From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-Nov. 20, 1942
Firemen called to two farm fires during week
Two farm fires over the weekend raised an alarm to which the Minneota volunteers answered. At the John Knutson home in Eidsvold on Saturday afternoon, a chimney fire had ignited the flax straw with which they had banked the house for the winter. About 200 square feet of siding was damaged. Monday evening the firemen answered a call to the Herman Josephson farm in Westerheim, where a road side fire had gotten out of control and was menacing a nearby cornfield.
Eidsvold woman dies Sunday
Just ten days before her 77th birthday, Mrs. John Knutson passed away at her home in Eidsvold township on Sunday evening, November 15, at about 8:30. Mrs. Knutson came to this country in 1886, and lived in Minneapolis, where she married John Knutson on May 14, 1892. They lived in Minneapolis till 1900 when they came to Minneota and settled on the farm which is still their home. They celebrated their golden wedding there last spring.
John Kraus, 82, was resident of St. Leo community since immigration
John Kraus, 82 years old, died at his farm home, where he had been living with his son Henry and family, on Sunday afternoon, November 15. Death was caused by pneumonia, after a few days illness. Mr. Kraus was born in Germany on March 17, 1860, and came to America when a young man, coming direct to St. Leo.
Pioneers married 50 years
Mr. and Mrs. William Prellwitz of Marshall, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary November 8th, at the Taunton Hall where about 150 relatives and friends gathered to congratulate them.
50 Years Ago-Nov. 23, 1967
Newest in cheerleaders’ styles
Eight cheerleaders modeled their new outfits at the school Monday morning and they’ll put them to use during the coming week when the basketball team takes part in the jamboree Saturday night and the wrestling team takes on a squad from Canby Tuesday. The cheerleaders that modeled are: Wendy Severson, Janet Christianson and Carol VanHecke who cheer for the wrestlers. Connie Dero, Susan Afdem, Cheryl Traen, Janet Kompelien and Joan Traen, are the lead supporters of the basketball team.
Robert Kiley, senior at the Minneota high school with John Homme, physical science and mathematics instructor, has been selected an alternate to the Ninth National Youth Conference on the Atom at Chicago, November 30 - December 2. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kiley of this village. If two delegates selected by Bemidji State college judges can not attend the conference, Robert and a girl from Castleton, N.D., will be eligible.
Hurt Thursday in car-train crash
Mrs. Anna Dahl of Sioux Falls, S.D. formerly of Minneota, was injured last Thursday when the car she was driving was struck by the Great Northern train at Marshall. Mrs. Dahl was on her way to Minneota from Marshall when the accident happened. She was taken to the Marshall hospital where she is still confined. She suffered a broken right arm and injuries to the right knee. The car was a complete loss.
Gary saloon is burglarized
Burglars who broke into Gary liquor store and took the entire safe with a “sizable” amount of money in it, ran into some problems they didn’t anticipate - they ran their car in the ditch and had to hurry and break open the safe, take out the contents and get their car back on the road before being discovered according to the Canby News.
25 Years Ago-Nov. 18, 1992
Prize winners declared in 1992 contest
The Minneota Area Chamber of Commerce has declared the winners in the 1992 Boxelder Bug Days button contest that was held in conjunction with the local celebration. A total of thirteen numbers were drawn for prize money, but only seven people stepped forward to claim their prize. Those lucky winners were: Rebecca Hatletvedt - $75 Ray Olafson - $50 Jill Anderson - $10 Orville Wigness - $10 Mary DePestel - $10 Rebecca Day - $10 Hanard Lien - $10
Minneota Vikings finish their season
The Minneota Vikings finished the season on their own field, as the Mankato Loyola Crusaders took home a 14-21 victory and the right to continue to state. It was a classic - the weather was clear, the wind was silent, and two very talented teams met on the field in athletic competition. Only one team could win - and this time it was not the Vikings.