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

100 Years Ago
(Oct. 26, 1920)

Amendment 1 speakers
Hon. J.B. Gislason and G.H. Bjornson went to New London, Minn. last Thursday to talk on Amendment No. 1. They also spoke in Spicer, which is five miles south of New London. They made the trip by auto with George Benson at the wheel.

New teacher named
Miss Laura McIntyre of Sauk Centre has been added to the force at the local school. She will be teaching eighth grade.

Gislason travels on
behalf of Babcock
B.B. Gislason has been putting in some good licks for the Babcock System this week. On Tuesday evening, Gislason addressed an audience of 350 women in Tracy, and on Wednesday evening he went to Granite Falls where he and Commissioner Mooney addressed a large meeting. Mrs. Gislason accompanied her husband.

Porter Social Circle
discusses theater party
The Porter Social Circle met recently at Olaf Gunderson home. Each member responded to roll call by reporting on the topic assigned for the year. Plans were made for a theater party with Mrs. Bietsol as hostess.

75 Years Ago
(Oct. 26, 1945)

Accident takes life
of local teen girl
Birdie Marie Lund, 18-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ethel Lund, was found dead in the bathtub, above which there was a shower head, in her home in Minneota last Wednesday evening.
Birdie went into the room to take a bath around 6 p.m. and had promised to her sister, Betty Rae, who intended to sleep for a short while, to wake her at 6:45 p.m. Betty Rae awoke around 10 p.m., and hearing water running in the bathroom, went to investigate and found and found her sister lying in the bottom of the tub with the water still running out of the shower head.
Coroner B.C. Ford said that the girl had evidently slipped in the shower and fallen, and in the fall, her neck had been broken, causing death.

Minneota girl chosen
queen at Augsburg
Marion Myrvik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Myrvik of Minneota, has been named Homecoming queen at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Marion began her four-day reign when she received her crown at the traditional coronation ceremonies which took place in the college chapel. Marion is a graduate of the Minneota Public Schools and a member of the Class of 1942.

Football players, coach
respond to questions
Now that the football season for 1945 is near an end, Coach Spanton and the "boys" were asked: "What was your favorite game this season?" ... Coach Spanton: "All of them. We'd like to have more support from the town, though, because the fellows really deserve it." ... Donald Hammerlink: "Tyler. The only game we played under the lights." ... Ronald Christianson: "Lake Benton. It was the only game I played in this year."

50 Years Ago
(Oct. 22, 1970)

New bike presented
to Scott Bernardy
Scott Bernardy, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Randy Bernardy of Minneota, who was injured in a bicycle accident last August, was presented with a new bicycle last Thursday, shortly after his return from the hospital. Making the presentation were Billy Monahan and Bruce Novotny. Money for the new two-wheeler was raised through donations of youths of the community by a jar that had been set up in Jerry's Supply.

Tracy gridders run
past Minneota, 30-0
Rushing for a total of 382 yards, Tracy rolled to a decisive 30-0 victory over Minneota in a high school football game last Friday night. The deepest penetration that the Viking offense could make was to the Tracy 35-yard-line, which they reached on two occasions in the third quarter. The Vikings managed to gain only 98 yards.

Fire destroys local
barn and contents
A barn and about 2,000 bales of straw on the Wallace Hoffman farm, formerly the Mel Windey farm, was destroyed by fire on undetermined origin last Friday night. The Minneota Fire Department was called out about 10:45 p.m., but the barn and its contents were practically gone by the time it arrived on the scene. The scene of the fire is about eight miles south of Minneota.

25 Years Ago
(Oct. 18, 1995)

Russian violinists to
play at St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minneota will be the scene of the Solovey Nightengale Strings on Saturday, Oct. 28. The duo of Gasan Guseyn-Zade and Diana iskenderova will delight your ears with their concert violin music. Gasan and Iskenderova, who now live in Minnesota, are natives of Baku, Azerbaijan, one of the oldest Russian Republics.

Volleyball team seeded
sixth in Sub-section 11
The Minneota volleyball team split their final two regular-season matches, losing to Lincoln HI and defeating Lakeview. Minneota, 13-12 overall, was seeded No. 6 for the upcoming Sub-section 11A tournament. Tracy-Milroy earned the top seed, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton was the N o. 2 seed, Lake Benton No. 3, Redwood Valley No. 4 and Lincoln HI No. 5.

Vikings crush Lakeview
on Parent's Night, 77-32
Minneota rushed for 391 yards and passed for 200 in a 77-32 rout of Lakeview on Parent's Night last Friday night at K.P. Kompelien Field. Scott Fier gained 146 yards in 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. Mark Myrvik ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns in just five carries. Travis Gillund rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown in seven carries. John Fier completed 11 of 17 passes for 170 yards and two TD's. Jeremy Gossen and Travis Welsh had 10 tackles apiece.

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