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Wright County Sheriff’s Office: Chase Swenson has returned home and is safe

COKATO, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating Chase Swenson, 30, of Cokato. Swenson last had contact with his family the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 3 in Cokato. He left on foot from the residence and is believed to be carrying two backpacks, a sleeping bag, and a homemade yellow/black plaid quilt with cancer ribbons on it. Swenson has spoken about wanting to go to Colorado for vacation and may be trying to travel there. He has health concerns and, because of the weather, authorities are concerned for his welfare. Swenson is described as 6’01”, 290 pounds, blue eyes, dark blond hair a beard and glasses. He has a one-inch scar on his right forearm. Swenson was last seen wearing brown welding pants, a black welding jacket with orange flames printed on it, winter boots, and glasses.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Swenson or have information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-7600 or dial 911.

UPDATE: At 1:13 this afternoon,  the Wright County Sheriff’s Office missing person regarding Chase Swenson was cancelled. Swenson returned home and is safe. The sheriff’s office appreciates all who helped look for him.

School safety review completed

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Superintendent Jeff Powers. during the Nov. 26 Dassel-Cokato School Board meeting, reported that the safety administration committee met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specialists to review safety issues for the high school and middle school. The meeting was facilitated by Alisa Johnson, middle school principal.
Overall, the schools received good ratings. Some of the suggestions made by DHS would be to implement the following:
• Blue strobe lights or other exterior indicators to signal that a lockdown has been activated. This signal would be visible from outside of the building.
• Reunification practice for evacuation. This was done several years ago, but it is likely or possible that staff leaders at the school and personnel in fire and rescue may have changed.
• Consider installing more keyless entries to reduce the number of doors left unlocked for convenience. This could entail more hands-on escorting of student groups than the current patterns.

Courtesy and Respect award winner recognized

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Rebecca Clemen, Dassel-Cokato School Board Chair, presented the Russell A. Johnson Courtesy and Respect award to Elliot Anderson and his parents, Alyssa and Vaughn Anderson of Cokato at the board’s Nov. 26 meeting.



Mayor – two-year term

Jim Herda

City council – four-year terms

Jim Nielson

Matthew Blomquist

City council – special election – two-year term


Treasurer – four-year term


All results are unofficial until certified.



Meeker County sheriff

Brian Cruze

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State representative District 18A

Dean Urdahl (R) 11,884  69.19 percent – elected

Justin Vold (DFL) 4,269  24.85 percent

All results are unofficial until certified.