This is an aerial view of Minneota, circa 1975.

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

100 years ago
(Oct. 19, 1920)

Peddler's wagon rifled
A peddler stopping at a farmhouse south of Minneota last week had his wagon rifled overnight and several hundred dollars worth of goods were stolen by a traveler. No one was caught and the goods were not recovered.

Ivanhoe store robbed
The leading general store in Ivanhoe was entered last Friday night and about $5,000 worth of silks and other merchandise were stolen. Silk is in favor with thieves this season.

Volstead speaks at
the Opera House
The honorable A.J. Volstead of Granite Falls spoke at the Opera House in Minneota on Saturday, Oct. 16 in his interest for his candidacy for Congress. The meeting was attended by voters generally as the Congressman was entitled to a hearing and a fair consideration of his claims.

Farmer burns corn
instead of coal
"I will not buy any of this $25 coal," said B.E. Nelson, one of the best-known and most substantial farmers in the area. "I am going to burn corn on the cob instead." He told the Mascot that at the present price of corn and the present price of coal, he would be making money by burning corn.

75 Years Ago
(Oct. 19, 1945)

1244 sign petition
for return of doctor
There were 1,244 people of this community, as well as Ghent, Taunton and St. Leo, that signed a petition circulated by the Minneota Businessman's Association, requesting that Dr. S.D. Wolstan be released from the Army in order that he might return to his practice here. The petition, along with the resolution prepared by the association's executive committee asking for the return of Dr. Wolstan, was sent to Fort George Meade, Maryland. The petition stated that the nearest doctor was 13 miles away.

Minneotans praised
for War Bond drives
Minneotans, who have always been first in going over the top in this county in War Bond and War Services Fund drives, received a word of praise this week for their record by J.V. Williams, chairman of the War Bond drives. Mr. Williams said that "No district anywhere in the United States could have done better."

Plans completed for
Homecoming Week
Plans have all been completed and preparations are being made by students of Minneota High School for celebrating Homecoming next Thursday afternoon when Hendricks plays the Vikings football team in Minneota. A bonfire, parade, band music, a dance at the school auditorium, and crowning of the Homecoming queen are included in plans for next week's festivities.

50 Years Ago
(Oct. 15, 1970)

Area receives
5-inch snowfall
An early October snowfall dumped five inches of snow in this community in a 24-hour period. It began snowing on Thuesday afternoon and continued without letting up until late Friday afternoon. The heavy snow forced postponement of the Minnesota vs. Wabasso football game.

Easter lily blooms
for second time
Mrs. Carl A. Christianson must have a green thumb because an Easter lily that bloomed once last spring was blooming again for her last week before a snowstorm hit. The plant was given to the Christianson by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Almich of Minneapolis last Easter. Mrs. Christianson then cut it down and allowed it to lie dormant and then planted the lily on the west side of their home in early June.

Three 4-H members
of 10 receive awards
Three Lyon County 4-H members of the 10 who participated received awards for their exhibits in the State 4-H Livestock Show. Those receiving superior pork carcass ratings were: John and Lynette Rialson of the Garvin Hi-Fliers 4-H club, with their Hampshire market hogs, and James Laleman, Vallers 4-H member, was awarded an excellent carcass rating on his crossbred market beef animal.

25 Years Ago
(Oct. 11, 1995)

Locals do well at
PP&K competition
The first-place winners from the local NFL & Gatorade Punt Pass & Kick competition traveled to Roberts Park in Hutchinson for the sectional meet on Oct. 7. The Minneota Jaycees were the local sponsors for this event. The competitors, age division, and their result were: Todd Boerboom, 8, second place; Joe DeVlaeminck, 9, participation ribbon; Terry Schreier, 10, third place; Devin Pohlen, 11, third place; Jerik Gossen, 12, participation ribbon; Chris Tolk, 13, participation ribbon; Justin Anderson, 14, participation ribbon; and Adam Gorecki, 15, participation ribbon.

Gillund field goal
rallies Vikings, 17-14
The Minneota football team earned a 17-14 win over Dawson-Boyd on Friday night on a 30-yard field goal by Travis Gillund with six seconds left in the game. Minneota outgained the Blackjacks 305-191 in total yards, but needed a late rally. On fourth-and-goal from the 11, John Fier threw a touchdown pass to Scott Fier and Gillund followed with the extra point to tie the game, 14-14. Luke Ahlschlager then recovered a Dawson-Boyd fumble and the Vikings got in position for Gillund's winning kick.

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