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Dassel man dies in rollover crash

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A Dassel man died in a single-vehicle rollover crash northeast of Hutchinson Sunday evening, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office responded to the scene in the area of County Rd. 7 and 240th St, north of Hutchinson at about 9:40 p.m. Sept. 2. Also responding were the Hutchinson Fire Department, Allina Ambulance, and the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2001 Ford F150, owned and driven by Phillip McGaw, age 30, of Dassel entered the ditch and rolled. McGaw died at the scene. There were no passengers. The case remains under investigation.

Dassel teen dies in crash

BECKER, DASSEL, MN – The community is grieving the loss of 18-year-old Kyle Scott Foley of Dassel, who was the victim of car crash in Becker Aug. 10.

According to the Becker Police Department, Foley was killed after his vehicle was hit by the car of another driver who had been fleeing the police.

Police officers received a complaint of a possible intoxicated man (later identified as Jason Jerome Rothmeyer, 38, of Clear Lake) entering a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant in Becker at about 7:45 p.m. An officer saw the vehicle swerving near Sherburne Avenue and Edgewood Street and attempted a traffic stop.

Instead of stopping, however, the driver accelerated and attempted to flee, continuing north of Becker on Sherburne County roads. The incident report states that the vehicle almost struck a Sherburne County Deputy at one point.

Rothmeyer attempted to cross Highway 25 at 82nd Street, and struck a vehicle that was southbound on Highway 25. Foley and two other people were in this vehicle. Foley was ejected, and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital. The police department was notified Aug. 11 that Foley had passed away due to his injuries.

The other two people in the vehicle were transported to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.

After crashing into the other vehicle, Rothmeyer attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away. He was transported to the Sherburne County Jail, and is facing potential charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle, fourth degree driving under the influence, criminal vehicular operation, and criminal vehicular operation resulting in death. The incident is still under investigation.

Agencies who assisted the Becker Police Department at the scene include the Minnesota State Patrol, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Lake Police Department, and the Becker Fire Department.

The Becker Police Department noted, “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Mr. Foley as they grieve his loss.”

PHOTO GALLERY – Dassel area residents show off green thumbs at flower show

DASSEL – Area residents and flower fans gathered at the Dassel History Center Thursday to view artistic floral and plant arrangements at the Dassel Area Historical Society’s annual flower show.

The theme of the show was “Vases & Vessels; Bouquets and Botanicals.”  Both horticultural specimens and arrangements were judged.

Click the link below to see the beautiful arrangements, and other sights from the show:

https://photos.dasselcokato.com/Community-Events/2018-Dassel-Historical-Society-Flower-Show

Watch for more information in the Friday, Aug. 3 edition of Enterprise Dispatch.

Highway 12 lane closure to start July 24

COKATO, HOWARD LAKE, MN – Motorists who travel Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday, July 24.

The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews resurface the road. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 located in Cokato.

Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should plan their travel, and consider alternate routes or staggering their typical travel times. Motorists approaching the daily work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely.

All lanes of Highway 12 will open by mid-August.

When complete, the project will provide a smoother ride along five miles of Highway 12 between Seventh Street E in Cokato and 13th Avenue in Howard Lake, extend the life of the road, upgrade guardrail and restripe a short segment of Highway 12 east of downtown Cokato.

For information on state road projects in Wright County, follow MnDOT District 3 on Twitter @MnDOTCentral and visit www.mndot.gov/d3/cokato.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Highway 12 Cokato to Howard Lake lanes close as resurfacing begins July 16

ST CLOUD – Motorists who travel Highway 12 between Cokato and Howard Lake will encounter daytime delays, including during rush hours, while segments of the road are reduced to a single lane beginning Monday, July 16.

The lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to seven days per week, while crews resurface the road. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through work zones on the two-lane segment of Highway 12 located in Cokato.

Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should plan their travel, and consider alternate routes or staggering their typical travel times. Motorists approaching the daily work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, and move over to give crews room to work safely.

All lanes of Highway 12 will open by Aug. 10.

When complete, the project will provide a smoother ride along five miles of Highway 12 between Seventh Street E in Cokato and 13th Avenue in Howard Lake, extend the life of the road, upgrade guardrail and restripe a short segment of Highway 12 east of downtown Cokato.

For information on state road projects in Wright County, follow MnDOT District 3 on Twitter @MnDOTCentral and visit www.mndot.gov/d3.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

DASSEL – Sunrise Diner closed Saturday

Co-owner John Dietering of Dassel’s Sunrise Diner reported Monday morning that the business closed the doors to the diner permanently.

Diertering expressed gratitude to the citizens of Dassel for their constant support.  “The people of Dassel were very good to us.  They gave us business,” he said.  “And they tipped more than they should have.”

When Dietering put up several signs near the highway pointing to the diner, he said MnDot quickly removed them.

“There just isn’t enough volume,” Dietering said.  And while he and his co-owners may sell or lease the business, he isn’t entirely certain what will come next.  He has owned eight or nine businesses throughout his life.

“You win some, you lose some,” he said.