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Cpt. David Haappala, 84

Captain David R. Haapala died peacefully in his home in Eden Prairie on Friday morning, December 10, 2021 at St. Croix Hospice. Funeral is scheduled for Dassel Covenant Church, on Friday May 20. Visitation 1 p.m. service 2 p.m. Memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice-  7200 Hudson Blvd N. St. 100, Oakdale, MN 55128

Funeral announcement: Sandra Smith, 73

Sandra Smith, of Kingston passed away peacefully on April 23, 2022. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. on June 4 at the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, Sandra’s wishes were for donations to be made to the Kingston Veterans park. Checks can be made out to the city of Kingston Veterans Park and mailed to; Julie Orn, 72283 CSAH 27 – Dassel, MN 55325.

Dan Holje, 79

A memorial service for Dan Holje will be Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Lunch will be served following the service at the Dassel History Center. Holje died Nov. 26, 2021. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cpt. David Haappala, 84

Captain David R. Haapala died peacefully in his home in Eden Prairie on Friday morning, December 10, 2021 at St. Croix Hospice. The Funeral is scheduled for: Dassel Covenant Church, on Friday May 20. Visitation 1 p.m. Service 2 p.m. Memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice – 7200 Hudson Blvd N Ste 100, Oakdale, MN 55128

Celebrate Spring and Think Winstock with this Special Ticket Offer!

SPONSORED POST – It may still be miserable outside, but soon summer will be upon us, and there is no better way to prepare than securing your tickets to Winstock ’22! To help the spring flowers grow, we are offering a limited-time offer to pay NO PROCESSING FEES on new general admission tickets/campsites ordered between Winstock Wednesday April 13-Sunday, April 17.
“This year has been the winter that won’t end, so we hope this offer is able to bring some brightness to our fans and that they can take advantage of the savings and get Winstock on their calendars to look forward to,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson.

The NO FEE period begins Wednesday, April 13 at 12:01 a.m. and runs through Sunday, April 17 at 11:59 p.m. Orders placed during this time period at will have the processing fees waived. This offer is only valid for new orders. It is not applicable to previously-placed orders.

Winstock ’22 will take place in Winsted Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 and feature Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Gary Allan, Jameson Rodgers, Neal McCoy, Larry Fleet, Little Texas, MacKenzie Porter, Walker County, Casi Joy, Stephen Paul, The Jensen Sisters, and Jake Nelson.

For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebookInstagram, and Snapchat.

Death investigation update – Shawn Medley

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 2018 death of Shawn Jacob Medley, 40, and have renewed their plea for anyone with information about his death to come forward.

Medley was reported missing from his home in Waverly on Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018. His vehicle, a 2010 Silver Hyundai Elantra, was located abandoned in Litchfield two days later.

The medical examiner determined Medley died of an overdose but evidence suggests he did not die at the rural Ellsworth Township location where his body was found on Sun., Feb. 11, 2018.

Detectives have followed numerous leads in the four years since Medley’s death but the case remains open and unsolved.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask for the public’s help with this investigation. “There are people out there who know what happened and we need those people to step forward,” Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said. “It is our mission to give Shawn’s family the closure they deserve.”

Anyone who has information or had contact with Shawn Medley from early Feb. 8 – Feb. 11, 2018 is encouraged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at 320-693-5400. Information can also be left on the Sheriff’s Office confidential tip line at 320-693-5411.