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Aviation swap meet and airshow CANCELED

BUFFALO, MN – The aviation swap meet and airshow that had been scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18 at the Buffalo Airport HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Secretary Simon announces start of absentee and early voting for 2020 General Election

SAINT PAUL — Minnesota Secretary of State Simon announced the start of early voting by absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election. Minnesota is one of the first states in the country to open absentee voting for all eligible voters. This year’s August 11th primary election saw record-setting participation in absentee voting, and over 926,000 Minnesota voters have already requested an absentee ballot to vote from home in the General Election.

“Holding an election during a pandemic is a public health challenge,” said Secretary Simon. “But the spirit that makes Minnesota the national leader in voter turnout is stronger than ever in this difficult year. I’m expecting the already large demand for voting from home to continue through to Election Day. It’s about more than just convenience. Every voter who chooses an absentee ballot makes the polling place a little safer on election day for those who vote in person and those who serve as election judges. I’m recommending that all voters request — and return — their ballots as soon as possible to help local officials process and count all of those ballots.”

Today, September 18, is the first day of Minnesota’s 46-day period of absentee voting leading up to November 3. County and city election offices will begin mailing ballots today to voters who have requested them, and in-person absentee voting is now available at election offices statewide.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary Simon is encouraging all eligible voters to Vote From Home, using an absentee ballot.

Find out more about how Minnesota elections are different in 2020

HOW TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Minnesota voters can request an absentee ballot quickly and easily at mnvotes.org using the online application.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by downloading the “2020 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application” and returning it to their county election office by email, mail, or fax. Absentee Ballot application forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer, and Amharic.

Voters can request an absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote — a voter registration application will be provided with their ballot.

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?
Minnesotans can use “My Ballot” to view their sample ballot and find links to candidates’ websites. Visit mnvotes.org/myballot

TRACKING YOUR BALLOT
Beginning September 21, upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may check the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office. Visit mnvotes.org/track

The Vote From Home absentee ballot period for all Federal, State, Judicial, and County Offices runs from September 18, 2020, until November 2, 2020. In-person Election Day voting will take place throughout Minnesota on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Anyone can go to mnvotes.org to check their eligibility, register to vote, or to locate their county or city election office.

Dassel area 911 outage due to fiber cut Sept. 15 – UPDATE: SERVICE RESTORED

DASSEL. MN – There is currently (Sept. 15) a disruption with 911 service in the Dassel area, according to a release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. Lumen (Century Link) has confirmed a fiber cut between Dassel and Cokato which is affecting 911 calls. Customers in the Dassel area may not be able to dial 911 in an emergency. The estimated repair time is unknown at this time. Cell phones are able to reach 911. In case of an emergency, and unable to reach 911, residents are advised to call the sheriff’s office dispatch at 320 693 5400. Those who are unable to reach dispatch are advised go to the nearest hospital or sheriff’s office.

UPDATE: The 911 service in the Dassel area has been restored and is working properly again.

Some new names will be on the ballot locally

FOR SUBSCRIBERS – The filing period for local city and school offices closed Tuesday, and voters will have some new candidates to consider in November.
Following are the filings for local cities and school boards:

SEE THE FULL STORY AND MORE IN THE ONLINE EDITION HERE.

DC School Board attempts to make good choices despite unknowns

FOR SUBSCRIBERS – Members of the Dassel-Cokato School Board talked their way through some challenges the district faces at the beginning of the school year during a pandemic at its meeting Monday, Aug. 10.
Ensuring safety for students

Superintendent Jeff Powers said he and school staff have immersed themselves in Minnesota’s Safe Learning plan.

SEE THE FULL STORY AND MORE IN THE ONLINE EDITION HERE.

The greatest generation is resilient amid pandemic

FOR SUBSCRIBERS – COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone in some way, shape or form. That is certainly no different for our local senior living and memory care facilities.
Most of these facilities have been on a lockdown of sorts since about March 12, when the plan for #StayatHomeMinnesota began. It has been difficult for everyone, staff and residents alike, to work through these troubling times. However, resiliency was something that Tammi Dahlman, the director of social services with Cokato Charitable Trust, noted as an important trait to have.

SEE THE FULL STORY AND MORE IN THE ONLINE EDITION HERE.