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Candidate profile for Andy Engh, Dassel-Cokato School Board

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – EDITOR’S NOTE: We are including this profile online because earlier today we published the profile for DC School Board candidate Dawn Gillman, whose profile was not included in the print edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Because Engh and Gillman are in a two-person race for one available two-year term, we are publishing both of them in the same manner. This does not affect other DC School Board candidates who are competing for four-year seats.

Andrew Engh
Family: Wife, Vicki; children, Grace, 15; Brody, 13; and Cooper, 10.
Education: White Bear Lake School District, Dunwoody College of Technology.
Work history: Owner at AR Engh Heating and Air Conditioning since 2005.
Previous public office? Current school board member, and currently Stockholm Township Board member (for 6+ years).
Why should you be elected? I feel I should be elected based on a variety of reasons, some being the following.
I feel, being a business owner has given me the ability to listen to and understand the views and opinions of others.  My daily job involves problem-solving, maintaining a budget, interacting with others, and having to make tough decisions to continue to be successful.
I am able to be open to thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others, even if they are not the same as my own.  Having this ability allows me to make an educated decision that best suits our student, staff, and district needs.
I understand that success is a group effort and not just the efforts of one person.  I am committed to putting in the time required to serve effectively on the school board.
I want to give back and serve the teachers, staff, and community that have supported my family for many years.
I want our district to strive to stay financially stable, allowing us to be able to recruit and retain our quality teachers and staff. This, in turn, will allow us to continue to provide opportunities for growth in our district, and to make ourselves stand out among the surrounding districts.
I believe in our school district, and want to continue to be a part of moving it forward in a positive direction.
Contact; 612-227-9561.


Dawn Gillman candidate profile for DC School Board

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – EDITORS NOTE: We are publishing this candidate profile online because it was not included in the print version of Enterprise Dispatch.

Candidate for DC School Board: Dawn Gillman

Husband: Brian Gillman of 24 years. Five kids: Claire Sophomore College, Olivia Freshman College, Eli freshman at DC, Monte 7th grade and Molly 3rd grade at Dassel Elementary.

Graduated at Dassel Cokato in 1992

Graduated from St Cloud Technical College with CDA, RDA

Lived in the area my whole life….

Worked in Dental Offices, Homemaker, Professional Network Marketing of a team over 500 people Internationally and currently involved in our family business Porta-Dock in Consulting and General Management of a team over 40 in Dassel. I also enjoy Motivational Speaking, Volunteering with youth and sharing hope with all ages.


I was on the Dassel City Council for six years, Police Board, Nursing Home Board and on New Era Financial Executive Board. Those experiences with gathering information, working with statutes and personalities of the people have given me some of the best training for my life.


I am running for school board number one because I was personally asked to by an upstanding citizen and secondly I believe I can bring to the table some enthusiastic energy to help bring connections. Top of my list is bringing awareness to the culture of our students, helping empower our community, staff, volunteers to uphold our Character Pillars through education, support, having training to help us where we are needing improvement and see results in our successes.

I have a strong conviction to help our students, faculty and community understand Diversity. Through small groups, training and coaching I believe we can get a glimpse of our huge world by bringing in acceptance, kindness and focus on our Character Pillar Respect. In the early 1990’s when I was in Highschooll at Dassel Cokato these Pillars were made and I believe we can take a better look at them and build bridges of Unity into our schools, which in turn will impact our homes, lives of others and impact the world on a greater level.

I have grown up here, had kids in Public School, homeschooled and now in the last several years had kids in our school system. I have been their educator and now have locked arms with those educating, and those caring for our 3 kids still in school. My experience with the Dassel Cokato staff has been a delight, to have the support from academics, music to sports.

Personally and professionally I have participated in hundreds of hours of training on leadership, personal development, and have found that through sharing my story through Speaking Events no matter what race, gender, age or religion we can connect on a deeper level through choosing kindness. I love kids! I am so comfortable talking to kids, and would love them to be apart of the big vision for our kids future going out into the world and being a light. Finding solutions to the problem and also seeing things through others eyes and perspectives is what can bring about change

in a positive way.

If the community chooses me to represent them I will listen, ask questions, bring concerns to the table and emerse my self in the common goals we are striving for. My goal is to bring back a School of National Excellence on all levels. Through Respect, Responsibity, Resiliency, Integrity, Compassion and Understanding Diversity I know we can! We are the Dassel-Cokato Chargers!


Cokato man hits tree in Meeker County

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – A one-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of County State Aid Highway 15 and County State Aid Highway 6 in Collinwood Township yesterday morning, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 4:05 a.m., Justin Simonson, 20, of Cokato went off the road and struck at tree with his vehicle. He was traveling alone, and alcohol is not considered a factor in the incident.

Simonson was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital, and then air lifted to North
Memorial. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Dassel Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

Winstock 2019 Lineup Announced

Did you already hear the exciting Winstock news?? If you missed the announcement on K102 Monday 11/22 that’s okay, we’ll hook you up with the info!




The early-bird deadline is March 15, 2019. Buy your tickets now to get the best price! Also, don’t forget to include camping so you and your friends get to have the full Winstock experience!


New this year – Please visit our FAQ page on our website for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the festival. If you don’t find your answers there, please email or call 320.485.4287.


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Consumer advisory issued for Sunnyside Orchards apple cider

DASSEL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently issued a consumer advisory for apple cider produced and distributed by Sunnyside Orchards of Pennock, Minnesota. The Sunnyside Orchards Apple Cider produced by the company was inadequately processed and stored at improper temperatures which would allow for harmful bacteria to grow. All cider produced since August 31, 2018 is affected. The cider was sold in both gallon and half-gallon containers.

There have been no reports of illness associated with these products.

The cider was distributed to the following locations or organizations, and was further distributed by several organizations. This is not a complete distribution list.

• Community Basics, Willmar, MN
• Cornerstone Coffee, Willmar, MN
• Dassel Hillside Farm, Dassel, MN
• The Fortress, Willmar, MN
• The Goodness Coffee House, Willmar, MN
• LuLu Beans Coffee Shop, Willmar, MN
• Stacy’s Nursery, Willmar, MN
• Youth for Christ, Willmar, MN

Anyone who has the affected Sunnyside Orchards Apple Cider in their home should throw it away and not drink it. If anyone has experienced gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea after consuming the affected cider, contact a health care professional.

Consumer Contact:
Randy Huisinga, Owner of Sunnyside Orchards

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