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DC Schools hosting Parenting Symposium Monday, April 17

Dassel-Cokato High School is hosting a Parenting Symposium Monday, April 17 at the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a free dinner; speakers will follow from 5:45 to 8 p.m.

Topics to be discussed include: vaping and THC; social media; parenting today; and mental health.

A resource fair is also part of the event, and it will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.

The symposium is made possible in part by a grant from Meeker County.

FungusAmongus Players to perform award-winning show Wednesday, April 19 at the PAC

The FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato will present their multiple award-winning show, “The End of the Beginning” at the Dassel-Cokato PAC Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, but free will donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of getting the cast and crew to Salina, KS for the next level of competition.
The group leaves early the next morning for Kansas, so people may come to the show and send them on their way with a few hearty “break some legs.”
Donations are also accepted on the website
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Dassel man killed in Tuesday morning accident on US Hwy. 12

Toby Jo Birr, 46, of Dassel, was killed this morning, in a motor vehicle collision on US Hwy. 12, according to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP). The incident happened at 7:29 a.m.

Birr was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus eastbound on US Hwy. 12, and Alexander Philip Rosenberger, 30, of St. Cloud, was also driving eastbound in a 2018 Ford F59 Box Truck. MSP reported the vehicles collided near Keats Ave. SW.  Rosenberger was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Howard Lake Fire Department, Howard Lake Police Department, Howard Lake EMS, Ridgeview EMS, and Cokato EMS responded to the scene.

Cokato man injured in Hwy. 15 crash

Paul Charles Volness, 64, of Cokato, sustained life-threatening injuries in a vehicle crash that took place at the intersection of Hwy. 15 and Meeker Cty. 18 in Collinwood  Township Tuesday at approximately 5:15 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP).

MSP reported Volness was driving a 2007 Saturn Vue traveling westbound on Meeker Cty. 18 when he collided with a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shane Donald Pitzl, 44, of Annandale who was driving northbound on Hwy 15.

Volness was not wearing a seatbelt, and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel Fire and Rescue, and Allina Ambulance responded to the scene.


Online edition available early Thursday, Feb. 23, print edition delayed by one day

Due to the impending weather, Herald Journal Publishing has decided to release the online versions of our weekly newspapers early Thursday, Feb. 23.

So if you subscribe to the Herald Journal, Delano Herald Journal, or the Enterprise Dispatch, you will soon be able to spend your time curled up at home with a warm blanket, reading all of the great stories we have for you.

Unfortunately, due to the weather, the print copy of the newspaper will be delayed by one day. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Our offices will be closed Thursday, Feb. 23, and reopen Friday, Feb. 24.

Here are a few ideas for preparing your vehicle for safer winter travel

With the impending winter storm predicted to bring some of the heaviest snowfall and blizzard conditions in more than 12 years, travel will likely become difficult – if not impossible – in some areas.
Nearly 25% of yearly weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, State Farm reported. Road conditions are expected to deteriorate starting today. Preparing vehicles for travel (if you can’t just stay home) is a solid idea.
Drivers should do these three things, according to State Farm:
  • Prepare trunks with a winter survival car kit.
  • Fill up fuel tank and make sure tires are fully inflated.
  • Consider Emergency Roadside Assistance coverage if you don’t currently have it.
Here’s what should be in your winter survival car kit:
Stay warm
•           Hats, gloves, scarves, and wool socks
•           Hand and foot warmers
•           Blankets
Stay visible and connected
•           Flashlight and extra batteries
•           Bright cloth to tie on your car, or flares
•           Phone charger
Stay storm-ready
•           Jumper cables or external battery charger
•           Small snow shovel and ice scraper
•           Fire extinguisher and wiper fluid
Stay safe out there, everyone!  Better yet, stay home!