Jon Watson, an intelligence analyst for the FBI, will speak to the Republican Seniors of Minnesota on Tuesday, Sept. 1. His topic will be “The National Security Mission of the FBI as It Relates to Terrorist Threats in Minnesota.” Also appearing will be former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz.

The Republican Seniors are a long-established group of Republicans aged 50+ who have a luncheon meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd. For more information, call 952-828-1943 or e-mail


County offering back-to-school shots

Carver County Public Health is offering low-cost immunizations for children returning to school who do not have insurance coverage or who carry insurance that does not cover vaccinations.

Under Minnesota law, students must show they’ve had required vaccinations by the start of the school year. If a student is claiming a medical or conscientious exemption, the exemption must also be filed with the school by the start of the school year.

The county is requesting a $21.22 fee for the administration of each vaccine. However, no one will be denied service if unable to pay.

The vaccinations will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 8 and Sept. 14. Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call 952-361-1329.


Historic cemetery walk returns

The Chanhassen Cemetery Walk is back by popular demand.

The guided tour through Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery and St. Hubert’s Cemetery will feature actors from the Chaska Valley Family Theatre portraying prominent past citizens speaking about Chanhassen history and pioneer life.

There will be two walking performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 3. Meet on the plaza in front of historic St. Hubert’s in downtown Chanhassen and board a bus to begin the tour.

For those who may find it difficult to walk through the cemetery, a seated performance will be held the same day at 10 the Chanhassen Senior Center.

The event is sponsored by the city of Chanhassen and its Historical Society.

Library backers set book sale for Oct. 1-4

The Friends of the Chanhassen Library will hold its fall book sale Oct. 1 to 4 at the Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd. The sale will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. There will be special prices on Sunday.

The money raised will go to support library programs and special collections.


Decontamination unit tested

Three Rivers Park District has begun using a decontamination unit on a pilot basis at the public boat access to Lake Independence in Baker Park Reserve.

The unit was purchased in June with a $25,000 Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Grant from Hennepin County, and began operating the July 4th weekend. Grant funds also support training of park district staff on how to use the equipment.

Lake Independence was chosen as the testing site because of an infestation of zebra mussels found in there in September 2014. The decontamination unit is being used primarily on boats leaving the lake that represent a high risk of transporting aquatic invasive species — watercraft that have been in the water for more than 24 hours or are going to another water body within 24 hours, watercraft with water an inspector can’t see and watercraft that have attached aquatic invasive species.

The decontamination unit uses hot water to kill zebra mussels that may be present on or within watercraft.

The Park District operates the unit primarily on weekends.


Rotary sponsoring charity golf outing

The Minnetonka Rotary is sponsoring “Links & Libations,” a charity golf outing, on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Glen Lake Golf Course, 14350 County Road 62.

The event is a scramble, with a shotgun start at 2:30 p.m. Check-in will start at 1:30 p.m. Included are nine holes of golf, with prizes for putting and driving contest. There will also be other prizes on several holes.

Along with the golf, local craft beers and wines will be offered for taste testing, and there will be a silent auction and raffle. The event raises money for worthy causes in Hopkins and Minnetonka.

To register and for more information, go to


St. Mary’s to present festive fall festival

The parish of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13.

Saturday’s events will begin at 4 p.m. with mass, followed by a pork chop dinner until 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Wagon Wheelers from 6 to 11 p.m., along with a children’s movie night.

On Sunday, mass will be held at 8 a.m., with Belgian waffles served from 8 a.m. to noon. Sunday afternoon will feature a beanbag tournament, bingo, raffles and a large-item silent auction.

For more information, go to