Minneota Rotary members participate in a threshing bee at the Virgil Thompson farm in this 1954-71 photo.

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

100 Years Ago
(Dec. 28, 1920)

Man breaks arm,
leg in fall off bridge
Joe White, who has been working with a railroad bridge crew near Sanborn, fell off off a bridge last Monday while at work. He broke his right leg above the knee and his left arm above the wrist. He spent several days in the hospital in Mankato.

Minneota girl cagers
beat Russell, 20-11
The girls basketball teams of Minneota and Russell high schools met at Minneota last Friday evening, and put on a spirited game before a fair crowd of spectators. The outcome of the game was 20 to 11 in favor of the Minneota team. A boys basketball game was scheduled for the same evening against Russell, but they did not show up.

Local Masonic Lodge
names new officers
The local Masonic Lodge installed the following officers last Thursday evening to serve during the coming year: Worshipful Master, L.H. Pemberton; Senator Warden, C.S. Johnson; Junior Warden, W.B. Gislason; Secretary, P.H,. Geiwitz; Treasurer, P.S. Jokull; Senior Deacon, L.V. Dahl; Junior Deacon, S.E. Sigurdson; Senior Stewart, Al Jacobson; Junior Stewart, Bjorgvin Westdal; Tiler, Bjorn Holm.

75 Years Ago
(Dec. 28, 1945)

Local boxers have
bouts in Slayton
Three youth from Minneota, Wayne Glasser, Jimmy Flood and Lawrence Fox will box at Slayton this Friday evening in the year's final amateur boxing classic in that city. Glasser will fight Al Smith of Brookings, SD, in the welterweight division; Flood will fight Bob Brandenburg of Luverne in the lightweight division; and Fox will take on Alvin Kelsey of the Flandreau Indian School in the lightweight division.

Tire dealers here
have small stock
Tire rationing may be over on Jan. 1, 1946, but according to local tire dealers, there still aren't enough tires in their inventory for all the motorists that need them. Dropping rationing of tires leaves sugar as the only item on the restriction list. Tire dealers believe motorists will have to get along with what they have for some time.

Geiwitz named
Alumni President
Robert Geiwitz was elected president of the Minneota High School Alumni Association at a business meeting held when that group had its party Wednesday evening at the high school auditorium. Other officers elected were Frank A. Josephson, vice president; and Joseph Moorse, secretary-treasurer. That meeting was the first the organization had since December of 1942. The meetings in 1943 and 1944 were cancelled because of war conditions.

50 Years Ago
(Dec. 24, 1970)

Churches plan festival
services for Christmas
In this holiest of seasons, when Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, churches in Minneota and surrounding communities are making plans for special services to mark the observance. Hope Lutheran Church, St. Edward's Catholic Church, Hemnes Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Lucas Lutheran Church, Israel Lutheran Church of Clarkfield, Swede Home Lutheran Church in Clarkfield, St. Leo's Catholic Church of St. Leo, St. Eloi's Catholic Church in Ghenbt, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Taunton, and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Churches of Taunton are all holding special Christmas services.

Minneota wrestlers
defeat Tracy, 24-21
The Minnesota wrestling team defeated Tracy 24-21 last Friday night to improve its record to 2-1-1. The Vikings collected two pins, four decisions and a draw. Tom Stoks at 125 pounds and Dave Fier at 145 pounds each won by pin for Minneota.

Minneota debate team
wins own tournament
The Minneota debate team was the winner of the debate tournament held in Minneota last Saturday. The Minneota team won in the Cross-Section Division. Members of the team were: Bill Ufkin, Keith VanOverbeke, Marc Larson, and Greg Regnier. Members of the Novice Division, which placed third, were: Paul Eastwold, Margaret Pennings, Robin Hammer and Joan Olafson.

25 Years Ago
(Dec. 27, 1995)

Toys for Tots
is big success
The local Toys for Tots program held in Minneota recently was a successful venture, according to the GMT Women of Today, which sponsors the event. Many organizations and individuals contributed toys, games, caps, mittens and cash for the Toys for Tots program. Volunteers shopped for the Toys for Tots with monetary donations, and also wrapped the gifts.

Steele earns pin
from GMT Women
Michelle Steele of the GMT Women of Today was honored by receiving a Presidential Pin from Christine Jones, President of the Minnesota Women of Today at their fall state meeting. Steele was nominated by her local chapter. The Presidential Pin is designed to show dedication and belief in the organization's creed and service to her local chapter and community.

Skillings earns 100th
career coaching win
Minneota head wrestling coach Joel Skilling earned the 100th victory of his career when the Vikings defeated Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 54-7 last week in Minneota. Skillings began his coaching career in North Dakota and has won 84 dual meets through the Minneota program.

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