From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1920
The funeral of Olafur Arnason who died in France on Nov. 9, 1918, and whose remains arrived in Minneota last Friday evening, was held last Sunday afternoon.
Sugar prices down
Sugar is coming down. It is just 20 cents per pound in Minneota. Not that this is not enough, but every little bit helps. There is a break in the sugar situation and here's hoping that the break breaks the sugar profiteers.
Sister Nellie visits
Miss Nellie Gossen, who is a nun attached to a sister's school in Waverly, Minn., has been here for a fortnight visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gossen. She has not been home for five years.
75 Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1945
A wind and hail storm hit this area early Friday morning and damaged this year's corn crop considerably.
The greatest losses were in an area east and south of here. Communities hit by the storm include Marshall, Cottonwood, Russell, Balaton, Milroy, Slayton, Minneota and Ghent.
Minneota Band Plays
The Minneota band, under the direction of L.W. Allen, played at the Lyon County Fair on Thursday evening. It was the first appearance of the local band at a fair in a number of years.
Roller Rink Sold
Roy McGuire of Marshall sold the Marshall Roller Rink to the Sternke Brothers of Minneota. Mr. McGuire will remain in Marshall a short assisting with management of the roller rink and will then join his wife in Gaylord, where they also own and operate a roller rink.
A giant box of Wheaties was on sale for 2 for 25 cents at the K&K Store in Taunton. Swift's Brand lard cost 17 cents, while a three-pound head of cabbage was on sale for 10 cents.
And for those canning their garden products, a dozen quart-sized Ball jars were 67 cents and three dozen Kerr lids cost 25 cents.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1970
Enrollment is 1,103
Total enrollment in Minneota's two schools, Minneota Public and St. Edward Catholic, was estimated at 1,1013 students. It is believed that there were 193 students attending parochial and 820 at the public school.
Last year on opening day of the school term a total of 1,018 students were enrolled.
Traveling in Comfort
Mr. and Mrs. Medard Debbaut of Minneota have all the comforts of home while traveling in their former commercial bus purchased in 1968 from Jackrabbit Bus Lines.
The vehicle has everything for plush traveling with the exception of air conditioning and hot and cold running water, which they are going to install next year. It sleeps four people and eight can eat in it at the same time.
Tank in Place
A huge liquid petroleum storage tank was put in place by a crane last week on the M-G-T Cooperative Oil Company's property near the Hi-Way Surfacing property in east Minneota.
The tank, brought here from Louisiana by truck, weights in the neighborhood of 44,000 pounds and when it's filled next week, will contain 26,000 gallons of the heating gas.
Second in Button Sales
The Island Lake 4-H club, with 1,174 Lyon County Centennial buttons sold, received a check earlier this month for being in second place among the county's clubs in sales of buttons.
Receiving the check for the club were: Joyce Hochstatter, Mrs. Lawrence Hochstatter and Darlene Eisenmenger, all of Lynd. The Swan Lake club sold the most buttons.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1995
Manor Open House for
Wing, Retiring Director
The Minneota Manor Health Care Center held an Open House on Aug. 27 for visitors to inspect the new north wing and also to honor retiring Director of Nursing Mary Ann Full, who held her position for 23 years.
Cindy Louwagie, the new Director of Nursing, was also officially welcomed. The new wing allows residents to view grass, trees, wildlife and plants that seem to flourish by the Manor.
17 Queen Candidates
Seventeen Boxelder Bug Days queen candidates for the upcoming festivities were named. They were: Beth Sarazyn, Sherri Tillemans, Lisa Gilbertson, Janice Myhre, Roberta Bottenberghe, Jolynn DeSmet, Jennifer Flood, Ivy Hammerstrom, Lisa DeSmet, Kimberly Schreiber, Laurie Anderson, Jessica DeSmet, Crystalynn Gratz, Theresa Pohlen, Mindy VanDePutte, Nicole Coover, DeeAnn DePestel.
Girl Scout Leaders
Treated to Outing
Service Unit Manager Cherrly Schmitz treated the Minneota Girl Scout leaders to a special "appreciation" outing on Aug. 21. Leaders were chauffeured to Marshall for an evening of miniature golf, followed by Dairy Queen pizza treats. Schmitz planned this appreciation night to recognize them for their past work and dedication to the Girl Scout program.
In attendance were: First grade Brownie leader Carol Myhre, second grade Brownie leader Elana Nomeland, fourth grade Junior leader Dee Koppien, and fifth and sixth grade Junior leader Darleen Dorenkamper. Third grade Brownie leader Lois Barta was unable to attend.