Rachel Olson, "Chargers Cross Country 1972-Present." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (October, 2020) vol. 40 no. 4.
1989 D-C Harriers—two first place trophies. Back: Kevin Carlin and Scott Sunblad. Standing: David Wilde, Shawn Weber, N Ylitalo, Kevin Roberts, Shane Weber, D.Lundeen. Seated: Char Reinke, Kevin Borg, Melinda Yerka. Front: Karl Hillstrom, Jamie Jorgenson and Adam Kleiwer.
The first Cross Country (CC) program at D-C started during the fall of 1972, the same year that the Dassel and Cokato High Schools consolidated. The first team consisted of Scott Haglund, Kevin Wiley, Lee Bobrowske, Bruce Isaacson, Boyd Sorenson, Tim Reed, John Russell, George Dorr, and was coached by George Keith.
Museum Staff, "Country Schools," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (November, 2019) vol. 39 no. 4.
From the late 1890s and early 1900s, approximately 21 country schools dotted Stockholm, French Lake, and Cokato townships. Built during an era with no bus service, country schools were constructed to be within a mile or so walking distance for students. Primarily a one-room school house filled with grades 1-7, each grade had to take turns at lessons with the teacher. After completing country school, students either went right to work, or commuted to Cokato Public School for high school. Although relatively similar in concept, each country school experience was a little different.
Museum Staff, "Cardinals Charge Up," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (November, 2019) vol. 39 no. 4.
Dassel-Cokato School building ground breaking, 1971.
The union of the Dassel and Cokato High schools was made possible through the foresight of school administrators and both communities, who realized the financial and educational benefits of combining forces. Once the consolidation occurred in 1969, Dassel and Cokato students had three years at their individual high schools before joining forces--each waiting for the completion of the new building, school name, and mascot.