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Our Corn Carnival photo gallery is online!

COKATO, MN – Click here to view photos from the 2019 Cokato Corn Carnival.

Unofficial results of Dassel’s special election released

DASSEL, MN – Unofficial results from Dassel’s Aug. 13 special election indicate that both questions on the ballot passed by a wide margin. The questions were as follows:

Shall the City Council of Dassel be authorized to issue private “on-sale” licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor by restaurants, hotels, and clubs for consumption “on” (at) the restaurant, hotel, or club on Mondays through legal closing time Saturday night (currently 1:00 a.m. Sunday)?


Shall the City Council of Dassel be authorized to issue private “on-sale” licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sundays by restaurants, hotels, and clubs for consumption “on” (at) the restaurant, hotel, or club?

All results are unofficial until verified by the city council Wed., Aug. 14.

Hutchinson boy dies in ATV crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an ATV accident in the 31000 block of 580th Ave. in Harvey Township July 29, at 4:13 p.m. The caller said a person had been trapped under the ATV and was not breathing. CPR was started prior to EMS arrival. Meeker County deputies, Mayo Ambulance, and Litchfield Rescue all responded and attempted lifesaving efforts. The victim of the accident is Caleb Robert Karnitz, 11 of Hutchinson. LifeLink III airlifted the patient to St. Cloud Hospital where Karnitz succumbed to his injuries and died. Karnitz was alone and it appears the ATV flipped, after taking a hard turn, landing on Karnitz. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident; however it appears to be an accident, according to the release.

Motorhome stolen in Darwin burns

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – July 27 at 4:53 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motorhome on fire on 180th Street just east of County State Aid Highway 14 in Ellsworth Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. Deputies located the motorhome and found it to be fully engulfed in flames. Dassel Fire Department also responded and extinguished the fire. Deputies learned the motorhome was stolen from the City of Darwin earlier in the evening. The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. Confidential tips may be left on the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office tip line 320-693-5411.

Cokato residents involved in crash

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Two Cokato residents were involved in a crash that injured a Howard Lake man at 8:33 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Jeffrey Svac, 63, of Howard Lake, was attempting to turn left onto Seventh Avenue from Highway 12 and made contact with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Stacy Yeazle, 18, of Cokato.

Svac was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Neither Yeazle nor passenger Ethan Schutz, 18, of Cokato, were injured.

The State Patrol reports they were wearing seatbelts, while it is unknown if Svac was doing so.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Howard Lake Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ exhibit opens June 29 at Dassel History Center

DASSEL, MN – The opening for “The Red Wheelbarrow” art exhibit will be Saturday, June 29, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N. The opening Wingding will feature art from more than 10 visual artists who have interpreted the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams. A variety of art will be featured – painting, drawing, fiber art and pottery.

included in the festivities will be music by Barb and Craig Kay and Becky Holm, short readings of William Carlos Williams’ poetry, light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and fun. A wine and beer cash bar will be available. There is no admission charge.

Some of the art in the exhibit will be for sale and may be picked up following the closing of the exhibit Aug. 10.