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There are few ballparks that are as beloved as the Chaska Athletic Field, home to the Chaska Cubs baseball team. The field, built in 1950, was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places 10 years ago. No other ballpark in Minnesota has that honor.

It didn’t take Nate Shoemaker of Chanhassen long to realize baseball was his game. “My dad put a ball in my hand, told me to get out there,” he says, recalling he’s been a baseball player for as long as he can remember.

It will take more than the American team to win back one of golf’s most prestigious and coveted trophies, the Ryder Cup, from the Europeans, who have held a firm grasp on the trophy since they captured it for the third successive time in Scotland in 2014.

Baseball attracts everyone, from children on sandlots to adults in pinstripes, who understand that every pitch, swing, stretch to the base or leap at the fence are equal opportunities for greatness or disaster.

Back in 2008, Dan Malina was minding his own business one day when a young child got in harm’s way. Without thinking, he bent over to scoop the youngster to safety—and in so doing, did severe damage to his neck and back.

Even though it’s too late to get tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup in Chaska through the Ryder Cup’s public lottery, there’s still a chance to see all four days of play. Premier Golf is offering travel packages to the popular event starting at $2,895 per person (for a double occupancy room).

There will be a little more ice in downtown Chaska this winter. This month marks the much anticipated opening of the Chaska Event and Curling Center.

“When I step on the ice everything from the day disappears from my mind,” Katherine Johnson, 13, says.

“I like the feeling of defying gravity when you’re jumping,” says Chaska High School senior Morgan Simon, 17. “It helps you believe in yourself.”

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