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Bridge Work Complete on Co. Rd. 4 in Cokato Township

COKATO TOWNSHIP, MN –The Wright County Highway Department has announced that bridge repair work on Co. Rd 4 in Cokato Township over the Crow River has been completed ahead of schedule.

Work on the bridge began Monday, May 10 and was expected to be closed to traffic for two weeks. However, the work was completed sooner than expected and, as of 1 p.m. today, the bridge has re-opened to traffic.

Hutchinson Health now offering COVID-19 vaccines to children 12 to 15 years old

HUTCHINSON – Hutchinson Health is now offering appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children 12 to 15 years old. Originally authorized for patients ages 16 and older, this expanded appointment eligibility reflects the latest recommendations made by a committee of leading, independent medical experts.

“The FDA has authorized and the CDC has recommended immunizing children ages 12 and older with the COVID-19 vaccine,” Pediatrician Erin Knudtson said. “Children can become significantly ill from this infection. We have a safe and effective vaccine that can prevent this and protect them during this pandemic. Please consider vaccinating your child when they are eligible. We will be vaccinating ours,”

Safety data; myths and misconceptions

In a clinical trial of more than 2,000 children 12 to 15 years-old, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be safe and prompted a strong immune response. None of the kids who received the vaccine contracted symptomatic COVID-19. However, 18 kids who received the placebo contracted symptomatic COVID-19. Side effects resembled those seen in adults, with a slightly higher rate of low-grade fever among the younger participants.

 

HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health experts are reminding parents and kids that this vaccine works the same way in younger people as it does in adults. There are no additional risks, extra hazards or unusual side effects. The vaccine was extensively tested before its use was authorized by public health officials.

 

What’s more, the vaccine doesn’t cause infertility or cause COVID-19, which are common yet misguided concerns.

 

“The data that we have on this vaccine is really encouraging – it’s safe, effective and will help us resume more normal lives,” Dr. Singh said. “I’m not going to hesitate. I’m going to protect my children with this vaccine, and I hope other parents do the same.”

 

How to schedule an appointment for 12 to 15 years-olds

Patients 13 through 17 years-old can call 320-234-3290 to be scheduled for a vaccine appointment. In addition, parents or guardians who have proxy access to their teenager’s medical record can schedule an appointment online on their behalf or by calling our clinic. For 12 year old patients, a parent or guardian must schedule the appointment. This can be done online or by calling any of the Hutchinson Health clinics. Visit www.healthpartners.com/vaccine for the most up-to-date vaccine information.

End of an era: Powers to retire June 30

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Dassel-Cokato Superintendent Jeff Powers is retiring June 30. But he’s not planning to go far. “When we moved to Dassel-Cokato it was because we could not find a house anywhere else,” he said. “It turned out to be home for us.”

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Cokato City Council approves fines for those who have yet to have water meters installed

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The Cokato City Council approved a fine of $100 to be assessed to businesses or homeowners that fail to comply with having a new water meter installed at their property at its meeting Monday night. The city is paying to upgrade all businesses and homeowners with new water meters that can be read remotely.

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Local woman celebrates her 101st birthday

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Elaine Peterson was born Wednesday, May 5, 1920, and Wednesday, May 5, 2021, she turned 101 years old.

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Special Dassel City Council meeting Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 pm

Business Items
Public Works Department Staffing
People Service Rep – Chris McMillan
City Engineer – Chuck DeWolf, City wide CIP
Financial Advisor – Mike Bubany, Financial plan & bond refinancing option
Discuss 2022 budget timeline, goals and directives