This coin purse is among the many souvenir items that the Silver Dollar Bar in Ghent used to give out to its customers. The Mascot will be remembering the former Silver Dollar Bar, which closed in 2013, in an upcoming feature story. The Silver Dollar Bar was the first bar in Minnesota to serve alcohol when prohibition ended in late 1933.

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

100 Years Ago
(May 13, 1921)

Large road building
crews here this week
Two large crews of road builders, working on the county road, are here this week. One gang is grading the road running south and the other is graveling the section north of town. The gravel is hauled from the farm of Leo Buysse, a distance of about two and a half miles. In addition to this temporary increase in our population, a street carnival is making Minneota quite lively and its hotels crowded beyond capacity.

Street Carnival not
drawing big crowds
The Panama Exposition Show, which is conducting a street carnival here, is not gaining much support. If times were more in flush with money, there is no doubt crowds would be more in proportion to what they deserve. There are still two days left to see the show, and to take a ride in one of their aeroplanes on a sight-seeing tour among the clouds.

Minneota edges Porter
in baseball game, 7-6
The Minneota Scrubs played the Porter Professionals in a rather slow and uninteresting game throughout. Minneota's double play and several "two-baggers" served to lend variety to it. The final score was seven to six in Minneota's favor.

75 Years Ago
(May 17, 1946)

Minneotans vote 281-22
in favor of new school
Of 303 Minneotans who voted in the bond election Tuesday evening, 281 marked their ballots in favor of borrowing $101,000 for the purpose of building and equipping a new school building. Only 22 voters were against the issue, and there were no spoiled ballots. Tuesday's vote was a great deal larger than had been expected and the majority favoring borrowing the money was much greater than had been anticipated.

Girl Scouts to sell
poppies for veterans
Members of the Minneota Girl Scouts troop will distribute memorial poppies her on Saturday, May 18 and also Saturday, May 25, Mrs. Carl Christianson, Poppy Chairman of the local Legion Auxiliary, announced this week. The poppies were made by disabled veterans and Girl Scouts will be taking donations for the offered flowers that honor the war dead. Money received for the poppies will be used to aid disabled veterans of both wars and to assist families of veterans in need.

Hoversten twins are
top seniors this year
Vincent and Kermit Hoversten, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Hoversten, are Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of this year's senior class at Minneota High School, it was announced this week. Vincent has an average of 95.47, while Kermit has an average of 94.68. Others on the Honor Roll this year are Rose Marie Fier (93.23), Helene VanOverbeke (91.68), and Esther Johnson (91.06).

50 Years Ago
(May 13, 1971)

Five graduating with
honors at Minneota
Graduation with Highest Honors will be accorded to five members of the Class of 1971 who have demonstrated academic excellence in attaining scholastic averages of 94 and above during their high school careers. Named to this honor are: Marc Larson, Paul Fixen, Keith VanOverbeke, Elaine Kopka and Craig Jackson. This year's graduating class is the first to include the Highest Honors category.

Basketball coach leaves
for Hutchinson position
Keith Krommenhoek, who has been the head basketball coach here for the past four years after coming here from Round Lake, has been released from his contract here and will leave the post to accept a similar position at the Hutchinson school. Besides coaching basketball, Krommenhoek also assisted with football and baseball, and also instructed typing and physical education.

Council gives approval
of 'Peace Walk' here
Permission for a Peace Walk via Highway 68 through Minneota sometime during the month of June was given by the Village Council at its meeting Monday evening. The council, however, turned thumbs down on a request for a stop presumably overnight in the village, giving as its reason that the town did not have the proper facilities. The walk would be for 400 miles with each daily hike being around 15 miles.

25 Years Ago
(May 15, 1996)

SPMH goal is to
refurbish Opera Hall
The Society for the Preservation of Minneota's Heritage (SPMH) group will soon be holding its annual membership fund drive. The group has set a goal of maintaining and refurbishing the Opera Hall. A good deal of work has already been completed on the Opera Hall to get it ready for use by the community. he major work needing to be done is with the air conditioning and heating units.

Three candidates are
vying for Council seats
Two positions on the District School Board need to be filled at the May 21 election. Incumbents Jim Rokeh and Mary Myhre have both filed for the positions, and the third candidate is Scott Boerboom. The school election will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the cafeteria entrance of the Minneota Public School. Rokeh has filed for the five-year term, while Myhre and Boerboom have each filed for the three-year term.

Spring concert to
be held on Friday
A "Jazzy" Spring Concert by the Minneota Public School students will be held this Friday evening. Instructors John Voit and Mary Kaye Rabaey, as well as all of the students, invite you to the annual Spring Concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. Groups scheduled to perform are the Concert Choir, Junior High Band, The Sparkletones, Concert Band, Junior High Choir, and the Jazz Band. Preceding the concert will be a Whopper Feed in the cafeteria.

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