Archive for Happenings

Meeker County Area Food Shelf offers free food distribution

MEEKER COUNTY – The Meeker Area Food Shelf and United Community Action Partnership are sponsoring a free distribution food event Monday, July 27 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Meeker County Fairgrounds.  See details below.

Meeker County Public Health offers virtual Moms Like You group

MEEKER COUNTY – Meeker County Public Health has started an online Moms Like You group, and it is meeting online at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

Moms Like You is designed for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

The group encourages moms thinking about breastfeeding, or those who are looking for encouragement during the process, to join them.

The group uses the app VidyoConnect for a secure meeting spot.  In-person meetings may take place in the future.

For meeting information, call or text Meg at 320-296-8003.

Lake Francis Lake Association plans July 4 boat parade

KINGSTON – The Lake Francis Lake Association has announced plans for a boat parade to take place Saturday, July 4.

Those interested in participating in the parade may decorate their boats for Independence Day.

Those not wanting to boat that day are welcome to decorate their dock.

Creativity is encouraged.

Boat parade line up will take place at the public beach on the north side of Lake Francis beginning at 1 p.m.  The parade will proceed counter-clockwise around the lake.

In case of rain, the parade will not take place.

Lake Francis has 6.6 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 17 feet.
It borders two counties: 710 acres in Meeker County and 462 acres in Wright County.

The Lake Francis Lake Association reports that fishing is good on the lake.  There are excellent bass and northern populations; also walleye, bluegill, and crappie. The DNR installed fish trap near outlet designed to limit carp and other rough fish from gaining entry to the lake.

Cokato City Pool to open Monday, June 22

COKATO – The Cokato City Swimming Pool will open Monday, June 22.

In order to follow state guidelines regarding COVID-19, the City of Cokato is adjusting pool rules and operations,  and adjustments will be made as needed throughout the season.

Each day will be divided into “blocks” of time.  It will cost $2 per person, per each swim block.

Family and bonus passes are not available this year.  Cash and checks are the forms of accepted payment.

No toys, noodles, or floaties will be allowed.  Swim goggles and life jackets are permitted.

Social distancing of six feet between people will be observed, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s current guidelines.

Upon pool entrance, patrons will be asked to respond to a short COVID-19 symptoms questionnaire.

The maximum capacity of the pool facility is 40 people.

Safety breaks of 10 minutes will be required hourly.

Swim blocks are divided like this: Monday through Saturday: noon to 1:50; 2 to 3:30; 4 to 5:50; and 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday: 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.

All swimmers must exit the pool facility at the end of their swim block.  Pool area sanitizing will take place during swimming block changes.

After new waiting patrons are allowed to enter, if capacity limits allow, previous swimmers may re-enter once they pay for a second swim block.



DC Community Education offers online 55+ driver program

DASSEL-COKATO – Dassel-Cokato Community Education has partnered with the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center to provide an online option for a 55+ driver discount program.

Taking the online classes can renew an existing discount or allow students to start saving 10 percent off their automobile insurance – even while staying home during the pandemic.

The cost of a 4-hour refresher class is $23.95 and the initial 8-hour class costs $27.95.

Students may take the course anytime.  After signing up for the class, students have 60 days to complete the material.  Students can start and stop the course as many times as they require.  Upon completion, students may download and save their certificate to email to their insurance carrier.

People may call 1-888-234-1294 for information.

Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club offers evening trap, practical shooting times

COKATO – The Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club is now open for Thursday evening trap.
The club open Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. No teams are necessary.
Membership isn’t required; friends are welcome.
Shells are available for $5 per round; $6.75 for shells.

The club is also open Wednesdays for practical shooting beginning Wed., June 17 at 6 p.m.
The club will be open the first and third Wednesdays of the month through September.
Membership is required. Pistols, rifles, or both may be used.
There is $15 one-time fee.
For information, email

The pistol range has moved.
Stray rounds leaving the range are not ok.
Targets may only be clipped to the snow fence, or stapled to the backer board.
The pistol ranges now face south parallel to the rifle range.

Steel targets are being installed in designated locations.
Once installed, personal steel targets will only be permitted in these locations.

The club is located at 1500 Oliver Ave. SW, Cokato.