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Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days ends for this season

The annual Peony Field Days at Swenson Gardens in Howard Lake has concluded for the season. The annual event took place May 31 and June 1, 8, and 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.People were free to spend as long as they liked at the peony farm at the free event.According to the American Peonese Society, Swenson Gardens is […]



Dassel-Cokato schools bond projects take shape

Director of Community Services for Dassel-Cokato School DistrictIn the fall of 2022, the Dassel-Cokato community approved a $17.9 million bond for facility improvements. The projects were divided into two years, with mechanical projects completed in 2023 and educational and building/renovation projects scheduled for the summer of 2024.Project designThe schematic design process, the first phase of creating architectural designs for the […]

Dassel-Cokato High School honors Class of 2024 graduates

The Dassel-Cokato Class of 2024 graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School on June 2.The commencement started with the processional music played by the Dassel-Cokato Concert & Symphonic Band, followed by a welcome address by high honors graduating student Soren Bortnem.Bortnem, in his address, encouraged the students to celebrate and reflect on their time in school.“Think of all the growth that you’ve […]



KSTP’s Water Tower Wednesday showcases Dassel

Morning hosts Megan Newquist and Chris Egert’s Watertower Wednesday crew headed to Dassel to showcase the history of the city’s watertowers. Egert talked about how the city was platted in 1869 and named for Bernard Dassel, a railroad official. In the early 1900s, Dassel had a wooden water tower, but it leaked, so the city replaced the tower with a […]

Dassel-Cokato FFA Chapter earns top honors at state convention

Dassel-Cokato FFA had a banner year at the Minnesota State FFA Convention, achieving recognition as a Superior Chapter and placing among the top three in the prestigious “Models of Innovation” category. The chapter’s success extended to individual members as well. Three students – Dylan Mackenthun, Dessa Terning, and Carly Zeidler – received the State FFA Degree, the highest honor a […]

Memorial Day honors the fallen

According to the Veterans Administration, Memorial Day is a federal holiday held on the last Monday of May. It is the annual day to mourn and honor deceased servicemen and women. Originally called Decoration Day, it was formalized by a “Memorial Day Order” issued by the Grand Army of the Republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan in 1868. On May 30, […]

Dassel-Cokato FFA enjoys annual Elementary Ag Day

The DC FFA hosted their aThe DC FFA hosted its annual Elementary Ag Day on May 13. FFA members presented to both Cokato and Dassel Elementary Schools about agriculture. Students learned about chickens, soybeans, cover crops, wildlife, and dairy operations. There was also a variety of livestock species in the petting zoo to learn about and pet. Throughout the event, […]

Meeker County awarded grant for section corner re-certifications

     The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Monument Grant Program, which is administered by the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo), announced on May 1 that 34 counties were awarded $9.1 million in PLSS Monument Grants.      Andrew Letson, the county administrator for Meeker County, said that the county was awarded up to $300,000 from the federal funds administered […]

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