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Photo gallery from the April snowstorm

DASSEL AND COKATO, MN – We have compiled a photo gallery of photos from the record-breaking April snowstorm. CLICK HERE to see the photos. See the April 20 issue of the Enterprise Dispatch for coverage of how the storm affected local communities.

DC Schools delayed two hours Monday, April 16

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – several area schools will delay start times Monday, April 16 in the wake of the weekend storm. As of 8:50 Sunday, they include:

Dassel-Cokato School District – delayed two hours.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District – delayed two hours, no a.m. preschool.

Lester Prairie School District – delayed two hours. No a.m. preschool. Child care open.

Mayer Lutheran High School – delayed two hours.

Storm photos wanted

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – A late season storm dumped record levels of snow across the area over the weekend. Do you have photos you’d like to share showing the results of the storm in your community? Send them to, or use the “submit news” button on the upper right corner of our home page. Please include when and where the photos were taken.

MnDOT urges motorists to use their headlights when it is snowing

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) urges motorists to use their headlights when it is snowing to help other traffic see them. MnDOT has received reports from plow operators who stated it is difficult to see motorists when their lights are not on. MnDOT also recommends drivers manually turn on their headlights, rather than relying on automatic headlights, under these conditions.

Wright County Board to hear library report

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – the Wright County Board will hear a report concerning the Great River Regional Library during its Tuesday, March 27 meeting. Other items on the agenda include a contract for janitorial services and an agreement with MnDOT regarding a traffic signal at Hwy. 12 and County Road 139 in Delano.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center.

Cause of death identified in Shawn Medley investigation

MEEKER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received the autopsy and toxicology report in the Shawn Medley death investigation March 20, according to a press release from Sheriff Bru.
According to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, Medley died of a methamphetamine and mitragynine overdose. The circumstances surrounding Medley’s death, including where he died, remain unknown.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who was with Medley, as well as his whereabouts from the early morning hours of, Thursday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 11. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400 and ask to speak with a detective, or leave information on the department’s confidential tip line at (320) 693-5411.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive male at a rural Ellsworth Township location Feb. 11 at approximately 2:15 p.m. The exact location is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The initial investigation revealed the man had been deceased for quite some time and investigators believe he died somewhere other than where he was found, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.
The deceased has been identified as Shawn Jacob Medley, 40, of Waverly. Medley had been reported missing Feb. 7 in Wright County.
Medley’s vehicle, a 2010 Silver Hyundai Elantra with MN plates 748HUD, was located abandoned in Litchfield in the early morning hours of Feb. 10.
Assisting with the investigation are the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Litchfield Police Department.