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Dassel-Cokato FFA sets records at state convention

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato High School FFA team took home an array of awards at last week’s state convention.

The parliamentary procedure team won the state event, earning a trip to Indianapolis, IN this fall to compete at the National FFA convention. Team members include Emma Erickson, Katie Hendrickson, Natalia Marttinen, Spencer Flood, Kaitlyn Niska, and Melissa Moy.

Also, a chapter record of seven members earned their state FFA degrees, including Emma Erickson, Alicia Johnson, Nick Selseth, Calyn Rieger, Sarah Munson, Kaitlyn Niska, and Lydia Meredith.

Senior Spencer Flood, daughter of Mark and Corynn Flood of Cokato, was elected as the 2017-18 Minnesota FFA treasurer.

“Spencer is only the second DC FFA member in history to be elected to state office,” noted ag teacher Eric Sawatzke. (The first was Pam Dahlman, in 2007-08.)

Look for the full story with other awards listed in the Monday, May 1 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

A chapter record seven Dassel-Cokato FFA members earned their state FFA degrees this year. The students have earned or invested more than $2,000 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), completed at least four ag education courses, participated in at least 10 FFA activities at the state and national level, and completed at least 25 hours of service learning. Pictured are: front – Kaitlyn Niska, Sarah Munson, Alicia Johnson; second row – Emma Erickson, Lydia Meredith; back – Calyn Rieger, and Nick Selseth.

A chapter record seven Dassel-Cokato FFA members earned their state FFA degrees this year. The students have earned or invested more than $2,000 in their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), completed at least four ag education courses, participated in at least 10 FFA activities at the state and national level, and completed at least 25 hours of service learning. Pictured are: front – Kaitlyn Niska, Sarah Munson, Alicia Johnson; second row – Emma Erickson, Lydia Meredith; back – Calyn Rieger, and Nick Selseth.

DC Superintendent discusses failed referendum

Dassel-Cokato School District Superintendent Jeff Powers wants to take another look at the district’s Career and Technical Education referendum, which was voted down by a miniscule margin Tuesday evening.

An unofficial count of the vote showed 725 votes in favor of the referendum, and 739 opposed.

When the polls opened  Tuesday, there were 5,976 voters registered in the school district. When the polls closed, 28 additional voters were shown to have registered that day.

Powers said he had guessed fewer than 2,000 people would vote on the referendum, since spring is notorious for low voter turn-out.

“I hope to revisit this,” Powers said Wednesday afternoon. “The project is very worthy, and would have benefitted many of our students and our communities.”

Powers intends to push for career and technical education options for students, despite the vote.

“We will continue to make changes as we can, but they will be minor in comparison to what we had hoped to do,” he said.

Powers said the work and planning behind the referendum effort was extensive.

“I am thankful to all the people who helped develop the plan,” he commented, “and disappointed that their work didn’t result in a positive outcome.”

Powers anticipated the school board would accept the election results at its next meeting, this evening at 6 pm.

Dassel-Cokato CTE referendum results

Dassel-Cokato Superintendent Jeff Powers reported the following results for the CTE referendum held today.
The unofficial results are:
Yes  725
No   739
 
The School Board will canvass election results on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the 6 PM regular board meeting.

Meeker Co. experiencing 911 outage

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County is currently experiencing a 911 outage, according to a press release sent Tuesday afternoon from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The outage is across several carriers and is sporadic. The affected area is currently the southeast section of the county.

Anyone who is experiencing trouble in reaching a 911 operator can call the main dispatch number at (320) 693-5400.

Electrical fire damages Meeker Co. home

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A fire caused damage to a home in the 600 block of Veterans Drive in Watkins yesterday afternoon, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to a press release, Betrina Sturges heard a smoke alarm going off at about 2:49 p.m. April 11. She found the fire and called for help.

Meeker County deputies and the Watkins Fire Department responded. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, the sheriff’s office reported. The living room of the residence received heavy damage. No injuries were reported.

Dassel woman hurt in crash

DASSEL, MN – A 30-year-old Dassel woman sustained non-life threatening injuries in a crash in Wright County Tuesday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report states that Larisa Mae Otten of Dassel was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion east on Highway 55 near 5th Street Southeast in Rockford Township at about 5 p.m., when she attempted to make a left-hand turn.

Her vehicle was rear-ended by a 1999 Volvo Sedan, driven by Eric Dirk Hopkins, 55, of Crystal. Patricia Marie Hopkins, 68, also of Crystal, was a passenger in the Volvo Sedan.

All three people involved in the crash were taken to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol.