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Sign part of school project

The school renovation project at Minneota Public this summer includes a new electronic sign for visitors to use for information. But before the sign can go in, it must have a sturdy base. Workers spent time last week putting up the base so the sign can be constructed. Minneota’s school is getting a new entryway, concession area complete with area to eat, ticket booth, renovated awards areas, new bathrooms and additional ventilation has been added. The project is expected to be completed before the start of school. As for the sign, it will serve as a bulletin board of information of events happening at the Minneota Public Schools.

Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Storm batters Granite Falls

The City of Granite Falls was cleaning up Sunday after a major storm moved through the area Saturday night.
There was massive damage to trees and structures throughout town and power was down for days.  read entire story. . . .

Renovation comes with changes

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

While the school renovation project is going well this summer, it hasn’t gone without unexpected changes in construction and added costs.
The new HVAC ventilation renovation and other tiling, door and other projects have come with changes — some adding to the proposed renovation changes.
The Minneota School Board took a tour of the construction Tuesday night and approved some changes. None of the financial concerns were high-end costs but instead changes not expected when the renovation began.  read entire story. . . .

Honoring Wynston at the 50th

The 50th Wynston Boe Amateur Golf Tournament attracted 73 participants on Sunday. Several members of Boe’s family, including wife Arla (front row, fifth from right), his daughters, relatives and friends showed off their support with special 50th Anniversary shirts — and also with a lot of enthusiasm.  read entire story. . . .

Dirt mover

The Adams Street project continues in Minneota as dirt is being moved, new culverts are installed in  the sewer system and Minneota is getting a much-needed overhaul on its water and sewer system. Hjerpe is the  contractor for this part of  the project. It’s all expected to be finished in August. This work was being done on Adams Street. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Deitte get three year contract

Tuesday night the school board approved a three-year contract with Supt. Dan Deitte at an added salary of $3,000 each year with additional insurance monies.
The average increase was 2.5 percent per year. They also approved allowing Deitte to continue to work as superintendent of Ivanhoe schools from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
After a review, the board indicated they were well satisfied with Supt. Deitte’s performance.  read entire story. . . .

County landfill solidifies income

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

One of Environmental Director Roger Schroeder’s goals is being realized — and that is the return of Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste to the Lyon County Landfill.
The Redwood/Renville board pulled out of Lyon County some time ago to seek better prices.
Recently, Schroeder, Administrator Loren Stomberg and commissioner Steve Ritter met with the Redwood/Renville board regarding the delivery of solid waste to the Lyon County Landfill.
They reduced the price and made it palatable to Redwood/Renville.
This agreement will start January 1, 2017 and will be in effect for the same duration as other agreements with the other counties delivering solid waste to the Lyon County Landfill.  read entire story. . . .

Ivanhoe to host classic car show

Woody’s Place and other Mainstreet businesses in Ivanhoe will be hosting a “Wheels of Timeless Classics Cars” Show from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.
Vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, rat rods and tractors will be on display along North Norman Street and East Saxon Street.
Woody’s Place will be serving hand pattied burgers and brats. Other local businesses in Ivanhoe including The Gift, Railroad Street Seafood and Antiques Designs by Amber will also be open during the car show.  read entire story. . . .

'Pickers' to film in Minnesota

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Minnesota!
They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region this August.
American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History Channel.
The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.  read entire story. . . .

Hoisted in place

Part of the renovation work on the Minneota Public School is to create better ventilation in the building, particularly in the gymnasium areas. As a result, new units were lifted in by using the crane services of CEEC Crane Service of Wabasso.  read entire story. . . .

Area News Briefs

New Dollar General in Cottonwood
A new Dollar General Store is being built along Highway 23 in Cottonwood.
The new business is expected to be open for business in August. The opening has been set back after it was originally thought it would be open by the Fourth of July.
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Tension, bike thefts in the community, says police chief

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota Police Chief Bill Bolt says, “There is a lot of tension in the community.”
He said, “The hot weather, storms, lack of rain and construction in the community has led to a sense of unease.” He hopes people will become accustomed to the construction and appreciate the weather.
The chief also indicated June saw a rash of bike thefts. Several were located but he asked owners to lock their bikes or secure them in a garage.  read entire story. . . .

Money secured for Adams project

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Monday the Minneota City Council adopted a resolution to authorize the issuance, sale and delivery of an $828,000 general obligation improvement note.
“Basically this allows us to re-coup costs of the TIF District,” said Mayor Bill Ufkin.
The purpose is to finance assessable local infrastructure improvement projects, including the current Adams Street project.
The plan was presented by Michael Bubany of David Drown Associates. Bubany told the council he would now be the council’s contact from the Drown company.  read entire story. . . .

Crazy Day in Minneota

During Crazy Day in Minneota on Friday, the weather was perfect to shop outside. It was a good day to look over the dresses at “The Arched Door” in Minneota. Mary, Amanda and Angela Tate looked over the clothes on the rack outside the store. Staff photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

A great day for shopping

During Crazy Day in Minneota on Friday, at Brad’s Market Faith Traen gets a good laugh while picking up some fruit.  Also pictured are Judy Hennen (left) and Faith’s mom Robin Boe Traen (right). Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Adams Street construction underway

The Duininck Company is moving dirt, digging holes and improving the water and sewer in Minneota. The Adams Street project is underway and will give Minneota a better system when completed. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Inside work

The Minneota School refurbishing project continues inside the public school as workers are giving the school a new entrance, bathrooms and much more. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

EDA goal: More businesses

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Several members of the community were present at the Minneota City Council meeting to bring a request for a 2017 budget appropriation for the Economic Development Authority (EDA).
The EDA was asking for a $10,000 tax levy for the committee. The board indicated they were in favor of the levy but have to wait until it can be included in the 2017 budget.  read entire story. . . .

What is 'active living'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“What is active living?”
Appearing before the Minneota City Council Monday was Max Kaufman, development planner for the Southwest Regional Development Commission. He came to explain a new health program available to Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

Unusual car transport

Well, this is one way to get a car moved. The unusual transport was seen on Monroe Street in Minneota on Friday, July 8. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

No more tennis courts

Construction on the playground area behind the Minneota Public School is well underway. It includes digging up the old poles at the tennis courts. New playground area, basketball hoops and other items are being installed by the school district. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .