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Steve Anderson to speak at Dassel History Center Saturday, Sept. 2

DASSEL, MN – The annual Red Rooster Weekend Saturday morning program at the Dassel History Center is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. This year Steve Anderson will be the guest speaker.

A 1981 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, Anderson holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in education (training and development). He is a professor at St. Cloud State University in academic support and aviation, teaching various honors programs and academic support courses. A certified flight instructor, Anderson owns SLA Aviation, Inc. which conducts FAA practical flight tests, flight and ground training for pilots and flight instructors and pilot service.

A son of the late Wilton and Delores Anderson, Steve will share some memories about Dassel and spending time at Universal Laboratories when he was young. His father was the manager of Universal Laboratories and his mother was a home economics teacher at Dassel High School and Dassel-Cokato High School.

Weekend exhibits

The exhibit, Love’s Labor: The Traditions of Courtship and Weddings, which has been at the history center since June 25, will close after Labor Day.

Original paintings and prints by the artist Mamie Falk will also be on display beginning on Labor Day.

The Rooster Ruckus art roosters are also on display outside and inside the history center.


Museum hours during the weekend are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sunday, the museum will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. when the Red Rooster Fine Art Show awards will be presented. Monday the hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donate the gift of life in Dassel Aug. 21

DASSEL – The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Dassel Covenant Church Monday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Appointments to donate are encouraged, and can be made by telephoning Meribeth Reynolds at (320) 275-3512, or online on the website,

Blood drive in Dassel Monday, Aug. 21

DASSEL, MN – The American Red Cross will be at the Dassel Covenant Church  Monday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 7 p.m.  Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling Meribeth Reynolds at (320) 275-3512. Appointments can also be made online at

Craft Beer Festival Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 – Winsted, MN

SPONSORED POST: For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 20 local and national vendors, look no further than the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.


This 4th annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.


Tickets can be purchased online at, St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Early bird tickets will be $25 through August 15, 2017. At the gate, tickets will be $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.

Cokato class of 1947 reunion Wednesday, Aug. 9

COKATO, MN – The 70th class reunion for the Cokato High School class of 1947 will take place at Broadway B’s in Cokato Wednesday, Aug. 9 at noon.

Twine Ball Day in Darwin is Saturday, Aug. 12

DARWIN, MN – The City of Darwin is rolling ahead with plans for its 26th annual Twine Ball celebration Saturday, Aug 12.

Those not familiar with Darwin’s most famous monument can visit the glass gazeboed twine ball during festivities which run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Twine Ball Day.

The Darwin Twine Ball holds the record for being the world’s largest ball of twine crafted by one person, Francis A. Johnson.

According to RoadSide America, Johnson began winding the ball of twine in his basement in 1950.

Johnson reportedly rolled twine for four hours a day, every day until 1979.

He eventually moved the twine ball onto his front lawn, and used railroad jacks to ensure proper wrapping.

When Johnson quit rolling in ‘79, his masterpiece weighed almost 9 tons and was 12 feet wide.

Johnson’s twine ball, and many related items and tools, may be viewed at the Darwin Pictorial Museum, located directly behind the iconic sphere on Main Street.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Twine Ball Day, and natives note this is a wonderful place to meet up with former classmates and friends.

The fun starts rotating at 8 a.m. with an egg bake breakfast at All Saints Lutheran Church. The breakfast will be followed by a carnival and raffle, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at the church.

St. John’s Church is offering deals at a rummage sale in the church basement from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sand volleyball (not twine ball) games also begin at 8 a.m. at the park.

The craft and collectibles fair starts at 9 a.m.

The Darwin Lions Club begins serving 1919 Root Beer, burgers, and brats at 9:30 a.m. in the beer garden.

Other food stands will be located on the event grounds.

Additionally, the American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education (ABATE) South Central Chapter plans to have a tent on site all day,

Registration for the kids pedal tractor pull starts at 9 a.m., with pulling kicking off at 10 a.m. sharp on Main Street in front of the post office.

The celebration’s parade spins down Darwin’s three-block Main Street starting at 12:30 p.m.

Parade organizers note there is no fee or form required for parade participation. The 30 to 40 units involved are encouraged to toss candy to spectating kids, both large and small. Parade fans should plan to bring lawn chairs for maximum viewing pleasure. Mayor Josh Johnson says sometimes the parade winds around the route twice.

The parade will feature local royalty, area floats, antique cars, tractors, and horses.

A bean bag tournament begins on the park basketball court at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Golden Fleece Lodge 89. (Pre-registration is available at

The Minnesota Minn-e-Rods – the state’s garden tractor pulling club – roars to life at 2:30 p.m. on Main Street, and attendees are encouraged to bring earplugs.

Those in need of a well-rounded meal can partake in a BBQ pork chop dinner hosted by the Darwin Freezer.

The hearty dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., and dishes up a pork chop, potato salad, baked beans, a roll, and a beverage for $9 per plate.

Revelers may wind down their day of entertainment by taking in some music in the park, provided by October Son. The band will be playing from 7 to 11 p.m.

All proceeds from the day’s festivities go toward the Darwin tourism and promotional fund.