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Chaska Area News and Notes: April 23, 2012

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.

Santorum cruises to caucus victory in Carver County

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum easily won the Presidential Preference Ballot at the Republican Precinct Caucuses in Senate District 34 (Carver County plus three precincts in Scott County) last night.

Santorum collected 589 votes (49.1% of voters who indicated a preference), more than doubling the total of second-place finisher, Rep. Ron Paul, who had 272 votes (22.7%).  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was third with 216 votes (18.0%) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was fourth with 122 votes (10.2%).

Santorum also won the statewide ballot, taking 45.0% of the vote (as of 12:30 p.m. on February 8, with 97.5% of precincts reporting).  Paul was second (27.1%), followed by Romney (16.9%), and Gingrich (10.8%).

Ames Straw Poll: The Complete Guide

What’s up for grabs?

Whoever takes the top spot in the Ames Straw Poll will win one Complete News Cycle, and enjoy prominent placement in the political newshole until something else shiny happens. (Unless that winner is Ron Paul, in which case the media will quickly downplay its importance.)

Check out the Huffington Post for the complete rundown on the media-driven spectacle taking place down in Iowa this weekend.

Good news for Scrooge McDuck

Rep. Kurt Bills (R-Apple Valley) has introduced a new bill that will be of great benefit to those of you with stashes of gold and silver coins.  H.F. 1664 would make gold and silver coin legal tender in the state of Minnesota. and exempt transactions using gold and silver coins from taxation.

The rationale for the bill is that the Federal Reserve (along with the banks of every other industrialized country) have devalued our currency by not linking directly to gold, silver, or some other tangible resource.  This has been a plank in the Ron Paul platform, for instance.  In the real world, there’s little fear that the global economic order is going to collapse to such an extent that American dollars and all other fiat currencies are going to suddenly become worthless.

But perhaps Bills has stumbled onto an economic development strategy.  Perhaps Scrooge McDuck will move his Money Bin from Duckburg to Minnesota.  Maybe we can build it next to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium…

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