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Fire reported in Kingston Twp.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A child playing with matches appeared to be the cause of a fire in rural Kingston Township Oct. 4, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched to a residence in the 71500 block of 330th Street shortly after 3 p.m., along with the Kimball Fire Department and Kimball Rescue. The homeowner and mother of the child, Lori Pedersen, 34, received burns to her wrist in attempt to extinguish the fire. Pedersen was treated for her injuries on scene by Kimball Rescue.

According to the sheriff’s office, there was an estimated $1000 of damage at the residence and no other injuries.

Dassel-Cokato mourns loss of 19-year-old

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Isaac Jon Morris, a 2018 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, passed away on the Bemidji State University campus Sept. 30.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Cornerstone Church, 205 County Road 34 in Litchfield. Visitation will take place Thursday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be at the Cokato City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, visitors are asked to consider making a contribution to a scholarship fund being developed in Isaac’s name. (See Isaac’s obituary on the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home website.)

Isaac, 19, was the son of Robert and Mary Kay (Schumacher) Morris of Cokato. While in school, Isaac participated in football, basketball, and golf. After graduation, Isaac went on to study heating, ventilation, and air conditioning at M State Wadena. He also worked for Forsman Farms in Howard Lake and B&P Drywall & Construction of Dassel.

According to Fox 9, Isaac was visiting friends at Bemidji State over the weekend when he fell from a window of a residence hall.

Look for a full article about Isaac in the Friday, Oct. 5 edition of Enterprise Dispatch.

Pedestrian hit by car in Cokato

COKATO, MN – A woman from Cokato sustained life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 12 in Cokato Thursday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Authorities responded to the accident at 12:12 p.m. at mile post 117, just east of Sunset Avenue. Road conditions were wet at the time.

The pedestrian, identified as Rebecca Marie Kersey, 59, of Cokato, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The state patrol reported that she had been hit by a 2006 Mercury Milan that had been traveling east on Highway 12.

The driver, Rebecca Ann Hendrickson, 21, of Dassel, was not injured. Hendrickson was wearing her seat belt, and the air bag was not deployed.

Local improv group to perform ‘3rd Time’s a Charm’ Sept. 28

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Inspired by the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the local comedy group No Lines Improv is kicking off its third season with its premiere, “3rd Time’s A Charm” at the Center for the Arts in Hutchinson Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

The show is rated PG-13, and is expected to last an hour. Each show is comprised of a series of games that are heavily driven by suggestions from the audience.

A free-will donation will be collected at the door.

Look for the full story in the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of the Herald Journal.


Document shredding event in Cokato Sept. 22

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Chamber of Commerce will host a free document shredding event Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 175 4th St. SW in Cokato. Shred Right will be onsite to shred confidential and sensitive items.

Limit: two grocery bags or banker’s file boxes per person.

For more information call 651-227-7071 or email

Hutchinson Health’s president/CEO announces retirement

SPONSORED POST –  After 10 years leading Hutchinson Health, President and CEO Steven Mulder, MD, announced Aug. 31 that he will retire in April 2019. Hutchinson Health’s board of directors and HealthPartners have begun the search for Mulder’s successor.

Mulder first joined Hutchinson Health as a family physician in 1995. Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2009, he served as emergency department medical director, chief medical officer, director of quality and safety, and director of clinical services.

In 2013, Hutchinson Area Health Care and Hutchinson Medical Center merged to form Hutchinson Health. As health care policy and payment reform have gained traction, Mulder supported a board process to identify and choose a system partner. In April 2018, Hutchinson Health joined the HealthPartners family through a formal affiliation.

“Hutchinson Health is a strong organization today thanks to Dr. Mulder’s leadership, collaborative spirit and passionate drive to improve health,” said Andrea Walsh, HealthPartners President and CEO. “We wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life, and look forward to continuing to build on his work to position Hutchinson Health as a healthcare leader for the future.”

Mulder has been an integral part of not only the Hutchinson Health organization, but also in advancing health through the state of Minnesota. Over the years, he has received several awards for his dedication to patients and healthcare, including 2012 Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Leadership Award, 2013-2015 MHA Dedicated Leadership to Hospital Community, 2016 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion, and 2018 MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award.

“I’m so privileged to have worked alongside such an incredible group of compassionate, caring and dedicated colleagues who focus on what matters most – helping our patients and the community live healthy lives,” said Mulder. “I will miss that day-to-day connection, and I believe that our best days are yet to come.”