From the Mascot files 100, 75, 50 & 25 years ago

100 Years Ago
(May 25, 1923)
Hon. Gislason appointed to study changes in government
Hon. J.B. Gislason, representative in the legislature from this district, was appointed last Friday by Speaker Nolan as a member of the interim committee that is, according to the provisions of a resolution passed by the House of Representatives in the last days of the session, to study and recommend changes in the state government. This commission will probably have its meeting during the coming winter, but its organization session will be held on June 7.

Students enjoy picnic at end of the school year
Picnics are now very much the order of the day. The entire high school took Thursday afternoon off and indulged in games, athletic contests and refreshments at the ball park. On Friday afternoon, the first and second grade students journeyed to the North Bridge, while the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades will spend the same afternoon at the ball park. The eighth grade goes to Section 15 on Friday afternoon, and the seventh grade goes to Section 15 on Monday.

75 Years Ago
(May 28, 1948)
Beardsley man named Minneota superintendent
Diedrich G. Peters, who is at the present time superintendent of schools at Beardsley, Minnesota, was hired by the Minneota school board last Saturday as head of the local school system for the coming school term. Mr. Peters, who is married and has an 18-month-old son, is originally from Mountain Lake. He is a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army for three and a half years. Before coming to Beardsley, he taught at St. James and was the head of the school system at Delhei, Minn.

Five young men from here enlist in U.S. Navy
Five young men from this community enlisted in the United States Navy last week and are at the present time receiving training at Great Lakes, Ill. Among the five who enlisted are Robert and Richard Drown, 17, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Drown; Joseph Fox, 18, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Fox; Donald Roles, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Roles; and Henry Lanners of St. Leo. The youths will have 12 days leave at the end of the training period and will probably be aboard the same ship if they so choose.

Sewer project discussion at mass meeting tonight
Residents of Minneota will be able to hear the pros and cons of the proposed $200,000 sewer and water works improvement project at a meeting to be held at the high school auditorium this Friday evening. The Village Council has made arrangements with representatives from an investment banking firm and a firm of engineers to be on hand to outline for Minneotans how money is to be raised for the project and just what improvements are needed.

50 Years Ago
(May 31, 1973)
Peterson, Olafson selected as Outstanding Senior Citizens
Two Minneota residents, Mrs. C.E. Peterson and Peter Olafson, were selected as Minneota's "Outstanding Senior Citizens" in a contest recently conducted by the Minneota Senior Citizens Center. Mrs. Peterson has lived her entire life in this community and has been associated with the County Historical Society for 25 years and the Royal Neighbor for over 20 years. Mr. Olafson was born in Canada and has lived in this community for 75 years. He is a charter member of the local American Legion and retired from farming in 1947.

Two Minneota golfers qualify for region contest
Two members of the Minneot High School golf team will be going to Granite Falls on Thursday to compete in the regional meeting. They are Dane Nordquist and Dick Christianson, who qualified for the region contest when the Minneota golf team took second place in the district meet last Wednesday in Marshall.

Huge northern hooked from Dead Coon Lake
There are some big fish in Dead Coon Lake and if you don't believe it, you can ask Richard Hanson, 19, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hanson of this community. Last Saturday afternoon, Hanson caught a 19-pound, 2-ounce northern from that lake. It took Hanson around 20 minutes to land the big fish with the assistance of Merl Hancock. The fish measured 42 inches and was hooked on a minnow. Two weeks earlier, Hanson caught a 10-pound northern from the same lake.

Jaycees planning to hold shopping spree in June
Minneota Jaycees are planning to hold a "Three-Minute Shopping Spree" here in June. Funds raises by staging the "spree" at Finnegan's Super Valu will be used for summer projects which the Jaycees have in mind.

25 Years Ago
(June 3, 1998)
Council approves culvert project on Golf Course Road
The Minneota City Council at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening approved the culvert project on Golf Course Road. Jim Vander Wourde, an engineer from DGR, presented to the council the plans for the replacement of the three culverts that are presently in place under the road, as well as concrete walls to be placed around the culverts facing upstream and the rocks that will also be placed to prevent erosion. Cost of the project is estimated at $35,000.

Girl Scouts sponsoring Bike-a-thon on June 13
On Saturday, June 13, Ann Wambeke, 14, of Taunton, and Aulaire Schmitz, 14, of Minneota, will be hosting a family bike-a-thon. This is a family community event for health and fun and people of all ages are encouraged to participate. Those who would like to walk or rollerblade are welcome to participate. The bike-a-thon will be along a 3-mile, historical route through Minneota. There will be several places to stop and read about the town's history. The girls are working on this community project to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award.

Stan Miller honored for 33 years of service at school
The Minneota Public School staff, administration, family members and community gathered at the school cafeteria on May 27 to wish fellow colleague, Stan Miller, well on his upcoming retirement. Miller grew up in the Lake Benton/Verdi area. He and his wife, Loralee, moved to Minneota and he began his teaching career that spanned 33 years. As a teacher in the Chemistry, Biology and Science, Miller has touched a great number of lives over the years.

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