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Highway 12 Cokato to Howard Lake lanes close as resurfacing begins July 16

ST CLOUD – Motorists who travel Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Monday, July 16.

The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews resurface the road. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 located in Cokato.

Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should plan their travel, and consider alternate routes or staggering their typical travel times. Motorists approaching the daily work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely.

All lanes of Highway 12 will open by Aug. 10.

When complete, the project will provide a smoother ride along five miles of Highway 12 between Seventh Street E in Cokato and 13th Avenue in Howard Lake, extend the life of the road, upgrade guardrail and restripe a short segment of Highway 12 east of downtown Cokato.

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DASSEL – Sunrise Diner closed Saturday

Co-owner John Dietering of Dassel’s Sunrise Diner reported Monday morning that the business closed the doors to the diner permanently.

Diertering expressed gratitude to the citizens of Dassel for their constant support.  “The people of Dassel were very good to us.  They gave us business,” he said.  “And they tipped more than they should have.”

When Dietering put up several signs near the highway pointing to the diner, he said MnDot quickly removed them.

“There just isn’t enough volume,” Dietering said.  And while he and his co-owners may sell or lease the business, he isn’t entirely certain what will come next.  He has owned eight or nine businesses throughout his life.

“You win some, you lose some,” he said.



PHOTO GALLERY – Illuminate the Trail

A photo gallery featuring images from the Dassel-Cokato “Illuminate the Trail” event on May 20 may be viewed here:

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United States Air Force Band Concert slated for Saturday evening at the PAC has been cancelled

Colleen Compton, Executive Director of the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association, regrets to inform the public that the concert featuring the United States Air Force Mid-America Concert Band planned for the evening of Saturday, April 14 at the PAC, has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

Unfortunately, the event cannot be rescheduled.

PHOTO GALLERY – MPA drumline competition, featuring Dassel Cokato’s ‘Activate.’

The Minnesota Percussion Association held a drumline competition at Dassel Cokato High School last Saturday.  The DC drumline’s performance, Activate, took first place in the Percussion Scholastic A category.

All competitors are featured in the gallery.  See DC’s drumline in action on pages 3 and 4, and at the bottom of page 5.

Check out all of the photos here:

Watch the Enterprise Dispatch for an article about, and photos from, the competition.

Hagerty will not seek re-election

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – There will be a new sheriff in town, actually throughout Wright County, come Jan. 8, 2019, as Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced he will not seek re-election, opting to retire after 33 years of service, including eight years as sheriff.

Sheriff Joe Hagerty

“I am going to pull the pin,” Hagerty said.

It is not a decision he has taken lightly.

“I’ve been struggling with this for quite a while, since September or October,” he said. ” . . . I know it’s a four-year commitment. I know I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank to go three or four years. I just wanted to make sure I left when I still really loved what I do.”

See more in the Feb. 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.