From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
(April 15, 1921)
Minneotans did not
enjoy Marshall plays
Quite a number of Minneotans have been attending some Shakespeare plays at Marshall this week. Hamlet drew several carloads from Minneota on Tuesday. Several of those attending told the Mascot that they "stood for it" for about an hour and then left the hall. Without meaning to cast any reflections upon the company that staged this difficult drama, in view of what we heard from those attending, as Hamlet says: "There is something rotten in Denmark."
Meeting set to decide
graveling of streets
There will be a meeting of the Commercial Club on Friday evening at City Hall for the purpose of discussing the matter of graveling some of the streets of Minneota. The council has requested an expression of opinion from the citizens on this matter. The council has under consideration the question of graveling the streets that will connect the north and south roads, which are expected to be graveled up to the city limits this summer.
75 Years Ago
(April 19, 1946)
Nine county men
file for Sheriff
Nine county men, who have filed for the office of sheriff in this county, raised the total list of candidates seeking office in the forthcoming election to 24. The sheriff's race will be the only contest in the primary election in July. The nine men filing for sheriff were: Paul Falk, Minneota; W.H. Grogan, Marshall; Arthur C. Garrow, Marshall; Knute Bergman, Marshall; Earl Hartzell, Marshall; Michael J. Kelly, Marshall; Vincent S. Marcotte, Tracy; John Klausler, Cottonwood; and Roland Rans, Marshall. Max Foster of Marshall, seeking the auditor's office, and Dr. B.C. Ford for coroner, were the only others to file during the past week.
Local boxing card
draws capacity crowd
A capacity crowd at St. Edward's Hall last Friday evening, numbering more than 600 people, witnessed a thrill-packed boxing card, the first staged by the newly-formed Minneota Boxing Club. There were 13 fights on the card. Fans came from Brookings, Slayton, Worthington, Watertown, Pipestone and towns in this area. Many declared the Minneota card one of the best they had witnessed in many months.
Baseball team wants
old suits returned
Unable to secure baseball suits which several members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association had promised to buy for them, baseball players of this community would like to have all suits which were used in former years to be tuned in at once. Six have been turned in so far.
50 Years Ago
(April 15, 1971)
Fire fighters have
5 calls in 3 days
Members of the Minneota Volunteer Fire Department answered five calls for help over a three-day period, all but one of them for grass or debris blazes. The one exception was a call to the Eiten Laleman home south of Minneota at about 11 p.m. last Friday. That alert was for a blaze in a hog house and feed shed that were badly damaged or destroyed by the fire. Five sows and 24 young pigs were killed.
Farmers advised on
Lyon County farmers enrolled on the feed grain and wheat programs are being reminded that the acreage set aside under each program should be as productive as the acreage normally used to produce crop. The Lyon County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee suggested that owners check with the county ASC office as soon as possible if they have any doubt about their proposed set-aside acreage meeting the qualifications.
Rita Hoffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floribert Hoffman of rural Minneota, was a semifinalist of a regional spelling contest held in Sioux Falls recently. She is student at St. Edward's Catholic School. Rita came in second place in the Lyon County spelling contest held in Tracy last month and qualified for the regionals.
25 Years Ago
(April 17, 1996)
Two speech students
to compete at state
John Fier and Laurie Anderson of Minneota qualified for the State Speech Meet after finishing first and second, respectively, in their category at the region meet at Southwest Minneota State University on April 13. Minneota had 21 students competing in the region meet. Minneota placed fourth as a team. Fier placed first in Creative Expression, while Anderson was second in Original Oratory. The state tournament will be held April 19 at Stillwater High School.
Community Fund Drive
set to begin this week
The annual Minneota Community Fund Drive will begin this week and continue through May 17. Committee members Sue Wischer, Kathy Wohnoutka and Rita VanDorpe will be calling for volunteers to help in this event. Residents of Minneota are reminded that this is the only fund drive held during the year that gives everyone the chance to donate money to specific charitable organizations. About $4,580 was raised her last year.
SPMH planning for
The Society for the Preservation of Minneota Heritage decided to make plans for a mailing fundraiser, as well as talking to individuals and groups, at its latest meeting at the home of Jeannette Konold last week. Bonnie Hanson will write the rough draft of a letter to be used telling people that the money will be spent for.
Manor to raise funds for scholarships
The Minneota Manor staff invites everyone to come and get involved in their yearly Craft/Bake Sale and luncheon on April 20. You will find all kinds of neat crafts for sale, as well as baked goods. At noon, a hot turkey sandwich and salad luncheon will be available to community members. The funds raised for this event will got towards local and state scholarships for deserving local individuals from our community. members.