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Dairy Berry photo gallery is online

Visit Dassel’s Dairy Berry Day photo gallery by clicking this link:

http://photos.herald-journal.com/Dairy-Berry-Day/i-KnWPscQ

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:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater/index.html

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.

Meeker Co. to celebrate peace officers May 15

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – In honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a short memorial prayer service Monday, May 15 at 9 a.m. in front of the Meeker County Law Enforcement Center, 326 N. Ramsey Ave. in Litchfield.

The prayer service will be officiated by Meeker County Sheriff’s Office Chaplin’s Jeff Garland and Fr. Brian Mandel. The public is welcome to attend.

According to a press release from Sheriff Brian Cruze, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962.

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.