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DC staff reacts to referendum win

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Voters in the Dassel-Cokato School District approved a single-question bond referendum in the amount of $17,900,000 Aug. 9.

The unofficial election results are: 1,300 YES (57%), and 1,000 NO (43%).
“I am grateful for all of the conversations that I was able to have surrounding our bond question,” Dassel-Cokato Schools Superintendent Mark Raymond said. “It was great to see how engaged our community was in the process, from the first meetings this past winter to the presentations this summer.”

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Coronation celebrated at Cokato Corn Carnival

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There’s something sparkly and fun in just about everything related to the Cokato Corn Carnival.

The sun shines off of the marching band instruments and vehicle chrome during the parade. Bingo prizes gleam under the tent awaiting winners. Burnished coins change hands as readers grab deals at the book sale. The midway blinks with flashing lights and sounds. And of course, there’s the flash and sequins that come with coronation.

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DC School Board receives positive review from MDE on bond-related projects

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Big decisions are coming soon for Dassel-Cokato residents, as well as several members of the school board.
First, the board took another step forward toward its Tuesday, Aug. 9 special election.
The district received documentation from the Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner, which provided a positive review and comment for projects that would be funded if the bond question on the Aug. 8 ballot passes.
The letter from MDE stated, “based on the department’s analysis of the school district’s required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education provides a positive review and comment.”
District Superintendent Mark Raymond said other requirements included publishing the documentation (see elsewhere in this issue) and having an open meeting, so people could come and ask questions about the project.

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Knuth handcrafts safe spaces for area songbirds

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Marlow Knuth of Dassel has constructed several specific bird habitats at his home on Little Swan Lake.
Birdhouses have become essential in protecting the species. According to the Audubon Society, putting up birdhouses is a small but vital step in providing suitable nesting areas for native bird species.
Birdhouses like Knuth makes in his workshop are a critical component in protecting songbirds.
Although any birdhouse will likely attract birds, selecting the correct size and placing it in the right location helps attract specific species of songbirds.

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Two drivers injured in Wright County crash

Delano, MN, Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Delano Tuesday, June 29 in the  afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), 26-year-old Matthew Hendrickson of Cokato and 51-year-old Tamara Schaust of Delano were taken to HCMC in Minneapolis for treatment.

The MSP said Schaust suffered life-threatening injuries. Hendrickson suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Highway 12 at Eaken Avenue Southeast.

Woman seriously hurt in Wright County crash

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) it happened just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8,  on Highway 55 in Rockford.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicole Synstelien of Lake City was taken to North Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-eight-year-old Garrett Schultz of Brooklyn Center has non-life-threatening injuries and did not go to the hospital.