Red Rooster Days

One of the last local celebrations of the season and one of our favorite town celebrations, Dassel’s Red Rooster Days, is just days away. The parade is always a treat and we’re particularly excited about Saturday night’s “Beggar’s Dance” featuring the local band Atlantic Ave for $3 and a donation to the Dassel Area Food Shelf. The dance is a great chance to dance away the night and make a difference for some local family’s pantry. The star of the celebration and the pride of the town is the Largest Chicken BBQ in the state at the Dassell Ball Park for lunch on Monday. Join us for the parade and check back throughout the extended weekend for the fun!


Bonus Voting Day!

As we ended another week of campaigning with Darwin Twine-Ball Day yesterday, we’re looking forward to a busy week at the Cokato Corn Carnival and a bonus election day on Tuesday the 12th as the Primaries come due.

If you missed the Darwin parade, you missed a great crowd and as many as three chances to see some of the floats as neighbors and friends rolled past throwing handfuls of candy. It was a warm, sunny day for the parade with a breeze just when it was needed, and the lineup grows year after year. We saw many friends and supporters there and streets full of smiling faces and laughter as “Blackjack” for Sheriff—and/or Mayor—shot nickles out of the air and floats rolled by with signs as simple as “The kids wanted to be in the parade!”.

Don’t forget Monday we’ve got the Cokato Corn Carnival parade! Line-up starts at 5:30pm on 7th Street and we’re expecting to see Joe Perske—the DFL candidate for Rep. Bachmann’s seat—walking as well. If you’d like to be there to help support your local candidates and meet other people on the ticket, we’d love to see you before 6 pm when the Kiddie Parade leads off.

In related news, don’t forget to get to your local polling place for the Primary on Tuesday, as polls should be open all day. It’s very important for the health of all parties to have a more active and representative population get to the polls to finalize their tickets before November.

A Running Starts

Dear friends,

I am very excited to announce myself as the Democratic-Farmer Labor endorsed candidate for Minnesota House in District 18A, which encompasses Meeker County, with portions of Wright and McLeod Counties.

In recent years, our representation in the state legislature has fallen out of step with
the priorities of everyday Minnesotans, as fringe issues and partisan politics have been
put ahead of what really matters to the hard working people in our area—job creation,
sustainable property taxes, and maintaining a high quality education system for our kids. Though we’ve seen an improvement in the atmosphere and priorities of the legislature in the past two years more action is necessary. To ensure further progress our community requires a strong voice that puts constituents first, and that’s why I’m running for state house.

Having spent nearly all my working life in factory jobs, including three years at HTI, I have come to know all too well the anxiety of the modern work force caused by downsizing. Creating and maintaining good paying jobs in Minnesota is my number one priority. As a homeowner in Cokato, I experienced skyrocketing property taxes due to the decision of the state legislature to cut the Market Value Homestead Credit in 2010. Though now corrected, continued over reliance on local funds would be damaging to our communities.

If elected, I will seek pragmatic solutions and work toward consensus to fund our
schools, roads, and public safety while keeping taxes low for middle class families in our
district and across Minnesota.

With your help, the Minnesota House will gain a strong rural voice to allow these goals to become a reality. A donation of $100, $50, or any amount you can afford will be used to get the word out to our neighbors about our campaign. I appreciate any help you can give and look forward to representing District 18A in the Minnesota House.


Steve Schiroo
House DFL Candidate
District 18A