Archive for Happenings

CD Lions Silent Santa donations accepted soon

The Cokato-Dassel Lions will once again be collecting gifts for children, to donate to families in need during the holidays. Gifts (new and unwrapped) will be collected after Thanksgiving at various locations throughout the area until noon Friday, Dec. 16.
In Cokato, donation drop off locations are: First National Bank, Kensington Bank, Holt Motors, Cokato Motors, Parts City, Dollar General, Allina Medical Clinic, The Grounds, Cokato Licensing, Edgewood Gables, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In Dassel, donations will be accepted at Perennial Bank and Casey’s.

Who are the ‘Best of Dassel-Cokato?’

Starting today, the annual voting is open – help choose the Dassel-Cokato area’s favorite businesses and other service providers.
Here’s how it works:
In today’s newspaper and online at, is a fairly lengthy list of contest categories such as best burgers, convenience store, live music venue, and many more.
Simply vote for those you think are the best.
There is no cost to vote, and every entry will be included in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is $25 courtesy of First National Bank, and two tickets to a 2023 Minnesota Twins game. Other prizes are subscriptions to your favorite newspaper, the Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch.
Complete entries are appreciated, but you only need to vote in the categories you wish.
Remember, this is “Dassel-Cokato area” so your favorites don’t necessarily have to be in Dassel or Cokato (but many of them will be, right?).
Voting is open through Sunday, Dec. 18. Winners will be announced in February – it will take some time to tabulate all the votes!
Eligible votes must be on the voting page in the Enterprise Dispatch or from the website; online voting is limited to one entry per email address.

49th annual DC Craft Fair takes places Saturday, Nov. 5

Artists and shoppers are about to descend on Dassel-Cokato High School Saturday, Nov. 5, for the 49th annual Dassel-Cokato Craft Fair. All items at the fair are handmade.

The show hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there is no admission fee.

Shoppers should park in the West high school parking lot and enter through the main high school doors. There are three areas to see: the high school commons, the high school west gym, and the east gyms.

DC School Board Candidate Forum to take place Tuesday, Nov. 1

The Dassel-Cokato Education Association is hosting a school board candidate forum Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the DC High School Media Center. The association will be responsible for providing the questions. Questions will not be taken from the public. Mick Yanke will be the moderator.

Dassel Art Tour tomorrow

Approximately 30 local artists will be present to showcase their creative work at several venues around Dassel from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info for artists or visitors may be found at

FungusAmongus auditions tomorrow for Christmas show

FungusAmongus is still looking for a few folks for the Christmas show “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary and Joseph, Herod the Nut, and the Slaughter of Twelve Hit Carols in a Pear Tree,” by William Gibson.
The group needs one teenage girl, an adult woman, and two children (male or female). Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 15) the group is hosting another audition at 4 p.m. at the Dassel History Center.
Synopsis? It’s sweet.
David Metcalf will direct the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus from a fresh and richly creative point of view, the story combines a series of deftly constructed short scenes, traditional Christmas music, and often antic characterizations into a wholly original theatre piece. The flow of the action follows the Biblical recounting, but is enhanced by a tree, a sheep and a donkey who talk (and most amusingly); a beguiling Mary who had heretofore decided that men and marriage were not for her; a suddenly cautious Joseph who now contends that he is too old for his intended (having earlier scoffed at Mary for expressing the same thought); and a flustered boy-angel who directs the action from a promptbook and manages to get only the most strangled, bleating sounds from his trumpet. But, through all the lively and resourceful happenings, the true significance of the occasion is never lost, and the underlying mood and spirit of reverence is, if anything, enhanced and made new by the distinctive approach of this joyful and unique retelling.
The performances will take place December 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 at the Dassel History Center.
(Our board of directors has learned from experience that the following policy is needed, and will be enforced. We appreciate your understanding and compliance.
COVID-19 vaccinations are required for participants 18 and older, and encouraged for those under 18.)