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DC sophomore passes away; counseling to be offered for students

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – An email was sent to Dassel-Cokato School District staff this afternoon (Friday, Sept. 22) regarding DC sophomore Jacob MacDonald.

Jacob was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Sept. 16 after suffering from a severe food allergy reaction. At that time, he was put into an induced coma and placed on life support.

The email stated that Jacob’s mother contacted the school to report that Jacob had died. She wanted everyone to know that Jacob went peacefully and did not suffer.

The school email noted: “We know that the news of Jacob’s death may cause strong, varied reactions and we want to support each other as best we can. Please seek out support today as you need.”

School officials have confirmed that the football game at Watertown-Mayer High School tonight will still be played. Jacob was a member of the football team, wearing jersey number 34.

Special counseling services for students will be available in the media center Monday, Sept. 25.

A story about Jacob’s prayer vigil was printed in today’s edition of the Enterprise Dispatch:

Waverly pedestrians hit by Dassel driver in Hwy 12 crosswalk

WAVERLY – A crash on Hwy 12 and Elder Ave. SW in Waverly, sent two pedestrians to the hospital Thursday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported a passenger car that was not involved in the crash, was west bound and stopped to allow pedestrians to cross in a marked crosswalk, when a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Patricia Kathleen Dahlheimer, 56, of Dassel, passed the passenger car in the right turn lane, striking two pedestrians who were crossing Highway 12.

Jane Christine Krueger, 40, of Waverly, was transported to the Buffalo Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Roy Michael Krueger, 57, also of Waverly, was transported to the Buffalo Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene.

Cokato man arrested after law enforcement pursuit on Highway 12

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 19 at approximately 6:33 p.m. received a report of a suspected intoxicated driver eastbound from Litchfield on US Highway 12, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. A deputy located the vehicle at US Highway 12 and MN Highway 15 in Dassel. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, and a pursuit ensued. The driver finally stopped in the 4800 block of Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato, and the driver, Eric McStotts, 29, of Cokato, was arrested for fleeing in motor vehicle and allegedly driving under the influence, according to the release. Meeker County was assisted by Litchfield Police and Wright County Sheriff’s Office. As of Monday, Aug. 21, McStotts was listed on the Meeker County jail roster as being in custody, being held for a court appearance.

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.