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Minnesota’s role as the computing heartland


In late 1945, J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly completed the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). ENIAC is considered to be the first programmable general-purpose electronic computer. Programming the ENIAC involved physically setting switches and plugging cables into a patch panel to configure the computer for specific calculations. This electronic computer consists of 40 nine-foot-high cabinets and thousands of […]

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 […]

The Litchfield Area Male Chorus has kept the music alive for sixty years


     The Litchfield Area Male Chorus (LAMC) celebrated sixty years of music and tradition on May 5th at the Litchfield Opera House.      The celebration was well attended by community members, many of whom have enjoyed the LAMC talents for several years. Through the decades      The Litchfield Male Chorus began its musical journey in 1964, founded […]

Cokato considers beer sales at ballpark, mayor dissents


     The Cokato City Council members discussed several items during its regularly scheduled session on Monday night. Dan Bravinder, Wright County Commissioner, attended the public forum to discuss the site of the forthcoming storm water drainage system, voicing concerns about where the stormwater will drain. He has property along the west side of the drainfield site, and the Wright […]

Six scholarships awarded at the STRIVE banquet at the Dassel History Center


Students Taking a Renewed Interest (STRIVE) in the Value of Education. On Wed, April 17, the Cokato Dassel Rotary Club hosted their annual end-of-year banquet at the Dassel History Center. Six scholarships were awarded to Dassel Cokato High School seniors: Braylon Loeschen, Landon Selseth, Faith McNair, Yazmyn Butcher, Alex Densmore, and Isabelle Densmore. STRIVE is a motivational program sponsored by the […]

Midwest Garden Company gains new owner, new name, and a whole new direction


When Nicole Serie graduated from school, owning a garden center was far from her mind. She went to Seattle for culinary arts school, making food her career. She focused on that career and worked as a personal chef for a time, but it was clear that cooking for a living, like many other businesses, was not all it was cracked […]

Litchfield’s Starlite Theater under new ownership

Litchfield’s beloved outdoor theater has new owners. Michael and Michelle Maher are owners of an indoor theater in River Falls, WI. They are excited to see the outdoor theater experience in Litchfield continue and continue the tradition of bringing outdoor cinema to the region. Like many states, Minnesota has experienced a decline in the number of outdoor theaters over the […]

Illustrator Gary Harbo shares his skills with kids at the Cokato Library


Gary Harbo took some local students on a step-by-step process to create animal cartoon characters on May 2. By breaking the illustration down into simple steps, Harbo teaches kids techniques he uses in his own work so that they can create their own drawings. Harbo was raised in Lynd. He began his drawing career at a young age, drawing realistic […]

A secret carried for decades yields a story of love and family


     Sixty years in the making, siblings Sandy Buckingham, Carol Roach, and Dan Hjelm find out they have a sister living in Dassel and set out on a nine-month journey to find her.      Sandy Buckingham remembers growing up with a quiet, loving mother and a charismatic, fun-loving dad. She and her sister, Carol, and her brother, Dan, […]

Accused arsonist appears on four separate cases in Meeker County Court


Barry Klingelhoets appeared in Meeker County District Court on May 3, appearing in front of Judge Stephanie Beckman, to address issues in four separate criminal cases at various stages of the process. Klingelhoets was on probation for a drug possession charge stemming from a December 2022 incident under a statutory stay of adjudication order, which allowed him to be set […]


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