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New name announced in Augustana Care and Elim Care merger

DASSEL, MN – When two organizations become one, they face the vital task of creating a new name. Augustana Care and Elim Care staff especially wanted a name to echo the values and mission of both nonprofit eldercare providers.

The new name, Cassia, conveys the preferences of a majority of more than 900 people surveyed during the past several months.

The name was inspired by anointing oil made from the bark of the Cassia tree and referenced in the Bible several times.

It evokes both organizations’ commitment to healing, wholeness, and quest for solutions that help those served to live well. According to sources familiar with ancient oils, Cassia is said to symbolize the heart of a servant.

The new logo was created to convey a drop of oil. Within the drop is the familiar form of the cross, which embodies the strong Christian heritage of the new organization. The stained glass colors and shading within the logo are also designed to reflect this heritage.

In addition, the name signifies the commitment to compassionate service to all people, as modeled by Jesus Christ. Cassia’s unique strength, according to CEO Bob Dahl, is the fact that by and large, the personal experience of staff members includes close connections to older adults as caregivers, and family members. That experience results in employees who are passionate about the people they serve.

“Cassia is about helping the people we serve over hurdles so they can live fuller lives—and transforming the fear about what could happen into possibilities for joy and celebration,” says Dahl. “We seek that for everyone who walks in these doors, just as we seek the same possibilities for our own loved ones.”

Special meetings scheduled in Dassel

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at city hall to canvass the votes from the general election. Immediately after, the council plans to discuss staffing for the public works department.

The city council also plans to attend a historical preservation public informational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Dassel HistoryCenter.

Cokato man dies in crash

ROCKFORD, MN – A 56-year-old man from Cokato was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Rockford Tuesday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol reported that Bruce Elroy Burkowske of Cokato was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler at 5:44 p.m. on Highway 55 east of Hennepin County Road 50 when his vehicle was hit by a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo. The driver of the Monte Carlo, Tanya Teri Raddohl, 49, of Corcoran, had been attempting to merge into the eastbound lanes of Highway 55.

The Jeep rolled several times, and came to rest in an opposing lane of traffic. Burkowske was not wearing a seatbelt, and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

No injuries were reported for Raddohl.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Candidate profile for Andy Engh, Dassel-Cokato School Board

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – EDITOR’S NOTE: We are including this profile online because earlier today we published the profile for DC School Board candidate Dawn Gillman, whose profile was not included in the print edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Because Engh and Gillman are in a two-person race for one available two-year term, we are publishing both of them in the same manner. This does not affect other DC School Board candidates who are competing for four-year seats.

Andrew Engh
Family: Wife, Vicki; children, Grace, 15; Brody, 13; and Cooper, 10.
Education: White Bear Lake School District, Dunwoody College of Technology.
Work history: Owner at AR Engh Heating and Air Conditioning since 2005.
Previous public office? Current school board member, and currently Stockholm Township Board member (for 6+ years).
Why should you be elected? I feel I should be elected based on a variety of reasons, some being the following.
I feel, being a business owner has given me the ability to listen to and understand the views and opinions of others.  My daily job involves problem-solving, maintaining a budget, interacting with others, and having to make tough decisions to continue to be successful.
I am able to be open to thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others, even if they are not the same as my own.  Having this ability allows me to make an educated decision that best suits our student, staff, and district needs.
I understand that success is a group effort and not just the efforts of one person.  I am committed to putting in the time required to serve effectively on the school board.
I want to give back and serve the teachers, staff, and community that have supported my family for many years.
I want our district to strive to stay financially stable, allowing us to be able to recruit and retain our quality teachers and staff. This, in turn, will allow us to continue to provide opportunities for growth in our district, and to make ourselves stand out among the surrounding districts.
I believe in our school district, and want to continue to be a part of moving it forward in a positive direction.
Contact; 612-227-9561.


Dawn Gillman candidate profile for DC School Board

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – EDITORS NOTE: We are publishing this candidate profile online because it was not included in the print version of Enterprise Dispatch.

Candidate for DC School Board: Dawn Gillman

Husband: Brian Gillman of 24 years. Five kids: Claire Sophomore College, Olivia Freshman College, Eli freshman at DC, Monte 7th grade and Molly 3rd grade at Dassel Elementary.

Graduated at Dassel Cokato in 1992

Graduated from St Cloud Technical College with CDA, RDA

Lived in the area my whole life….

Worked in Dental Offices, Homemaker, Professional Network Marketing of a team over 500 people Internationally and currently involved in our family business Porta-Dock in Consulting and General Management of a team over 40 in Dassel. I also enjoy Motivational Speaking, Volunteering with youth and sharing hope with all ages.


I was on the Dassel City Council for six years, Police Board, Nursing Home Board and on New Era Financial Executive Board. Those experiences with gathering information, working with statutes and personalities of the people have given me some of the best training for my life.


I am running for school board number one because I was personally asked to by an upstanding citizen and secondly I believe I can bring to the table some enthusiastic energy to help bring connections. Top of my list is bringing awareness to the culture of our students, helping empower our community, staff, volunteers to uphold our Character Pillars through education, support, having training to help us where we are needing improvement and see results in our successes.

I have a strong conviction to help our students, faculty and community understand Diversity. Through small groups, training and coaching I believe we can get a glimpse of our huge world by bringing in acceptance, kindness and focus on our Character Pillar Respect. In the early 1990’s when I was in Highschooll at Dassel Cokato these Pillars were made and I believe we can take a better look at them and build bridges of Unity into our schools, which in turn will impact our homes, lives of others and impact the world on a greater level.

I have grown up here, had kids in Public School, homeschooled and now in the last several years had kids in our school system. I have been their educator and now have locked arms with those educating, and those caring for our 3 kids still in school. My experience with the Dassel Cokato staff has been a delight, to have the support from academics, music to sports.

Personally and professionally I have participated in hundreds of hours of training on leadership, personal development, and have found that through sharing my story through Speaking Events no matter what race, gender, age or religion we can connect on a deeper level through choosing kindness. I love kids! I am so comfortable talking to kids, and would love them to be apart of the big vision for our kids future going out into the world and being a light. Finding solutions to the problem and also seeing things through others eyes and perspectives is what can bring about change

in a positive way.

If the community chooses me to represent them I will listen, ask questions, bring concerns to the table and emerse my self in the common goals we are striving for. My goal is to bring back a School of National Excellence on all levels. Through Respect, Responsibity, Resiliency, Integrity, Compassion and Understanding Diversity I know we can! We are the Dassel-Cokato Chargers!


Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations start Friday, Nov. 2

DASSEL, MN – If you could go back in time and meet Laura Ingalls Wilder in person, what would you ask her? Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” might want to start thinking of their questions, because Mrs. Wilder is coming to Dassel Saturday, Nov. 10.

Stringer does her presentations entirely in character as Mrs. Wilder. She dresses head-to-toe in clothing authentic to the era, and she answers questions in first-person style.

Look for a full story about Stringer and her presentations in the Friday, Nov. 2 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Tour schedule

Upcoming Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations are scheduled as follows:

• Friday, Nov. 2 – Hector Public Library at 10 a.m. and Grove City Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 3 –Swift County Historical Society at 2 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 5 – Clara City Care Center at 2 p.m. and Milan School Cafeteria at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Granite Falls Health Care Center at 2 p.m. and Montevideo Public Library at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 7 – The Cultural Centre in Bird Island at 10 a.m. and the Litchfield Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 8 – Cosmos Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Friday, Nov. 9 – Brownton Public Library at 11 a.m. and Glencoe Public Library at 4 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 10 – Dassel History Center at 10 a.m. and Fairfax Public Library at 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Graceville Public Library at 10 a.m. and Ortonville Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Raymond Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 15 – Maynard Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Friday, Nov. 16 – Atwater Community Center at 10 a.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 17 – Willmar Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Monday, Nov. 19 – St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted at 2 p.m. and Hutchinson Public Library at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Spicer Public Library at 10 a.m. and Lake Lilian Public Library at 6 p.m.

Melanie Stringer has spent more than two decades researching the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. During her presentations, she wears the type of clothing Laura would have worn as a young woman.
Melanie Stringer has spent more than two decades researching the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. During her presentations, she wears the type of clothing Laura would have worn as a young woman.