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DC Schools respond to message written on bathroom wall

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato School District administation sent the following letter to parents Thursday, Nov. 9 in response to a threat written on a wall:
“Dear Parent/Guardian of a
D-C High School or Middle School student:
Wednesday evening we were made aware of a vague, low level threat written on the wall of a high school bathroom which said “People will die 11/10/17.”
Aside from the date, this is the exact phrasing we dealt with in a very similar situation April of 2016.
Unfortunately, this type of incident has become fairly common in schools resulting in unnecessary disruption and angst for students and families. It is important to know that, nationwide, there has never been an act of school violence following a message of the type we are dealing with. 100 percent of the time it has been nothing but a student trying to disrupt the school day and/or get out of school.
Knowing this, we still realize that this kind of message does cause various levels of discomfort for parents and students. In response, we have worked closely with the Wright County Sheriff’s office to verify the low level status of the threat and discuss an appropriate response. Our response, in addition to our normal controlled access and supervision, will be an additional police presence tomorrow.
Another important fact is that there has never been a school shooting when armed law enforcement have been on site. We are confident that the additional police presence will make the day even safer than usual.
Perpetrators, if caught, will be dealt with both by authorities and the school district. We will continue to investigate this and a reward will be paid for any information leading to the conviction of any individuals involved.
Please be assured that we expect our buildings to be safe and secure Friday, November 10.”

MDA issues consumer advisory for French Lake Butcher Shop’s Bloody Mary Waco Sticks

Saint Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a consumer advisory for meats produced at French Lake Butcher Shop in South Haven, MN, due to lack of proper labeling. During a routine inspection, the MDA determined that French Lake Butcher Shop used wheat and soy products to produce its Bloody Mary Waco Sticks. Wheat and soy, both known food allergens, were not disclosed on the product label. Food allergens may cause an allergic reaction in people with sensitivity to known allergens.

 The following products are subject to this advisory:

  • Bloody Mary Waco Sticks with a “Lot Number” of 7590
  •  50 pounds were produced in the batch and 0 pounds are accounted for. The     MDA believes the remaining products have been purchased and consumed.
  • Bloody Mary Waco Sticks with a “Lot Number” of 7627
  • 50 pounds were produced in the batch and 34 pounds are accounted for. The MDA believes the remaining products have been purchased and consumed.

The products subject to this advisory bear the establishment number “1241” inside the State of Minnesota Mark of Inspection on the label. These products were sold at the following stores:

Jack’s of Cokato Inc., Cokato, MN

Jack’s of Eden Valley Inc., Eden Valley, MN

Jack’s of Watkins Inc., Watkins, MN

Cenex of Litchfield, Litchfield, MN

Jack’s of Richmond Inc., Richmond, MN

Mini Mart of Kingston, Kingston, MN

Lantto’s of Annandale, Annandale, MN

The MDA and the company have not received any reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who purchased this product should throw it away or return it to the store.

Consumers with questions about the advisory can contact the MDA at 651-201-6300.

Atwater man injured after striking deer while riding an ATV

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injury near the intersection of 230th Street and 600th Avenue in Litchfield Township Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m., according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire, Litchfield Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care responded to the scene. It is believed the driver Hunter Narragon, 20, of Atwater, struck a deer causing him to be thrown from the ATV. Narragon was airlifted to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with potential life threatening injuries. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Litchfield Police and Atwater Police.

Litchfield workers ejected from bucket of boom truck after being struck by semi


LITCHFIELD, MN – Two Litchfield city workers were in a telescoping bucket attached to a parked boom truck working on a stoplight over Sibley Avenue at Third Street Oct. 24 when the bucket was struck by a 1991 Mack semi tractor-trailer driven by Lanny Larue, 77, of Atkinson, NE, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The city workers, Michael Grabow, 40, of Litchfield, and Randy Groskreutz, 54, of Hutchinson, were ejected from the bucket and landed on top of the semi. They were transported to Litchfield Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol.

Dassel man charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct

DASSEL, MN – Shane Colberg, 40, of Dassel has been charged with two felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a formal complaint.
The charges followed an investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, during which a search warrant was executed Sept. 20 in the 64000 block of 233rd Street in Dassel Township, according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.
Colberg was arrested and subsequently charged with two felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, each of which, if he is convicted, carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $40,000 fine, or both.

See the full story in the Friday, Sept. 29 issue of Enterprise Dispatch.

Cokato man arrested after law enforcement pursuit on Highway 12

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 19 at approximately 6:33 p.m. received a report of a suspected intoxicated driver eastbound from Litchfield on US Highway 12, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. A deputy located the vehicle at US Highway 12 and MN Highway 15 in Dassel. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, and a pursuit ensued. The driver finally stopped in the 4800 block of Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato, and the driver, Eric McStotts, 29, of Cokato, was arrested for fleeing in motor vehicle and allegedly driving under the influence, according to the release. Meeker County was assisted by Litchfield Police and Wright County Sheriff’s Office. As of Monday, Aug. 21, McStotts was listed on the Meeker County jail roster as being in custody, being held for a court appearance.