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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.


Minnesota legalizes recreational marijuana possession and cultivation amid regulatory preparations

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Minnesotans woke up to a new era of cannabis legalization Tuesday, as adults aged 21 and older can now legally possess and cultivate marijuana for recreational purposes.
This change comes as a result of the Democratic-controlled Minnesota Legislature’s approval of a comprehensive legalization bill, which was subsequently signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in May.

Summer meals provided for kids in Dassel

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Last summer, the GLC (Gethsemane Lutheran Church) Hands Together Mission served 1,900 free meals to kids in Dassel.
This summer, they are on track to meet that mark, as they are currently at 1,691 meals served, and they plan to serve until Friday, Aug. 18.
The organization is through the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Dassel, with its mission being to serve locally, statewide, and globally.

Cokato Corn Carnival to celebrate 75 years of Cokato Royalty

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This year, the Cokato Corn Carnival will celebrate the Cokato Royalty being part of the town for the last 75 years.

The royalty program was originally run by the American Legion in 1948. The young woman, Joan Onkka (Peterson), who won the crown, was known as Fire Queen, and she was crowned in January.


2023 Cokato Corn Carnival

The Cokato Corn Carnival, celebrating 74 years, will take place August 7-9 in Peterson Park, downtown Cokato, and will again offer a variety of family-friendly events.

Monday, Aug. 7
Kiddie parade will kick off activities at 6 p.m. Please be mindful that no motorized vehicles–including riding lawn mowers–are permitted.

All Kiddie Parade participants will receive participation prizes, which include complimentary ride tickets for the Midway. Sign up for the Kiddie Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway Avenue & 7th Street East.

The main parade will follow the Kiddie parade. Parade entrants and residents of the lineup area are asked to be patient as parking will be limited and traffic will be restricted. Following the parades, the food stands, bingo, and Midway rides in the park will open.

Please note that there will be no free corn-on-the-cob served Monday evening. The Cokato Museum will also be open Monday evening, 5 – 9 p.m. with its featured display, “Our Time in the Sparkle Section: A Celebration of Cokato’s 75th Coronation.”

Tuesday, Aug. 8
Park activities for Tuesday, August 8, begin at 1:00 when the Midway and rides open (weather permitting).

Presale tickets available now at select local businesses.

Food stands will also be open in the afternoon. Registration for the children’s prize drawings runs from 1 to 3 p.m., with drawings at 3:15 p.m. You must be present to win.

Information stands and button sales begin at 12:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 1:30 p.m. Free corn-on-the-cob is served at the Corn Stand from 4 – 8 p.m. The Cokato Museum will be open from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

A used book sale will be in the Centennial Room of the library/museum building from 2-7 p.m. The culmination of the day will be the 75th Miss Cokato Coronation ceremony, on the main stage, at 8 p.m., with candidates vying for the title of Miss Cokato and Princess. Past Cokato royalty will be invited on stage to celebrate the milestone.

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Activities again start in the afternoon with the children’s prize drawings, button sales, bingo, Midway, and food stands. Registration for the children’s prize drawings runs from 1 to 3:00 p.m. with the drawings at 3:15 p.m.

Again, you must be present to win.

Free corn-on-the-cob runs from 4 – 8 p.m. The Cokato Museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The used book sale continues in the Centennial Room from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday evening’s entertainment schedule begins with the Mid Minnesota Concert Band at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. Duelly Noted will entertain the crowd with their dueling pianos act.

The finale of the carnival arrives at 10 p.m., with the drawing for the cash prizes and the separate raffle for the 2023 Ford Escape. Tickets for the vehicle are still available. Those interested in purchasing a ticket should check with Cokato City Hall, Holt Motors, or members of the Cokato Fire Department. Cost per ticket is $100.

Carnival attendees are encouraged to purchase $4 raffle tickets to be eligible for the cash prize drawings and to help us continue the tradition of offering the free corn-on-the-cob, served from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. While a button/raffle purchase is not required for entry to the Carnival, it is our primary revenue source, and will help the Carnival run for many years to come.

For additional information, please visit; or follow our official Facebook page, Cokato Corn Carnival.