Sue Wyffels, the 1957 Ghent Belgian-American Days Queen, rides in a float in Tracy's Boxcar Days parade over Labor Day weekend in 1957. This photo appeared in the Marshall Messenger on Sept. 3, 1957.

Years Ago

100 Years Ago
July 30, 1920

Blaze at Canby
Spontaneous combustion, it is believed, caused the $300,00 fire which destroyed the Canby Roller Mills, the Atlas Elevator, a lumber and machine shed, a barn and ice house there last Friday afternoon. The insurance on the mill was $150,000.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Erickson left last Sunday for a sojourn through Northern Minnesota. They will spend about two weeks on the trip.

Mrs. Peter Anderson left for Owatonna last Tuesday. She has been managing the Main Cafe here for some time but disposed of the business recently to the Crawfords.

75 Years Ago
July 27, 1945

It was a reunion in Stockholm this time. Three brothers, Lt. Jon Bjornson, Lt. Val Bjornson, navy, and Bjorn Bjornson, former editorial writer for the Minneapolis Tribune, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Bjornson, had a reunion party on Sunday in Stockholm. The meeting furnished an opportunity for the brothers to meet Bridget Jacobson, fiance of Lt. Jon Bjornson, Mathilda Kvaran, Iceland. Bjorn Bjornson has covered the battlefront for NBC for four years. Lt. Val Bjornson, who has been stationed in Iceland, has returned to this country.

DeHaven Again
Writes of Minneotan
Minneotans, who in recent weeks have received mention a number of time in Bob DeHaven’s “Howdy-Do” column in the Minneapolis Tribune, made the column again last Wednesday when he mentioned having received a big kiss from Francis Askdal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Askdal. The kissing incident occurred when DeHaven was appearing with a radio show which was broadcoast from Redwood Falls. In his column Bob says “Francis Askdal came over from Minneota and gave me a big kiss. I gave her a stick of gum. She’s five.”

Minneotan Completes
Basic Sub Training
Stefan T. Guttormsson, 20, seaman, first class, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Guttormson, Minneota, has completed basic training at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn. He will be entitled to wear the twin dolphin insignia of the submarine service after further experience on a submarine. The new submariner joined the Navy in April, 1943. He is a graduate of the Minneota High School.

50 Years Ago
July 30, 1970

Miller Selected for
Biology Institute
Stanley Miller, a science teacher at Minneota high school, has been named an awardee for a National Science Foundation biology institute being conducted at Mankato State college July 20 through August 21.

12 Youths Entered
In Golf Tournament
Twelve boys were entered in the Junior Golf Tournament which was held at Countryside Golf Club last Saturday and Sunday. Winners in the various flights were: Championship, Robert Canton; runner-up Dane Nordquist; third Joe Schulte; first flight, Douglas Spanton, first; Dick Christianson, second; Larry Langsweirdt, third; second flight, Tom Hanson, first; Charles Konold, second.

25 Years Ago
July 26, 1995

Ghent has National
Poster Winner
Karen DeSutter is a Catholic Order of Foresters National Poster Contest winner. She was presented a $50.00 check for her third place finish by Darla Timmerman, Youth Director of St. Eloi Court #1081. Karen is the daughter of Michael and Bonnie DeSutter of Ghent.

Kids Safety Fair
Jessica Nuytten will be holding a “Kids Safety Fair” on Saturday, July 29th from 9:30 until 12:00 noon at the Minneota American Legion building (basement area) in the downtown area. The children will be learning about sun safety, food safety, general safety, first aid and other general safety areas.

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