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Speed limits increasing on area highways

ST. PAUL, MN – Stretches of Highway 15 and Highway 12 in the area are among 5,240 miles of state highways on which the Minnesota Department of Transportation is increasing speed limits, based on the recommendations of a five-year study made available Wednesday.

The speeds will increase from 55 to 60 mph.

Speeds are being increased on Highway 15 from Hutchinson to Dassel and from Dassel to Kimball, and on Highway 12 from the beginning of the two-lane highway west of Darwin to Darwin, and from Darwin to Dassel.

No speed limit increases were recommended for Highway 12 east of Dassel.

Of the 7,000 miles studied, speed limits ultimately will be increased on 77 percent of rural, two-lane state highways, according to the final report. New speed limits go into effect once new speed limit signs are posted. Most of the signs posting the new speed limits are in place, with the rest expected to be up by spring 2019.

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature mandated that MnDOT study all Minnesota two-lane roadways with a speed of 55 mph.

It is the most comprehensive study the agency has made in terms of miles studied and level of detail, according to Nathan Drews, engineering specialist in the Office of Traffic Engineering.

The study is also the largest system-wide change in Minnesota speed limits since the national maximum speed limit of 55 mph was included in President Nixon’s Emergency Highway Conservation Act bill in 1974. Later that year, the Minnesota Commissioner of Highways established an executive order about speed limits.

The $1.2 million study included collecting travel speed samples on each section of roadway and evaluating roadway geometrics and hazards to determine if a speed limit could be changed without affecting motorist safety.

The recommendation for a speed increase along each of these roadways considered the speed that 85 percent of motorists drive at or below, along with an evaluation of other factors; such as access points, shoulder width, vertical grades and crash history.

MnDOT has conducted before-and-after studies on many roadways that recently increased speed limits to 60 mph. There was no change in the overall 85th percentile speed from before the speed limit changes to after. The average speed of all drivers increased by 1 mph and the standard deviation, which is the measure of how spread out the drivers’ speeds were, reduced slightly.

“This means that, after speed limits increased, travel speeds at the locations sampled were slightly more consistent between each vehicle,” said Drews. “In other words, more drivers traveled at a similar speed after speed limits increased. This is a desirable outcome, but this change is very slight and may not affect the frequency or severity of crashes.”

This most recent study echoes results from the previous studies. From 2006 to 2013, MnDOT increased speeds to 60 mph on 1,550 miles of two-lane rural highways. Studies conducted to determine the impact of raising speed limits on those roadways found that the overall 85th percentile speed before and after the changes were the same, the average speed increased slightly and the variation of the speeds decreased.

According to Drews, a properly selected speed limit can potentially increase the safety of the roadway by creating uniform travel speeds for all vehicles.

MnDOT plans to study the effect of the changes over several years to ensure these roadways continue to operate safely.

Cokato Finnish American Society meeting

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Finnish American Historical Society will conduct their annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Centennial Room.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 Finnish tin melting open house

2019 Finnish tin melting open housePHOTO GALLERY, COKATO, MN – The Cokato Historical Society and Cokato Museum hosted its 19th annual Finnish tin melting open house event Jan. 6.

Click here to see highlights from the event. Select images will appear in the Jan. 11 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

For information on the Finnish tin melting tradition, click here.








2019 Finnish tin melting open house

UPDATE: Meeker Co. authorities searching for armed man

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The man the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for is now in custody, according to a press release issued this morning (Dec. 31).

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a tip at about 8 p.m. last night (Dec. 30) that Anthony Kalland was back at the CSAH 16 residence where the standoff took place Dec. 27. Shortly before 10 p.m., Kalland was taken into custody without further incident.

Deputies searched the residence and found a loaded revolver, ammunition, and a small quantity of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on where Kalland has been over the past several days is urged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation regarding who helped Kalland evade law enforcement is ongoing.

Kalland is being held in the Meeker County Jail pending his first court appearance. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips during this investigation. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze appreciates the public for their assistance in locating Kalland.


This is the original post regarding the Dec. 27 incident:

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who allegedly brandished a revolver at a residence in Harvey Township Dec. 27.

Information from the sheriff’s office press release is as follows:

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a residence in the 58400 block of CSAH 16, in Harvey Township in reference to a domestic situation. The caller said a male, later identified as Anthony Steven Kalland, 38, of Brainerd, had brandished a revolver.

The caller fled the residence and deputies responded. Deputies confirmed Kalland was at the residence and a perimeter was established. Kalland failed to respond to deputies on scene.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office tactical and negotiation teams were called in for assistance. Contact was made with Kalland, but he refused to communicate or comply throughout the afternoon.

The standoff continued into the evening, and Kalland used the cover of darkness to sneak through an outer perimeter line and flee the scene. Deputies and Litchfield Police searched multiple locations that Kalland went to after leaving the CSAH 16 residence.

A search warrant on the CSAH 16 residence was executed. A stolen vehicle, ammunition and drug paraphernalia was recovered, but the firearm was not located.

Kalland is wanted on charges of domestic assault, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. Kalland also has three outstanding felony warrants out of Crow Wing, Sherburne and Renville counties.

Kalland is considered armed and potentially dangerous. Anyone with information on Kalland’s whereabouts is asked to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at 320-693-5400. If anyone sees Kalland, they should immediately call 911. Do not approach him.

Anthony Kalland


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Dassel-Cokato Dickens Holiday Festival and Concert

PHOTO GALLERY – The Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center was transformed into an old-fashioned, festive and fun celebration of Christmas Sunday evening.  The event featured musical small group performances, vignettes from ‘A Christmas Carol’ by The FungusAmongus Players, and dancers.  A full turkey dinner was served to guests, who were then ushered into the auditorium for the Festival Concert, which featured many of the school’s musical groups, and the induction ceremony of Don Anderson and David Metcalf into the DC Arts Hall of Fame.

Click the link below to see a few scenes from the evening.

See the December 21 issue of Enterprise Dispatch for additional information and photos.