Edrie Swanson, "Winter in a Country School," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Winter, 1984) vol. 2 no. 2.
This is the way it was the winter of 1943 in Myrback, a one-room school located nine miles northeast of Cokato, at the
crossroads and on the hill. With the excitement of the Christmas program and its auction of donated articles to raise funds for library books, and the two-week vacation over it was back to school routine. Bundled in mittens, scarves, and four buckle overshoes, the eleven students enrolled in grades one through eight reluctantly trudged through the snow which covered the field (sometimes used as shortcuts) and the seldom traveled roads to the chilly classroom.
The teacher had arrived in her Model A, which was equipped not with snow tires, but with chains.
Museum Staff "The Blizzard of 1988." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (December, 2021) vol. 41 no. 3.
On Tuesday, January 12, 1988, the cities of Dassel and Cokato were hit by a blizzard that caused icy roads and whiteouts. According to reporter Karen Humphrey of the Cokato Enterprise, “one windblown stretch of Highway 12 caused 20 vehicles, including two semi-trucks, to land in the ditch...” News of the blizzard received national attention via CBS radio.
Article by Irene Bender from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, Summer, 1992, Vol. 12 No. 3.
June 16 seemed to be a normal day at the Cokato Museum at four thirty. The alarm was set. That evening a storm moved through Meeker County where I live; my husband and I went to the basement for about ten minutes. After the strong wind and some hail, we went back to bed. The phone rang about one o'clock. City Clerk Peggy Carlson said some windows were
broken in the museum. My first thought was the skylight in the Akerlund Studio. She said it was not broken.
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