Assorted news and observations from the last few days:
- I finally got down to Patron Mexican Restaurant over the weekend, and I highly recommend it! Good food and fairly priced. Service was a touch slow, but I was willing to live with it because it was nice to see a downtown Chaska restaurant that was busy. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
- Chaska Middle School West math teacher Michelle Schnaare was named District 112′s Teacher of the Year on Saturday night. Schnaare receives a $3,000 grant to use on a classroom project of her design. Congratulations to her and the other finalists: Chris Commers (Chaska High School, Social Studies), Sara Falkofske (Chanhassen High School, Science), Marie Foster (Chaska Elementary, 4th grade) and Angie Kissock (Chanhassen High, Physical Fitness).
- I attended the first annual Pride of Chaska BBQ Bash on Friday night benefiting Chaska High School. A great event that raised about $50,000 towards building a competition-caliber softball field at the school as well as acquiring a marimba for the music program.
- After a series of neighborhood meetings, the plan for Griep Park is being finalized and will be reviewed by the Chaska Park Board at next month’s meeting, which will be on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Chaska Community Center.
- Supporters of Ron Paul for President have been very successful in getting their delegates through to the upper levels of the Republican caucus process. Over the weekend, it was reported that Paul supporters earned 20 of the 24 Congressional District delegate spots, despite finishing a distant second to Rick Santorum in the non-binding vote at the precinct caucuses in February. This is not going over well in some quarters of the party.