Archive for Cokato

Cokato Finnish Society meeting Jan. 16

COKATO, MN – The annual meeting of the Cokato Finnish American Historical Society will take place Tuesday, Jan 16 at 2 p.m. in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Library.  There will be a program following the business meeting.  Lunch will be served.

Truck falls through ice on Lake Washington

DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A pickup truck broke through thin ice on Lake Washington in Darwin Township yesterday evening (Jan. 11), according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the 2003 Ford Ranger, Alexander Madsen, 25, of Litchfield, and his passenger, Thomas Wold, 26, of rural Darwin, were able to get out of the water and walk to shore for help.

“We are both lucky to be alive,” Wold said.

Wold posted on social media that he and Madsen had been on the lake to check on the fish houses when the ice suddenly broke out from under them and the truck began to roll to the passenger side. Wold noted that Madsen was able to jump out onto the ice, but Wold was pinched between the door and was getting pulled under. Wold said Madsen grabbed hold of him, pulling him back onto the ice.

They were able to dial 911, and the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 7:28 p.m. When the sheriff’s deputy arrived, Wold and Madsen were walking toward the shore, near 233rd Street. The sheriff’s office stated that Madsen and Wold were treated on scene by Gold Cross Ambulance. The Dassel Fire Department and Litchfield Rescue also assisted at the scene.

The pickup truck was fully submerged in the lake, and attempts to locate it were unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office urges the public to be careful on Lake Washington. Thin ice signs are posted at the public water access locations.

Look for more details in the Friday, Jan. 19 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2018 Finnish tin melting event

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Historical Society hosted its 18th annual New Year’s open house Jan. 7, where attendees could participate in the Finnish New Year “tin melting” tradition. Each person’s tin is unique, and is said to foretell what the new year will bring them. Click here to see some highlights from the event. Select images will appear in the Jan. 12 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

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Leung, Peterson named Triple A award winners

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dani Leung and Wyatt Peterson were recently named the Triple A award winners for Dassel-Cokato High School.

To be eligible for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics (Triple A) Award a student must:

• be a high school senior at the time of nomination.

• have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the date of nomination.

• participate in League-sponsored athletics and fine arts activities.

• comply with the MSHSL’s Student Code of Conduct.

Triple AAA Recipients 2017-18

Triple AAA Recipients 2017-18

New Year’s open house at Cokato Museum Jan. 7

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Historical Society will host its 18th annual New Year’s open house Sunday, Jan. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Centennial Room of the library/museum building.  The public is invited to enjoy a demonstration of the Finnish New Year custom of “melting tin” to find out what the upcoming year will bring. For more information, contact the Cokato Museum at 320-286-2427, www.cokatomuseum.org, or on Facebook at Cokato Museum & Akerlund Photo Studio.

Traveling sauna back in Cokato after 21,000 miles

COKATO, MN – A traveling sauna created by Finnleo Sauna of Cokato has had quite an adventure this past year.

Named Sisu (Finnish for courage), the sauna toured the US to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia. The first stop last January was at Temperance Corner near Cokato to check out “The Oldest Sauna in North America.” The journey officially kicked off with an inauguration in front of Minneapolis Orchestra Hall with Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi.

Read about its journey in the Dec. 29 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

This special sauna, named Sisu (Finnish for courage) was chosen as Finland’s centennial mascot.  It traveled the US throughout 2017, helping to celebrate Finland’s heritage. Sisu was created by Finnleo Sauna in Cokato.

This special sauna, named Sisu (Finnish for courage) was chosen as Finland’s centennial mascot. It traveled the US throughout 2017, helping to celebrate Finland’s heritage. Sisu was created by Finnleo Sauna in Cokato.