Interactive Germanic History Presentation

They came from all over the Germanic world to find a better life in Chaska and Carver County.

On Saturday, October 21, at 10:30 in the Chaska library Jim Hammers will lead an interactive presentation of the varied Germanic backgrounds of Chaska’s citizenry.

He will lead those attending through a reflection of how our individual family histories were both affected by history but also we made history through of our participation in it.  With the help of a handout each participant will develop an outline of pertinent events as they might pertain to their  personal histories and  to invite them to fill in the blanks through further study.

Mr. Hammers leads this discussion from a background of teaching German culture and language for over 40 years and from his personal family history as a descendant from the Dutch province of Limburg from which over 100 families immigrated to Chaska and Carver County.  For more information Mr. Hammers can be reached at

Click here to view the event details at the Chaska Library.

EGP-NA’s Minnesota Solar Wind Project Announces Start of Operations

Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has started operations of its 150 MWdc Aurora solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Minnesota. This 16-site plant includes a location in West Waconia.

A few details of the completed project are below. Additional information about the site including press release announcing start of operations, fact sheet and quotes from Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith; Rep. Pat Garofalo, Chair, Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee; Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman can be found here:

  • Aurora is a utility-scale distributed solar model, consisting of 16 small-scale solar sites to supply green energy to communities across the state.
  • Aurora can generate approximately 210 million kWh annually, equivalent to the energy consumption needs of over 17,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
  • The innovative design of Aurora highlights how renewables can provide both sustainable, reliable energy to communities while delivering significant environmental benefits and economic value – furthering the ‘open power’ approach to open energy access to more people, new technologies and new uses.
  • EGP-NA has a 15-year history in MN owning and operating plants, including the Prairie Rose wind farm (200 MW) and Minnesota Wind farm (30 MW).
  • Aurora brings EGP-NA’s total installed capacity in Minnesota to 380 MW.