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Meet the new interim Cokato Elementary Principal

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Jerry Hanson was named the interim principal of Cokato Elementary recently, after the surprise resignation of Brian Franklin. Hanson is a seasoned veteran of the education landscape, and was eager to help out the Dassel-Cokato School District.

“I actually retired four years ago from Fargo as a principal,’’ Hanson said with a chuckle. “I’ve got more than 31 years experience as a principal in Minnesota, and in North Dakota.”

Before becoming a principal, Hanson was a teacher in several districts.

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City Center Phase II nearing completion

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City engineer Josh Halvorson of Bolton & Menk told the Cokato City Council that the City Center Phase II project is right on track to finish before the Friday, Oct. 15 deadline at its meeting Monday night.

“Looking at the project, Linden which is at phase A and B are pretty much substantially complete,” Halvorson said.

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Dassel woman tells her Sept. 11 story

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With the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,  the phrase “never forget,” was everywhere. While the national will never forget the tragedy that transpired that day, and the heroic acts of those first responders and everyday citizens, one Dassel woman remembers events of that day a little differently than others.

Alicia (Wiegert) Jolicoeur graduated from Howard Lake Waverly Winsted High School (HLWW) and now lives in Dassel.

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POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed today, Friday, Sept. 17

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The central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement, which honors America’s prisoners of war, and those who are still missing in action, and their families, is “You are not forgotten.”

Many service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did.

Members of the Dassel American Legion, Paul F. Dille Post 364, wanted to remind everyone about POW/MIA Recognition Day today, Friday, Sept. 17. They wanted to make sure that people understood the reasons for the day, and why we should take time to honor this day. It is just as important as any other day when remembering members of the military service.

“I think it is something that people tend to forget about, POW/MIA Recognition Day,” Dassel Mayor and American Legion Member Ron Hungerford said. “I think that it is important that we remember the sacrifices of these families, and their not knowing. Not knowing what happened to their loved one, or when they do return what it is like when they do.” he said.

“It really is about not leaving someone behind, in a way. With this day we are saying that we still care about these soldiers, and the roles they played in the wars and conflicts of this nation,” Carl Wilkins said, Dassel American Legion Commander.

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Pedestrian stuck and killed in Cokato Township

COKATO TOWNSHIP–A pedestrian was struck and killed Sept. 15 at 2:31 p.m. in Cokato Township according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A Kenworth semi pulling a grain hopper trailer was travelling east bound on Highway 12 in the right of two lane. Lights activated. A pedestrian was standing in the lane directly in the path of the vehicle. The vehicle braked and attempted to take evasive maneuvers. The pedestrian was stuck. First responders attempted life saving efforts. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. the investigation continues. Assisting in the accident the Wright County Sheriffs office and Cokato Fire and Rescue.