Archive for Dassel

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.

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

Cokato businessman pleased to join DC School Board

Andy Engh is the newest member of the Dassel-Cokato School Board.

Andy Engh is the newest member of the Dassel-Cokato School Board.

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Andy Engh, Dassel-Cokato Schools’ newest school board member, said he hopes to serve as “an ear for the community.”

Engh, owner of AR Engh Heating and Air Conditioning in Cokato, took the oath of office from DC Superintendant Jeff Powers at the Nov. 13 school board meeting.

Engh was appointed to fill a school board seat left vacant by the resignation of Shane Colberg.

Read the full story in the Dec. 29 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.


Shed fire reported in Cosmos

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shed on fire in Cosmos the evening of Dec. 29, according to a press release.

The fire was reported at 11:32 p.m. in the 200 block of South Comet Street. When the Cosmos and Grove City Fire Departments responded, the shed was fully engulfed. The shed and its contents were considered a total loss. The press release noted that a 2000 Dodge Durango was also damaged as a result of the fire and was a total loss.

Homeowner Julie Schafer, 36, of Cosmos, said her husband was in the shed working on a vehicle earlier that day. She said he had the wood stove going, which may be a cause for the fire. No one was injured.

Burglary reported in Kingston Twp.

KINGSTON, MN – A burglary was reported at a property on 725th Avenue in Kingston Township Dec. 29, according to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Brian Cruze noted that a shed had been broken into, and items reported stolen included tools, a toolbox, a heater, and a 2006 utility trailer.

Anyone with information about this crime – or any other crime in Meeker County – can contact the sheriff’s office at (320) 693-5400. The confidential tip line is (320) 693-5411.

Fire destroys building in Dassel Township

DASSEL TOWNSHIP, MN – A storage building in Dassel Township was destroyed by fire late Monday evening, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was called to the fire in the 22300 block of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 6 at 10:21 p.m. Jan. 1. Homeowner Raymond Wagner, 59, told deputies the building was used to store firewood.

The Cokato and Dassel fire departments worked to extinguish the blaze. The building was considered a total loss, according to the press release. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.