Revised budget approved by DC School Board

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato School Board approved deficit spending of nearly $1 million at Thursday’s meeting. Deficit spending in the original budget for the 2011-12 school year was about $400,000, according to Business Manager Tina Palmer. When the original budget was approved, the district expected an enrollment of about 35 more students than are currently enrolled, which led […]

Winsted woman joins Habitat for Humanity team

WINSTED, MN – Pam Johnson of Winsted has a hammer and she knows how to use it. This spring she will prove it when construction begins on the 21st home built in McLeod County by Crow River Habitat for Humanity (CRHFH) since the organization was founded in 1994. Johnson began working for CRHFH Jan. 17 as its volunteer coordinator. Her […]

East Coast clinic isn’t far from Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – Waverly native Dr. Mark Graham Jr. may run a private practice in North Carolina, but he hasn’t forgotten about his roots. In fact, the name of his clinic – Waverly Hematology Oncology – is a tribute to the small Minnesota town that shaped who he is today. “I could have named it after a lot of things,” Graham […]


DASSEL, COKATO, MN – As HLWW graduates, Amanda Berg and Eric Sawatzke remember participating in some friendly competition at the highly-anticipated annual event known as Superstars. What was started in the mid-‘90s by HLWW teachers Jim Weninger and Paul Fobbe, ceased following the 2010 event. “[Superstars] was a way to have some fun competition and bring the community into the […]

New redistricting maps show changes for some area voters

WRIGHT, MEEKER, MN – Come November, some rural Dassel and Cokato residents will find that the new redistricting maps released Tuesday, no longer place them in their current district. Under the new maps, Stockholm and French Lake township, will be in the new State Senate District 29, which includes the cities of Annandale, Howard Lake, Waverly, Montrose, and Delano, among […]

Legislative districts redrawn

ST. PAUL, MN – The lines have been re-drawn, and last week, the new legislative districts across the state became known. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts, and it is done in the United States every 10 years after the completion of the census, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. The purpose of […]

LP’s Jolly Ramblers release two new albums

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The wait is finally over. Lester Prairie’s much-adored polka/Christian band Chuck Thiel and his Jolly Ramblers recently released their 18th and 19th CDs, and they’re every bit as pleasing as their predecessors. One of them, “Beautiful, My Savior Be,” is a blend of 18 polka, waltz, fox trot, and country melodies with Biblically based lyrics. The other, […]

HL’s council approves raise for public employees 4-1

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Howard Lake City Council approved a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase, and a 3 percent step increase for eligible full-time employees at Tuesday’s city council meeting in a 4-1 vote. Voting for the increase were Mayor Rick Lammers and council members Pete Zimmerman, Al Munson, and Jan Gilmer, with Council Member Tom Kutz voting against. The […]

Glimpsing The Growl

DELANO, MN – They may have different classes, interests, and goals, but Delano Middle School students have one shared delight: The Growl. “Fifth through eighth graders don’t do a lot of things together, and this unites us,” commented eighth-grader Kayla Shelley. By students, for students, The Growl is a monthly news broadcast featuring middle school events, students, and faculty. It […]

Fourth of July parade route to remain as is

DELANO, MN – At its meeting Tuesday night, the Delano Fourth of July Celebration Committee decided to leave the parade route as is for the 2012 celebration. The Delano Lions, one of the six local civic organizations that make up the Fourth of July Celebration Committee, had taken a look at moving the parade route from Third Street to Second […]