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Winstock 2020 Postponed to June 18-19, 2021

Following much thought, discussion, and prayer, the Winstock Country Music Festival Committee is saddened to announce the Winstock Country Music Festival, scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 12-13, 2020, in Winsted, MN, is being postponed until Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, 2021.

“We held out on making this decision as long as we could, but we realize people need to adjust their plans accordingly,” Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are just too many unknowns with what the world will look like by June. As much as it hurts us to postpone Winstock, we think it is the right thing to do.”

Going into its 27th year, Winstock Country Music Festival is an annual fundraising event for Holy Trinity Catholic Schools in Winsted.

“This is a tough one,” Danielson continued. “Without Winstock in June, it is going to be very hard financially on Holy Trinity Schools.”


All ticket and camping orders placed at last year’s event or through Winstock’s online/phone ordering system for Winstock this year will be valid for the rescheduled dates in June 2021. Fans who have placed orders with Winstock will receive correspondence via US Mail within the next 7-10 days with additional information on their tickets/camping. As organizers work through additional details, the Winstock website will also be updated accordingly. Please watch for this mailing and an opportunity to contribute to Holy Trinity Catholic Schools.

“This is something we’ve never had to deal with,” Danielson said. “We are asking for everyone’s patience and support as we work through this to make sure we take care of our fans in the best manner possible. While we understand times are tough for a lot of folks, we are also hopeful some of them will consider giving a contribution to the school if they are able.”

The Winstock phone information line and e-mail system is manned by volunteers. To avoid it being overwhelmed, please refrain from calling or e-mailing at this time, and watch for communication via US Mail. If you do need to reach out with specific questions, organizers ask you be patient for a response.

The Winstock Committee is working with artist management in Nashville in an attempt to keep the artist lineup as in tact as possible for the event in 2021. Some artists may not be able to perform on the rescheduled dates, and updates to the lineup will be shared once known. The dates in 2021 are one week later than the normal weekend of Winstock due to a scheduling conflict with a large event in Nashville, but organizers feel moving it a week later provides the best opportunity to secure talent.

“Our fans can be rest assured we will work hard to provide the best lineup possible,” Danielson said. “As we’ve said before, the health and safety of our volunteers, fans, the artists and their crews, as well as our community of Winsted, is our top priority. We are hopeful to work through this together with our fans and that they will join us in 2021 for the best Winstock yet.”

Dassel City Council to meet as usual for its regular meeting tonight

DASSEL – The Dassel City Council regular meeting will take place as scheduled tonight, at 7 p.m. at Dassel City Hall.

A public hearing is slated to take place at that time to consider a request from Zach and Karen Pokornowski, 750 Lee Ave., Cokato, for the vacation of drainage and utility easements along interior lot lines on Lots 9 and 10, Block 7, of Summit Hills Addition in Dassel.

The regular meeting will follow the public hearing.  Monthly department reports will be reviewed.  The council will also look at the two bids received for the 2020 improvement project.  Both bids are significantly higher than estimated, and City Engineer Chuck DeWolf has suggested the council reject them.

The council will also discuss how to proceed with annual city events such as city-wide garage sales and the city cleanup day, in light of COVID-19.

Go Behind the Ropes – virtually – at the Cokato Museum tomorrow

COKATO – Explore the Cokato Museum’s Log Home exhibit like never before in a video tour behind exhibit ropes. On Saturday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. staff will provide a link to our video on its Youtube channel “Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio.” Those intending to join the tour may leave questions about the exhibit for staff on the museum’s FaceBook page, and subscribe to the museum’s YouTube channel to catch any new videos releases.

Next DC School Board meeting will take place via Zoom

Dassel-Cokato Superintendent Jeff Powers confirmed that the district’s next school board meeting, Monday, April 27, will take place via the online video conferencing program Zoom. This allows school staff and board members to remain socially-distanced.  The Enterprise Dispatch will be covering the meeting, and an article about it will appear in the Friday, May 1 edition of the paper.

Cokato residents may submit written questions for tonight’s city council meeting

COKATO – The Cokato City Council will meeting this evening, at 7 p.m. at city hall.  This is a regularly-scheduled meeting, however, the public is asked to “attend” by watching it on cable channel 180, or via the city website at  The request for virtual attendance is in response to COVID-19 concerns, and the need for social-distancing.

Residents desiring to make public comments by telephone during the public hearing must request to be placed on the public hearing agenda.   Residents may do so by calling city hall at 320-286-5505, or by emailing Residents must provide their name and telephone number, and request to be placed on the agenda no later than 5 p.m. today.

Each resident will be given a maximum of 3 minutes to make his/her comment.



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These are interesting times.  Herald Journal, Enterprise Dispatch, and Delano Herald Journal want to know how you and yours have been spending your time.

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