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Complete Winstock ’23 Lineup Announced, Along With Festival’s ‘Best Deal Yet’


Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert and one of the hottest artists to emerge in recent years, Cody Johnson, were announced as headliners for the 29th Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2023, at the festival grounds in Winsted, MN. Tickets and camping are now on sale.


Lambert’s eighth studio album, “Palomino,” was released in April as the highest-debuting country album of 2022. It marks the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven previous number-one solo albums, 10 number-one hits, and more than 70 awards.

Heralded by MusicRow as “the future of real country music,” Cody Johnson will make his debut on the Winstock stage following the massive success of his 18-track double album “Human.” His hit “‘Til You Can’t” has set streaming records and remains one of the most played songs of the genre.
“Any time you can pair a reigning entertainer of the year with someone currently breaking down doors like Cody Johnson, you’re guaranteed a great weekend of country music,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson.
Joining Lambert and Johnson will be Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Dylan Scott, Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, BlackHawk, Nate Smith, Hailey Whitters, George Birge, Chris Kroeze, Jenn Bostic, Anderson Daniels, Chad Johnson and the MN-T’s, and The Shaw Band/The Shaw Brothers. The complete artist lineup may be found HERE. 
“Each year, we work to build a lineup that features something for everyone,” Danielson said. “We’re grateful to be able to announce the lineup in its entirety so fans can make their plans for next summer.”
Organizers are excited to have Minnesota music royalty kick things off in 2023 at the pre-show beer tent party Thursday night.
“There isn’t a name more synonymous with Minnesota music than Shaw,” Danielson said. “Having both the original Shaw Band and The Shaw Brothers is going to make for a memorable Thursday night and will be a great start to the weekend.”


Get ‘em ‘Til You Can’t’

In addition to announcing the complete lineup for Winstock 2023, organizers also unveiled the festival’s “best deal yet” for camping passes and general admission tickets.


With campsites in campgrounds A, B, C, and D already sold out, this is the best opportunity – and best price – to guarantee a spot and not have to worry about it closer to the event.
“For those who didn’t renew at this year’s event for next year, or for those who may be new to Winstock, this is the best way to seal the deal and be sure you’ll be at Winstock next June,” Danielson said. “This is a limited-time offer, and once these sites are gone, they’re gone – they will go fast.”
VIP tickets sold out at this year’s event for 2023. A very limited number of reserved seats are now on sale, as is the best selection of camping sites.
For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

DC Class of 2022 photo gallery

Congratulations to all Dassel-Cokato graduates and your families.  You did it!

Click here to see photos from 2022′s commencement

DC School Board tables Policy 491 decision due to medical emergency

The Dassel-Cokato School Board released a statement this morning in regard to its meeting yesterday, which ended abruptly due to a medical emergency.  The statement reads:

“The Dassel-Cokato School Board met for a special meeting tonight (Wednesday, January 12th) to take action on pending Policy 491- Vaccination, Testing and Face Covering.  Legal council joined the meeting virtually to answer questions and provide advice before voting.  During the course of the meeting, a medical emergency occurred prompting the board to recess.  A decision was made to postpone the meeting and reconvene next week due to an evolving medical situation.   The board adjourned with no action on the policy, another special meeting will occur next week, time and date to be determined.”

Approximately 75 people were present in the audience during the meeting.  Board Chair Bill Aho told the audience at the beginning of the meeting that it was not a public forum.

Watch here for more on this developing story.





DC School Board Saturday session regarding upcoming ETS draws vocal crowd

By Jacob Wandersee

Approximately 150 people were on hand for Dassel-Cokato’s special school board meeting that took place on Saturday at 9 am. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss policy 491, a potential new district policy regarding the upcoming OSHA ETS (Emergency Temporary Standard).

According to Superintendent Mark Raymond, this ETS will affect two-thirds of private businesses and around 84 million people. Currently, at the time of this writing, the mandate is being deliberated upon in the Supreme Court. These deliberations started on Friday morning, as the justices determine if this mandate is constitutional.

The federal mandate would call for any employer in the country with over 100 employees to require employees to either be vaccinated or wear a mask and later in February begin to test weekly.

There are three different potential outcomes that can occur. First, the court could not make a ruling by Monday, which is the most likely option. This would in effect put the mandate in place across the country until they make an official decision.

Otherwise, the court could either make an official ruling of stay, meaning it is enacted and deemed appropriate or they could deem it unconstitutional, officially putting an end to the ETS.

As a part of the meeting, the board, per usual, had an open forum. During this time, around 25 different people spoke to the board, sharing their opinions and beliefs about the ETS, COVID-19, vaccines, masks and the government.

Generally, the bulk of the comments were opposed to the ETS. Many also implored the board to take a stand against the government and ignore any potential court rulings, citing individual freedom as the primary reason.

After almost two hours, the board ended the open forum. As far as Policy 491, the board decided to enter a closed session to try to consult legal counsel regarding a plan of action.

Around 45 minutes later, the board returned to reopen the meeting, sharing that they were unable to contact legal. The board decided to table Policy 491 in an official motion until they could consult legal.

This action caused a stir in the audience who opposed this motion with multiple audience members even calling for the dismissal of Superintendent Raymond.

As it stands now, the district, along with every business with over 100 employees, will have staff members either prove vaccination status or be asked to wear a mask on Monday until the court makes an official ruling.

Raymond is working to connect with the district’s legal counsel in order to schedule a time for a potential emergency board meeting to further discuss Policy 491.

Cokato Corn Carnival Raffle Winners

COKATO, MN–Here’s the list of winners from last night’s Cokato Corn Carnival Raffle!
Cokato Corn Carnival Cash & Car Prize Winners:
$100–Amanda Rynanen–Buffalo
$100–Durand Meisenbach
$100–Doug Huhn– Darwin
$100–Lynn Lahr–Cokato
$100–Curt Galup–Dassel
$100–Michael Bickman–Winsted
$100–John Hurley–Kimball
$1,000–Matt Primmer
$1,500–Brian Meyer–Howard Lake
$2,000–Tara Hemkes–Cokato
$100–Katie Hendrickson–Dassel
$100–Gordon Kotila–Cokato
$100–Craig Brose–Howard Lake
$100–Frank Cruz–Cokato
$100–Robert Stevens–Inver Gr. Heights
$100–Greg Cressy–Woodbury
$100–Wendy Neu–Cokato
$100–Rocky Fontana–Cokato
$100–Tom Glessing–Cokato
$100–Shanda Hubbell
$500–Joe Wald–Cokato
Car–Nancy Grossinger–Watkins

Dassel’s Red Rooster celebration canceled

DASSEL – The Red Rooster Committee and its Ambassador Committee, along with City of Dassel representatives, recently made the decision to cancel the 2020 Red Rooster celebration.

Officials cited several reasons for the decision, including uncertainty about how to safely control social gatherings during the COVID-19 threat, the health and safety of volunteers, and ongoing economic uncertainty.

After meeting with the candidates and their parents, the Ambassador Committee is making plans to have different summer activities and a change to the program and coronation.  They will be following the guidelines and recommendations of the state at all times.  Details will be announced.

The Red Rooster celebration will take place in 2021.