From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
July 23, 1920
A very saddening accident, which may result fatally, occurred last Monday afternoon on the farm of Knute Skaar, in the township of Nordland. Mr. Skaar’s children had been sent to the pasture to drive home the cows for the evening milking, always being warned against going through a lot kept exclusively for horses.
No one knows exactly how the accident happened but a seven-year-old son of Mr. Skaar, supposed to be with the other children, was discovered by the hired man lying in the horse pasture unconscious, with a fractured skull and hoof mark on his forehead. The lad was taken to a Marshall hospital where he is in serious condition.
During a thunderstorm at an early hour Monday morning, Knute Thompson was awakened by a loud crash and soon realized that lightning had struck his barn which contained horses, several milk cows and other stock, besides hay, feed, harness and many other things of value.
The fire had gained such headway that Mr. Thompson could save only some of the animals before the barn and contents with a silo adjoining were up in smoke.
75 Years Ago
July 20, 1945
Icelanders of this community will mark the 70th anniversary of the first settlement in the state of Minnesota by natives of that country with a picnic at Riverside Park in Minneota on Sunday August 12.
Pfc. Vernon R. Klaassen who is with the army of occupation in Germany has been awarded the infantry man’s combat badge with two stars.
Pfc. W.C. “Chuck” Roberg is now on duty with a Fighter Control Squadron, stationed somewhere in Luzon.
Sgt. Leo Gerner has just returned from overseas duty in Africa, Italy, England and France.
50 Years Ago
July 23, 1970
He’s Retiring Friday
Carl Strand, who has been carrying mail on rural routes out of the Minneota post office since March 2, 1925, will retire from that position Friday of this week.
Reunion of Extension Group
A group of six ladies, who were pioneers in extension work in this county, gathered at the Leonard Heggeseth farm home south of Minneota recently to talk over old times and just “get together.” The ladies were Mrs. Selma Heggeseth, Mrs. Cora Amundson, Mrs. Otto Rye, Mrs. Susan Anderson, Marshall, Mrs. Mary Glasser and Mrs. Hilda Nelson, Hendricks.
Two others who lived in the area south of town in the twenties but were unable to be present for the “reunion” are Mrs. Alfred Amundson, Elbow Lake and Mrs. Alfred Myrvik, Poulsbo, Wash.
The group originally met to do Red Cross sewing during the World War I and when that war was over the ladies turned their minds and talents to extension and 4 - H club work and their activities soon included cooking, sewing, hat-making, dress form making and caring for children. That was back in the days when Fremont Lange was the county extension agent and the year was 1919.
25 Years Ago
July 19, 1995
Kids Enjoy Inside Games
Children who came to the Crazy Day activities on Friday were in for a real treat. They were shown a movie in the basement of the American Legion building, and then were ushered upstairs where they all joined for bingo games.
Prizes included cash and candy. The best part of all - it was free! The Minneota Area Chamber of Commerce stages these events for the kids, making Crazy Day a fun one for them, too.
Attend Northern Minnesota
Twenty-one youth from Chippewa and Yellow Medicine County attended an annual 4- day camping trip to Northern Minnesota. The teens camped out at Jay Cooke State Park. Tours of Duluth, Glen Sheen Mansion, Goosebury Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and other local attractions were the highlight of the trip.
Attending were Chrissi Boulton and Sarah Noyes of Canby, Eric and Jason Wallen, Aaron Benson, and Kristi Coover of Clarkfield, Laura Kling of Montevideo, Katie VanDerPol, Brian and Pete Speh, Melissa and LaNae Harms, Sarah Lindamier, Deb Cuka, Adam and Emily Voltz, Robert Schuller and Jake White of Clara City and Kristi Olson and Stacey Haugen of Milan.