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Dr. Knudtson receives achievement award

SPONSORED POST – Dr. Erin Knudtson was recently awarded the Specialty Preceptor Achievement Award for her work in pediatrics with Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) students at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson. The student who nominated her for this award explained, “I will never forget the kindness and empathy she showed her patients. She is the physician I aspire to be.”

RPAP is a nine-month, community-based educational experience for University of Minnesota third-year medical students who live and train in rural communities.

Knudtson is pictured with Dr. Kirby Clark (director of RPAP), and Dr. Ray Christensen (associate director of RPAP) at Hutchinson Health.

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Atwater man injured after striking deer while riding an ATV

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injury near the intersection of 230th Street and 600th Avenue in Litchfield Township Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m., according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Fire, Litchfield Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care responded to the scene. It is believed the driver Hunter Narragon, 20, of Atwater, struck a deer causing him to be thrown from the ATV. Narragon was airlifted to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with potential life threatening injuries. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Litchfield Police and Atwater Police.

PHOTO GALLERY: Trick-or-treaters show Halloween ‘spirit’

PHOTO GALLERY – The Enterprise Dispatch had quite a few trick-or-treaters stop by Halloween night, Oct. 31. Click here to see the full gallery. Select images will appear in the Nov. 3 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.


PHOTO GALLERY: Discover Dassel Fall Art Tour

DASSEL, MN – Twenty-nine artists had their art displayed at seven locations within the Dassel area Oct. 28 for the Discover Dassel Fall Art Tour. Check out our photos from the event here, and in the Friday, Nov. 3 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch:

Fall art tour in Dassel Oct. 28

DASSEL, MN – Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Dassel – and not just because the trees are dressed in red, orange, and gold. It’s also the season for the Discover Dassel Fall Art Tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Twenty-nine artists will have their art displayed at seven locations within the Dassel area, including the Dassel History Center (901 First St. N.), Nord Studio (831 Willis St.), Floren Residence (810 Willis St.), Thirsty’s (241 Atlantic Ave. W.), Ezparza (25262 CSAH 4), Levandowski Pottery (510 Parker Ave. W.), and l.louise Home & Art (651 Parker Ave., which is on Highway 12).

Displays will include drawings, fiber art, jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, pottery, stained glass, wood art, sculptures, cement art, and mixed media.

Maps will be available at all locations, including the Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N. For more information, email the history center at, call (320) 275-3077, or go to

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Augustana Care and Elim Care to join together

DASSEL, MN – Elim Care and Augustana Care announced recently their decision to combine their efforts for housing options, skilled nursing/health care, and community-based services.

Residents of Augustana Lakeside in Dassel will not notice any changes as a result of this partnership, according to Jenna Zark, Augustana Care’s director of communications.

If anything, Zark said, services may improve since the arrangement puts both entities in a “position of strength.”

In a press release, it was noted that the missions and values of Elim Care and Augustana Care are “substantially similar.”

“An affiliation will benefit those we serve by strengthening our focus on resident, patient, and client care,” the release noted.

Together, Elim Care and Augustana Care plan to identify more opportunities to partner with other senior care providers and health care organizations. The affiliation will also allow them to keep up with the expectations of current and future residents and changes in assisted living or health care regulations.

Details about the arrangement have not yet been finalized. More information is expected in 2018-19.