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Funeral notice: Sharon Smith, 87

Sharon Smith, 87, of Annadale, formerly of Cokato
Sharon Lee Smith, age 87, of Annandale, MN, formerly of Cokato, MN, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Kimball United Methodist Church with Rev. Lori Artner officiating. The urn’s interment will occur at the Zion United Methodist Cemetery following the service.
A time to gather with the family will take place one hour prior to the service at the Kimball United Methodist Church Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel oversees the memorial service arrangements.

Four-vehicle collision on US Hwy. 12 results in Injuries

COKATO TWP, Wright County – In an incident Sept. 5, at 11:04 AM, a multi-vehicle collision occurred on US Hwy 12 at Quimby Ave, leaving several individuals injured. The mishap involved four vehicles and prompted a response from local authorities and emergency services.

The incident unfolded on a clear and dry day when all vehicles were traveling westbound on US Hwy 12 near Quimby Ave. The sequence of events began when a Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 17-year-old male, collided with a Ford 500, initiating a chain reaction involving two more vehicles, a Chevy Cruze, and a Mazda CX-5.

The driver of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta escaped without any serious injuries and was not transportation to a healthcare facility.

The 2005 Ford 500, was driven by Trinitee Marie Miller, a 16-year-old female from Cokato. Her injuries were deemed non-life threatening, and she was not transported to a healthcare facility.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 was driven by 23-year-old female driver, Olivia Therese Hjelmeland from Maple Lake. She escaped the incident with non-life-threatening injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

The final vehicle in the collision, a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, was driven by 81-year-old male Clifford Elmer Nicholson of Dassel. Nicholson sustained non-life-threatening injuries, necessitating transport to Hutchinson Hospital for medical attention. The passenger of the Cruze, Edward Allan Nicholson, aged 50 and also from Dassel, did not need to be transported to a hospital.

The responding agencies included the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the Cokato Fire Department, and the Cokato Ambulance service, all working diligently to provide assistance during this unexpected event.


Wright County Fair photo gallery

Check out our coverage of the Wright County Fair today.


Minnesota air pollution among worst in nation

Minnesota has the worst air quality in the United States today because of smoke from Canadian wildfires blowing across the Gopher State.

The air quality was considered unhealthy and very unhealthy across a large swath of the state Wednesday afternoon. It was the worst in the cities and towns from Grand Forks to Minneapolis and from Mankato to Bemidji, according to

The AQI reached at least 204 in St. Cloud, 212 in St. Michael, and 194 in St. Paul, according to And it was 204 in Winstead and 212 in Delano just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

That’s very unhealthy air and those cities had some of the worst air quality in the nation today.

The air quality was much worse in Minneapolis (194) than in Los Angeles, where the AQI measured 45. And Bemidji (191) had much dirtier air Wednesday than New York (47).

An AQI from 0 to 50 is good air quality, from 51 to 100 it is considered moderate, from 101 to 150 it’s unhealthy for sensitive groups, from 151 and 200 it’s unhealthy, from 201 to 300 it’s very unhealthy, and 301 and above is hazardous, according to

Unhealthy air quality could cause serious health problems for people who are members of sensitive groups, which includes those with heart or lung diseases, older adults, and babies and children, according to

The main pollutant in Minnesota today was PM2.5, which is fine particulate matter that can bury itself deep inside a person’s lungs or get into their blood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The PM2.5 particulates causing this afternoon’s hazy air are coming from the smoke from Canadian wildfires that has moved into Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the CDC, unhealthy air can cause eye irritation, lung and throat irritation, trouble breathing, lung cancer, heart attacks, and more.

The bad air is expected to stick around for at least another day. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for fine particle pollution through 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the weather bureau.

According to the weather bureau, those who are members of sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion while the public should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

The agency also recommends that people reduce or eliminate activities that contribute to air pollution and keep their windows closed to prevent smoke from getting indoors.

Annandale motorcycle driver seriously injured in Wright Co.

On the evening of May 5, an Annandale man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Wright County; the crash happened just before 6 p.m.
The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) said 39-year-old Jedd Johannes was taken to HCMC in Minneapolis for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The MSP said Johannes was Southbound on Highway 24 when the motorcycle left the roadway at 91st Street and crashed.
The Patrol says he was not wearing a helmet.

Dancing Like the Stars Photo Gallery 2023

We attended the 2B Continued Dancing Like the Stars Gala over last Saturday and captured some amazing photos.

Check them out here: