Archive for Happenings

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.

Dassel-Cokato Community Education offers swimming lessons beginning Mon., June 22

DASSEL-COKATO – Registration is now open for swimming lessons, which will take place at the Dassel-Cokato High School swimming pool. See dates and times for lessons below.

Limited private lessons are available for swimmers that would like to work one-on-one with an instructor focusing on stroke refinement or are beginning competitor swimmers building strength, endurance, and technique. Please call to inquire about private lesson availability.

Pool staff are excited to be able to offer swimming lessons, but need to follow all MN Dept. of Health guidelines to do so. Among others guidelines, the pool spectator area is closed for the summer. Parents, caregivers, or additional siblings are prohibited from attending lessons to watch.

Register online


RuralX Conference offered June 17 and 18 by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council will presents a virtual conference for “rural shapers” Wednesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 18.

RuralX is for people who enjoy life in their rural communities. It is also a two-day virtual conference that brings together community leaders and spirited people who think differently about rural life.

The high-energy opportunity features inspirational speakers, time to network and be social with like-minded people, and breakout sessions for people to discuss what matters now. It is a space for people to explore ideas and discuss the topics that are relevant in your community.

Click on the link for more information:…/ruralx-june-17-18-virtual-conference/

Lindley Creek to play at Dassel History Center Tuesday, June 2

DASSEL – The Missouri and Branson bluegrass family band Lindley Creek will perform at the Dassel History Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.

Hailing from the Ozark Mountains and the prairie lands of Missouri, Lindley Creek features Kathie Greer on guitar, songwriting and vocals; husband John Greer on bass; daughter Katie Greer on mandolin, songwriting and lead vocals; and son Jase Greer on fiddle, songwriting and harmony vocals.  This is one of the most popular bands in the Texas Rio Grande Valley winter resort season.

Tickets costs $10, and may be purchased in advance at the History Center. This may be a very well-attended event ,and seating is limited. Those driving a long distance are encouraged to call the History Center at 320-275-3077 for ticket availability information.

DC FFA learns Minnesota FFA Convention canceled; virtual event slated

Due to the changing and uncertain nature of COVID-19, current recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, Department of Education, state government, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and restrictions on school and large group gatherings, the Board of Adult Directors and Student Officers made the difficult decision that the 2020 Minnesota FFA Convention will no longer take place in person on the proposed postponed dates of Monday to Wednesday, June 8 to 10 this year.

Instead, student engagement, awards, and recognition will occur over a three-day virtual experience Tuesday to Thursday, May 19 to 21.

In addition to the virtual convention, the Board is excited to offer a Minnesota FFA Celebration the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Minnesota State Fair in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum.