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Logo chosen for Bug Days

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

With the impending announcement Minneota has won the Minnesota Class A Challenge Cup — the Minneota Boxelder Bug Day Committee has issued their newest logo for the upcoming Boxelder Bug Days event on September 11-13.
The new shirts for the event will include the logo that shows a silhouette of the Challenge Cup, which will be the second cup won by the Minneota Vikings.  read entire story. . . .

Finally a winner

For years, Chad Michelson of Marshall has been the “bridesmaid ... but never the bride”. But Sunday, he broke through by winning the 49th annual Wynston Boe Golf Tournament in Minneota. “I’ve had a lot of seconds,” Michelson laughed. Usually he’s played second fiddle to Boe’s grandson, Jesse Larson, who didn’t play in this year’s event.  read entire story. . . .

VanKeulens 'Farm Family of the Year'

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Bruce and Nancy VanKeulen of Minneota were selected to represent Lyon County as the “2015 Farm Family of the Year”, by the University of Minnesota.
Eighty families from each county in the state will be honored at the annual ceremony during Minnesota Farmfest Aug. 6 on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. The event, which will be held at 1:30 p.m., will take place in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on the estate.  read entire story. . . .

Playground approved

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Safetyfirst Playground Surfacing LLC of Princeton, MN has been hired to replace the base underneath the Minneota Elementary playground.
It will include 7,100 square feet of a rubber safety mat to replace the rocks now in place.
The company will add drain tile and install a two-inch gravel base overlaid with four inches of pearock.  read entire story. . . .

Strange cloud formation

Some strange weather has come and gone in Minneota in the past week — including these “cotton ball” type clouds that dotted the sky in the early evening. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.
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Wheelage Tax approved

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

In an effort to raise enough money to afford proposed Lyon County Highway road improvements, the Lyon County Board Tuesday approved a resolution imposing a Wheelage Tax beginning January 1, 2016.
Previously, the county board approved a sales tax increase to also raise funds for highway improvements.  read entire story. . . .

State doesn't help much to slow Minneota traffic

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

An attempt to slow down traffic coming into Minneota on County Road 10 didn’t get much help from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The Lyon County Highway Department did speed limit studies on County Road 10 west of Minneota and County Road 8 west of Green Valley.
“We want to be more sensitive to speed zones,” said County Engineer VanMoer.
“The previous speed zone began at the city limits — which is a quarter-mile west of the location where the road changes from a rural to an urban design section,” said Engineer VanMoer. As a result, that quarter mile was reduced to 30 miles per hour — but that was all.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota's 'Golden Girls' bring it home

Minneota's 'Golden Girls', along with Nick Bot (who also made the trip with his family), posed in front of the White House during the Moonlight Monument Tour. The girls with Nick are Natalie Bot, Taylor Thooft, Sarah Engels and Allison Bot. The girls took part in the National FCCLA STAR event in Washington, D.C. last week.  Special Photos by LeaAnne Bot.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota girls strike it rich

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

LeaAnne Bot recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., and she brought four Golden Girls back with her.
Allison Bot, Taylor Thooft, Natalie Bot and Sarah Engels all received gold medals for their projects at the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events at the 70th anniversary of the FCCLA National Leadership Conference last week in Washington, D.C.
“It was especially exciting when I knew that everyone from the Minneota FCCLA chapter had received a gold medal, the highest award given, and the first time at a national competition that we had ever had everyone receive a gold medal,” said LeaAnne Bot, Family and Consumer Sciences instructor.  read entire story. . . .

City Council explores Adams Street funding

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

After meeting with Megen Gernentz of Rural Development concerning financial options for the proposed Adams Street project, the Minneota City Council has decided to move forward with the application process.
“We want to see what the options would be,” said City Administrator Shirley Teigland.  read entire story. . . .

Bikin' it, like Crazy!

I got my Crazy Days bargains and I’m going home. Vince LeGare of Minneota was making his second trip to Brad’s Market and to Crazy Days on Main Street in Minneota on Friday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

City deer hunt near reality

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota Police Chief Bill Bolt has received a “verbal go ahead” for a 2015 city-wide deer hunt.
“I’m waiting for official notification after July 5. Once I confirm the hunt is approved, I will take applications, schedule a qualification shoot and give a two-hour briefing on safety and approved hunting locations,” the chief said.  read entire story. . . .