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PHOTO GALLERY: Cokato’s Corn Carnival parade

COKATO, MN – The Enterprise Dispatch is pleased to present pictures from Monday’s 2017 Cokato Corn Carnival parade.

Stop back tomorrow to see highlights from the Cokato Corn Carnival coronation and Tuesday’s celebration.

Please check this link, and you’ll be taken to the correct gallery.

House catches fire in Kingston Township

MEEKER COUNTY, MN –  No people were injured in a house fire in Kingston Township early this morning (July 14), but one pet cat is missing, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office, the Dassel Fire Department, and the Kimball Fire Department were called to the fire at 31615 710th Ave. in Kingston Township at 1:15 a.m. Homeowner Kellie Heggem, 35, and a guest were asleep when the fire started. Both got out without injury, the report stated.

The fire was contained to the northeast corner of the house. The outer wall, upstairs bedrooms, and attic were damaged, along with smoke damage throughout the house.

Numerous cats were in the house; all but one is accounted for. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

No major injuries in Darwin Twp. crash

DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – No major injuries were reported after a three-vehicle accident on Highway 12 in Darwin Township July 7, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the incident, and reported that it occurred around 3:14 p.m.

A Chevrolet vehicle driven by Julio Hernandez, 44, of Grove City was stopped eastbound on Highway 12, signaling a left turn and waiting for westbound traffic when a Ford driven by Josh Anderson, 20, of Minnetrista rear-ended the Chevrolet, according to the state patrol.

The Ford then rolled into the eastbound ditch, and the Chevrolet was pushed into a vehicle driven by Richard Rostad, 57, of Cokato.

No injuries were reported as life-threatening and no occupants were transported to a medical center.

Anderson was cited for failing to drive with due care.

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Two Cokato men seriously hurt in motorcycle crash

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, MN – Two men from Cokato were seriously injured while motorcycling in Kingston Township Tuesday evening, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

At 9:16 p.m., the sheriff’s office was called regarding a crash near the intersection of 350th Street and 737th Avenue in north Kingston Township.

The sheriff’s office reported that a motorcycle driven by Cody Olson, 26, of Cokato, and a motorcycle driven by Trevor Weibel, 26, of Cokato, crashed after traveling at a high rate of speed.

Both men were transported to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, according to the press release.

Kimball Rescue, Watkins Ambulance, and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office recovers body from Crow River – UPDATED

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported that June 5 at 6:56 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Communications received a 911 call of a suspected drowning in the North Fork Crow River near the Keats Ave bridge in Middleville Township. The caller reported that a person they had been swimming with had went underwater and did not surface. At this time the name of the missing person is being withheld, but is described as an 18 year old male.

Rescue personnel from the following agencies responded to the scene: Wright County patrol deputies, Wright County Water Patrol, Howard Lake Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter, Waverly Fire Department, Howard Lake Fire Department, Maple Lake Fire Department, and the Winsted Fire Department. At approximately 9:30 p.m. the search was suspended due to lack of daylight. The search for this missing person will continue today, Tuesday June 6.

UPDATE 6-6-17 4:35 p.m.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for Levi Wuollet who was last seen swimming in the North Fork Crow River on Monday near the Keats Ave SW bridge in Middleville Township. Levi Wuollet, age 18 of Dassel, was swimming with friends and relatives in the river when he went under and did not resurface.

The search includes deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol, MN DNR, as well as numerous volunteers. Hennepin County Sheriff’s office Water Patrol responded with specialized underwater sonar equipment to also assist in the search.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to be cautious around fast moving water. After some heavy rains this spring many of the area rivers and streams are flowing rapidly and have may have hidden hazards including logs and boulders. For more information on water safety tips please visit the following Red Cross and MN DNR websites:

UPDATE 6-9-17 9:15 a.m.

Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8,the Wright County Communications Center received a call from volunteers assisting in the search in the Crow River for a missing 18-year-old male. The volunteer searchers reported they had located a body in the Crow River downstream from where Levi Wuollet went missing days earlier.

With the assistance of the Howard Lake Fire Department, Sheriff Deputies recovered the body from the river.  The body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County for identification.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the volunteers that spent countless hours in the search efforts over the past few days.