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Big changes in store for Minneota School

Big changes are in store for the Minneota school.
Tuesday night the school board approved a contract with Rice Stromgren Architects of Minneapolis for architectural services for phase one of the front entry remodeling program at the high school.
Rice Stromgren Architects will provide architectural design, modeling and cost estimating.
The architectural fees will be $16,000.  read entire story. . . .

Community loses a friend

“He’s going to be missed,” said Minneota Fire Chief Jeff Sussner.
The death of Don Belaen, fireman, 4.0 Bus Service director and friend to many came at about about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Apparently he died from a heart attack.  read entire story. . . .

A Child Is Born ...

“Follow The Star,” the Christmas program given by St. Edward School last week found Mary (Isabelle Hennen) admiring Baby Jesus (Elliot Anderson, son of Justin and Jessica Anderson).  The Traditional Christmas Story was told by the entire student body of St. Edward School of Minneota. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Egging but no charges

When the Minneota football team returned home following a victory in the Class A championship on Nov. 22, they were stunned to find that the vehicles of the players and coaches parked in the school’s parking lot had been egged.  read entire story. . . .

Nobody’s forgotten Eric Hennen

When Minneota captured the Class A state football championship last month, several of the players had fathers that also won a state title while wearing the Viking colors.
Those fathers, as well as other players off those state championship teams from the late 1980s, were in attendance as Minneota knocked off Dawson-Boyd 28-14 at Target Field.  read entire story. . . .

Donkey dive

Believe it or not, this shot went in the basket. “When I landed on the ground it looked like it had the angle to go in — and it did,” said Minneota teacher Kent Williams. He led his teachers to a championship in the Donkeyball Games Friday night in Minneota. Trying to stop him was Brock Citterman of the Ivanhoe Teachers (right). More photos on Page 12. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Scholarship winners get ‘surprise’ pep fest

They did it!
Michelle Jerzak and Alyssa Otto, seniors at MHS, won $20,000 each in scholarships.
Jerzak and Otto participated in the virtual H&R Block Budget Challenge, along with the rest of LeaAnne Bot’s Living on Your Own class. The girls and the class were extremely successful.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings sports is now on Twitter

Athletic Director Jason Myhre told the School Board Tuesday night, “We have a Twitter account now. It’s Minneotaathletics at Minneota Sports. It’s up and running so you can follow the athletes on Twitter,” he said.
The athletic director also said the coaches’ evaluations  started last week.  read entire story. . . .

Independent libraries get county boost

Minneota and Tracy both operate independent libraries. But now, the Lyon County Board has dedicated $11,741 in 2015 to each library as part of it’s commitment to the library systems in the county.
Tuesday, Commissioner Mark Goodenow said, “We’re paying them to provide services. There should be a contract. While we’re making a commitment for the future, the intent is to give these two libraries more. It’s like a gift,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Hexum to serve jail, probation for aiding brother charged in shooting

(Story By Tom Cherveny,
West Central Daily Tribune, Willmar)

Derek Hexum, 19, of Balaton, will serve jail time and three years of probation for a felony conviction of aiding an offender to avoid arrest for his role in the shooting of a man left to bleed alongside a rural roadway outside of Granite Falls during the night of July 18.  read entire story. . . .

Moose passed through, passes away

The moose that wandered through Lincoln and Lyon County in October, causing a stir near Porter and Taunton, apparently died in the Sleepy Eye area.
The Mascot went on a half-day hunt to photograph the moose — which was suspected of being a yearling that wandered down to the area from Northern Minnesota.  read entire story. . . .

Former Plum Creek director allegedly used library credit cards at casino

When Mark Ranum was terminated as director of the Plum Creek Library System last month — it ended the year-long squabbles between Ranum and the Marshall/Lyon County Library.
Since then the local county library has re-joined Plum Creek.  read entire story. . . .