By Jennifer Kotila
COKATO, MN The Cokato Museum is preparing for the spring and summer 2015 display “Made With Pride in Cokato,” featuring items manufactured in the community from its earliest years through the present.
“There have been so many unique items made here over the years, we want to showcase that,” said Museum Director Mike Worcester.
Although Cokato has always been considered an agricultural community, there has also always been a thriving manufacturing sector, according to Worcester.
“It’s time to acknowledge that part of out past, as well,” he said.
The goal is to have the display open mid-May and run through mid-September.
“We want this to be a community effort,” Worcester said of the display.
In order to do that, the museum is looking for local businesses and community members to loan or donate items to the museum that have been, or still are, made in Cokato and the surrounding townships.
Smaller, fragile items on loan will be in a locked glass case so they will not be damaged while on display.
This display gives businesses in Cokato and the surrounding area an opportunity to show off the items made locally, as well as a chance for the people of the community to see what is happening in the community.
One of the more unique items that the museum already has for the display is a planter table, a side table with a pot for a plant in the center of it.
The item was made by Richwell Furniture in Cokato; Jerry Knapp created the prototype, which uses tire rims for the bottom part of the planter table.
The museum also has a solid brass bell made by Rohrer’s Bells in Cokato, but nothing else is known about the company or who owned it.
Another item that will be on display is Reel-A-Pail, an item invented by Dan Barberg that stores extension cords.
For more information, or to donate or loan an item for the display, contact the Cokato Museum at (320) 286-2427.