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Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces

According to Earl J. Wilkinson, Executive Director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA) there has never been a documented incident whereby the COVID-19 virus has been transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package, according to the world’s top doctors and scientists. Follow the link below for more information.

Cokato City Council conducts emergency meeting March 19

COKATO – Interim City Administrator Brad Potter confirmed the City of Cokato has officially declared emergency status.

“The City Council held an emergency meeting last night to declare a local emergency as it pertains to city issues such as agreements, contracts, and equipment,” Potter said Friday morning. “We also believe this is crucial in taking the action in case there is any possible regional, state, or federal funding in due time to COVID-19.”

“Public safety services will continue to operate,” Potter said.

Cokato Public Works will continue essential services such as water treatment, water distribution, snow and ice removal (in case it is needed), and wastewater system and treatment.

Cokato City Hall is currently taking calls and emails, and processing requests.  Utility bill payments are currently being accepted in the drop box.  Cokato City Hall and its conference rooms are closed to the public.

The Cokato Library is closed.

The Cokato Museum is closed.

Watch here for further updates.

Cokato to conduct emergency city council meeting

COKATO, MN – Mayor Gordy Erickson has called an emergency of the Cokato City Council in the community room (upstairs) at Cokato City Hall, Thursday March 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss issues concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Powers updates Dassel-Cokato school board on distance learning plans

DASSEL-COKATO – Dassel-Cokato Schools Superintendent Jeff Powers, during Tuesday evening’s school board meeting, detailed district plans for educating and feeding students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Powers told board members about plans to keep students and staff connected, including addressing computer software and hardware needs for students and staff; delivery of school work and meals to all district students; and how district jobs will be maintained.

For complete information, see the March 20 edition of Enterprise Dispatch.

Great River Regional Libraries closed until the end of March

COKATO, MN – Monday, March 16 – All Great River RegionalLibraries will be closed March 16 through the end of March.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has made the decision to close all libraries based on social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
All libraries are closing today, Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m. through the end of March.
The library asks patrons to keep the items they currently have, and not return any items at this time. All due dates and items on hold are extended through April 8, and will be extended as long as the libraries are closed.

Memo from Superintendent Jeff Powers regarding school closing

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dear Dassel-Cokato Families,

In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, and the Governor’s decision to close schools, we will be running a 2 hour late start schedule on Monday, March 16 and canceling school and all activities beginning on Tuesday, March 17 for the remainder of the week. Consider this an extension of spring break with no instruction being provided.

The purpose of the 2 hour late start tomorrow is for teachers to prepare directions for students and ensure that students have the materials they need for each of their classes in case we have an extended period of school closure past March 27.

The uncertainty of this situation is going to require regular communication and flexibility. Please watch the district website for updates.

Thank you for your trust and support. We will get through this together.


Jeff Powers