Art on Four at the Dassel History Center

            A wood turning exhibit by Darrel Nyman, Dassel, formerly of Litchfield, has been installed on level four of the Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum

Approximately 70 pieces of  Nyman’s work are on display through April. Nyman has been involved in woodworking for more than 40 years; eight years ago he started turning wood.

“I fell in love with it,” he said. “I started with bowls. … I stuck with it. I figured I would try to become the best I could be at that.”

Nyman also participated in the Discover Dassel Art Tour in October of 2017 at the History Center.

Sponsored by the Dassel Area Historical Society, Art on Four will continue with different local artists almost every month.

Tom Nelson, stained glass artist from Dassel, will exhibit in May with an opening on May 5; photographer Jeff Peller will exhibit in June with an opening on June 2.

There is no admission charge.







New DAHS History Book Coming – 2018

New History Book

DAHS is working on a new book of historic stories of Dassel pioneers and early citizens. We are hopeful for release in mid-2018. The book will focus on short stories of the people of Dassel and the surrounding townships.  We invite submission of stories from your own family.  You may submit to Here is just a sample of the writing already completed:

Louis Larson, The Wolf Hunter

The Grey Wolf (Timber wolf) was quite common throughout the woodlands of Minnesota in the early days. In fact, they were such a nuisance that in the 19th and early 20th centuries, various government agencies offered bounties on them, ranging from $20-$50 dollars per wolf.

Louis Larson, who lived one mile southeast of Dassel (on the County Road 6 curve) in February 1914, may have been seeing either dollar signs or experiencing anger, perhaps both, when he found a large wolf causing a loud commotion in his pig pen.

The wolf had attacked a pig weighing about 200 pounds. The pig was scratched and bitten but not seriously injured.

Mr. Larson retrieved a revolver and chased the wolf for about two miles, hitting it with gunshots several times by the time they reached a point just south of Butternut Lake. Having had enough of the persistent Larson, the wolf turned on him to attack. Mr. Larson had run out of bullets by then, so used the pistol as a club, to no avail. He was having a hard time wrestling with the wolf when Mr. Bergquist came along with a hammer, and with his assistance, the wolf was killed. (Olaf Bergquist, Axel Bergquist and Frank Bergquist all lived just south of Butternut Lake. The Anchor does not include which one had the hammer.)

It all sounds like an epic adventure tale from the likes of Davy Crockett or Jeremiah Johnson, except it happened to an ordinary pig farmer on the outskirts of Dassel.

Information from Dassel Anchor & US Wildlife Service.





Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum

Carolyn Holje, Director
901 1st Street N.
P.O. Box D
Dassel, MN 55325
(320) 275-3077


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