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January Events 2022

Updated: Jan 16

Happy New Year, CwC Friends! Read on to learn more about what events and opportunities the start of 2022 brings in Cokato!


22nd Annual New Year's Open House

Ring in the New Year with the Cokato Historical Society by attending the 22nd Annual New Year’s Open House on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room of the library/museum building. The event is FREE and open to the public!

You are welcome to drop in and enjoy a demonstration of the Finnish New Year custom of “melting tin.” Discover what your upcoming year will bring! To learn more about tin melting, check out this YouTube video produced by the Cokato Museum.

For more information, please contact the Cokato Museum at 320-286-2427, or visit www.cokatomuseum.org. Event information is also posted on our Facebook page “Cokato Museum & Akerlund Photo Studio.”

Craft Corner at Cokato Library

Bring your own craft project, and spread out to create while enjoying the company of others. We will supply the space, tables, and craft books, you supply the project and creativity! For teens and adults. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cokato Area Library.

Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Case of the Butter Bandits

UPDATE: The Escape Room opening has been moved to February 19, 2022.

On January 29, 2022, the Cokato Museum Escape Room is back and “butter” than ever! You and your team of crack detectives will only have 45 minutes to “spread” out and search for clues to solve the mystery of the Butter Bandits. There is no “margarine” for error.

Although the case is based loosely on actual events, no prior knowledge of Cokato’s history is needed to play. The event is free but groups will be required to provide a $20 refundable damage deposit. Groups consist of 4-6 people ranging in ages from 11-adult. Minors will need to be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older. Preregistration is required. The Escape Room is open during regular museum hours. To sign up for the event and for more information please contact the staff at the Cokato Museum. For frequently asked questions, see this PDF.

Mooers Park Ice Rink

The Ice Rink at Mooers Park is now open for the season! This is a popular spot during the winter with regular hours for skating and hockey. There are actually 2 hockey rinks with boards and 1 ice skating rink. The hours will be (depending on attendant availability):

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs: 5 - 9PM

  • Tues: Hockey Program

  • Sat: Hockey program in the AM, Open 12 - 10PM

  • Sun: 1PM – 9PM

A flag will be up on top of the warming house when it's open. The rink will be closed during subzero and very extreme weather.

Dassel-Cokato Sustainable Living Group

UPDATE: This meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan 31st 7-8p.

D-C has a new group for people interested in learning more about eco-friendly options. A presentation and discussion will center on a new topic each month. The first month's topic is Reusables. Come to learn and share about alternatives to single use products. The group will have its first meeting at the Cokato Township Hall Monday, Jan 17th 7-8p. For a virtual meeting option, send a message to the Dassel-Cokato Sustainable Living Group on Facebook.

FOCAL Book Club

The FOCAL Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month at the Grounds Coffee Shop at 15256 US-12, Cokato, MN 55321. This is an open book club, come if you can; the book discussions are always interesting. Check in with the Cokato Public Library for book selection and other details. For adults. Sponsored by Friends of the Cokato Area Library.

Tuesdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

At the January 25th meeting, they will discuss This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.

February 22nd, they will discuss The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen.

Story Time at Cokato Library

Join Konnie for great books and fun activities. Have fun and develop early literacy skills at the same time. For ages 3 to 6. Sponsored by Friends of the Cokato Area Library.

Wednesdays, Jan. 5 & 19 and Feb. 2 & 16

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Staying Active in Winter

Check out this CwC blog post for ideas and information on staying active in the cold season! You'll find lots of info on local amenities and activities, such as sledding hills, groomed trails, lake access for ice fishing, winter classes (outdoor and indoor), and more!

Cokato Chamber Meeting and Member Sign-Up

Starting in January, meetings will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month at City Hall. Tuesday, January 11th at 12p, the Chamber will hold their annual Cokato Trivia contest.

Sign-up for the Cokato Area Chamber of Commerce is happening now through the end of January. Don't miss your chance to join this dynamic group! Benefits include networking and presentations by community organizations and businesses, FREE parade admission ($75 value), Business Expo discount ($25 value), potential advertising with the Halloween Business Trick or Treat and Featured Business, priority listing in the Connect with Cokato Business Directory, working with others to improve and promote Cokato, business resources, and a quarterly newsletter. Meetings are optional. Click the button below to find more info and the membership form.


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