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‘A Light to Remember’ Special event honors loved ones

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

As a way to honor someone special in your life and/or to recall the memory of a loved one, Minneota will host its 25th annual “A Light to Remember”.
Minneota is one of five communities participating in Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care's event. The others are Balaton, Cottonwood, Marshall and Tracy.
The lighting of the tree in Minneota will be take place at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 at Veteran's Park.
“Minneota was the first town to do the Tree of Lights,” said Pat Mellenthin, CEO of Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care in Marshall. “We are pleased that other communities are also now involved.”  read entire story. . . .

Ivanhoe still helping Minneota financially

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Make no mistake, the tuition agreement the Minneota School Board made with Ivanhoe three years ago is turning out to be a blessing for the local school district.
Last Tuesday the board heard the annual audit report from Marlene Verdoes of Hoffman and Brobst.
She noted in the audit there were 47 students from Ivanhoe attending school in Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

Giving Thanks!

Pastor Tom Nomeland of Bethel Fellowship Church gave the prayer  with the banner hanging behind him during the annual Thanksgiving Banquet  at the church. About 120 people attended the event. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin  read entire story. . . .

Blue jackets awarded to FFA students

The Minnesota FFA Foundation has announced the presentation of the official FFA jacket to members of the Minneota FFA Chapter.
Grady Moorse, Lauryn Hansen and Levi Vierstraete have been selected to receive their own jacket.
As Minnesota FFA welcomes thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation has announced the recipients of the Blue Jacket Bright Futures program.  read entire story. . . .

Ag man resigns; board searching for replacement

Minneota Schools Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor William Delaney. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

•Finding a replacement could be complicated. Board considers hiring someone in the middle of this year to train as a

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The resignation of Agriculture Teacher/FFA advisor William Delaney spurred conservation and speculation last week concerning the potential difficulty in finding a replacement.
The resignation will be affective at the end of the current school year, but the Minneota School Board may just need that much time to find a capable replacement.  read entire story. . . .

Going up!

Minneota maintenance worker Tim DeVlaeminck, along with Jeff Yeo, put up Minneota’s Christmas decorations on Monday. It’s a tell-tale sign the holiday is on the way. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Ole and Lena came to town

“Ole and Lena” came from Wood Lake last week to entertain the crowd at the Minneota Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party. Ole cracked jokes and when he stepped out of line, Lena was there with her rolling pin to straighten things out. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Prairie Home kicks off fund raising campaign for second Hospice House

Prairie Home Hospice has officially kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for a second Hospice House.
The new home will undergo a few modifications and is expected to be ready to admit hospice residents by January, 2017.  read entire story. . . .

The show went on

Oklahoma leads Claudia Rabaey and Nick Bot sing their way through the musical Oklahoma on the Minneota High School Stage.  The blizzard Friday scuttled the performance, which was moved to 2 p.m. on Sunday. It was also playing Saturday night as scheduled. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

New commissioners room

The new commissioners room is nearly complete. New chairs and desks are yet to be installed. Commissioners have been meeting in the law enforcement center. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Desolate place!

Downtown Minneota likes like a desolate place on Friday. Few businesses are open, but convenience people such as the grocery story and convenience stores are open. But caution is being urged while driving. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


Walking seemed the better way to go as this couple headed for Brad's Market Friday morning.

Friday morning dawned to the sight of white stuff blowing viciously across the plains of the Minneota area and residents are involved in a "Whiteout condition".  read entire story. . . .

Courthouse near completion

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Space — not outer — but inner space has been at a premium at the Lyon County Courthouse.
Employees have been working out of shoeboxes in some cases — and there has been a tremendous “shortage of meeting rooms,” says County Administrator Loren Stomberg.
But now, the project to remodel and add courtroom space, expand offices and generally  give the county a “one-stop shop,” is nearly complete.  read entire story. . . .