This 1916 photo shows people waiting for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway train to stop at the depot outside of Minneota.

From the Mascot Files

100 Years Ago
April 14, 1922

Two local men
seek land deals
B.B. Gislason and O.H. Werpy of Minneota spent the first part of the week in Redwood County on land business. They tell us that they find hopeful outlook wherever they go and that they have even found real estate firms that are doing some business and all of them are confident of good business ahead.

Glenny, daughters in
charge of phone office
Mrs. Glenny and daughters of Flandreau, S.D., arrived here on Tuesday and will take charge of the local telephone office. They will make their home in the rear rooms on the same floor with the central office. Miss Palma Lund, who has had charge of the telephone office for some time will be transferred to another station.

Halvorson offered
superintendent job
Prof. Alvin Halvorson of Stillwater was in this city on Monday being interviewed by the Board of Education. Halvorson was an applicant for the position of superintendent here. He was elected last Monday evening, but so far has not accepted the offer of $2,200 per year.

75 Years Ago
April 18, 1947

McMillin, Spanton are
managers of ball team
E.F. McMillin and Orval (Stub) Spanton will be managers of the Minneota ball club during the next season, having accepted the duties at the request of the Minneota Businessmen's Association baseball committee. Both men assumed that prospects were good for a hustling ball team this summer and, although the club may not capture the Golden Valley League title, it should be one of the top teams. The first game of the season will be played on the Minneota diamond when Canby comes to town on May 4.

Winter delivers eight
inches of heavy snow
Winter made another appearance in this community Monday and delivered its final blow, it is hoped, when this area was covered with a blanket of heavy, wet snow estimated at up to eight inches in depth. Although the temperature didn't drop much below freezing Monday night, this community's snowfall had not disappeared by Thursday. The storm started Monday afternoon and continued all night, ending on Tuesday morning. Reports from the remainder of the state say that the snowfall ranged from 3-16 inches in depth.

Businesses to close
for hospital drive
Minneota business hours will close for half a day in the near future while business owners make a canvas of the area to secure funds for the hospital project. This decision was made at a meeting of the Minneota Businessmen's Association held at the public school Tuesday evening. The date of the half-day drive has not been decided on yet, but when all arrangements have been completed by the MBA hospital committee, it will be announced in the Mascot.

80 students head to
Tracy Music Contest
Eighty students from the public school will represent Minneota at the district music contest being held at Tracy on Saturday. Minneota will have entrants in vocal and instrumental soloists, mixed chorus, glee club, band, boys' group, sextette, mixed quartet, clarinet, trio, trumpet trio, drum duet, trumpet solo, saxophone solo, and clarinet solo.

50 Years Ago
April 13, 1972

Buysse winner of
Agriculture award
Larry Buysse has been announced as the winner of the 1971 DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award, which is given to outstanding seniors in vocational agriculture departments. Buysse was chosen to receive this award on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and his supervised farming program. He attends Minneota High School and has been district president, and local secretary and 4-H member for eight years. He plans on farming with his father, Lawrence Buysse, after high school.

Upholstery shop has
opened here this week
A new Minneota business, K & J Upholstery, has opened for business this week on North Jefferson Street, a few doors north of the Mascot office. Owners of the firm are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Drown. Besides reupholstering furniture and car, truck and tractor seats, the Drowns say they will be handling a line of fabric and supplies.

Ordinance in place
to keep dogs leashed
The Village Council passed an ordinance at its meeting this week that no running at-large of dogs with the municipality and they must be kept on a leash, six feet or less in length while on the village streets or on public property, and kept under control of an accompanying person. Owners must also have a village dog license attached to the collar of their dog. Should a dog licensed, be found running at large within the village, it will be impounded for three days, and if the owner does not call for it, the animal will be destroyed.

Four teachers here
turn in resignations
Four teacher resignations were accepted by the local school board at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. Mrs. Thordis Lindall is retiring from teaching after having been a member of the elementary staff for the past 11 years. Also leaving the faculty at the end of the current school term are Mrs. Alan Bahn, art teacher for two years; Mrs. Brent Berbert, English teacher for four years; and Perry Vining, English speech teacher for one year.

25 Years Ago
April 16, 1997

April storm causes
widespread damage
The Otter Tail Power Company was hit hard following last week's devastating ice, snow and wind storm that struck eastern and central North Dakota and western Minnesota on April 5 and 6. All told, the storm knocked out power in more towns (125) than any other time in company history. It also took out more than 900 poles. This area was not hit as hard and had no power outage, but several residents are employed with Otter Tail Power.

TOPS celebrates 25th
anniversary locally
This is the 25th anniversary for the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter in Minneota. On March 31, new officers were installed. They are: Mary Schreiber, Leader; Lois Spanton, Co-Leader; Betty Prellwitz, Secretary; Barb Okrina, Treasurer; Ruth Bot, Weight Recorder. TOPS is open to men, women, pre-teens and teens. They meet on Mondays at the Minneota Manor.

Science students earn
top prize in Duluth
Two Minneota seventh graders, David Wambeke and Mike Belaen, earned special awards and a blue ribbon for their science project called "Mystery Metal" at the State Science Fair last week in Duluth. After winning the regional competition at Mankato State University, they advanced to the state competition. Wambeke and Belaen won the Junior High level competition and they earned a $500 Savings Bond.

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