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New plastic surgeon joins Hutchinson Health team

Dr. James Kong likes to help patients come up with personalized plans to help them feel and look their best.

Dr. James Kong likes to help patients come up with personalized plans to help them feel and
look their best.

Hutchinson Health recently added Dr. James Kong to its team of medical professionals seeking to improve the health and well-being of its members, patients, and community.

Kong is a plastic surgeon with Park Nicollet Health Services, and became connected with Hutchinson Health through its partnership with HealthPartners.

He studied at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and is board-certified in general surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery.

“I enjoy all aspects of plastic surgery, and find reconstructive surgery particularly challenging and rewarding,” shared Kong. “It brings me joy to help my patients improve their quality of life through competent and compassionate care.”

Some of Kong’s professional interests include breast reconstruction, augmentation, lift, and reduction; gender affirmation top surgery; eyelid surgery; neck and face lifts; cancer reconstruction; and body contouring, such as after significant weight loss.

“I want all of my patients to be well-informed of their surgical and nonsurgical options in order to make the best decisions together to achieve their desired results,” Kong stated.


Dassel City Council will discuss extending job offer of Public Works Director position during Tuesday’s meeting

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council will consider extending a job offer for the Public Works Director Position during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Other subjects on the agenda include a motion to approve payment of claims as presented in the amount of $457,297.64, and revisiting the subject of the MN DOT Landscape Partnership Grant.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dazzle in Dassel, 2018

PHOTO GALLERY, DASSEL, MN – Things were “dazzling” in Dassel Dec. 14. Click here to see highlights from the 2018 Dazzle in Dassel event. Select images will appear in the Dec. 21 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.


Dazzle in Dassel 2018

Dazzle in Dassel 2018



PHOTO GALLERY – Dassel History Museum’s exhibit “Magic in Lights”

PHOTO GALLERY – The Dassel History Museum is currently featuring a replica Tiffany lamp exhibit, showcasing art created by local craftspeople.  The exhibit is easily accessible by taking the elevator to the museum’s fourth floor.  The exhibit runs through Saturday, October 20, and is free.  Click the link below, or see the September 14 issue of the Enterprise Dispatch for more.

Letters to the editor policy

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Letters to the Editor policy 2018
Letters are welcome at Enterprise Dispatch ( and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.
Letters should be 300 words or fewer.
Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.
Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.
All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).
Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication)  for verification when submitting your letter.
Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the “political season” which is defined the opening of the filing period through Election Day.
We will not publish form letters that are political in nature, or endorse or condemn a candidate for office.
We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.
Preference will be given to local letter writers. We typically do not publish letters from writers outside our core circulation area. Those from outside our core circulation area may contact our display advertising department and purchase an ad to get their message published.
We will publish one announcement when a candidate announces he/she will run for office, either at the time of the announcement or at the time the candidate files. These will run in the news section and will be limited to a maximum of 100 words and include a mug shot photo if provided by the candidate.
We may publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.
“Legislative updates” from current elected officials will be considered separate from letters to the editor, provided they are issue-based, rather than political in nature.

DASSEL – Sunrise Diner closed Saturday

Co-owner John Dietering of Dassel’s Sunrise Diner reported Monday morning that the business closed the doors to the diner permanently.

Diertering expressed gratitude to the citizens of Dassel for their constant support.  “The people of Dassel were very good to us.  They gave us business,” he said.  “And they tipped more than they should have.”

When Dietering put up several signs near the highway pointing to the diner, he said MnDot quickly removed them.

“There just isn’t enough volume,” Dietering said.  And while he and his co-owners may sell or lease the business, he isn’t entirely certain what will come next.  He has owned eight or nine businesses throughout his life.

“You win some, you lose some,” he said.