In honor of Women’s History Month, this photo of Petrina Sigurdson Hoff was taken around 1895 when she was about 25 years old. Born on Sept. 5, 1869 in Dalasysia, Iceland, Petrina married Stephen Hoff in 1892 in Lyon County. She died on June 6, 1952 and is buried in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota.

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

100 Years Ago
(March 18, 1921)

Farm Bureau elects
delegates to convention
The directors of the Farm Bureau for Lyon County met in Marshall last week to elect delegates to the convention to be held in St. Paul next Tuesday. Those elected to represent Lyon County are: Ben Borson, Minneota; Ed Reitz, Tracy; C.O. Green, Florence; Chad Carlson, Marshall; and C.P. Sorenson, Balaton. This convention is to hear the report of the Committee of Seventeen on marketing.

Sigurdson heading to
to Iceland for a visit
G.G. Sigurdson left Minneota last week for Minneapolis and then will go on from there to Halifax where he expects to take a steamer for Iceland, his native country. He has been in America for about 10 years and during that time has traveled extensively. He has done everything from traveling with a circus in the sunny southland to ice fishing in the Arctic wild of northern Canada.

75 Years Ago
(March 22, 1946)

8 file for county
office positions
Eight residents of Lyon County had filed their intentions to run for county offices up to Thursday morning this week. Two were reported to have filed for state senator from this district. Those who filed for county offices this past week were: A.L. Bromen, incumbent, County Attorney; Ferdinand A. Coequyt, incumbent, Register of Deeds; W.H. Grogan, Sheriff; Arthur G. Garrow, Sheriff; Miss Jennie M. Frost, incumbent, Superintendent of Schools; Miss Sarah M. Murray, incumbent, County Auditor; and Ralph R. Madden, incumbent, Commissioner in Fourth District.

Sister marks 25th
anniversary taking vows
Mother Mary Magdalene, who heads the staff at St. Edward's Catholic School here, marked the 25th anniversary of her entrance into the Order of the Sister's of St. Joseph last week. The school children of St. Edward's presented her with a gift of silver at a short program held last Friday afternoon. On Monday, Mother Mary Magdalene traveled to St. Paul where she participated in the same ceremonies that took place 25 years ago and renewed her offering to God.

Dero's Grocery lists
this week's sale items
Dero's Grocery will hold a two-day sale this week, Friday and Saturday. Among the items on sale are: two dozen juicy Texas oranges for 29 cents, one-half pound of shelled walnuts for 57 cents, three bunches of radishes for 14 cents, three cans of Campbell's tomato soup for 25 cents, one box of Krispy crackers for 18 cents, and two one-pound boxes of cornstarch for 15 cents.

50 Years Ago
(March 18, 1971)

Teachers here approve
salary offer in vote
Salary negotiations in the Minneota school district were concluded this week when the local teachers' association voted on Monday to accept the offer made by the school board. It was the 122nd salary settlement among Minnesota school districts reported to state officials. The new salary schedule will range $7,000 to $10,300 for teachers with a four-year degree. Salaries for non-degree teachers will range from $6,000 to $8,400.

MBAers hear talks
on phone development
Members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association gathered for their monthly meeting at the grade school auditorium Monday evening to listen to an illustrated talk by a Northwestern Bell Telephone Company representative on the development of the telephone. The speaker on telephones was James Ditty of Litchfield, and his slide-illustrated talk to a light approach to the telephone evolution from Alexander Graham Bell's first phones to the picturephones, an instrument now in use in New York and Chicago which permits the user to see the person to whom they are talking to.

Sweets stolen from
Dalager's Grocery
Burglars with a sweet tooth entered Dalager's Grocery sometime late Saturday night and made off with a large quantity of candy and gum. Nothing else was apparently stolen. The burglary happened before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday because that was when Charles Dalager, proprietor, returned from a trip to the Twin Cities and checked at the store.

25 Years Ago
(March 20, 1996)

Pedersen honored by
GMT Women of Today
Linda Pederson of the Ghent-Minneota-Taunton Women of Today was honored by receiving a Presidential Pin from the president of the Minnesota Women of Today at their Winter State Meeting recently in Minneapolis. Pedersen was nominated for this award by her local chapter. The Presidential Pin is designed to show a member's commitment to her local chapter and to her local membership.

Wallen recognized in
UBC Top 25 Award
Douglas Wallen, manager of the Minneota United Building Center (UBC) is a recipient of UBC's 1995 Top 20 Award. The Top 20 Award is given in recognition of excellent service to customers and to the community. Each center is judged on overall management excellence and the 20 centers receiving the highest scores garner their manager the Top 20 Award.

High school students
present '13 Past Midnight'
This Friday night there will be a murder in Minneota, although a fictitious one. The drama department at the high school will be carrying out the dastardly deed, as they present "13 Past Midnight". The curtains go up at 7 p.m. on Friday night and the students will perform this murder mystery/comedy. Chris Schuckhart is the director.

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