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Meeker Co. Sheriff’s Office reports assault and aggravated robbery

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault and aggravated robbery in rural Harvey Township at 2:55 a.m. Sept. 29.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the victim told deputies a suspect had pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire at that time. Suspects reportedly demanded personal items from the victim.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office executed multiple search warrants throughout the weekend. A search warrant executed at a residence in the 32900 block of 580th Avenue in Harvey Township revealed personal items from the victim. Drug-related items and a stolen vehicle were also located in this search.

Carmin Hedtke-Kaffar, 49, of rural Grove City, and Scott Mooney, 47, of rural Grove City, were arrested on drug-related charges. Dawn Karnik, 30, of Eden Valley, was arrested for drug-related charges including storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Tyler Kretsch, 29, homeless, was arrested on an outstanding Stearns County warrant for drug-related charges.

Tre Ertl, 20, of Litchfield, was arrested for aggravated robbery and assault. While in jail, Ertl allegedly reached out to have an accomplice dispose of the firearm used in the assault. As the investigation continued in search of the weapon used, Michelle Patzold, 33, of Litchfield, was arrested for aiding an offender of aggravated robbery.

The firearm was located in a rural Meeker County lake with the assistance of the Litchfield Rescue Squad dive team. Ertl, Hedtke-Kaffar, Mooney, Karnik, and Patzold all made their first appearance in Meeker County District court Oct. 2.

The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected. Litchfield Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cokato Corn Carnival 2018

COKATO: Click here to view photos from the 2018 Cokato Corn Carnival Look for photos in the Aug. 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch, or click here to subscribe


Children waited with their candy bags for the parade to begin, which was the kickoff for Cokato’s Corn Carnival.

Inline skater hit by car

COKATO, MN – A female pedestrian, age 12, was struck by an oncoming vehicle as she was inline skating in Cokato July 23, according to the incident report.

The event occurred around 8:17 p.m. at the intersection of US Highway 12 and Sunset Ave NW. The vehicle, a 2018 Kia Sportage, was traveling westbound and was driven by Dassel resident Anne Kivisto, 45. Kivisto’s 14-year-old was with her at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian was transported to the Hutchinson Health Clinic for non-life threatening injuries. Neither Kivisto was injured in the incident.

‘Singing on the Trail’ concert at Cokato Elementary May 25

COKATO, MN – Cokato Elementary School students will perform original songs written with Charlie Maguire Friday, May 25 at 1:50 p.m. at Peterson Park in Cokato. The music will celebrate the Dassel-Cokato Trail.

Hydrant flushing in Dassel May 22-25

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel Public Works Department will be flushing hydrants Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, residents can expect reduced water pressure, discoloration, and momentary interruption of water service.

Residents are advised to refrain from doing laundry during these hours as the discoloration may stain clothing. City staff apologizes for the inconvenience and asks for residents’ cooperation.

Contact the City of Dassel clerk’s office at (320) 275-2454 with any questions.

Fire dept. fundraiser in Dassel Sunday, May 20

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel Fire Department is having an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser Sunday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dassel Fire Station. The menu includes French toast, scrambled eggs, Knaus smoked sausage, fruit, milk, coffee, and orange juice. Freewill donations will be accepted.