Melham Brothers Lumber Company in Minneota was located at the corner of Third and Jefferson Streets in the 1930s.

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

100 Years Ago
(Feb. 4, 1921)

Gislason named by
Speaker of House
Hon. J.B. Gislason of Minneota was named by the Minnesota Speaker of the House, as one of five on a special committee to investigate the theatre trust of the Twin Cities. Acting under authority of a resolution introduced by Representative John J. Levin of St. Paul, demanding an investigation of an alleged theatre trust in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Speaker W.I. Nolan appointed Gislason, Levin F.J. McPartlin of International Falls, C.H. Warner of Aitkin, and F.E. Minocks of Minneapolis to the committee. The committee is limited to an expenditure of $150 by the rules committee.

Opera Hall hosts
boys, girls games
The Opera Hall located above the Big Store in Minneota will play host to a doubleheader of high school basketball this Friday evening. The girls will play the first game against Canby at 6 p.m., followed by the Minneota and Canby boys' game.

Tractor price lower
The Mascot is pleased to announce that we have received good news for farmers. The Fordson tractor has just been reduced in price from $790 to $625.

75 Years Ago
(Feb. 8, 1946)

Local churches to
honor servicemen
A father and son banquet, honoring returned servicemen and women, will be staged by congregations of Hope Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran churches on Friday evening, Feb. 22. The banquet will be held at the Legion Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are 75 cents and can by purchased from the pastors of those two churches or at Jones Barber Shop. A three-course meal will be served. E. Hjalmar Bjornson of the Minneapolis Tribune will be the guest speaker.

Worst blizzard in
years hits area
One of the worst blizzards in recent years struck this community Tuesday afternoon, continuing through the night and into Wednesday, tying up traffic and closing schools here. The storm came up on the heels of a light rain which was frozen as it fell. Schools here were closed Wednesday and there was no bus or train service. Electric service to parts of Minneota was off for a few hours late Tuesday afternoon.

Blizzard doesn't stop
chicks from hatching
Newly-hatched chicks, which are usually associated with the return of spring and balmier weather, were making their entrance into this world during the blizzard Wednesday at Dr. Kerr's Hatcheries here. The first batch of the season was scheduled to come out of the incubators Thursday of this week, but a lot of the little fellows couldn't wait and were breaking out of their shells during the worst part of this week's blizzard.

Two Minneotans win
Golden Gloves finals
Two Minneota boys, Lawrence Fox and Renil VanOverbeke, won in the final round of the Golden Gloves tournament at Slayton on Monday evening and have the right to enter the northwest eliminations at Minneapolis on Monday. Six from Minneota were entered in the tournament. Fox won a decision in the featherweight division, while VanOverbeke won by a knockout in the light heavyweight division. The Minneota boys have been coached by Dr. William W. Merritt.

50 Years Ago
(Feb. 4, 1971)

Two St. Edward's
students win awards
Two students from St. Edward's Catholic School of Minneota won awards recently after entering a national contest staged by the Educational ABC's of Industry. Mark Buysse was the recipient of a pair of skates and Linda Fox received a check. The purpose of the program and contest is to afford an opportunity for students to gain insight into the way in which industries operate.

Blood drive here
receives 139 pints
Mrs. Bernard Tillemans, chairman of the local blood donation program, reported this week that residents of this community donated 139 pints of blood when the bloodmobile visited Minneota last week. This was the most donated here during in the past 10 years. There were 27 first-timers to donate during the recent drive. Charles B. DeSutter of Minneota reached the four-gallon mark in donations.

Wambeke purchases
'Culligan' building
In a business transaction that was completed recently, James Wambeke, proprietor of Wambeke's Repair Service, became the owner of the "Culligan" building on North Jefferson Street. The building, erected about six years ago, was bought from Fritz Boerboom of Slayton. Wambeke is now in the process of moving equipment and supplies from the Kiley building, across the street, to the structure which he owns.

25 Years Ago
(Feb. 7, 1996)

Mailboxes getting
buried in the snow
Alvin Smith, Officer in Charge at the Minneota Post Office, has a special request. Your mail is becoming a real challenge to deliver because of the collection of snow by the mailboxes. Perhaps this is even more of a problem in town, as the huge piles of snow are hard to move. But you must clear out the area around your delivery boxes, or your mail will not get to you.

Minneota announces
Snow-Ball royalty
The Minneota High School students are preparing for the annual Snow-Ball festivities. One of the first orders of business was naming the class representatives for the royalty. They are: Seniors - Roberta Bottelberghe, Lisa DeSmet, Adam Dero and Jesse Ratajczak. Juniors - Beth Miller, Shawn VanHecke, Nathan Lozinski and Chris Swedzinski. Sophomores - Val Bottelberghe, Kristi Coover, Ross Eischens and Joe Kimpe. Freshmen - Carrie Dalager, Angela Laleman, Joey Boerboom and Joshua Sanow. First grade students who carry the crowns are Keith Downing and Emily Dyce.

FLA helping with
community project
FLA students at Minneota have agreed to make cotton turbans for cancer patients as part of their Community Service, Ivy Hammerstrom, who is chairing this project, said that Fabric Plus of Marshall donated the fabric for the turbans as part of the volunteer program staged last summer. The students are working now to cut and sew the turbans before the March 11 region FLA meeting. The Minneota students have a goal of making 200 turbans. A total of 7,000 turbans are needed.

Porter woman works
on beach project
Cindy Potz of Porter has been working to turn a portion of the Lake Shaokatan shoreline into a beach area for local enthusiasts. She developed and planned the beach area and other recreational facilities for the Picnic Point County Park at Lake Shaokatan in Lincoln County. She drew a basic blueprint and a cost estimate of her ideas before asking for bids on materials from area businesses. The Lake Shaokatan Sportsmen's Club offered financial support in developing the area.

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