Save the Dates: Garage Sales, Car Show, Pork Chop Dinner

The Steamboat Days Committee recently announced the cancellation of Steamboat Days 2020 due to COVID-19. The Carver Lions are coordinating the following events in place of the typical Steamboat Days activities:

City Wide Garage Sales – September 11 and 12.  Watch for signs!
*Note: The Steamboat Days Committee will not be collecting addresses and/or seller information as has been done in the past. Watch for yard sale signs throughout Carver! Reminder to please be safe and follow State social distancing guidelines.

Carver Car Show – Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Roll-In begins at 9:15.  Downtown Carver.  FLYER

Lions Annual Pork Chop Dinner – Drive Through Dinner – Saturday, September 19 – 4-8 p.m.  Adjacent to City Hall.  FLYER


All About Grass Clippings

Grass clippings from lawns can be an asset to your lawn and garden or a detriment to your lawn, lakes and rivers. The key is when they are cut and where they go after they are cut.

Grass clippings are a valuable source of nutrients for the lawn. Clippings must be 1” in length or less to easily fall back to the soil and decompose quickly. Adding these clippings to the soil can improve your soil’s organic matter and health.  Grass clippings longer than 1” may stay on the lawn looking unsightly and smothering the grass below.  These longer clippings should be removed and either composted at your home or taken to the compost center.

Since getting shorter clippings means mowing your lawn more, you could consider reseeding your lawn with a “low mow” grass. Low mow grass mixes are a mix of slow growing fescues. Fescues are slower growing, drought and shade tolerant with finer, softer leaves.  You can reseed a traditional lawn with fescue seeds if you reframe from irrigating the lawn, the fescues will outcompete the existing grass over time.

There is a myth floating about that leaving grass clippings on the lawn contributes to thatch on the lawns. It doesn’t. Thatch is a layer of undecomposed organic matter that builds up between the soil surface and the actively growing green grass. Thatch appears if organic matter is being produced faster than it is being decomposed by micro-organisms.  This is caused by excessive nitrogen fertilizing, infrequent mowing and low soil oxygen.

Clippings can make great mulch around plants in annual or vegetable gardens. Mulching helps reduce weeds, conserves moisture, and modifies soil temperatures. Do not apply more than 1 or 2 inches of grass clippings at one time and do not use grass clippings as mulch if the lawn was recently treated with an herbicide for dandelions or other broadleaf weeds.

Where clippings should never be left is on your driveway, street or sidewalk. Clippings on these hard surfaces will wash off with the next rain and flow into the nearest lake, river or pond. Instead of adding fertilizer to your lawn, washed away grass clippings will add nutrients to lakes and rivers, causing algae growth.  Always be sure to sweep or blow grass clippings back off hard surfaces and back on to the lawn.  Your lakes, rivers and lawns will thank you.


Send us your best photos of Carver!

There’s still time to send us your photos of Carver. We’re looking for photos that capture the uniqueness and beauty within Carver:  parks, landscape, nature, trails, or any other photos showing why Carver is special.

See the flyer for more details.

Photos can be submitted to Brenda at [email protected].

City-Wide Garage Sales – September 11 and 12, 2020

Make plans now to attend the city-wide garage sales in Carver!

September 11 and 12 

*Note: The Steamboat Days Committee will not be collecting addresses and/or seller information as has been done in the past. Watch for yard sale signs throughout Carver! Reminder to please be safe and follow State social distancing guidelines.

Carver City-Wide Garage Sales – Mark Your Calendars

Announcement to Carver Residents:

Carver City-Wide Garage Sales
Friday & Saturday, September 11 – 12

*Note: The Steamboat Days Committee will not be collecting addresses and/or seller information as we have done in the past. So watch for yard sale signs! Please be safe and follow State guidelines.

Steamboat Chair Kristy Mock & Steamboat Days Committee


Today is the Last Day to File for City Council Seats- Tuesday, August 11 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Filing for City Council Seats – The terms of Councilmembers Joy McKnight and Kristy Mock will expire at the end of 2020. Candidate filings for these positions will be accepted at City Hall (316 Broadway) from Tuesday, July 28, 2020, through Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, August 11, 2020, when City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m. If you are not bringing your own affidavit of candidate filing form that is already notarized, please call ahead to make sure a notary is available.  The filing is not valid unless the form is notarized and the $2.00 filing fee is paid.

Send us your photos of Carver!

We’re looking for photos to include on the City’s new website!  Send us your favorite photos that highlight what makes living in Carver special:  *Parks     *Landscape     *Culture     *Arts     *Nature     *Landmarks     *Architecture     *Any other photos that capture the beauty and uniqueness of Carver
(Photos with people will not be considered).

Submitted Photos must include:

  • Entrant’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Title and brief description of the photo.
  • Date the photo was taken and the address of the location.

Digital Submissions Required: email to Brenda at [email protected].

Photo Requirements:

  • Photo size: 1 MB or larger
  • Resolution: 72 dpi or higher
  • Minimum photo width: 2200 pixels
  • Preferred file types: JPEG, JPG, TIFF, PSD, PNG

Photo Submissions:

  • Consideration limited to amateur photographers and is restricted to City of Carver residents only.
  • Up to 5 photos per entrant will be considered.
  • Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the image/photo.
  • Submissions must be subjects in the City of Carver.
  • All submissions become the property of the City of Carver.
  • Photos shall not be more than two years old and must not have been altered in any way other than cropping.
  • Entries with names, logos, watermarks, or writing on the photo will not be considered.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, August 28, 2020.

Individuals submitting photographs release and discharge any claims that the use by the City of such photographs on its website, or in any other manner, violates any claim of fair use, trademark, copyright, or violation of any statutory or common law doctrine of trade secrets. By submitting these photographs, you acknowledge and voluntarily agree to have them used for the purpose of depicting the community on the City’s website and other means by which the City may promote itself, its residents, and activities within the community.

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Voting Modifications on Election Day Due to COVID – Please Plan on Longer Than Normal Wait Times

COVID-19 Precautions – The City of Carver will be taking extra safety precautions in the precinct due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These precautions will cause longer than normal wait times for voters, so we ask you to plan accordingly and to be patient.

• Per State regulations, masks are required.  Extra masks will be available at the precinct.

• The Primary Election in Minnesota means you vote for only one party.  For a sample of the ballot for the Primary Election, see 2020 Primary Ballot.

• Entry and exits will be different.  You will enter the polls through the front doors at City Hall, 316 Broadway, but will not exit through the same doors.  The number of voters in the building will be limited to allow for social distancing and to meet sanitizing requirements.  Please plan to wait in line outside.

• If you need to register to vote on Election Day, you will need to bring documentation of your residency. For the list of acceptable documents, see Documentation.

• Individual pens will be available that you will use throughout the process and take home with you.  Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter and leave the precinct.

If you have any questions prior to Election Day, please contact Vicky Sons-EIden at 952-448-8727 or at [email protected].

Vote Now…In-Person Absentee Voting Still Available!

In-Person absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, the Saturday (August 8)before the election from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, and on the Monday (August 10) before the election from 8:00 A M to 5:00 PM.  Absentee voters waiting until the last few days before the election may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait.

Absentee Voting Location:
Elections & Licensing Department (All Carver County ballot styles available)
Government Administration Building
600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN  55318
Phone:  (952) 361-1941
Fax: (952) 361-1566
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30