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PHOTO GALLERY: Cokato Corn Carnival 2018

COKATO: Click here to view photos from the 2018 Cokato Corn Carnival Look for photos in the Aug. 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch, or click here to subscribe


Children waited with their candy bags for the parade to begin, which was the kickoff for Cokato’s Corn Carnival.

Dassel City Council to discuss sidewalk assessment ordinance

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council has scheduled a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The council will review the city’s sidewalk assessment ordinance and sidewalk policy; the sign ordinance and sign policy; and the nuisance ordinance. The council will also direct the park commission to recommend a policy for accepting memorial donations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dassel National Night Out, 2018

IMG_5777-XLDASSEL, MN Dassel residents came out to Dassel Covenant Church for an evening of community and hanging out with public servicemen. Click here to see highlights from the event.

Select images will appear in the Aug. 10 edition for the Enterprise Dispatch.

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Correction to Cokato candidate filing information

COKATO, MN – The information about open seats in Cokato in the candidate filing story in the Aug. 3 issue of Enterprise Dispatch was incorrect. The correct information for Cokato is as follows:

Mayor Gordy Erickson’s term (two years) is up, as are the terms (four years) of councilors Jarod Sebring and Paul Boger.

The filing period closes Tuesday, Aug. 14.

PHOTO GALLERY: Meeker County Fair

PHOTO GALLERY, MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Fair is underway! Check out some of the highlights by clicking here. Select pictures will appear in the Aug. 10 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

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The fair will continue until Sunday, Aug. 5.

Nora and "Sparkles" were a dynamic duo at the Meeker County Fair Aug. 3.

Nora and “Sparkles” were a dynamic duo at the Meeker County Fair Aug. 3.

Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.