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Cokato woman injured in three-car crash on Highway 12

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – Two teenagers from Buffalo were injured Monday evening after being involved in a crash on Highway 12.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 8:23 p.m. Jan. 21, a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by Camaron Isaacs-Olson, 17, was eastbound and turning left with a flashing yellow light when it was struck by a westbound 2013 Dodge Caravan driven by Jennah Verhey, 44, of Cokato.

The vehicles spun and struck a 2007 Toyota Camry, driven by Lanita Farstad, 79, of Waverly, which was sitting at the light on Highway 25.

Isaacs-Olson suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Allina Hospital in Buffalo, as was his 15-year-old passenger, Elle Kirkendall.

Neither Verhey nor Farstad were injured.

Road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.

All involved were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

VIDEO – Processional for Howard Lake Fire Chief Taddy Drusch arriving in Cokato Tuesday

COKATO – The processional carrying the body of Howard Lake Fire Chief Taddy Drusch arrived in Cokato Tuesday afternoon.

There will be a memorial service for Drusch Friday,  Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake.
Visitation will take place Thursday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 1000 7th Avenue, Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; continuing Friday at the school, one hour prior to the service.

Video submitted by Rick Sorensen.

Special Cokato City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 23

COKATO – The Cokato City Council has scheduled a meeting Monday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. to further discuss the city administrator transition process.  City administrator Annita Smythe has submitted her resignation.  She has accepted a position with another city.  The meeting takes place at Cokato City Hall.

Dassel American Legion retires flags

DASSEL, MN – Members of the Dassel American Legion held a solemn ceremony to retire American flags Thursday evening.  More photos from the event may be seen in next week’s edition – Friday, Oct. 11 -– of Enterprise-Dispatch.


Viewfinders Camera Club to host Susan Rydberg, freelance photographer, at its Thursday, April 4 meeting

COKATO -  The members of the Viewfinders Camera Club will host an award-winning photographer at their meeting Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the Cokato Library.

Susan Rydberg is a renowned photographer with Cokato connections.

Susan Rydberg is a renowned photographer with Cokato connections.

Susan Rydberg is a corporate project manger, and an award-winning photographer and digital artist who is published internationally by many well-known organizations including Virgin, House, Business,, and the State of Minnesota. Most recently, PBS featured Rydberg’s work in the November 2018 publication “Capture Minnesota VI.”

Rydberg is represented by several leading stock agencies including Getty Images and Shutterstock. Rydberg grew up in the Twin Cities area, and is the granddaughter of the late William Arthur Eliason of Cokato. Rydberg has two grown children and twin grandchildren who are an inspiration for her photography.

Members of the Viewfinders encourage the public to attend the meeting to hear Rydberg’s experiences, and view her photography during the Thursday, April 4 presentation. The meeting takes place in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Library at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free.

Rydberg's photo of ferns earned honors in the Capture Minnesota VI 2018 book.

Rydberg’s photo of ferns earned honors in the Capture Minnesota VI 2018 book.

Sunrise Diner opening in Cokato under new ownership

COKATO, MN – Sunrise Diner in Cokato will be re-opening Saturday, March 9 at 6 a.m. under new ownership. Lisa Brantley took over the diner, which has been closed for about a year. The menu is completely remade, and ingredients are all purchased locally.