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Funeral notice: Barbara J. Johnson, age 80, of Cokato

Barbara Jean Johnson, age 80, of Cokato, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.
A memorial remembrance will take place at a later time, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Glencoe Regional Health, Ridgeview, Hutchinson Health leaders together ask for community vigilance against COVID-19

Leadership of three regional health systems have banded together to ask community members to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A press release from President and CEO Patricia Henderson of Glencoe Regional Health; President and CEO Mike Phelps of Ridgeview; and President Jim Lyons of Hutchinson Health indicated all facilities continue to see increasing cases of COVID-10.

The release reads as follows:

“To our community –
As we continue to see a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases in our communities, we – as the leaders
of your local healthcare systems – are urging you to do your part to reduce the spread.
The rise of COVID-19 cases is having a significant impact on our hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
It is draining our resources such as beds, PPE (masks, gloves, gowns), supplies, and our most valuable
resource: our staff.

An increase in community spread is having a significant impact on our staffing levels,
as our employees on the front lines are affected by high-risk exposures or direct illness.

While some people may not be very sick with COVID-19, they still have the possibility to spread the virus
to others, who can become very ill or even die. We want to protect the elderly and other vulnerable
people from getting sick and needing urgent medical care.
We need everyone to work together to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are
asking for you to take this virus seriously. After nine months of sacrifices, we know you are exhausted.
Now is not the time to become relaxed and complacent about prevention measures. Wear a mask and
stay apart. We’ve been practicing all year, and now is the time that it matters most. Let’s work together to
keep our communities safe. We are stronger together.
While it’s a tradition to gather with your family during the holidays, we ask that you stay home this year.
In-person family gatherings will continue to spread the virus and not only risk the health of our family and
friends, but put unnecessary strain on our healthcare systems. Consider other ways of connecting with
your loved ones, such as video calls and phone calls.
Please continue to be extra diligent with these preventive measures:
• Avoid going out, except for essential items.
• Avoid gatherings.
• Keep at least six feet of distance between you and another person.
• When in public, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
• Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water for AT LEAST 20 seconds, especially after
using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol IF soap and water are
not readily available.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get a flu shot to reduce the risk of a hospital stay.
Thank you for helping us slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will get through this, together.
Patricia Henderson
President & CEO, Glencoe Regional Health
Mike Phelps
President & CEO, Ridgeview
Jim Lyons
President, Hutchinson Health

Funeral notice: Caroline L. Peterson, age 68, of Buffalo, formerly of Cokato

Caroline LeAnn (Eastling) Peterson, age 68, of Buffalo, formerly of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo. Inurnment will take place at Swedish Mission Cemetery following the service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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Wright County shares Christmas projects

WRIGHT COUNTY – The following communities are offering Christmas projects. Residents in the towns listed will use the program in their town. These groups are giving gifts/toys to families. All referrals, donations, and questions should be made directly to each program. Most require proof of residence.

Cokato • Cokato Dassel Lions & Area Groups will coordinate Silent Santa in the Cokato and Dassel areas. Applications are available at Cokato City Hall or Wright County Human Services Center in Buffalo. Send completed applications or monetary gifts to Cokato Dassel Lions, PO Box 684, Cokato MN 55321. Must sign up by December 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the need to minimize contact, donations will be made in the form of gift cards. Gift cards will be sent to eligible households. Questions may be directed to Mike at-612 965-7442. Email –

Cokato Food Shelf – Christmas food box with registration. Drive-thru pick up December 10-11, 2020 by appointment.

Howard Lake-Waverly – Breakfast with Santa Dec 6, at the Howard Lake Lions Building. Drive-thru breakfast served 9 a.m noon. Free will donation for breakfast.

Wright and Sherburne County Christmas Angels – People in need this Christmas should contact the Wright and Sherburne County Christmas Angels. Information can be found on their Facebook page with the same title. People must follow the rules or their applications will be deleted. Applications opened November 13.

The deadline for application submission is Monday, Dec. 14. People may apply if they have never applied for this program or if they didn’t apply last year.

1) Must email

2) Provide the following: First & last name, Address, Phone #, email & county of residence.

3) Include a paragraph or two of why you need help. Leave out any names or identifying information. Include needs and wish lists, ages of children, genders of children, clothing and shoe sizes.

4) If you apply you are consenting to your contact information being shared with your Christmas Angel who adopts your family. They will directly contact you.

5) You are also consenting to have your paragraphs and wish/needs lists published on the fb page including the city you live in.

6) Only connecting families in need with families that wan to help. Coordinator is not liable for any incident that could occur.

Love INC – Heartland (serving Cokato, Corcoran, Dassel, Delano, Greenfield, Howard Lake, Independence, Loretto, Mayer, Maple Plain, Montrose, Rockford, Watertown, Waverly & Winsted residents – call 763 972-6547. The Christmas Store and Christmas Sharing Programs are available for qualified “Neighbors-in-Need,” both current and new, who complete an intake process with Love INC-Heartland.


Funeral notice: Loren N. Johnson, age 80, of Cokato, formerly of Winsted

Loren N. Johnson, age 80, of Cokato, formerly of Winsted and Waconia, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at 725 5th St. NW, Richmond, MN 56368.