Archive for Happenings

‘Loves Labor’ exhibit opens in Dassel with special program June 25

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel History Center will be bringing the history of “I do” to the Dassel-Cokato area through its newest exhibit “Loves Labor: The traditions of courtship and weddings,” which is scheduled to open Sunday, June 25.

A wedding reception-themed program will take place that day at 2 p.m., where visitors can listen to music provided by Gregory Servin while enjoying a slice of wedding cake along with their coffee.

The program will be led by Ann Isaacson, married in 1974; and Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, married in 1970; who will speak about the wedding traditions and courtship customs of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

‘Cool it at the Mushroom’ in Dassel

DASSEL, MN – “Cool it at the Mushroom” will take place most Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. throughout June and July at the iconic Mushroom Building in Dassel. (The event will not take place Monday, July 3.) Enjoy ice cream, popcorn, and socializing.

Stockholm Township Day and appliance recycling June 24

STOCKHOLM TOWNSHIP, MN – Stockholm Township Day is set for Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stockholm Township Hall and Community Center, 16233 Co. Rd. 30 SW in Cokato. A light lunch will be offered. For questions, call (320) 286-5123.

During Stockholm Township Day, Punk Lundeen will be at the community center to take appliances, steel, and batteries that need to be recycled. No TVs will be accepted. For questions, contact the township clerk at (612) 270-3409 or email

Blood drive in Cokato Monday, June 26

COKATO, MN – A blood drive is scheduled for 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26 at First Baptist Church, 395 Broadway Ave. N. in Cokato. To schedule an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit, or call 1-800-733-2767.  New blood donors are especially needed in the summer months.

‘Voice of the Prairie’ performance Sunday, June 25

COKATO, DASSEL, MN – The FungusAmungus Players will perform “The Voice of the Prairie” Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. in the DC performing arts center. A freewill donation is requested in lieu of an admission charge. The show will be at a national festival in Rochester June 27-July 1.

Wedding tradition exhibit to open June 25 at the Dassel History Center

DASSEL, MN – A new exhibit called Loves Labor: The Traditions of Courtship and Weddings, will open Sunday, June 25, with a wedding reception and program at 2 p.m. at the Dassel History Center.

There will be music, decorations, wedding cake, and coffee.

Ann Isaacson and Shelly Nordtorp Madson will present a program about Scandinavian courtship and wedding traditions. Isaacson is senior educator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She has an MA from the U of M College of Design with a focus on Scandinavian folk art.

Nordtorp Madson is recently retired from the University of St. Thomas where she was curator and instructor of art history for 22 years. She received a BA in 1977, an MA in 1980 and a PhD in 1990 all from the University of Minnesota.

Both did post-graduate work on Scandinavian courtship and wedding customs; both are Dassel natives. Included in the exhibit will be items on loan from the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA, and the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Also exhibited will be wedding clothing, photographs and items that the DAHS has in its collection as well as pieces that other area residents have loaned the DAHS for the exhibit.

Loves Labor: The Traditions of Courtship and Weddings will be at the History Center through Labor Day. There is no charge for the program or exhibit.