From the Mascot files 100, 75, 50 & 25 years ago

100 Years Ago
(September 8, 1923)

Christiansen farm auction draws hundreds of people
The crowd at the Christiansen sale last Saturday was the largest that has ever been gathered at any farm sale in this locality. On driving into the farmyard, where the sale was being held, the view presented was something like the approach to a county fair. There were literally hundreds of people present and the sale was made lively by the activity of three auctioneers.

"Moonshine banquets" held unlawfully in Doc Seals' barn
Doc Seals says that some fellows have been using his barn for the purpose of holding "moonshine banquets". He says that he knows this because of the number of "empties" he found there the other morning. Doc says that he does not like this and if the fellows come again, they are likely to find something in the barn they won't like. He says he had some old bear traps lying around from when he used to trap.

75 Years Ago
(September 10, 1948)

Body of Henry White to be returned for reburial
The body of the late T/5 Henry George White, son of Mrs. Julia White of Minneota, is being returned from the Alaskan zone for reburial here. The remains were schedule to arrive at San Francisco last Friday. The remains are accompanied by an individual escort. White was killed in a dynamite blast while serving on duty in the North American area with Army engineers on March 15, 1943. He was 32 years old at the time of his death.

Lights for athletic field being discussed by Village officials
Lights for an athletic field where both football and baseball could be played, were discussed by members Village Council and a committee from the local school board at a meeting held Tuesday evening. Result of the meeting was that Mayor E.O. Hallgrimson appointed a committee to work with a group from the school board to investigate the feasibility of installing lights here. It is reported that the plan would be to erect steel towers for the lights around the ball diamond and enlarge the field so that it could be used for both baseball and football.

45 students register for grade school in Taunton
Forty-five pupils registered for the coming term at the grade school in Taunton when classes were resumed there on Tuesday morning. Mrs. Irvin Trom of Minneota, who has the charge of the lower grades, has 25 pupils under her direction, while Mrs. L.W. Allen, also of Minneota, has 20 pupils in the upper grades.

Hot lunch program to be continued at public school
Superintendent Peters has announced that hot lunches will again be served at the public school this year. Lunches will be served for a period of four weeks for $3.60. The lunch hours of the various grades will be staggered because the lunch room is too small to seat all the students at the same time.

50 Years Ago
(September 6, 1973)

Cool wins championship flight of local women's golf tourney
Doris Cool won the championship flight of the Countryside Golf Club women's tournament on Sunday. A total of 52 women competed in the tournament. Beth Brewers was second in the championship flight. Sharon Kompelien won the first flight. Other flight winners were: Betty Lang, second flight; Elaine Buysse, third flight; Vera Orsen, fourth flight; Jean Wambeke, fifth flight; Toni Anderson, sixth flight; Helen Christianson, seventh flight; and Audrey Friedrichs, eighth flight.

Village Council to sell bonds to finance street improvements
The Minneota Village Council will sell bonds at a meeting called for Tuesday to finance the street and improvement project which it called for bids last Monday evening. The bonds to be sold will amount to $150,000. Apparent low bidder on the street project held here on Aug. 25 was Worthington Asphalt Co., which turned in a bid of $129,948.50. Only two bids were entered.

Vikings lose football season opener to Clarkfield, 34-6
The Minneota Vikings could muster only six points on the new electric scoreboard Friday night, while the visiting Clarkfield team was able to chalk up 34 points. The Vikings battled the Cardinals on fairly even terms in the first half, trailing only 14-6 at halftime. Clarkfield scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. The Vikings' lone touchdown came in the second quarter following a 70-yard drive. Brian Boe threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Randy Fox.

25 Years Ago
(September 9, 1998)

Minneota Rotary seeks students to study abroad next school year
The Rotary Club of Minneota is accepting applications from local young people who are interested in attending secondary school overseas for one year as part of an international student exchange program. To qualify, a student should be between the ages of 16 and 18, in the upper third of his/her class, of good character and emotional stability, and be in good physical condition. The student and/or parents are expected to pay travel costs, spending money and emergency money.

Julie Smith to be ordained at Hope Lutheran Church
Julie Smith, a Minneota native, will be ordained at Hope Lutheran Church on Sunday, Sept. 13. Pastor Richard Erickson will be the presiding minister and Pastor Kraig Koester will be the preacher that day. Julie is the daughter of Alvin and Marilyn Smith of Minneota. She was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church. Julie graduated from Minneota High School in 1990.

Bug Days to have poetry contest for cash prizes
Boxelder Bug Days is hosting a poetry contest this year. Participants are asked to write a poem about Boxelder Bug Days not less than four lines and not more than 16 lines. There are two age groups, 12-and-under and 13-and-over. Poems will be judged on Friday, Sept. 11 and winners will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 13. Cash prizes will be awarded.

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