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Data breach reported in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The following news release was issued Wednesday by Wright County officials:

A Wright County employee was found to have transferred private data to his home without authorization and in violation of county policy.

Based upon the investigation conducted by the county, no evidence has been found that indicates there was any sale or distribution of the private data. The data was recovered and returned to the county by law enforcement.

Since government agencies are held to a high standard for data protection, Wright County officials notified individuals because they felt citizens had a right to know this transpired – even though the data is back in the county’s possession.

Employees are required to complete multiple trainings about protecting citizen data annually, and the county has several policies in place.  This unfortunate decision by one individual to not follow policy has triggered this notification effort.

While the policy investigation is complete, a criminal investigation related to this employee’s actions is ongoing.

A company that specializes in data notification has been hired by Wright County to handle notifications and requests. Citizens are asked to use these resources to request further information:

Toll free information line: 866-680-3212.


Address for information:

Wright County Data Incident-6354


Minneapolis, MN 55440-0044

Individuals who did not get a letter from the county did not have data accessed in this incident.

DC grad self-publishes second book

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Lindsey (Grangroth) Haataja, a 2014 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, recently wrote and self-published a picture book called “Oliver’s Meadow.”

The book tells a story of innocence, beauty, and loss through the eyes of children as they wander through nature.

“I was inspired by the simplicity of my own children as they are in constant awe of nature while outside,” Haataja noted. “I also wrote it in memory of my little nephew who passed away shortly after he was born.”

This is Haataja’s second children’s book. Her first, “Grandpa’s Farm,” is based on her son, Gil, who adores visiting his grandparents’ country property in rural Wolf Lake, near Park Rapids.

Look for the full story in the Friday, Dec. 7 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Dassel-Cokato students to be featured on the radio

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Five students from Dassel-Cokato School District were recently interviewed by KRWC AM 1360, a radio station in Buffalo.

The interviews will air the week of Dec. 10-14 at 6:50 a.m. and 4:25 p.m.

• Abigail Stertz – Monday, Dec. 10

• Camryn Sullivan – Tuesday, Dec. 11

• Megan Aho – Wednesday, Dec. 12

• Kaden Schmidt – Thursday, Dec. 13

• Trinity Telecky – Friday, Dec. 14

Dr. Allen and Dr. Nissen to be honored at Hutchinson Health Dec. 11

SPONSORED POST — Two retiring physicians will be honored at Hutchinson Health at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The public is welcome to join Hutchinson Health staff in the hospital foyer as the portraits of Dr. Jim Allen and Dr. Dean Nissen are added to Hutchinson Health’s gallery of celebrated physicians.

Dr. Allen practiced at Hutchinson Health full time for 25 years before transitioning to a part-time position at the end of 2014. His recent work has been with patients in Urgent Care and the Travel Clinic.

Dr. Nissen retired from full-time work June 1 after 33 years as a family practice physician at Hutchinson Health. Now, he occasionally sees patients in Urgent Care.

Free presentation about colon cancer screening Dec. 20

SPONSORED POST — The public is welcome to attend a free presentation about the importance of colon cancer screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, 430 5th Ave. SW in Hutchinson.

The informational session will be led by Dr. Mark Stuckey, a physician from Hutchinson Health.  Dr. Stuckey practices general family medical care, preventative medicine, endoscopic procedures, emergency medicine, and sports medicine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal (colon) cancer is the third most common cancer in men and in women. Of cancers that affect both men and women, Of cancers that affect both men and women, it is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

New name announced in Augustana Care and Elim Care merger

DASSEL, MN – When two organizations become one, they face the vital task of creating a new name. Augustana Care and Elim Care staff especially wanted a name to echo the values and mission of both nonprofit eldercare providers.

The new name, Cassia, conveys the preferences of a majority of more than 900 people surveyed during the past several months.

The name was inspired by anointing oil made from the bark of the Cassia tree and referenced in the Bible several times.

It evokes both organizations’ commitment to healing, wholeness, and quest for solutions that help those served to live well. According to sources familiar with ancient oils, Cassia is said to symbolize the heart of a servant.

The new logo was created to convey a drop of oil. Within the drop is the familiar form of the cross, which embodies the strong Christian heritage of the new organization. The stained glass colors and shading within the logo are also designed to reflect this heritage.

In addition, the name signifies the commitment to compassionate service to all people, as modeled by Jesus Christ. Cassia’s unique strength, according to CEO Bob Dahl, is the fact that by and large, the personal experience of staff members includes close connections to older adults as caregivers, and family members. That experience results in employees who are passionate about the people they serve.

“Cassia is about helping the people we serve over hurdles so they can live fuller lives—and transforming the fear about what could happen into possibilities for joy and celebration,” says Dahl. “We seek that for everyone who walks in these doors, just as we seek the same possibilities for our own loved ones.”