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Dassel City Council to hear request for liquor code amendment

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council will hear a request to modify the city code during its Monday, Oct. 15 meeting. The owners of Thirsty’s Tavern are requesting a full on-sale liquor license.

Also on the agenda is a request from someone who wants to open Sunrise Diner, and is requesting a financial contribution from the city.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

FungusAmongus Players are ‘Finishing School’

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The FungusAmongus Players may be launching a new season of shows, but that doesn’t mean they can’t start it off with a few old souls.

The Dassel-Cokato community theater group’s first production of the year is “Finishing School” by Elaine Liner, and will be performed at the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum. Show dates are today, Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13, Friday Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.; and Sundays Oct. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at for $15. Season tickets are also available for $50.

Read what the play is about and how rehearsal is going in the Oct. 12 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online version.

Fire reported in Kingston Twp.

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A child playing with matches appeared to be the cause of a fire in rural Kingston Township Oct. 4, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched to a residence in the 71500 block of 330th Street shortly after 3 p.m., along with the Kimball Fire Department and Kimball Rescue. The homeowner and mother of the child, Lori Pedersen, 34, received burns to her wrist in attempt to extinguish the fire. Pedersen was treated for her injuries on scene by Kimball Rescue.

According to the sheriff’s office, there was an estimated $1000 of damage at the residence and no other injuries.

Cokato City Council to hear update regarding Hwy. 12 fatality

COKATO, MN – Capt. Sean Deringer of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update on the recent Hwy. 12 fatality during the Monday, Oct. 8 city council meeting. Several residents are expected to be present at the meeting to express concerns regarding highway safety. The council will consider additional traffic signs.

Dassel-Cokato School Superintendent Jeff Powers will present information regarding the district’s ballot question/levy.

Other items on the agenda include rescheduling the November council meeting, discussion of the old fire hall, non-slip flooring for ambulance bays, and approving a purchase agreement for a lot in the Trailstone development.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Meeker Co. Sheriff’s Office reports assault and aggravated robbery

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault and aggravated robbery in rural Harvey Township at 2:55 a.m. Sept. 29.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the victim told deputies a suspect had pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire at that time. Suspects reportedly demanded personal items from the victim.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office executed multiple search warrants throughout the weekend. A search warrant executed at a residence in the 32900 block of 580th Avenue in Harvey Township revealed personal items from the victim. Drug-related items and a stolen vehicle were also located in this search.

Carmin Hedtke-Kaffar, 49, of rural Grove City, and Scott Mooney, 47, of rural Grove City, were arrested on drug-related charges. Dawn Karnik, 30, of Eden Valley, was arrested for drug-related charges including storage of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Tyler Kretsch, 29, homeless, was arrested on an outstanding Stearns County warrant for drug-related charges.

Tre Ertl, 20, of Litchfield, was arrested for aggravated robbery and assault. While in jail, Ertl allegedly reached out to have an accomplice dispose of the firearm used in the assault. As the investigation continued in search of the weapon used, Michelle Patzold, 33, of Litchfield, was arrested for aiding an offender of aggravated robbery.

The firearm was located in a rural Meeker County lake with the assistance of the Litchfield Rescue Squad dive team. Ertl, Hedtke-Kaffar, Mooney, Karnik, and Patzold all made their first appearance in Meeker County District court Oct. 2.

The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected. Litchfield Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

Dassel-Cokato mourns loss of 19-year-old

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Isaac Jon Morris, a 2018 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, passed away on the Bemidji State University campus Sept. 30.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Cornerstone Church, 205 County Road 34 in Litchfield. Visitation will take place Thursday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be at the Cokato City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, visitors are asked to consider making a contribution to a scholarship fund being developed in Isaac’s name. (See Isaac’s obituary on the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home website.)

Isaac, 19, was the son of Robert and Mary Kay (Schumacher) Morris of Cokato. While in school, Isaac participated in football, basketball, and golf. After graduation, Isaac went on to study heating, ventilation, and air conditioning at M State Wadena. He also worked for Forsman Farms in Howard Lake and B&P Drywall & Construction of Dassel.

According to Fox 9, Isaac was visiting friends at Bemidji State over the weekend when he fell from a window of a residence hall.

Look for a full article about Isaac in the Friday, Oct. 5 edition of Enterprise Dispatch.