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DC School Board receives positive review from MDE on bond-related projects

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Big decisions are coming soon for Dassel-Cokato residents, as well as several members of the school board.
First, the board took another step forward toward its Tuesday, Aug. 9 special election.
The district received documentation from the Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner, which provided a positive review and comment for projects that would be funded if the bond question on the Aug. 8 ballot passes.
The letter from MDE stated, “based on the department’s analysis of the school district’s required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education provides a positive review and comment.”
District Superintendent Mark Raymond said other requirements included publishing the documentation (see elsewhere in this issue) and having an open meeting, so people could come and ask questions about the project.

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Knuth handcrafts safe spaces for area songbirds

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Marlow Knuth of Dassel has constructed several specific bird habitats at his home on Little Swan Lake.
Birdhouses have become essential in protecting the species. According to the Audubon Society, putting up birdhouses is a small but vital step in providing suitable nesting areas for native bird species.
Birdhouses like Knuth makes in his workshop are a critical component in protecting songbirds.
Although any birdhouse will likely attract birds, selecting the correct size and placing it in the right location helps attract specific species of songbirds.

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Two drivers injured in Wright County crash

Delano, MN, Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Delano Tuesday, June 29 in the  afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), 26-year-old Matthew Hendrickson of Cokato and 51-year-old Tamara Schaust of Delano were taken to HCMC in Minneapolis for treatment.

The MSP said Schaust suffered life-threatening injuries. Hendrickson suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Highway 12 at Eaken Avenue Southeast.

BCA provides details about St. Michael standoff

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released some details regarding the two-day standoff between law enforcement and Brandon Gardas of St. Michael.

The BCA is reporting that there were exchanges of gunfire during the long standoff including twice when law enforcement officers fired shots. The first came at approximately 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 when a Wright County deputy shot an unknown number of rounds. Nobody was struck by those bullets. The second came at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when Gardas was struck by gunfire from a St. Cloud police officer. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office termed the takedown of Gardas as “armed confrontation.” It was reported that Gardas fired at law enforcement officers more than once during the standoff.

Gardas is listed in stable condition. He was airlifted from the scene in St. Michael to North Memorial Hospital where he was reported to be “awake and alert,” according to the BCA.

Wright County was initially the lead agency in the standoff, but, as is procedure in Minnesota, when there is an officer-involved shooting, the BCA takes jurisdiction of the case. Any further updates on the case will be coming through the BCA and not the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Ward publishes second book featuring unique stories from Dassel History

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Dassel author and historian Bill Ward has published a new book that is rich with photos and interesting stories from Dassel’s past.

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Forsman Farms May 28 fire cause officially listed as ‘undetermined’

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Minnesota’s State Fire Marshal Division has submitted its report regarding the May 28 -29 fire at a Forsman Farms chicken building.
The lead investigator for the case was Bruce McLaughlin. He filed a report June 1 that indicated the cause of the blaze was undetermined, and the case is closed.

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