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Dassel-Cokato musicians join the corps

COKATO, DASSEL, MN – Five Dassel-Cokato marching band members will be performing and competing with Minnesota’s only open-class drum and bugle corps, The River City Rhythm from the Twin Cities.

They are: William Frickstad, son of Deborah Moen; Anders Peterson, son of Cory and Nicole Peterson; Walter Camp, son of Dave and Cathy Camp; Haydn Veith, son of Brian and Heidi Veith; and Dani Johnson, daughter of Todd and Brenda Johnson.

River City Rhythm (also known as RCR) doesn’t take just anyone. The Dassel-Cokato musicians had to audition months ago to attempt to receive a contract. All five did.

After their DC band camp, they had only hours before they headed off to drum corps camp. The camp lasts 10 days.

Besides all the practice the entire corps is doing, the DC musicians still have their high school marching band parades to attend.

For the full article, see the Friday, June 16, edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

These Dassel-Cokato musicians all made the cut for inclusion in this year’s River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps.  They are: William Frickstad, son of Deborah Moen;  Anders Peterson, son of Cory and Nicole Peterson;  Walter Camp, son of Dave and Cathy Camp;  Haydn Veith, son of Brian and Heidi Veith; and Dani Johnson, daughter of Todd and Brenda Johnson.

These Dassel-Cokato musicians all made the cut for inclusion in this year’s River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps. They are: William Frickstad, son of Deborah Moen; Anders Peterson, son of Cory and Nicole Peterson; Walter Camp, son of Dave and Cathy Camp; Haydn Veith, son of Brian and Heidi Veith; and Dani Johnson, daughter of Todd and Brenda Johnson.

Eagle Scout plans to build Little Free Library for Unity Park

COKATO, MN – Eric Meredith proposed his Eagle Scout project idea to Cokato City Council Monday, which consists of placing a Little Free Library in Unity Park.

A Little Free Library is typically a small, house-looking cabinet staked outside where passersby can drop off and pick up books circulated by the community.

The benefit of having the Little Free Library in Unity Park would be its closeness to Cokato Elementary and the public library. Since the library has limited hours, Meredith believes the Little Free Library could serve as an alternative for those interested in new reading material whenever the library is closed.

Meredith said his project would have the “typical” house look and would be placed next to a bench so people can sit and read from their Little Free Library selection.

The Rotary Club has agreed to help fund and maintain Meredith’s project following its completion. The Little Free Library is expected to be finished in mid to late October.

Audit reported ‘good’

The City of Cokato was described as being in good financial shape during the audit report given by Paul Harvego and Chad Dahlman of the accounting firm Conway, Deuth, and Schmiesing.

Cokato’s total assets were $18,777,003, which is a $92,665 increase from last year.

The city also experienced a $148,399 increase in its water fund, making the cash balance $850,740. The sewer fund cash balance was reported at $841,241 ($769,374 for 2015).

Cokato’s revenue remained fairly consistent ($1,738,640).

Read the full meeting coverage in the June 16 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Eagle Scout Eric Meredith and Rotary Club member Jill Plowman presented Meredith’s project idea for installing a Little Free Library in Unity Park to the Cokato City Council Monday night. Meredith expects the project to be completed in October.

Eagle Scout Eric Meredith and Rotary Club member Jill Plowman presented Meredith’s project idea for installing a Little Free Library in Unity Park to the Cokato City Council Monday night. Meredith expects the project to be completed in October.

DC teacher and family follow the call

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – As Bjorn Bakke waited for his name to be called at Liberty University’s April commencement exercises in Lynchburg, PA, where he was about to collect his masters of divinity degree, he grew reminiscent.

“I was thankful for my wife, Crystal, who encouraged me and stood by my side,” he recalled, “and I thought about my dad and how proud he’d be.”

Bjorn, currently a middle school social studies teacher for Dassel-Cokato, said he was also thinking back to his many hours of reading, writing, and studying, and was feeling a sense of accomplishment and relief.

In the audience, Bjorn’s family eagerly awaited his walk across the commencement stage, too. After all, they played a big part of his figurative and literal journey.

Bjorn’s biggest fans, Crystal, Mason (13), Erica (11), Julia (9), and Kylan (6), had all been with him as the family road-tripped from Minnesota to Virginia for Bjorn’s big day.

“It was a vacation the whole family will never forget,” Crystal said.

Their trip began at 2:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to graduation, and the family drove straight though to Liberty University in Virginia by 4:30 p.m., the next day.

They made it to the university in time to get Bjorn checked in for the next day’s commencement, and finally checked into their hotel.

After a good night’s sleep, the family was ready for the excitement of graduation day.

The commencement took place at Arthur L. Williams Stadium at Liberty University.

The couple describe the stadium as feeling “electric” as the audience anticipated the arrival of the event’s speaker, President Donald Trump.

Read the rest of the story in the June 16 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Bjorn Bakke was delighted to have his family with him at his recent graduation from Liberty University in Virginia. Joining him at the celebration were his children, Kylan, Mason, Julia, Erica; and his wife Crystal.

Bjorn Bakke was delighted to have his family with him at his recent graduation from Liberty University in Virginia. Joining him at the celebration were his children, Kylan, Mason, Julia, Erica; and his wife Crystal.

Time to schedule a back-to-school physical in Dassel

SPONSORED POST – Summer is a great time to take care of annual wellness and physical exams for kids of all ages.

At Hutchinson Health’s Dassel Clinic, back-to-school appointments can be scheduled during regular business hours – Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To make an appointment in Dassel (460 5th St. N), call (320) 275-3358.

In Hutchinson, extended evening hours for physical appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday, July 17 and ending Thursday, Aug. 31.

Back-to-school appointments can include:

• sports physicals

• preschool/kindergarten physicals

• annual wellness check-ups and immunizations

To learn more, go to www.hutchhealth.com.

Survey: Input sought on Collinwood Park and Campground

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN –  Wright County is starting to look into updates and additions at Collinwood Park and Campground and would like to hear the public’s thoughts through a survey. This master plan will help guide the use, operations and future developments within the park. In addition to helping improve and update the park, this master plan will assist the department in obtaining outside funding to complete the projects in the master plan.

Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3627564/Collinwood-Park-Survey

Arts in Review: DC’s artistic successes at Visual Arts Festival

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – This year, Dassel-Cokato High School sent the work of 12 students to the Region 2AA Visual Arts Festival, four of which received superior ratings.

There were a total of 214 artworks for judges to rate and view, including paintings, drawings, videos, and sculptures.

“It was a steep task,” stated DCHS art instructor Geoff Welles. “[The judges] were pretty brutal with their scores. This just makes our results that much sweeter.”

Zavien Neal, a freshman, received a Best in Show Award for his drawing, “Curious Indictment,” which was then eligible to be shown in the state-wide art show mid-May.

“Dassel-Cokato High School has not had an award like this for quite a few years,” Welles commented. “This is a huge accomplishment for him.”

Read more about the Visual Arts Festival and other DCHS fine art successes (i.e. theater, band, choir, and speech) in the Arts in Review section in the June 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Freshmen Zavian Neal earned the Best in Show Award for his drawing, “Curious Indictment,” at the Region 2AA Visual Arts Festival. Art instructor Geoff Welles stated that DC had not received an award like this for a few years, and that Neal’s achievement is especially impressive since he just completed his first year in high school.

Freshmen Zavien Neal earned the Best in Show Award for his drawing, “Curious Indictment,” at the Region 2AA Visual Arts Festival. Art instructor Geoff Welles stated that DC had not received an award like this for a few years, and that Neal’s achievement is especially impressive since he just completed his first year in high school.

Curious Indictment By Zavien Neal  Click to enlarge photo

Curious Indictment
By Zavien Neal
Click to enlarge photo