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Burglary reported in Dassel Township

DASSEL, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in the 20800 block of 735th Avenue in Dassel Township at 1:17 p.m. Dec. 8.

According to a press release, two suspects fled the location before deputies arrived. The Litchfield Police Department found one of the suspects at an apartment complex on West 11th Street in Litchfield. A follow up search warrant was executed at the apartment complex and items from the burglary were recovered.

Todd Joseph Smith, 42, of Litchfield was arrested for aiding and abetting a burglary and possession of stolen property. The investigation is ongoing to identify the second suspect.


PHOTO GALLERY: Dazzel in Dassel 2017

DASSEL, MN – Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special trip for the Dazzel in Dassel festivities! Click here to see photos from the event. Select images will appear in the Dec. 15 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Watch for ‘Last Minute Monday’ coming soon

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A new local promotion named “Last Minute Monday” will be announced in next week’s newspaper.

Last Minute Monday will be Dec. 18 and feature special offers from local area businesses geared for people who still need to finish their holiday shopping and can do so locally.

Watch next week’s newspaper for the details.

Dassel-Cokato School Board ratifies 2017-19 teacher contracts

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato School Board took a positive leap forward during its Nov. 27 meeting, voting to ratify the district’s 2017-19 teacher contracts.

Board Chair Rebecca Clemen abstained from the voting process, since her spouse is employed by the district.

The contract, technically between Independent School District #466 and the Dassel-Cokato Education Association, is effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

Read about the new teacher terms of agreement in the Dec. 1 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition.



This morning, the full Winstock Country Music Festival 25th anniversary celebration lineup was unveiled and features a combination of tried-and-true favorites and some of today’s hottest stars.

Joining Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne June 8-9 in Winsted will be Billy Currington, Luke Combs, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, LANCO, Walker Hayes, Trick Pony, Jordan Davis, Jake McVey, Maiden Dixie, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and Jake Nelson.

“We wanted this to be a special lineup that represents Winstock and how we’ve grown over the years,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “For our 25th anniversary, we really wanted to blend some of our favorites along with the top artists of today.

Neal McCoy holds the record for most Winstock performances with five (1998, 01, 05, 09, and 13), and Sawyer Brown has taken the Winstock stage four times (2000, 04, 08, 13).

“To have Neal and Sawyer Brown be part of our 25th anniversary lineup is very special to us,” Danielson said. “They have been with us since the early years, and they’re two acts our fans absolutely love.”

Pairing them with hot newcomers Luke Combs and LANCO, who recently had the number-one hit “Greatest Love Story,” is sure to make it a weekend that all will enjoy.

“We built our foundation as a band on ‘Greatest Love Story’ because we believed in the power of Country music storytelling,” said LANCO lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “To see how much it has resonated with so many people makes us feel a little less crazy for believing in it so much.”

Combs also has hit big with “When It Rains It Pours,” and “Hurricane,” and that’s just the start. The North Carolina native has been featured on many “artists to watch” lists and is currently headlining his own “Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time” tour into the spring.

Also in 2018, Winstock goers will see a new flair for what has been coined the Emerging Artist Stage over the years. Moving forward, the name of Winstock’s second stage will be more expansive to allow not just newcomers to take the stage. This year, Trick Pony will entertain fans from the new West Stage, along with Walker Hayes, Jordan Davis, and Jake McVey.

To see the complete Winstock ’18 schedule, click HERE. To learn more about the Winstock ’18 artists, visit HERE.


Tickets and camping for Winstock Country Music Festival 2018 went on sale online Oct. 16, with VIP tickets and campgrounds A, B, C, and D having sold out at this year’s event for 2018.

General admission tickets to Winstock ’18 cost $115 before the early-bird deadline of March 15. Note the early-bird date is earlier this year than previous years. Reserved seats cost $185, and camping passes cost $125. All are available now at or by calling (320) 485-4287.

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