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Meeker County Board of Commissioners


     The Meeker County Board of Commissioners has greenlit an agreement with Mn/DOT to utilize various County-State-Aid-Highways during the upcoming construction on Highway 12 between Litchfield and Cokato. As per the agreement, Mn/DOT will reimburse the County approximately $37,408.93 for the wear and tear caused by detoured traffic on the designated county roads, including CSAHs 14, 34, 11, 21, […]

From land to table, there’s abundant food in nature


     Foragers learn the changes in seasons, from the days in early spring when maple trees start to sap through the fall when wild grapes grow along old fences or trees in the forest. Those with a true sense of the wild world can find food in the most unlikely places.      Foods foraged in the wild are […]

Wright County Sheriff testifies before House Committee on ambiguities in the School Resource Officer law


     During a Minnesota House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee session on Feb. 13, the committee deliberated on House File 3489, aiming to amend the language of a law enacted in the previous session regarding School Resource Officers (SRO).      After enacting a bill significantly limiting the methods SROs could employ to restrain students and outlining potential […]

Dassel Cokato FFA Ag Issues team educates Rotary on food label dates


     In a presentation given to the local Rotary club, the Dassel Cokato FFA Ag Issues team combined research and individual speaking skills to create a well-honed piece on “Best Buy, Sell by, Use By labels on Food.” The team researched USDA and other labels applied to food and found that an estimated 40% of the food in the […]

Local sourcing is key to success for Karyn Tomlinson’s restaurant


     Karyn Tomlinson’s success is due, in part, to her connections to Dassel, where, as she grew up, she spent time learning about the love of food and gardening from her grandparents, Clyde and Jeanette Tomlinson.      She cannot say enough about her grandmother, who would cook up a beautiful roast dinner on Sundays, replete with the freshest […]

After much ado, Dassel City Council votes to rezone 811 West Parker


     In front of a packed house, the Dassel City Council accepted open comments regarding a proposed rezoning from residential to commercial. Wale Bonjoko, the new owner of the Red Rooster grocery store, came forth in opposition to a potential development of the property into a Dollar General.      Bonjoko came prepared with research, taken from Forbes and […]

Coalition of Greater MN Cities regional forum held in Cokato


     City leaders, elected officials, and state legislators from across the region gathered in Cokato for an EMS regional forum hosted by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC). The forum was the second in a series of CGMC events to highlight the critical challenges related to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) delivery and sustainability facing communities across Minnesota.   […]

Nominations open for Wright County Farm Family of the Year


The call has gone out for nominations for the Wright County Farm Family of the Year. Each year, one Wright County family is recognized. The nomination process comes from key stakeholders and agribusinesses in the community. The nominations are reviewed by the Wright County Extension Committee. To qualify, nominees should be Minnesota food producers actively involved in agricultural production with […]

Empowering youth: Rivers of Hope calls for community support in combating domestic violence


Rivers of Hope (ROH), the domestic violence center serving Wright and Sherburne Counties, is urgently calling upon the community to rally behind the critical cause of supporting youth experiencing domestic violence. The statistics continue to paint a grim picture of the challenges faced by community youth, and ROH needs your support to continue providing essential advocacy, education, and support services […]

EAW notification for Valley Aggregates sand and gravel mine


This memo provides notification of the availability of an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for a proposed sand and gravel mine by Valley Aggregates in Section 21 of Monticello Township (Twp 121 N, Range 25 W) in Wright County. The proposed mine is a 77-acre expansion of an existing mining operation. The new expansion will include excavation of native sand and […]


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