A view of Second Street in Minneota in this undated photo. Photo Courtesy of the Lyon County Museum.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 years ago
(Oct. 12, 1920)

Minneota District 4 of
educational campaign
The Archbishop Ireland Educational Fund campaign for $5,000,000 has divided into five districts. The fund headquarters located in St. Paul announced that a one-week campaign is planned for each of the districts. Minneota is the Fourth District in which the campaign will commence on Nov. 14. The campaign in Minneota is in charge of a diocesan committee composed of Rev. W.J. Stewart, Harry Tillemans and Phillip Ahern.

Operator takes new job
A.F. Staley, who has been an operator at the local station for the past three years in Minneota, received a promotion to First Operator at the Springfield office. He left to fill that role last Thursday.

Gislason propounds doctrine
B.B. Gislason of Minneota traveled to Mountain Lake last week where he divided time with Senator Schmechel in propounding the doctrine of the Babcock System. Gislason also spoke to the women of Russell last week, as well as addressing the public school.

75 Years Ago
(Oct. 12, 1945)

Sailor thought dead,
returns after 42 months
Minneota sailor Dorcy Swanson, who was presumed dead, returned to Minneota last week on a 96-day leave. Swanson had been a Japanese prisoner for 42 months. He was aboard the U.S.S. Houston that was sunk by a Japanese torpedo while attacking a landing that the enemy was making in Sundra Straits on March 1, 1942. Swanson was in the water for 12 hours before the Japanese Army picked him and the other 364 survivors of the 1,100 aboard the U.S.S. Houston up and placed in a prison camp. Swanson reported that the men were beaten, tortured and malnourished. When the war ended, the survivors were flown out by American airman.

Businessmen petition to
release doctor from Army
Members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association met at Ed's Cafe last week and voted to circulate a petition in this community requesting that the U.S. Army release Lt. S.D. Wolstan from services to that he would be able to return to his practice here. Lt. Wolstan entered the army in the fall of 1943, and before that had practiced here for a number of years. Those attending the meeting discussed the need for a doctor here. The community has been without the services of a physician since Dr. E.T. Sanderson became ill a month ago.

Everly succeeds Wiese
as elevator manager
Homer C. Everly of Redfield, Iowa, has taken over as manager of the Minneota Community Elevator, succeeding Herman Wiese, who has been the manager of the local elevator for the past six years. Wiese has been transferred by Cargill, Inc. to manage a feed department in an elevator in Conrad, Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Everly and family have moved into the house formerly occupied by the Wiese family.
50 Years Ago
(Oct. 8, 1970)

Board approves school
budget of $677,925
An operating budget of $677,925 for the 1970-71 school year was finalized by the local school board at its regular meeting last Thursday night. The figure means slightly more than a 10 percent increase over last year's budget. Of the total amount, $557,025 is earmarked for maintenance, $28,970 for capital outlay, and $91,930 for debt redemption. The figures do not include $37,250 for food service and $20,120 which has been approved under Title I of PL-8910. Neither of these programs is supported by local property taxes.

Council rejects school's
building permit request
The Village Council, at its meeting Monday evening, turned down a request from School District 414 for a permit to build an addition to its bus garage in east Minneota. The request was submitted to the council by Supt. Ralph Larson and Donald Rye, chairman of the district's school board. A thorough discussion of the matter took place before the council voted on the application with most of the argument being against granting of the permit.

Vikings trim Eagles
for season's 4th win
The Minneota Vikings gained their fourth win of the season as they rolled to a 25-8 triumph over the Ivanhoe Eagles in the latter's Homecoming title on Friday night. The Vikings jumped to a 6-0 halftime advantage and then went on to score twice more in the third quarter and once more in the fourth quarter. The Vikings gained 287 yards to 123 for Ivanhoe. Randy Obe had 16 tackles to lead the defense.

25 Years Ago
(Oct. 4, 1995)

Council advertising
for full-time officer
The Minneota City Council, acting on the advisement of Police Chief Lucian Krohling, made the decision to advertise for a full-time police officer to service in the city's Police Department. The city, prior to the hiring of Krohling, had been covered by two part-time police officers. The two part-time positions will be phased out when the full-time officer is hired.

Volleyball team third
in Balaton tournament
During Homecoming Week, the Minneota volleyball team split two matches during the week and then placed third in the Balaton tournament on Saturday. Coach Sandi Smith's squad lost to Redwood Valley in four games on Tuesday, swept Canby on Thursday, and then went 4-2-2 in the Balaton tournament.

National 4-H Week
The 1995 National 4-H Week celebration runs Oct. 1-7. The theme chosen to represent thousands of members is: "More than you ever imagined". This theme reflects the variety of 4-H programming and the diversity of the lives and backgrounds of 4-H youth throughout our nation.

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