DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Kindergarten roundup is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 3:45 p.m. at Dassel and Cokato Elementary Schools. Children who are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall (age 5 on or before September 1), should be attending the roundup activities. The schools sent packets out a few weeks ago with more information. If a parent has a child who is eligible but did not receive a packet, or if someone knows of a new family to the area, contact Stephanie Corbin at Dassel Elementary (930) 286-4100 extension 1500 or Karen Barton at Cokato Elementary (320) 286-4100 extension 1300.
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DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Although there were several high-quality applicants interested in the principal position at Dassel-Cokato High School (DCHS), Superintendent Jeff Powers told staff members that Christopher Meisch was “clearly [the district’s] first choice.”
For Meisch, education has always been part of his life, having two parents as teachers and, he credits, having been raised in Wabasha.
“Growing up in Wabasha helped me to fully understand at a young age the significant role that family, community, support, academic rigor, and teamwork play in the educational process,” Meisch stated in a letter of introduction he wrote to DCHS staff.
Read the full story in the March 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online edition.
MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze is pleased to announce the next “Coffee with the Sheriff” will be Tuesday, March 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at The Sweet Depot, 207 N. Sibley Avenue in Litchfield.
Cruze and other members of the sheriff’s office will be on hand to answer questions, address concerns, or to simply say “hi” and enjoy a cup of coffee. Cruze looks forward to meeting with the people of Meeker County and encourages everyone to attend.
DASSEL, MN – Did you know that a moon of Neptune has ice volcanoes that erupt ice lava?
NASA Solar System Ambassador Jay Gallentine knows all kinds of strange things about the solar system, and he plans to share some of them at the Dassel Public Library Monday, March 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The presentation is free and open to the public, and it’s suitable for all ages.
“For this talk, I will take my audience through a countdown of the 10 most bizarre places in the solar system,” Gallentine noted.
After about 50 minutes of speaking, there will be a question-and-answer session. Gallentine said children will often come up and ask even more questions after that.
“Aliens and black holes are always big topics for kids to ask about,” he said.
Gallentine knows what it’s like to be a kid who is interested in space. When he was 10 years old, his father gave him a big book – loaded with pictures – about the Apollo moon missions.
“It wasn’t anything I had asked for; it was more of a ‘thought you might be interested in this,’” Gallentine recalled. “And near as I can tell, that’s what sparked my interest in space. So the joke I make is that this is all my Dad’s fault.”
And by “this,” Gallentine is referring to his lifelong fascination with space, which he has made into a career. Gallentine is a space historian who researches and writes books about the history of exploring space.
“My own specific focus is on the history of solar system exploration, American and Soviet,” he said.
Many of Gallentine’s interviews have been with the people who create robotic spaceships to fly to other planets.
“. . . One of the biggest surprises has been how totally committed they get to a project,” he said. “I am talking about working for so long, and so hard, that they have literally fallen asleep at their desks. Or they completely forgot to eat multiple meals.”
Gallentine added that there are people working on the Mars rover missions who live on Mars time.
“A Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day,” he said. “So, every morning these people get up 40 minutes later than they did yesterday. Can you imagine living like that?”
Gallentine’s work as NASA Solar System Ambassador is volunteer, and is separate from his books. The volunteers are people from all different jobs and backgrounds who go out into communities and give presentations about what is happening in the solar system.
“We are all listed on the [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] JPL website by location, and people can contact us to request a visit,” Gallentine said.
To learn more about the Monday, March 12 presentation in Dassel, contact the Dassel Public Library at (320) 275-3756.
DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Contracts effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 with food service workers, principals, community education, and the activities director were approved at the Feb. 26 Dassel-Cokato School Board meeting.
Read what was decided in the March 2 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online version of the newspaper.
WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – People who live in rural areas will have an opportunity to help decide the course of local government Tuesday, March 13. All townships will be conducting annual meetings that evening, and many will be electing officials.
In case of inclement weather, meetings and elections may be postponed until the third Tuesday in March.
In Collinwood Township, the supervisor position currently served by David Prieve is up for election, as well as the clerk position of Larry Ostlund. Both incumbents re-filed.
Voting will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Collinwood Township Hall, 21904 746th Ave. in Dassel. The annual meeting will follow, after ballots have been counted.
Stockholm Township has three positions up for election this year – two supervisor positions and the clerk position. Jody Selseth has re-filed for her position as clerk. The two outgoing supervisors, Keith Evenski and Dave Jorgensen, did not re-file. Keaton Danielson has filed for one of the supervisor positions.
Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stockholm Community Center, 16233 Co. Rd. 30 SW in Cokato. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m.
French Lake Township
In French Lake Township, the supervisor position currently held by Patrick Lantto is up for election. Lantto re-filed, but his filing did not include a phone number and was therefore invalid. There will be a write-in election.
Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at French Lake Township Hall, 3133 Co. Rd. 3 NW in Annandale. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m.
Positions up for election in Dassel Township include that of Clerk Karin Colberg, as well as Supervisor Kevin Rossow. Both incumbents re-filed.
Voting will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dassel History Center, 901 1st St. N. in Dassel. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m.
In Ellsworth Township, the supervisor position currently served by David Jutz is open, as well as the clerk position of Tom Hauer. Lori Johnson filed for the clerk position, and Jutz re-filed for the supervisor position.
Voting will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ellsworth Township Hall, located along Meeker Co. Rd. 9. in Darwin. The annual meeting will follow at 8:15 p.m.
The township office will be open Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon for absentee voting. People can also get an absentee ballot by calling Hauer at (320) 420-9956, emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stopping by his residence at 68166 215th St. on the south side of Lake Washington.
In Kingston Township, the supervisor position of Robert Christofferson is up for election, as well as the clerk position of Gail Schiefelbein. Both incumbents re-filed.
Voting will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center, 30840 722nd Ave. in Dassel (Kingston). The annual meeting will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Cokato Township has three positions up for election, including the one-year supervisor position of Dan Bravinder, the three-year supervisor position of Dean Mahlstedt, and the two-year clerk position of Brad Morris. All incumbents re-filed.
Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cokato Township Hall, 14987 30th Street SW. in Cokato. The annual meeting will follow after the polls close.
Elections will take place in the fall. Annual meeting information has not yet been submitted.