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KSTP’s Water Tower Wednesday showcases Dassel

Morning hosts Megan Newquist and Chris Egert’s Watertower Wednesday crew headed to Dassel to showcase the history of the city’s watertowers. Egert talked about how the city was platted in 1869 and named for Bernard Dassel, a railroad official. In the early 1900s, Dassel had a wooden water tower, but it leaked, so the city replaced the tower with a... READ MORE >

Cokato City Administrator Brad Potter presents state of the city address to the chamber

Brad Potter presented to The Cokato Chamber of Commerce about the state of the city, talking about potential new opportunities for commercial growth, as well as the housing crisis. Industrial Park “One thing we haven’t promoted enough is the North Industrial Park.” Potter said. “We’ve been working with people in the community and outside the community about building in that... READ MORE >

Memorial Day honors the fallen

According to the Veterans Administration, Memorial Day is a federal holiday held on the last Monday of May. It is the annual day to mourn and honor deceased servicemen and women. Originally called Decoration Day, it was formalized by a "Memorial Day Order" issued by the Grand Army of the Republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan in 1868. On May 30,... READ MORE >

Pastor Mark Olson encourages the chamber to donate to the food shelf

Pastor Mark Olson of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church began his presentation by laying out a variety of snack options on a table in front of him. He has been on the food shelf board for about a year and said it was an eye-opening experience for him. “The food shelf started a few blocks from where it is now,... READ MORE >

Dassel-Cokato FFA enjoys annual Elementary Ag Day

The DC FFA hosted their aThe DC FFA hosted its annual Elementary Ag Day on May 13. FFA members presented to both Cokato and Dassel Elementary Schools about agriculture. Students learned about chickens, soybeans, cover crops, wildlife, and dairy operations. There was also a variety of livestock species in the petting zoo to learn about and pet. Throughout the event,... READ MORE >

Meeker County awarded grant for section corner re-certifications

     The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Monument Grant Program, which is administered by the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo), announced on May 1 that 34 counties were awarded $9.1 million in PLSS Monument Grants.      Andrew Letson, the county administrator for Meeker County, said that the county was awarded up to $300,000 from the federal funds administered... READ MORE >

The Litchfield Area Male Chorus has kept the music alive for sixty years

     The Litchfield Area Male Chorus (LAMC) celebrated sixty years of music and tradition on May 5th at the Litchfield Opera House.      The celebration was well attended by community members, many of whom have enjoyed the LAMC talents for several years. Through the decades      The Litchfield Male Chorus began its musical journey in 1964, founded... READ MORE >

Cokato considers beer sales at ballpark, mayor dissents

     The Cokato City Council members discussed several items during its regularly scheduled session on Monday night. Dan Bravinder, Wright County Commissioner, attended the public forum to discuss the site of the forthcoming storm water drainage system, voicing concerns about where the stormwater will drain. He has property along the west side of the drainfield site, and the Wright... READ MORE >

Six scholarships awarded at the STRIVE banquet at the Dassel History Center

Students Taking a Renewed Interest (STRIVE) in the Value of Education. On Wed, April 17, the Cokato Dassel Rotary Club hosted their annual end-of-year banquet at the Dassel History Center. Six scholarships were awarded to Dassel Cokato High School seniors: Braylon Loeschen, Landon Selseth, Faith McNair, Yazmyn Butcher, Alex Densmore, and Isabelle Densmore. STRIVE is a motivational program sponsored by the... READ MORE >

Midwest Garden Company gains new owner, new name, and a whole new direction

When Nicole Serie graduated from school, owning a garden center was far from her mind. She went to Seattle for culinary arts school, making food her career. She focused on that career and worked as a personal chef for a time, but it was clear that cooking for a living, like many other businesses, was not all it was cracked... READ MORE >