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DNR warns hunters to be aware of high fire danger

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today suggested that hunters heading afield for the firearms deer season to be aware that some parts of the state, including the southwest and south-central regions, are under high fire danger.


Conditions are favorable for wildfires statewide after a week of warm temperatures and low relative humidity. Forecasted weekend winds could fan the flames of any escaped fire.

“It only takes one spark to turn hunting season into wildfire season,” said Casey McCoy, wildfire prevention supervisor. “Whether you’re around the campfire with family at deer camp or arriving to hunt at a state forest or wildlife management area, be careful with any heat source that can cause a spark.”

Hunters who are traveling and taking to the woods and grasslands should follow these tips to avoid accidentally starting a wildfire:

  • Avoid driving over and parking on dry grass. Heat from a vehicle’s exhaust can easily ignite dry vegetation.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire. Keep a shovel and water in camp, and consider a small fire extinguisher for the field.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Keep the fire within a ring and clear all flammable materials within 5 feet of the fire. Before leaving, make sure the fire is completely out: drown with water, stir and repeat – until embers are cold.

One dead in industrial accident near Litchfiled

Litchfield – October 16, 2020 at 11:46 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Officer received a report of an
industrial accident at a construction site in the 31700 block of MN Highway 22, Harvey
Township, according to a press release by the sheriff’s office. The initial report was that a concrete boom truck had tipped and two people were trapped. Meeker County deputies, Litchfield Rescue, Litchfield Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance and LifeLink III were all dispatched to the scene. One person died at the scene as a result of
injuries while a second person was airlifted from the scene with critical injuries and flown to St.
Cloud Hospital. The names of the victims are being withheld until families are notified. The
initial investigation revealed the stabilizing platform for the concrete boom truck gave way,
causing the boom to fall to the ground. The two individuals were struck by the boom as it fell.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and OSHA has
been notified. Also assisting at the scene was the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Highway 12 detours in Cokato to replace city utilities Aug. 31 to Sept. 5

COKATO – Motorists who travel on Highway 12 through Cokato will encounter a detour and road
closure Monday, Aug. 31, as crews replace an underground city water main at Wright County Road
3/Broadway Avenue.
Here’s what to expect through Saturday, Sept. 5:
• The intersection of Highway 12 and Wright County Road 3/Broadway Avenue will close to all traffic.  The
road will be open east and west of the full closure.
• Highway 12 will detour in Cokato via Jackson Avenue SW, Seventh Street SE, Wright County
Road 3/Broadway Avenue S., and County Road 137/60th Street SW. Expect delays when trains are
• Highway 12 will have a truck detour around Cokato for semi-trailer or longer vehicles. The
detour in Cokato is difficult to maneuver with tight turns, and the railroad tracks on Jackson
Avenue. The truck detour uses Highway 15 at Dassel, Meeker County Road 21, Wright County
Road 35, and Wright County Road 5, back to Highway 12 east of Cokato.

Local access will be maintained to businesses, visitors, and residents, however expect changes. Pedestrians who encounter walk closures with detours should follow signs.
The work is part of a larger $3.8 million project to resurface and improve motorist and pedestrian access in
Cokato. The project is expected to be complete by mid-October.
A map of the detour appears below.


Dassel Ambassadors have big plans for coronation

The 2019-2020 Dassel ambassadors Caroline Cronk and Erika Pudas attended Monday’s city council meeting with  Dassel Ambassador candidates Alyssa Carlen, Jennah Keith, Peyton Miller, Sydney Nelson, and Hanna Suchy. The ambassadors discussed the plans for coronation Saturday, Sept. 5, which includes a short parade starting at noon,  beginning at Covenant Church, and ending at Dassel Elementary. Coronation will be at 4 p.m., at Saints Field. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Bench seating will be available, or attendees may bring a lawn chair. Free-will donations will be accepted to support the ambassador program.


The greatest generation is resilient amid pandemic

FOR SUBSCRIBERS – COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone in some way, shape or form. That is certainly no different for our local senior living and memory care facilities.
Most of these facilities have been on a lockdown of sorts since about March 12, when the plan for #StayatHomeMinnesota began. It has been difficult for everyone, staff and residents alike, to work through these troubling times. However, resiliency was something that Tammi Dahlman, the director of social services with Cokato Charitable Trust, noted as an important trait to have.


Dassel-Cokato Schools select on time, in-person start of school

Following a meeting with the Minnesota Department of Health this morning, the administration of Dassel-Cokato Schools announced the intention to start school on time, in-person this fall.

The announcement read: