Archive for Cokato

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to host COVID-19 Conversations

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA – The Southern Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) wants to hear from you via an upcoming a virtual check-in.

The conversation will take place Wednesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to  12:30 p.m.

How has COVID-19 affected your organization and arts events? How could SMAC help?

How can our organizations help each other during this time?

SMAC staff will discuss the flexibility of services and grants the organization offers, and will share other resources.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Here’s how:

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
- One-touch: tel:+15713173122,,623395245#

Access Code: 623-395-245

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Funeral notice: Mary E. Swedberg, 101, of Cokato

COKATO, MN – Mary Evelyn Swedberg, age 101, of Cokato, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at Brookridge Assisted Living in Cokato. The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato is handling funeral arrangements.

Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions Updated COVID-19 Statement







Dear Valued Customers,

At Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions, our top priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees. We have been paying close attention to this ever-changing situation, and we are proactively adapting and creating policies to address concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Our Plato, 200 4th Ave, SE, retail location will be temporarily closed due to Governor Waltz’s Emergency Executive Stay at Home Order 20-20 and all of our efforts to keep people, including our staff and customers safe. We will continue to accept and answer customer calls and emails during this time. Our retail location will reopen for customers when official notice regarding changes or removal of the order is given.

We are following local, national, and federal health recommendations to help slow the spread of the virus and keep those at increased risk safer. We are following specific recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.


State of Minnesota:

We will continue to evaluate this situation and provide updates as things change. We thank you in advance for your business and understanding during this time of fluidity, and we look forward to continuing to serve your needs. Simply visit to stay up to date with any further changes.


Rec-Tech Outdoor Solutions


Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces

According to Earl J. Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA) there has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists. Follow the link below for more information.

HLWW/DC symposium delivered updates on kids and mental health; social media

HLWW – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) High School hosted a community symposium dedicated to the health and safety of students March 12.
HLWW and Dassel-Cokato Schools partner for the annual event, and trade hosting duties each year.
During the school day, students rotated through presentations from several organizations, including the Emily Program – body image and eating disorders; NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness; and MN Teen Challenge – substance abuse.
A free meal was offered at the HLWW Commons, and the symposium continued in the auditorium with speakers detailing mental health and social media issues impacting students locally, today.
See the March 20 editions of Herald Journal and the Enterprise Dispatch for full details.

Funeral notice: Norman D. Stewart, 98, of Cokato

COKATO, MN – Norman Delbert Stewart, age 98, of Cokato, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at Augustana Lakeside Care Center in Dassel. His funeral service will be Wednesday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Dassel Covenant Church. There will be visitation at the church Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m., continuing Wednesday, one hour prior to the funeral service.  Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato and Howard Lake.