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Sheriff’s office responds to three-vehicle injury crash in Meeker County

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report April 10 at 1:21 p.m. of a three vehicle personal injury accident on Minnesota Highway 15 at 205th Street, in Collinwood Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. Meeker County Deputies responded and learned Amanda Wanous, 28, of Hutchinson, was driving south on MN Highway 15 when she lost control of her vehicle, due to weather conditions, and slid sideways into oncoming traffic. Sarah Watson, 48, of St. Cloud, was driving north and collided with the Wanous vehicle. Ryan Dehmer, 25, of Brainerd, driving north also collided with the Wanous vehicle. Wanous was transported to Hutchinson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mayo Clinic Ambulance, Dassel Fire and Rescue also responded to the injury accident.

Hutchinson Health hosts ‘snow-breaking’

HUTCHINSON, MN – Hutchinson Health leaders and board members, and community representatives tossed shovels full of snow April 1 during a unique groundbreaking on a new patient wing at Hutchinson Health. Pictured are: front – Jim Lyons, chief clinic operations officer; Mary Hodson, Hutchinson Chamber; Brian Pollmann, chief medical officer; David Maher, podiatrist, Hutchinson Health Chairman of the Board; Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Steve Mulder, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health; Susan Karnitz, chief nursing officer; Jen Myster, president, Methodist Hospital; back – Glen Kegley, chief operations officer; Duane Spiegle, vice president of real estate and supply services; Kara Neubarth, Hutchinson Health Foundation president; Rachael Gemuenden, Hutchinson Health Foundation director; and Pam Larson, chief financial officer. CLICK HERE to see a video of the event.

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Faribault Foods closing Cokato plant

COKATO, MN – Employees at Faribault Foods’ Cokato plant were notified March 7 of the company’s plan to discontinue production there later this year. The precise timing is not final yet, but anticipated to be early fall. Approximately 130 employees in Cokato are affected. This decision allows Faribault Foods to consolidate manufacturing into its Faribault facility, which the company expanded in 2017 to nearly 1 million square feet and is now one of the most modern and diversified manufacturing plants in the canned food industry. The consolidation of Cokato production into this new facility allows the company to leverage this investment and continue to succeed in the very competitive packaged food industry. Faribault Foods is committed to assisting its employees during this transition. All employees who want to stay with the company will be offered jobs in Faribault. Regardless of an employee’s decision to move, all employees that continue to work through the shutdown date will receive financial incentives including additional compensation and extended benefits.

Faribault Foods, Inc. is a US subsidiary of privately held La Costeña Group, a leading consumer products group headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. Faribault Foods operates plants in Faribault, Minn. and Tucson, Ariz. in addition to the plant in Cokato, Minn. Faribault Foods is a leading manufacturer of canned foods including all types of bean products, soup, pasta, chili, and vegetables. Its products are sold under brands including S&W beans, SunVista, Luck’s, Butter Kernel, Kuner’s, and Mrs. Grimes among others. Faribault Foods also has a strong private label business as well as long standing contract manufacturing business with top branded companies.

Dassel council to discuss proposed cable and franchise ordinances

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council will discuss proposed cable and franchise ordinances during its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at city hall. Other items on the agenda include staff and committee reports.

Cokato, Hutchinson, and Glencoe stores added to the list of Shopko locations that will be closing

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Shopko, along with locations in Hutchinson and Glencoe, has been added to the list of Shopko locations that will be closing. The last scheduled date of operation for these stores is May 5, 2019, according to information released by the company.

Interviews with five DC students will be broadcast Feb 4-8


KRWC AM 1360 interviewed 5 Dassel-Cokato students. 
They will air the week of February 4-8 
at 6:50 AM & 4:25 PM.
  • Gannon Miller- Monday, February 4th
  • Trystan Horstman- Tuesday, February 5th
  • Ava Erickson- Wednesday, February 6th
  • Travis Tillman- Thursday, February 7th
  • Eric Meredith- Friday, February 8th