0590 Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District 952-607-6512

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Carver Post Office 317 Broadway, Carver ZIP Code: 55315 1-800-275-8777 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.noon, 1:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:309:30 a.m.

Chaska Post Office 300 N. Pine St., Chaska Zip Code: 55315 Call 1-800-275-8777 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

VOTING INFORMATION You must be registered to vote. In Minnesota, you may register before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. For precinct and absentee voting information, visit or call 952361-1910.

PARTY CONTACTS Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) 255 E. Plato, St. Paul 651-293-1200 Green Party of Minnesota 4200 Cedar Ave S, Suite 8, Minneapolis 651-288-2820 Independence Party (IP) P.O. Box 40495, St. Paul 651-998-9156 Republican Party of Minnesota (GOP) 2200 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 201 651-222-0022

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.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse marches Carver’s Steamboat Days Parade. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)



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SCOTT JENSEN (R-47) 651-296-4837

AMY KLOBUCHAR (D) 612-727-5220

AL FRANKEN (D) 651-221-1016


ERIK PAULSEN (R-3RD DISTRICT) 952-405-8510 JIM NASH (R-47A) 651-296-4282

JOE HOPPE (R-47B) 651-296-5066


MARK DAYTON (D) Governor

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

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

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

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rom its inception in 1980, the Chaska Historical Society has been busy collecting, preserving, protecting, recording and sharing the rich heritage of the Chaska community. Chaska’s history was shaped by the Glacial River Warren after the last Ice Age, leaving rich farmland, numerous clay deposits and downward slopes to the banks of today’s Minnesota River. The developments of the last 165-plus years can be easily seen in a tour of the community. We begin at the southern border of the city, the Minnesota River. Originally named the St. Peter River, it was a vital means of transportation in the untamed wilderness. Used both by the Native Americans living here in the 1700s to mid-1800s and the European and eastern U.S. settlers moving into the area in the 1850s, it remained the primary connection to the rest of the world until the arrival of the railroad in the early 1870s. The word “Chaska” means “firstborn son”— hearkening back to our Dakota beginnings. Recorded history begins with the founding of the city in 1851, after the Treaty of 1851 opened the area to settlers. The initial plat of the city included City Square Park, located between Third and Fourth streets in downtown Chaska. Within this park three Native American burial mounds are located. The development of the city can be seen as one travels north from the river. Second Street, lined with cream-colored brick buildings, recalls the heyday of Chaska brick making. Chaska brick making began in 1857 and expanded to eventually include eight to 10 brickyards. Chaska was the third largest brick making community in the state in 1910, churning out more than 40 million bricks per year. Along with the brick making came shopkeepers, barrel makers, livery stables, hotels, saloons, brick making equipment, a newspaper, bankers, and brewers. People shared their talents for entertainment— band and choral music, drama and


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Laura and Milo Born, circa 1940, are pictured next to the beehive kilns that once dotted the brickyard at the northwest corner of Highway 41 and County Road 61 — now the site of Firemen’s Park and the future Chaska Curling Center. (Photos courtesy of the Chaska Historical Society)

Shredding corn on the Walter Ekstrom farm in what is now Chaska (date unknown). The grey horse was named “Skippy” and the brown horse was named “Barney.” dancing were a must—and created societies to share mutual interests and concerns. The first three religious communities in downtown Chaska were established by 1885: The Moravian Church, Guardian Angels Catholic Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church. The turn of the century agribusiness developments could be seen northeast along Stoughton Avenue—the most notable being the Sugar Factory, constructed in 1905 of Chaska brick and operating as a sugar beet processor until the early 1970s and storage facility after that. Also Gedney Pickles, which originally was in the Beech Street/Sixth Street area. Besides these, there were the mills, a canning factory, | 2017 - 2018

farm equipment dealers and feed stores in other parts of downtown. In addition to its industry and business interests, Chaska was a political and cultural center. The seat of Carver County government since its inception in 1858, Chaska has had the courthouse and jail, first on West Third Street from 1857 to 1965 and at its present location at East Fourth Street since 1965. Though schools had been in existence in Chaska for many years, the Chaska Public School’s first accredited graduating class of six students was in 1906. As times changed, one by one the earliest industries petered out, with the brick industry ending its

dominance by the 1940s, though some brickyards continued on and off on a much smaller scale until around 1960. Natural springs filled the three clayholes in downtown Chaska and are leftovers from this industry. The foundry continued until the early 1970s, moving out when pollution controls required reasonable but expensive changes. Today’s industries began further north in Chaska as these long-time industries faded. The annexation of the Hazeltine National Golf Club area and the agricultural land north of Chaska led to this area becoming desirable for development. State Senator Henry T. McKnight chose much of this area for his “new town” idea known as “Jonathan.” Incorporating green space, walking paths and other amenities, the Jonathan comprehensive plan included industrial parks to encourage employment within the community. With Jonathan Industrial Park and Crosby Park, new, high-tech sectors were initiated in northern Chaska in the early 1970s. Today Chaska is associated with some of those original industries as well as with biomedical research and development, the semiconductor industry, manufacturing, and data storage. The population of Chaska was around 2,000 from about 1860 to 1960. With the addition of the Hazeltine development followed by Jonathan, the population doubled every ten years, reaching 8,346 in 1980. The continued growth in the eighties and nineties brought the population to over 17,000 in 2000. Today the population is over 25,000. Lisa Oberski is president of the Chaska Historical Society.

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hen it comes to general health care, Chaska has its residents covered. The city is home to a 24-hour emergency and urgent care facility as well as a host of primary and specialty medical clinics. Ridgeview’s Two Twelve Medical Center is at the intersection of highways 212 and 41 and features a stand-alone emergency room with round-the-clock urgent care services. The facility also houses practices covering everything from women’s and children’s health to same-day surgery to mental health counseling services. “Our community seems to have generally kept pace with the evolving health needs of a growing population,” said resident Nate Bostrom. Just up Highway 41, at the intersection with Pioneer Trail, the relocated and revamped Lakeview Clinic provides options for family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics as well as OB/GYN and general surgeons. It also features X-ray facilities and clinical laboratory. Chaska is just minutes away from hospitals in both Waconia and Shakopee for conditions requiring more advanced care. “We are fortunate to have Ridgeview, St. Francis and Allina in

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our area,” said Jeff Filipek, president and CEO of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce. Chaska residents will find chiropractic services and dental practices (including orthodontists and pediatric dentists) located throughout the city. Several senior facilities are also based in Chaska, offering options for nursing care including assisted living and memory care. In addition, Chaska is home to a number of addiction specialists treating patients for drug and alcohol issues. For the uninsured or underinsured, Carver County Public Health offers free or low-cost health care and regular immunization clinics. Food and nutrition services for qualified low-income clients are also available through the CAP agency serving Carver and Scott counties. “Meeting these important human needs is not an option for a city that wants to be a healthy community for all residents,” said Bostrom, who also serves on the CAP Board of Directors.

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Thousands of fans flood Hazeltine National Golf Club during the Ryder Cup. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)


eisure or play, Chaska is in the game. Home to some of the state’s best golf courses, grab the clubs and hit the links this season. “Little Leaguers look up to and admire Major League players in baseball, and it’s no different in golf. We encourage folks to play golf together, watch golf together and root for your favorite golfers together,” said Jeff May, golf operations manager for Three Rivers Park District. Golfers can hit the links at one of four courses in town. The city operates two municipal courses — the 18-hole Chaska Town Course and the 9-hole executive course called the Par 30. Both city courses are in northern Chaska. The Chaska Town Course is near Lake Bavaria and can be accessed via Pioneer Trail. The Par 30 is located east of Highway 41 on Hazeltine Boulevard. And just a bit farther east on Hazeltine Boulevard is Hazeltine National Golf Club. The private course, which has been home numerous national golf tournaments in its 55-year history, is fresh off hosting the 2016 Ryder Cup. Dahlgreen Golf Course west of the city in Dahlgreen Township is set in the rolling hills of Carver County. Bluff Creek Golf Course near Highway 101 is surrounded by woodlands and bluffs. Want something a little different? How about footgolf? Footgolf, a cross between soccer and golf, is a new game being introduced at the city of Chaska course. A soccer ball and participant’s kicking foot replace a golf ball and club, with a separate larger cup in the rough around the green as the hole. “Footgolf follows the flow of the golf course. The holes are much shorter because you can’t kick the ball as far as you hit a ball,” Chaska Town Course professional John Kellin said.

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6940 Dahlgreen Rd, Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-7463 x2

Chaska Par 30

1207 Hazeltine Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-7454

There are other options without a ball, club or stick. The Chaska Disc Golf Course on Park Ridge Drive opened in 2002 with nine holes that cover three acres of terrain. The course is near the middle schools. A skate park at Community Park on Hundertmark Road features 1,500 square feet of smooth blacktop with nine ramps and rails for skateboarding and inline skating enthusiasts.

LEISURE YOUTH SPORTS Chaska Chanhassen Football Association Chaska Area Football Association Chaska Area Youth Basketball Association Chaska Youth Softball Association Chaska Area Youth Volleyball Association

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 57 102 W. Fourth St., Chaska 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

Chaska Chanhassen Community Hockey Association

Carver County Historical Society 555 W. First St., Waconia 952-442-4234 www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety. org

Chaska Area Youth Baseball Association

Carver County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse 952-361-1212

Chaska Figure Skating Club

Carver County Toastmasters clubs

Chaska/Chanhassen Stallions Wrestling Club CC United Soccer Club West Express Swim Team

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 U of M Extension-Carver County 952-466-5300

Carver/Scott Master Gardeners Carver Scott Extension office 952-466-5309 Carver Steamboat Days Committee Chaska Hawks Booster Club

Jonathan Association 111000 Bavaria Rd. 952-448-4700 Kiwanis Club of Chaska 952-448-3797 La Leche League League of Women Voters Lions International – Chaska Lions Website Love INC of Eastern Carver County 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-448-2508 MN Deer Hunters AssociationMN River Valley Chapter 1890 West 125th St., Shakopee MN DNR Conservation Officer MN Landscape Arborteum Auxiliary MN Valley Mothers of Multiples Club MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge 952-854-5900

MN Water Fowl Association 952-767-0320 MOMS Club of Chaska/Victoria Newcomers Club of the Southwest Suburbs NOW – National Organization for Women/MN Valley Pheasants Forever – Carver County Relay For Life of Eastern Carver County American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 Rotary International – Chaska Scott-Carver Threshers SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce 952-474-3233 Univ. of MN ExtensionCarver County 11360 Highway 212, #4, Cologne 952-466-5300 V.F.W. Post 1791 620 Creek Road, Chaska 952-448-4126

Chaska Historical Society 112 W. 4th St., Chaska 952-448-6077 Ducks Unlimited Friends of the Chaska Library 952-448-3886 Friends of Lake Bavaria Chaska Skate Park is located in Community Park, 1151 Hundertmark Road. (Photo by Mark W. Olson) 2017 - 2018 |


LIVING Above –Cooper Ebeling and Mark Jamrozek watch their friends curl at the Crooked Pint Ale House. (Photo by Alex Chhith)


ongtime residents Hayley and Colton Moschenbacher love Chaska. So when their mother downsized her home and moved to the city’s center, they decided to move too. For the last five years, Hayley and her fiance have lived just across the street from her mother. Their aunt also lives in the downtown area. “I love it. We have lived here for about 24 or 25 years and moved to downtown Chaska five years ago,” Hayley said. “You get a taste of everything.” The siblings said downtown Chaska has a small town feel to it but also has big city vibes. There is always a lot of stuff to do and the best part is that just about everything is within walking distance. Hayley and Colton love to watch Chaska Cubs amateur baseball games in Athletic Park — it’s only about a mile from their home. They also frequent restaurants and coffee shops in the city’s center. Chaska’s also a good place to go shopping. “I recently started to like going to antique stops around

“We love downtown Chaska.” Hayley Moschenbacher Chaska resident

town,” Hayley said, adding that she likes to also go to the boutique and convenience stores as well. The Moschenbachers said it is nice they can walk to and from the annual River City Days festival. The event includes an array of performers, activities and food booths at City Square Park. The three-day festival takes place in July. The Curling and Event Center and Firemen’s Park brings lots of people into the city, the Moschenbauers noted. “We’ve never been curling, but it’s fun to watch,” Hayley said. The facility is packed with spectators watching curlers play during bonspiels. “It has a really cool atmosphere,” Colton added. Over at the park, they like to take their nephews over the bridge that connects Firemen’s Park to Veterans Park and push them on the swings at the playground. “We love downtown Chaska,” Hayley said.

LIVING SCHOOL DISTRICT 112 EASTERN CARVER COUNTY SCHOOLS 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 six 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- to 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

Community members learn about District 112’s proposed attendance boundaries changes during a 2016 meeting at Chaska High School. (Photo by Patty Dexter) program embeds STEM (Science, Technolog y, Engineering and Math) concepts and strategies and a focus on cultural competence to fully support the second-

ary 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.

As your local independent agent, we’re your neighbor - someone you can trust and someone who’s here for you 24/7! Call or visit us CARVER INSURANCE GROUP Carver • 952-448-4580

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Students wave to their teachers, saying goodbye to Chaska Elementary School for the last time. The school has reopened as La Academia. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)

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1428 Valley View Road Chaska, MN 55318

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Call Today 952-227-0494 Assisted Living • Independent Living Memory Care • Skilled Nursing Care Rehabilitation Services

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LIVING 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 Tim Klein Board Chair 952-513-8767 Jeffrey Ross Vice chair and clerk 763-458-8801 Amy Logue Treasurer 612-201-3047 Fred Berg Director 952-474-8394 Josie Colleran Director 952-240-0222 Ron Meyer Director 952-836-9972 Lisa Anderson Director 952-361-4267 FACILITIES District Education Center 11 Peavey Road, Chaska 952-556-6100

Chanhassen High School 2200 Lyman Blvd., Chanhassen 952-556-3500 Chaska High School 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska 952-556-7100 Integrated Arts Academy 11 Peavey Road, Chaska 952-556-6200

A Place to


your heart, mind and soul

Bluff Creek Elementary School 2300 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen 952-556-6600 Carver Elementary School 1717 Ironwood Dr., Carver 952-556-1900 Chanhassen Elementary School 7600 Laredo Drive, Chanhassen 952-556-6700 La Academia Two-Language Immersion School 1800 Chestnut St. N., Chaska 952-556-6300


Contact Us: (952) 974-8084 521 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Mondays: 10:00 To 6:00 Tues. Through Sat.: 10:00 To 8:00 Closed Sundays

Chaska Middle School East 1600 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska 952-556-7600 Chaska Middle School West 140 Engler Blvd. E., Chaska 952-556-7400 Clover Ridge Elementary School 114000 Hundertmark Road, Chaska 952-556-6900 East Union Elementary School 15655 County Road 43, Carver 952-556-6800 Jonathan Elementary School 110300 Pioneer Trail, Chaska 952-556-6500 Family Learning Center 110600 Village Road, Chaska 952-556-6400 Pioneer Ridge Middle School 1085 Pioneer Trail E., Chaska 952-556-7800

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Victoria Elementary School 9300 Red Fox Dr., Victoria 952-556-3000 Member of the Dwyer Group

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“Proud of my Child, Proud of my Choice.”

LIVING FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Enrolling Grades Kindergarten through 8th

Cologne Academy is a free public K-8 Charter School

Dr. Clint Christopher Superintendent 952-556-6110 THE WORLD LEARNER SCHOOL

Call to see what Cologne Academy can offer your child

Now Enrolling! We’ve expanded to meet the needs of our students! • Core Knowledge Curriculum • Spanish Language for all grade levels • Character Development Program • Bussing Available to All • Low Student to Educator Ratio • No District Boundaries • Individual Growth Plan for every child

1221 S. Village Parkway, Cologne, MN • 952-466-2276

Located in Chaska, the Montessori Charter Elementary and Middle School is dedicated to empowering our students to be wellrounded and socially responsible. The World Learner School is a public Montessori charter school (tuition free) serving elementary and middle school levels. 112050 Hundertmark Road, Chaska 952-368-7398 SOUTHWEST METRO INTERMEDIATE DISTRICT 288 Based in Shakopee, this district has locations in Chaska. Teaching ages youth to adults, District 288 “exists to equip, motivate, and educate learners of all ages and abilities in an inclusive and flexible learning environment.” 401 East 4th St. Chaska 952-567-8104

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. Afterschool 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

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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 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

LIVING 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 Fax 952-443-1822 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 SERVICES THE LODGE 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska The Lodge, located next to the Chaska Community Center, serves the active older adult population for ages 55 years and older. There is no fee to use The Lodge. The Chaska Parks and Recreation staff offers programs to include special events, day trips, health and wellness classes, card clubs, bingo, games and billiards. The Lodge is host to a large gathering space, kitchen, library, computer kiosk, pool table, enclosed deck, and outdoor terrace.

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


Bountiful Basket Food Shelf 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-556-0244 Bridging, Inc. CAP Agency Food Shelf 952-496-2125 Carver-Scott Mental Health Crisis Program Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative Carver-Scott Humane Society 210 N. Chestnut St., Chaska 952-368-3553 Christmas in May-Chaska 952-361-5350

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LIVING Community Development Agency (CDA) 705 N. Walnut St., Chaska 952-448-7715 Community Foundation for Carver County 952-250-5138 Heading Home Scott Carver 651-645-0676 www.scott-carver.headinghome Love INC of Eastern Carver County 1600 Bavaria Rd., Chaska 952-448-2508 MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers MN Chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America MN Citizens Concerned for Life


MN Literacy Council MN Problem Gambling Hotline 1-800-333-HOPE

Jim, Owner


We Deliver Service & Repair 13122 Johnson Memorial Drive Shakopee

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Scott-Carver Affordable Housing Coalition 952-402-9832 Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc. The CAP Agency is a private, nonprofit human service organization serving a three-county area. They offer everything from financial assistance to child care to domestic abuse help. Sexual Violence Center – Scott and Carver Counties 612-871-5111 (24 hours) Social Security Administration Southwest Metro Animal Rescue and Adoption Society 952-368-7297 Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women (SVABW) Tree House Youth Outreach 3740 N. Chestnut St., Chaska 952-368-2813

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

United Way

Narcotics Anonymous

Welcome Neighbor

Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN mn-nd-sd

(952) 445-2916

RSVP – Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 952-945-4161

PROP – People Reaching Out to Other People 14700 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie 952-937-9120 PROP is a volunteer-based, nonprofit, multi-service organization serving children, families and adults in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. The agency partners with community members in need to realize self-sufficiency goals.


Worship Directory TEMPLE of ECK For all who love God ECK Light and Sound Service First Sunday of each month, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Community HU Song Third Sunday of each month, 10:00–10:30 a.m. 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55317 • (952) 380-2200 •

ECKANKAR, the Path of Spiritual Freedom

Let’s Do Life Together

One Church. Two Campuses.


serving the community. strengthening families.

Eden Prairie


(Contemporary and Traditional Worship)

Sundays, 9a & 10:40a (9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347)

Sundays, 9:15a & 10:45a (Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center | 1 Oak Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318)

SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:00am Traditional 9:30am Contemporary 952-934-5110 820 Lake Drive Chanhassen

9:30am Education (Sept.-May)

10:45am Contemporary (Sept.-May)

You can expect: High-energy worship An engaging message from Senior Pastor Troy Dobbs Kids’ and Students’ programming in a safe and fun environment | 952-926-1884

LIVING CHRIST EARLY LEARNING CENTER Accredited, Christian care for Infants - 5th grade 952-906-0514 •

A place where you matter. A deeper experience. An experience of God, grace, and hope.

We worship at 10 am every Sunday morning. Chapel Hill Academy 306 W 78th St Chanhassen, MN 55317 2017 - 2018 |



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Upscale consignment clothing for children, juniors, and ladies. We also carry dance wear, gymnastics wear, and skating supplies.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-7:00pm Friday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

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102 W 5th Street, Chaska • 952-368-3444 @consign_chaska Find us on Facebook!

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113 West 2nd St., Chaska, Mn 55318 952.556.0083


Helping Chaska for 30 Years! "We help your body heal itself"


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112 West 2nd Street Chaska


• Chiropractic Care • Physiotherapy • D.O.T. Certified Medical Examiner • Most Insurance accepted • Convenient Hours 119 W. 4th St., Ste. 3 Chaska (952) 448-9908 •

ANTIQUES • VINTAGE HOME • ART • GARDEN Wednesday-Saturday 10–5:01 Sunday 12–4 Hwy. 41 & Chaska Blvd. Chaska, MN


Heartland Floral Thoughtful, Original Floral Design

Wednesday Burger Night 5 – 7:30pm Thursday Night Cash Drawing Sign up is Tuesday, Must be present at 7:30pm Thursday. Meat Raffle Fridays at 5:30pm • Sunday BINGO at 6pm

Weddings, Funerals, Events, Day-to-Day

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Friday night - 5pm - 8pm

10% mixed case discount Located in the historic Chaska Depot, corner of 41 & Chaska Blvd. (952) 361-0044 o e Wine, Beer & Spirits

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620 Creek Rd, Chaska • (952) 448-4126 Lic. 00319 2017 - 2018 |



Phil Mickelson, right, competed at the 2016 Ryder Cup in Chaska. The city is slated to host other golf tournaments in the future. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)



haska is a busy community filled with places to eat, drink, shop and relax. “Overall, the business climate is very good, we’ve seen a lot of growth in retail and a lot of construction,” said Jeff Filipek, president and CEO of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce. There are many jobs in the service industry, too. “One of the struggles seems to be retaining employees in the service industry,” he said. Chaska’s two main commercial sectors are the Chaska Commons on the northern side of town and the downtown corridor, north of the Minnesota River. Another business development is slated for the west side of town just off of Engler Boulevard and Creek Road and west of U.S. Highway 212. Businesses that have shown interest there include a medical center and a grocery store. Many major business retailers work out of Chaska Commons, while downtown Chaska has small, independent businesses that

“I have no doubt that the PGA will make a return here in the future.” Jeff Filipek President and CEO of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce

sell things from wine to art to food and clothes. The Chaska Curling & Event Center draws in people from all around the region for weddings and bonspiels. Longtime resident Hayley Moschenbacher said the specialty businesses in downtown Chaska drew her to move to the heart of the city. She loves to go to antique stores, restaurants and coffee shops in the area. “Overall, we have a diverse economy in the area, and we’re lucky to have some good schools,” Filipek said. Golf tournaments are sure to return to the city. Most recently, Chaska had its name in the international spotlight when it hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup. Previously, it has hosted the PGA Championships in 2002 and 2009, the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championships and many others since 1970. “I think with this year’s Ryder Cup we’ve shown the world that we can host an event like that. I have no doubt that the PGA will make a return here in the future,” Filipek said.


arver County continues to be a great place to live, work, shop and play. We continue our No. 1 ranking as the healthiest county in Minnesota. We have tremendous public and private schools, quality health care options and an abundance of recreational options. Crime rates remain relatively low and our service clubs, churches and nonprofits support our community in a variety of ways. A quick glance around the cities or Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria and you will see homes being built and new businesses opening every day. LOCAL ECONOMY Our business community offers a diverse base of manufacturing, retail stores, nonprofits, entertainment and restaurants. Office and warehouse buildings are located in various industrial parks, while our downtown areas welcome visitors with a unique charm. Unemployment rates in our area continue to be well below the national average.

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS Chaska Herald 123 West Second Street, Chaska News/Editorial 952-345-6574 Display Advertising 952-448-2650 Classified/Want Ads 952-445-3333 Circulation 952-345-6682

between the metro area and points west. YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER

BY JEFF FILIPEK President SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce

While that is relatively good news, the flip side is that many businesses are struggling to find employees. The mantra I hear from many business owners, especially in the service and manufacturing industries, is that finding and retaining quality employees is a challenge. Carver County was recently awarded the Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers Outstanding Economic Development Effort Award for the Chaska data center development program. U.S. Highway 212 — a four-lane freeway from Carver to Minneapolis — provides a critical transportation link

METRO NEWSPAPERS Star Tribune 425 Portland Ave., Minneapolis 612-673-4000 St. Paul Pioneer Press 345 Cedar St., St. Paul 651-222-1111

2016 was a unique year for our area with an international golf event, a new museum for a musical icon, and an election that could change our business climate. For us at the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce we continue supporting our 450 member businesses with referrals, networking and educational opportunities and signature events. We also have a larger presence with legislative issues that affect local businesses. In 2017, we launched two new leadership programs with a goal of developing our next generation of business and community leaders. ICONIC BUSINESSES & EVENTS It’s an exciting time as people come from all over the world to visit Paisley Park. For us at the Chamber it’s a great opportunity to tell visitors about our area including Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum,

SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce Contact the chamber for more information on the area and starting a new business at 7925 Stone Creek Drive in Chanhassen, call 952474-3233 or visit www.

Chaska Curling Center, area restaurants, hotels and retail stores. In addition, it is clear that the city of Chaska and Hazeltine National Golf Club made a great impression hosting the Ryder Cup as the PGA recently announced that the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be at Hazeltine in 2019. Carver County offers the ideal combination of a picturesque natural setting and attractive professional opportunities. Our community is the best place to live, work, shop and play. Jeff Filipek is the president of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce 7925 Stone Creek Drive, Suite 130, Chanhassen 952-474-3233

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY AUTOMOTIVE Kennedy Transmission 630 1st Ave E. Shakopee, MN 55379 952-496-2633

CHIROPRACTIC CARE Sugar Creek Chiropractic 112 W Second St. Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-2722

CHURCH / WORSHIP Living Christ Lutheran Church 820 Lake Drive Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-5110

Trinity Hill

306 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317

Westwood Church

3121 Westwood Drive Chanhassen, MN 55331 952-224-7300

DAYCARE / PRESCHOOL Alphabet Junction

169 Eldorado Drive Alphabet Jordan MN 55352 Junction 952-492-5655

DENTAL Chanhassen Family Dentistry

Michael King Orthodontics

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Radiance Dental

River Valley Ranch, Inc

2687 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-470-2627

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

Regarding Dentistry

7984 Victoria Drive Victoria, MN 55386 952-443-2816

Valley Dental Care

814 Walnut Place Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-4204

FINANCIAL Charter Bank

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

Charter Bank

American Legion Post 580

Cheryl Hawkins, CPA

Victoria House

South Metro Federal Credit Union


South Metro Federal Credit Union

290 Lake Drive E. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-6677 Steiger Lake Lane Victoria, MN 55386 952-443-2858

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

Chaska Dental Center

Minnesota Harvest | 2017 - 2018

16480 Jonathan Carver Parkway Carver, MN 55315 952-361-3361


Chaska Community Center


3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-443-1400

706 Walnut St. Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-2265

8116 Mallory Court Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-443-3368 2634 Shadow Lane Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-4151

m a r ke t p la c e . s w n e w s m e dia . c o m

1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-5633

8251 Old Hwy. 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785

700 Seville Drive, #204 Jordan, MN 55352 952-222-8272

8001 Old Carriage Court, Suite A Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-0888 2573 Credit Union Drive Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-445-0888

FITNESS Transformation Club

1363 Park Road Suite A Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-224-4852


572 Bavaria Lane Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-5502

Mr. Handyman

551 W. 78th St., #213 Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-260-8899

INSURANCE B. Craig Thalacker Agency, Inc. 2638 Shadow Lane, #110 Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-4374

Carver Insurance Group 212 Broadway St. Carver, MN 55315 952-448-4580

Ridgeview Westonka Clinic 4695 Shoreline Drive Spring Park, MN 55384 952-442-7890

St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St Francis Ave Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 428-3000

Two Twelve Medical Center (24/7 ER & Urgent Care) 111 Hundertmark Road Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-2447

111 Hundertmark Road Ste 115N Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-2450

Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic 675 Water St. Excelsior, MN 55331 952-906-7855

Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple St. Waconia, MN 55387 952-442-2191

The Mustard Seed

10000 Great Plains Blvd Chanhassen, MN 55318 952-445-6555

Southwest Christian High School

7886 Market Blvd. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-937-0039

Best Cleaners

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Ridgeview Chaska Clinic Two Twelve Medical Center

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

Best Cleaners

Lakeview Clinic

7907 Powers Blvd. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-0570

Tazzie Baby and Child



Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic

521 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-974-8084


6205 Dell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55346 952-934-2609

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

Seedlings Books and Gifts

7/41 Crossing – 2425 Hwy. 7 Excelsior, MN 55331 952-474-7377

RETAIL Link Lumber

1440 W. Third Ave. Shakopee, MN, 55379 952-445-3240

Lunds & Byerlys

800 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-474-1298

My Appliance Source

13122 Johnson Memorial Drive Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-2916

1981 Bavaria Road Chaska, MN 55318 952-556-0040


501 Oak St. N. Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-9303

Summerwood of Chanhassen

525 Lake Drive Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-294-5500

TRAVEL SouthWest Transit

500 Market St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-949-2287

SouthWest Transit 2120 Chestnut St. N. Chaska, MN 55318 (952) 949-2287 952-445-3333

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Kathy Grover, left and Kelly Fetsch, pet a dog (yet to be named) held by Victoria Pare, a volunteer with the Carver-Scott Humane Society. The society was selling dog kisses for $1 at Taste of Chaska. (Photo by Mark W. Olson)


ome of the best times outdoor pets experience is right on Chaska’s city trails. “Some trails are readily accessible in downtown Chaska,” said resident and chihuahua owner Hayley Moschenbacher. One trail she likes to take with her dog and her brother, Colton, takes walkers and bikers to Chaska Athletic Park. “The trail network is one of the city’s hidden gems, it really kinda weaves into the neighborhoods,” said Assistant City Administrator Nate Kabat, adding that in some areas, users feel secluded. Northern Chaska is home to several horse farms and trails while horses are also welcome on the Minnesota Valley State Trail running parallel to the Minnesota River south of Chaska. Chaska has several veterinary clinics scattered throughout the city and quick access to area animal hospitals. In the heart of Chaska, on Chestnut Street (Highway 41) is the Carver-Scott Humane Society, where there is a small group of cats on-site for adoption as well as host adoption days for dogs on a monthly basis. The organization has been working for more than 25 years to find homes for animals. Another downtown adoption location is Valuecare Veterinary Clinic, which houses a cat adoption center and has many cats available. Visitors are encouraged to volunteer their time to help socialize the cats before adoption. The Southwest Metro Animal Rescue is a foster-based organization committed to the rescue of abandoned, abused and stray domestic animals. The group has monthly Pet Adoption Days for its animals and displays available pets in the Chaska Herald on a weekly basis. Owners have numerous options for grooming and pampering pets in Chaska with a host of groomers and pet spas. Chaska also features boarding facilities for all kinds of animals. Obedience classes and training are offered by several providers including the Carver-Scott Humane Society.

PET INFORMATION Chaska dog licenses, Chaska Police Department 952-448-4200 Dogs that are 6 months old or older must be licensed. The owner must provide documentation that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies within a year of the license application. Many rabies vaccinations have a two-year life. Chaska dog owners may purchase a half, one- or two-year license. Currently, the fee is $9 for a half year (after June 30), $18 for one year and $30 for two years. There is no discount for neutered animals. Dogs may not run at large and must wear their licenses. Dogs not meeting city requirements may be impounded. Animal waste by ordinance must be picked up. Cats are not regulated. Lost Pets Animal Control 952-361-1231 Impound 952-894-9065 The city animal control officer has a list of pets that have been impounded. Call to check if your lost pet is on the list. 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. Located 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.

Coldwell Banker Burnet leads the market with the highest average sale price, % ahead of the overall market




John Behnke

Keith Brelje

Faith Brueggemeier

Deb Buesgens

Francis Condon

Gayle Dungey

Jessica Gorres

Adam Hughes

Jerry Julius

Jennifer Kerber

Geralyn Mornson

Greg Ohnsorg

Dave Philp

Adam Rein

Geri Renner

Jeff and Brenda Thompson

Troy Tikalsky

Fred and Cathy Werth

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             Source: Based on 13 county Twin Cities metro area average sale price information for single family, condo and townhome transactions from REGIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE OF MINNESOTA, INC. FOR THE PERIOD Jan 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. While this data is deemed to be accurate, neither the RMLS, Inc. nor any other affiliated agency guarantees or is responsible for its accuracy. This data may not reflect all real estate activity in the marketplace. REV: 1/17 ©2017 Burnet Realty LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Burnet fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Burnet are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Burnet.

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Chaska Lifestyle Guide 2017-2018  
Chaska Lifestyle Guide 2017-2018