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STATE CHAMPS!

Minneota welcomed home it’s new Class A State Wrestling Champs on Sunday. The Vikings won the title by beating Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 31-30 in the state finals on Thursday.  read entire story. . . .

Local pair among Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Alyssa Otto and Emily Clarke, both who are from Ivanhoe, were winners of the Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota local competition and will compete against other high school girls across Minnesota for cash scholarships at the state level this Saturday in Apple Valley.  read entire story. . . .

SMI plans expansion in Porter

Two businesses in southwestern Minnesota are expanding with assistance from the Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program.
SMI & Hydraulics Inc. in Porter and Rural Computer Consultants Inc. in Bird Island will be eligible for state sales tax refunds under the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) program.  read entire story. . . .

Beating the Huskies to the finals

The Minneota wrestling team advanced into the state Class A championship by hustling the Jackson County Central Huskies 49-23. The championship is at 7 p.m. this evening against Zumbrota-Mazzepa.  read entire story. . . .

Courthouse remodeling costs clearer

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The actual cost of the proposed remodeling of the Lyon County Courthouse and courtrooms Tuesday went from the fuzzy stage to the more concrete state.
And the good news is the new estimates are within one percent of the original estimate.  read entire story. . . .

Avera Marshall Auxillary Scholarships available

The Avera Marshall Auxiliary announces the Taylor Family Volunteer Scholarship of $1000 and two additional scholarships of $1000 each.  read entire story. . . .

Lyon County Historical Society get grants

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 49 recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants (up to $10,000 each) totaling $421,647 in 25 counties.
The grants are awarded quarterly to help non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history.  read entire story. . . .

Setting loose the robot

By Hannah Buysse
Mascot Staff Writer

Last Tuesday, the Minneota Robotics team packed up its robot.
All the work had to be finished.
“It has to be bagged,” explained Coach Darren Clausen. “We can’t touch it until Thursday, the day of the competition.”
Clausen, along with assistant coach Kent Williams and community coach Jeff Van Keulen, will lead about 15 high school students to their first competition of the season.  read entire story. . . .

Haunted? Old Taunton Cemetery listed as 'haunted' by many websites

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

With the band playing, and the commotion from over 200 people in attendance at the Chocolate Affair at the American Legion last weekend, it was somewhat difficult to hear someone engaging in conversation.
“Are you Scott?”, an elderly woman asked politely after tapping me on the shoulder.  read entire story. . . .

Veterans learn more about speciality programs

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Over three dozen veterans from various branches of the military attended the second annual Lyon County Veterans Town Hall Meeting at the YMCA in Marshall.
The purpose of the meeting was twofold.
“One part is informational and the other is to allow veterans a chance to voice concerns they might have about various topics,” said Terry Wing, a Lyon County Veteran Services Officer who conducted the meeting.  read entire story. . . .

Pieper earns Ameriprise award

Gabe Pieper, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Marshall, has achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor through the College of Financial Planning.  read entire story. . . .

Anthony chairs council

Yellow County Commissioner Ron Antony, was elected as the 2015 Chair of the Minnesota Workforce Council Association at the Associations’ Annual Winter Meeting held.
It is the mission of the Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA) to provide Minnesota with a skilled and competitive workforce through engaged and proactive local elected officials, workforce boards, and staff.  MWCA is an affiliate of the Association of Minnesota Counties.  read entire story. . . .

Bingo Time

The Porter Legion and Auxiliary Post 547, were at the Manor to play bingo with the residents.  Helping the ladies was the Auxiliary’s Rose Olson. The ladies were: Carolyn Karels,  Marian Sarbaum, Annie Nuy-Mathiowetz and Dolores Sussner. Special Photo.  read entire story. . . .

New college planning director

Tracy Fink has been named the Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Outreach for Agricultural Programs at Southwest Minnesota State University.
As director, Fink will promote and recruit for the new Agricultural Education degree being offered at SMSU, as well as the other four ag degrees at the university (Applied Agriculture, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Solutions, and Agronomy).  read entire story. . . .