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What happened to the front page of the Enterprise Dispatch?

WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the newspaper industry in Minnesota.

We joined nearly 200 newspapers across the state in running front pages with no news this week to get attention and make the point: “What if there was no local newspaper?”

The media landscape is constantly changing, but new media does not replace what existed.

Radio did not replace newspapers, TV did not replace radio, and although the internet and social media significantly changed the game, the others are still in place.

Technology allows the new media forms to make many things instant, even to the point of livestreaming crimes in progress.

At the same time, it allows many people a voice, which can create problems, including:

• overload: there is such an avalanche of media messages coming at us every day in so many forms that one must learn to block much of it out and find ways to key in to those that really matter.

• abuse: anybody can say almost anything and present it in a manner to suit their purpose – thus “fake news” is born.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, when something important is taking place, who are you going to turn to? Whether it’s a foreign country launching missiles at us, or the city council preparing to raise property taxes, who are you going to believe?

It’s the trusted media outlets that have over time established their credibility by presenting the “true news” as well as possible.

By the way, the real front page and everything else you’d expect this week is in the paper, just not on the front page.

Minnesota "Whiteout"

Minnesota “Whiteout”

Cokato fire and ambulance barn slated for December completion


COKATO – Even a quick glance at the under-construction Cokato fire and ambulance barn shows it is growing by leaps and bounds.  The machines in the foreground are lifts the building crew uses during the construction process.  Fire Chief Hutch Erickson said the building will be complete and ready for occupancy in early December.  The new building will measure approximately 15,000 square feet, giving fire and ambulance crews three times more space than in their previous building.

Anne’s to open Aug. 24 in Dassel

DASSEL -After two years of being closed, Anne’s in downtown Dassel is set to reopen Thursday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The occasional shop is located at 461 3rd St., and is owned by Ann Marie “Annie” Schwartz.

When asked how the business name came about, Schwartz laughed and shared that the state documentation inadvertently took out the “i” in Annie’s, so “Anne’s” was born.

Anne’s originally opened in 2010, and featured items from 10 different dealers. The selection changed each month, and often included refurbished furniture, glassware, jewelry, chandeliers, vintage clothing, collectibles, vintage kitchenware, and much more.

“All of my very talented vendors are coming back,” Schwartz noted.

Hours for the occasional store will follow the same format as past years. Stop in Aug. 24-26 to pick up a printed schedule, or email to get on the email list.

Iron Horse is turning Headz

COKATO, MN – After being notified that the business name “Iron Horse” was a registered trademark for a saloon in Ormond Beach, FL, the Iron Horse Grill and Saloon changed its name to “IronHeadz,” which was announced at the 10th annual street dance Aug. 12. If the business had not changed its name, it would have had to pay royalties to the Florida saloon.

The Iron Horse Grill and Saloon is now IronHeadz Bar and Grill.

The Iron Horse Grill and Saloon is now IronHeadz Bar and Grill.

PHOTO GALLERY: Additional photos of Cokato’s coronation

COKATO, MN – Additional pictures of the Cokato Corn Carnival coronation have been uploaded to the Enterprise Dispatch photo gallery. View them at

PHOTO GALLERY – Darwin’s Twine Ball Day 2017

Check out some of the action from Darwin’s Twine Ball Day on August 12.

Click this link to go to the photo gallery: