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Dassel City Council to discuss sidewalk assessment ordinance

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council has scheduled a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The council will review the city’s sidewalk assessment ordinance and sidewalk policy; the sign ordinance and sign policy; and the nuisance ordinance. The council will also direct the park commission to recommend a policy for accepting memorial donations.

Correction to Cokato candidate filing information

COKATO, MN – The information about open seats in Cokato in the candidate filing story in the Aug. 3 issue of Enterprise Dispatch was incorrect. The correct information for Cokato is as follows:

Mayor Gordy Erickson’s term (two years) is up, as are the terms (four years) of councilors Jarod Sebring and Paul Boger.

The filing period closes Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Letters to the editor policy

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Letters to the Editor policy 2018
Letters are welcome at Enterprise Dispatch ( and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.
Letters should be 300 words or fewer.
Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.
Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.
All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).
Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication)  for verification when submitting your letter.
Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the “political season” which is defined the opening of the filing period through Election Day.
We will not publish form letters that are political in nature, or endorse or condemn a candidate for office.
We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.
Preference will be given to local letter writers. We typically do not publish letters from writers outside our core circulation area. Those from outside our core circulation area may contact our display advertising department and purchase an ad to get their message published.
We will publish one announcement when a candidate announces he/she will run for office, either at the time of the announcement or at the time the candidate files. These will run in the news section and will be limited to a maximum of 100 words and include a mug shot photo if provided by the candidate.
We may publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.
“Legislative updates” from current elected officials will be considered separate from letters to the editor, provided they are issue-based, rather than political in nature.

Filing period for local offices starts Tuesday, Aug. 31

ST. PAUL, MN – The filing period for candidates for local offices for which no primary will be held starts Tuesday, July 31 and closes Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Papers late July 27 due to a mechanical breakdown

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Due to a delivery vehicle breakdown, papers in parts of the Enterprise Dispatch circulation area will reach post offices late, which may result in delays for papers getting to some subscribers.

Darwin man killed in crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A 62-year-old Darwin man was killed Saturday when the 2008 Ford Escape he was driving northbound on Highway 15 collided with the rear right side of a planter being pulled by a tractor that had just pulled out from a field approach to travel north on Hwy. 15. The crash took place near the intersection of Highway 15 and 180th St,  in Collinwood Township in Meeker County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The tractor was driven by Peter Elvin Peterson, 56, of Dassel.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Dassel Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The identity of the driver of the Ford Escape has not yet been released.

UPDATE – The state patrol has identified the victim as Kevin Scott Erickson.