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Dassel City Council write-in candidate totals announced

The total number of write in votes for two men vying for seats on the Dassel City Council have been tabulated and the results released.  All results are unofficial until certified.

Write in totals were:

Dan Landrus – 165

Darren Sombke – 164

Cokato-Dassel Rotary Club flower sale blooms Nov. 4 and 5

The Cokato-Dassel Rotary Club will be hosting a flower sale Friday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Grounds/Cokato Town & Country Club. Place your order with a Rotary member or message them on Facebook.
Beautiful fall bouquets are available for $20 each. Proceeds to be used for community projects. Any flowers not picked up by 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, will be donated to charity.

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Complete Winstock ’23 Lineup Announced, Along With Festival’s ‘Best Deal Yet’

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Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert and one of the hottest artists to emerge in recent years, Cody Johnson, were announced as headliners for the 29th Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2023, at the festival grounds in Winsted, MN. Tickets and camping are now on sale.

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Lambert’s eighth studio album, “Palomino,” was released in April as the highest-debuting country album of 2022. It marks the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven previous number-one solo albums, 10 number-one hits, and more than 70 awards.

Heralded by MusicRow as “the future of real country music,” Cody Johnson will make his debut on the Winstock stage following the massive success of his 18-track double album “Human.” His hit “‘Til You Can’t” has set streaming records and remains one of the most played songs of the genre.
“Any time you can pair a reigning entertainer of the year with someone currently breaking down doors like Cody Johnson, you’re guaranteed a great weekend of country music,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson.
Joining Lambert and Johnson will be Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Dylan Scott, Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, BlackHawk, Nate Smith, Hailey Whitters, George Birge, Chris Kroeze, Jenn Bostic, Anderson Daniels, Chad Johnson and the MN-T’s, and The Shaw Band/The Shaw Brothers. The complete artist lineup may be found HERE. 
“Each year, we work to build a lineup that features something for everyone,” Danielson said. “We’re grateful to be able to announce the lineup in its entirety so fans can make their plans for next summer.”
Organizers are excited to have Minnesota music royalty kick things off in 2023 at the pre-show beer tent party Thursday night.
“There isn’t a name more synonymous with Minnesota music than Shaw,” Danielson said. “Having both the original Shaw Band and The Shaw Brothers is going to make for a memorable Thursday night and will be a great start to the weekend.”

 

Get ‘em ‘Til You Can’t’

In addition to announcing the complete lineup for Winstock 2023, organizers also unveiled the festival’s “best deal yet” for camping passes and general admission tickets.

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With campsites in campgrounds A, B, C, and D already sold out, this is the best opportunity – and best price – to guarantee a spot and not have to worry about it closer to the event.
“For those who didn’t renew at this year’s event for next year, or for those who may be new to Winstock, this is the best way to seal the deal and be sure you’ll be at Winstock next June,” Danielson said. “This is a limited-time offer, and once these sites are gone, they’re gone – they will go fast.”
VIP tickets sold out at this year’s event for 2023. A very limited number of reserved seats are now on sale, as is the best selection of camping sites.
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For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to WinstockFestival.com and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Dassel-Cokato School Board minutes 9/26/22

OFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER
In partnership with our communities and families, we will educate and inspire all learners to maximize their potential, promote lifelong learning, and become contributing members of society.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato, Minnesota) was duly held in the Dassel-Cokato High School Media Center, Cokato, Minnesota, on Monday, September 26, 2022.
Aho called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
The following members were present: Sangren, Bohnsack, Nelson, Grochow, Aho and Miller. The following were absent: None
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by Grochow, seconded by Miller, approving the agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by Bohnsack, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $2,191,346.48. Motion carried unanimously. (A complete list of bills is available from the District Office for review.)
Communications / Open Forum: None
Courtesy & Respect Award: None
Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) Report: None
MAWSECO Report: Minutes from last meeting sent to board members, and will meet again Tuesday. SEE Report: Raymond and Grochow attended the last meeting and legislative agenda was presented Community Education: Meeting is on Thursday
Business Manager’s Report: Business Manager Palmer gave an overview of the 21-22 audit. Emphasis on the relationship between the increasing fund balance and the Federal grant money that is allowing the net positive balance. Each of the funds were reviewed. The auditors will present their report in October for final board approval.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Raymond reported on the staffing update for the beginning of the school year. He discussed routing software for the transportation team. The chiller was delivered to the rec. center last week. Discussed the meetings with SiteLogic for building updates to take place summer of 2023.
Principals’ Report: None
Motion by Grochow, seconded by Sangren, approving all consent items including: Approval of Minutes from August 22, 2022 Regular Board Meeting and September 12, 2022 Work Session Meeting. Approval of Wire Transfers; August 23rd for $100,000, August 31st for $750,000, September 12th for $300,000, and September 15th for $700,000. Personnel Items; Resignation of Denise Bloom as Cokato Elementary Title 1 Paraeducator effective 8/29/2022, Resignation of Kendra Johnson as a Middle School Paraeducator effective 8/24/2022,
Resignation of Brenda Mingo as a Charger Kids Club Assistant Site Supervisor effective 9/27/2022, Resignation of Kelsey Procel as Cokato Elementary Paraeducator effective 6/3/2022, Resignation of Scott Olson as a part time Middle School Custodian effective 9/16/2022, Employment of Warren Pringnitz as a day shift High School Custodian effective 9/12/2022, Employment of Gina Aho as a Cokato Elementary Title 1 Paraeducator effective 9/6/2022, Employment of Michelle Pellett as a Cokato Elementary Kitchen Assistant effective 9/15/2022, Employment of Angela Hopkins as Middle School Secretary effective 9/6/2022, Employment of Heather Sullivan as a Type III Driver effective 9/1/2022, Employment of Nicole Schutte as a Dassel Elementary Paraeducator effective 9/1/2022, Employment of Rochelle Mackedanz as CDL Bus Driver effective 9/1/2022, Employment of Danielle Fratzke as ECFE Paraeducator effective 8/30/2022, Employment of Karen Latt as a Type III Driver effective 9/15/2022, Assignment of Amy Thostenson as Dassel Elementary school patrol advisor, Assignment of Kim Pennala as Cokato Elementary school patrol advisor, Approval of a lane changes for Brice Berggren from MA+15 to MA+45 and for Laura Eastling from MA+30 to MA+45. Approval of additional Fall 2022 Community Education Coaches/Instructors; Aquatic: Sara Keskey, Logan Christopherson, Naomi Acosta, Marlee Cates, Mick Gallagher, Lauren Mattila, Evan Johnson, Payten Franklin, Grace Lundeen, Eliana Hoffman, Eliana Tagarro, Rozlynn Loeschen, Kaleb Lang, Kendra Clemen & Abbey Lang, Charger Kids Club: Jennifer Todnem, Vicky Sager, Karen Swendra, Joy Beasley, Lisa Grack, John Beasley, Alexandria Danielson, Jennie Beasley, Marlee Cates, Kezia Lee, Carolyn Hohenstein, Payten Franklin, Kendra Clemen, Kamea Rosenquist, Avery Wilson, Annalie Kilpela, Grace Hanson, Katie Hiivala, Isaiah Kalis, Mary Lunquist, RaeLynn Gottschalk, Caitlin Kangas, Nicole Bollin, Youth Enrichment: Aron Bohnert, Teresa Harmala, Annette Bohnsack, Sandy Stertz, Ruth Kivisto, Adult Enrichment: Brent Woodfill, Jennifer Money, Jolene Carlson, Annette Bohnsack, Becca Luebbers, Adult Recreation: Mechele Pitchford, Amanda Berg, Gymnastics: Paula Wente, Alex Halonen, Basketball: Adam Gedde, Steve Quern, Tim Trocke, Brett Mayfield, Chad Harrison, Matt Whittaker, Dan Smock, Gabe Aamot, Tim Aamot, Volleyball: Linda Resop, Cory Peterson, Kassidy Anderson, Kristi Abrahamson, Marissa Woolhouse, Amy Onell, Adriana Forsman, Maggie Gehlen, Karen Barton, Nicole Lasanen, Evelyn Resop, Archery: William Bull, Soccer: Eddy Larios, Kelsi Posusta, Claire Raymond, Derek Levno, Don Hoversten, Peter Sontag, Ashley Hofius, Cheerleading: Justin Larson, Wrestling: Bryan Clemen, Paul Halonen, Chris Meisch, Dan Buker, Football: Ryan Weinandt, Greg Peterson, Pat Niska, Mick Yanke, Ryan Chatterton, Matt Whittaker, Ben Beckman, Brian Westby, Johnny Blom, Chris Meisch, Joshua Roles, Chris Winkelman, Dan Landrus, Lars Anderson, Brandon Loewel, Ben Vogelpohl, Brice Berggren, Peter Sontag, Marcus Halverson, Carl Aho, Phil Johnson, Darren Grangroth, John Heltunen, Dale Ely, Ski Club: Chuck Keskey, Gary Hoikka, Outdoor Hockey: Mike Koivisto. Approved request for up to 12 weeks FMLA leave for Erica Lindquist beginning approximately 12/16/2022 through 3/20/2023. Acceptance of Donations; For Activities Advertising: Machining & Welding – $1,500, Holt Motors – $1,500, Winsted Dental – $1,500, Parts City of Cokato – $1,500, Bohnsack Family Dentistry – $1,500, Brandel Electric – $1,500, Marketplace – $1,500, Porta Dock – $1,500, Contributions to the Digital Scoreboards: DC Volleyball Boosters – $1,000, B & P Drywall – $2,500, Cokato Motor Sales – $2,500, AR Engh Heating and AC Inc – $5,000, From MN Historical Society – $396 to support DE field trip, From DC Wrestling Boosters – $1,592 for wrestling mat, From Reed Pankake – $250 to the activities department, From Coborn’s – $42.53 to Cokato Elementary, From Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust – $3,500 grant for Charger Time at the Middle School (applied for by Amy Onell), From Gethsemane Lutheran Church – $50 for school supplies at Dassel Elementary, From WELCA Gethsemane Lutheran Church – $200 for school supplies at Dassel Elementary, From Gethsemane Lutheran Church coffee group – $96 to be used to help Elementary family lunch accounts, From Holt Motors – $2,000 to the custodial scholarship fund. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by Miller, certify proposed 2022 Payable 2023 Levy. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Grochow, seconded by Sangren, changes to authorizing signers of contingency account drafts. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bohnsack, seconded by Nelson, close of open enrollment in grades 2 and 8. Motion carried unanimously.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:46 PM.
/s/Chuck Nelson, Clerk
This document is available in the following formats upon request: Braille, Large Print, Audio Cassette Tape, and Computer Disk. Please call (320-286-4100) for more information or to request a copy.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch, October 14, 2022.

Dassel-Cokato School Board minutes 9/12/22

OFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:00 BOARD WORK SESSION, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022
BOARD ROOM
In partnership with our communities and families, we will educate and inspire all learners to maximize their potential, promote lifelong learning, and become contributing members of society.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato, Minnesota) was duly held in the Dassel Cokato Board Room, Cokato, Minnesota, on Monday, September 12, 2022.
Aho called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
The following members were present: Aho, Grochow, Sangren, Miller, and Bohnsack. The following were absent: Nelson.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by Sangren seconded by Grochow to amend the agenda and add a report from Superintendent. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Report: Superintendent Raymond reviewed the process on the high school and middle school bond project. He also discussed the district’s decision to go with a cooperative purchase of HVAC equipment and reviewed the timelines for the bid process of the installation.
Policies 401,402,403,404,405 & 406 were presented for a first reading. This group of policies saw minor changes recommended by MSBA due to changes in statute and case law.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:24 PM.
/s/Chuck Nelson, Clerk
This document is available in the following formats upon request: Braille, Large Print, Audio Cassette Tape, and Computer Disk. Please call (320-286-4100) for more information or to request a copy.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch, October 14, 2022.

Kingston Twp. accident results in fatality Monday

A Monticello man was killed Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident in Kingston Township, according to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP).
Dakota Daniel Flint, 22, was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart southbound on Hwy. 15, south of County Road 27, when he went off the road to the right, and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll.
Flint was transported to St. Cloud Hospital, but died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident according to MSP.
Also in the vehicle were two juvenile males, age four and an infant. The four-year old received non-life threatening injuries. The infant was uninjured.
Dassel Fire and Rescue, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Mayo Ambulance, and Life Link helicopter also responded to the scene.