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Dassel-Cokato School Board officially welcomes Engh

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – During a fast meeting Monday evening, Andy Engh was sworn in as the newest member of the Dassel-Cokato School Board, taking over a vacancy left by a resignation earlier in the school year.

Read about other school board business in the Nov. 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Dassel-Cokato Schools Superintendent Jeff Powers led incoming school board member Andy Engh through the oath of office during the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

Dassel-Cokato Schools Superintendent Jeff Powers led incoming school board member Andy Engh through the oath of office during the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

Remembering the Sundve family in Dassel

DASSEL, MN – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the car crash that killed five members of the Sundve family in Dassel. By request, the original article that appeared in the Dassel Dispatch Nov. 24, 1977 is reprinted below. The article was obtained curtesy of the Dassel Area Historical Society:

Five in Sundve family killed in head-on auto crash Saturday night

Five members of the Sundve family were killed shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 1977, in a two-car crash on US Hwy. 12, one-quarter mile east of Hennepin County Road 90, near Maple Plain.

Victims were Paul Sundve, 32; his parents, Louis Sundve, 64, and Doris Sundve, 62, all of Dassel; Paul’s brother, Gary Sundve, 34; and Gary’s 18-month-old son, Kirk Sundve,  both of Oregon.

Gary’s wife, Linda, 30, and their son, Chad, 2, were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

A sixth victim, alone in the vehicle he was driving, was identified as Louis Webb, 26, of Minneapolis.

Authorities said the Sundve vehicle was westbound on US Hwy. 12 and that the two cars collided head-on.

Mr. and Mrs. Sundve and Paul had gone to Metropolitan Airport, where they met Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sundve and their two sons, of Banks, OR, who were planning to visit their Dassel relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday. They were enroute to Dassel when the fatal crash took the lives of five members of the family.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Dassel Elementary School, with the Rev. Herbert Ketterling, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Litchfield; the Rev. Wallace Pratt, pastor of Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel; and the Rev. Norman Bloom, district superintendent, Church of the Nazarene, officiating.

Music was by Mrs. David Huikko, Mrs. Larry Brantz, and Duane Hickler.

Interment for Paul Sundve was at the Dassel Cemetery. Interment for Louis and Doris Sundve will be Friday, Nov. 25, at Sunset Memorial Garden in Aberdeen, SD. Interment for Gary Sundve and his son, Kirk, is unknown at the time of this writing.

Immediate survivors include Paul’s wife, Mary; and two sons, Brent, 2, and Brice, 1.

Louis and Doris are survived by a daughter, Linda, and three grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife, and one son.

Louis Sundve and son, Paul, at one time owned and operated the Union 76 Station in Dassel. Paul later purchased his father’s interest in the station and continued to operate it until his health forced him to close the business.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sundve and Paul were all bus drivers for the Dassel-Cokato School, and Louis was also employed as a custodian at the Dassel Elementary School.

Paul was employed as a semi-driver for JLCO, Inc. in Dassel.

Early deadlines Thanksgiving week

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Ad and newspaper deadlines will be 24 hours early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Enterprise Dispatch offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24.

Performance at PAC Nov. 25

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association presents: “Six Appeal: Ugly Sweater Party” Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center (4852 Reardon Avenue SW, Cokato). Reserved seating. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, and $8 for youth. At the door, tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for youth. Order tickets online at or call (320) 286-4120.

Thirteen burglaries being investigated in Meeker Co.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN –  The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Litchfield Police Department have been investigating 13 burglaries of homes, businesses, and sheds since Oct. 1.

A search warrant was executed Nov. 14 in the 400 block of South Austin in Litchfield as a part of these active and ongoing investigations. Over 200 suspected stolen items were recovered. Items recovered in the search warrant have been linked to four of those burglaries. A subsequent traffic stop in Cass County led to the recovery of additional stolen items.

Multiple suspects have been identified and the investigation continues in an effort to determine if these burglaries are all connected. No arrests directly related to the burglaries have been made at this time. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze and Litchfield Police Chief Patrick Fank remind the public to lock their homes, sheds, and vehicles – and to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Two corn dryer fires in Meeker Co.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office responded to two corn dryer fires Nov. 9.

The first was at 4:19 a.m. at a property on 210th Street in Collinwood Township. The Dassel Fire Department was dispatched and extinguished the fire. Approximately $180,000 worth of damage was reported. Dassel Fire Chief Dale Grochow said the dryer was lost, as well as the corn.

“It ended up being about a four-hour deal,” Grochow said, explaining that firefighters had to unload all the corn from the dryer. Grochow said that, fortunately, the Dassel Fire Department hasn’t had to respond to many of these types of fires.

As for grain dryer safety, Grochow said the best thing to do is to make sure the equipment is clean and free of fine accumulation prior to use. However, that doesn’t always prevent a fire, he added, as other things can go wrong, such as malfunction of a burner. In the case of the Nov. 9 fire in Collinwood Township, Grochow said property owner Andy Nelson had cleaned the dryer just before he used it, so the problem wasn’t accumulation.

The second corn dryer fire was at 4:59 p.m. at a residence on County State Aid Highway 16 in Harvey Township. This fire was extinguished by firefighters from Litchfield. About 2,100 bushels of corn were lost.