This undated photo of a Hope Lutheran Church confirmation class was submitted by Jim DeCock. His mother, Lillian Haugejorde is in the back row, third from the right. Lester Christianson is in the front row, fifth from the left. If anyone knows any of the others in the photo, email or call 320-894-6007.

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

100 Years Ago
(September 30, 1921)

Old school property
sold at public auction
Local auctioneer Frank DeSmet reported that he sold the old schoolhouse property in District 24 last Monday at a public auction for $216. The schoolhouse was bought by J.T. Botson. The price obtained was quite a bit higher than was anticipated, DeSmet said.

Locals return from
2-week Canada trip
Julius and Gudmundson and Mr. and Mrs. A. Swanson returned to Minneota on Friday following a two-week trip to Canada. They spent most of their time in the Glenboro and Cypress River localities in Manitoba, the district where are located the Minneotans that have recently bought lands up there. They say that crops have been rather poor in this locality this summer.

75 Years Ago
(Oct. 4, 1946)

Minneota tops county
in USO drive for funds
Minneota led Lyon County, and very probably the rest of Minnesota, when solicitors here completed the local USO drive for funds Tuesday. Residents of this community contributed $340. H.J. Tillemans, who heads the county campaign as well as this district and Minneota, said that no reports were in for the rest of the county. The USO goal in this state is $400,00 and while many counties started their drives on Monday, others are not planning to begin for two weeks.

Eight inches of rain
fell here in September
Nearly eight inches of rainfall, 7.96 inches to be exact, fell in Minneota during September, Rene Van Vooren, who takes recordings for the federal government, said this week. Five inches of this amount fell during the first 10 days of the month.

Homecoming football
game set for Oct. 11
Homecoming at Minneota High School on Friday, Oct. 11, will be "the best in years", according to plans being arranged by members of the Student Council. Ivanhoe, undefeated so far this season, comes here for the football game. The first big event of the celebration is to be a huge pepfest at the park. A large bonfire is being prepared. A parade will be formed on Friday at the school. During halftime, the Homecoming queen will be crowned.

50 Years Ago
(Sept. 30, 1971)

Five candidates for
Homecoming Queen
Five girls from the senior class were selected as candidates for Homecoming Queen. The queen will be crowned during the pep rally Thursday evening. The five candidates are Kathleen Tillemans, Theresa Claeys, Nancy Swedzinski, Linda Thostenson, and Bonnie Kompelien.

200 subscribers needed
to secure cable service
Members of the Minneota Businessmen's Association, were making the rounds of Minneota homes Tuesday evening and will continue their canvas for the remainder of the week signing up people with service lease agreements for the television cable service that is set for Minneota. Two hundred subscribers are needed if the cable is to be installed here. A five-dollar deposit is required when the agreement is signed.

Big Store celebrating
its 75th anniversary
The Big Store, a Minneota business firm organized in September of 1896, is this week noting the 75th anniversary of its founding by the late O.G. Anderson and S.A. Anderson. The firm has continually been in business here since the two men went into partnership. The Minneota Businessmen's Association took out an advertisement in the Mascot congratulating the firm on its anniversary.

Three TDS in fourth
quarter not enough
Despite scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Minneota fell short and lost to Jasper 27-20. It was the third loss of the season in four games for the Vikings. Trailing 27-0 midway through the final quarter, the Vikings suddenly caught fire. Jim Myhre caught a 10-yard TD pass from Jeff Seifert, Dane Nordquist ran back a 25-yard fumble recovery for a score, and Tom Welch caught a TD pass from Seifert.

25 Years Ago
(Oct. 2, 1996)

Minneota Homecoming
King, Queen crowned
Jenny Schwartz and Chris Swedzinski were officially crowned Minneota Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. at the coronation festivities on Monday evening at the high school. Prince and Princess names for Homecoming were Paul Nuytten and Marcy Jeremiason.

Traffic can flow west
on Highway 68 again
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that Trunk Highway 68 will be open to traffic on Monday, Sept. 30 between Minneota and Taunton. The highway was previously closed due to the bridge widening near County Road 3 in Minneota.

FLA selling winter
hats as fundraiser
The Minneota Future Leaders of American (FLA) is selling winter hats made by the Mad Hatter, a brand name of winter hats that are available locally. The hats are made out of unusual prints and colors and are in shapes that are amusing. The material used is Polartec fleece that is very warm, soft and water repellent.

Vikings blank Canby
in Little Sioux battle
On a rain-soaked and muddy field, the Minneota Vikings defeated the Canby Lancers 13-0 Friday night. The Vikings scored first on a 30-yard scoring pass from Travis Obe to John Myhre in the second quarter. Ross Eischens kicked the extra point. The second score came in the fourth quarter on a three-yard run by Travis Welsh.

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