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Memorial Day to light the night sky

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Two of the most popular Memorial Day services in the area will now be held on opposite ends of the day.
Taunton American Legion Post 604 will continue its long tradition of a 9 a.m. Memorial Day Program at the Taunton Senior Center, followed by a service at the Taunton Cemetery.  read entire story. . . .

You're not going to cry are you?

Eric Hauswedell got a big hug from his mother after he graduated Saturday afternoon as one of 38 graduates at Minneota High School. But he saw his mother and asked, "You aren't going to cry are you?" Well, yes Eric, there were tears of joy on your mother's face. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

A.C.E. ‘Blazes a Trail’ to  help area senior citizens

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Most of us probably would sing the jingle, “ACE is the place for the helpful hardware folks.”
But in this case, A. C. E. in Lyon County has a whole “other” meaning — namely, “Advocate, Connect and Educate,” — and the goal is to help senior citizens 55 years and older.
Last week, Lyon County A. C. E. Coordinator Jaen Weilage told the Minneota Rotary Club, “This year our theme is, Blaze a Trail.”
It just so happens May is Senior Citizen Month and Weilage calls it, “A month of new beginnings.”  read entire story. . . .

Graduation hijinks

Valedictorians Rachel Knutson (left), Alaire Buysse (center) and Hannah Buysse (right) delivered a “rock and roll” interpretation of their senior address (pictured) as seniors Ivy Mahan-Deitte and  Sophia Meierding  reacted and Hannah Buysse finished up the performance. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Ruth delivers 'for the kids'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Just hours before Ruth Bot was to deliver her address to the Minneota Senior Class of 2016 she escaped a fiery car crash that consumed the car she and husband Rick had been driving.
The car was destroyed but both Ruth and Rick walked away. They’d been in Marshall at the ‘Y’ and were returning. The other driver was also not injured.  read entire story. . . .

Tears and hugs on last day of school

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The last day of school can be a joyfull event for some kids.
Some walk out, throw their hands in the air and shout, "I'm outta here!"
Others, like Jacquelynn Moon have other feelings — knowing they will not see their favorite teachers for three months.
So when school closed for this session on Friday, Moon needed a hug from teacher Karen Dalager.  read entire story. . . .

Duininck awarded contract for Adams Street project

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council Monday night approved the lowest bid for the proposed Adams Street sewer and water improvement project that will be done this summer.
The lowest bid went to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg.
“The total bid was about $13,000 or one percent over our estimated bid,” said Engineer Trent Bruce of DGF Engineering of Sioux Falls. The engineer’s estimate was $1,985,000.  read entire story. . . .

Infant death to be investigated

The Marshall Police Department, with the assistance of the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, continues to investigate the recent death of a Marshall 2 ½ month old infant, Gabriel Kolden.  read entire story. . . .

Red Cross urges blood donations

The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign, sponsored by Suburban Propane.  read entire story. . . .

Avera Marshall Auxiliary Awards scholarships

The Avera Marshall Auxiliary has awarded two $1,000 scholarships and one additional $1000 Taylor Family Junior Volunteer Scholarship to area high school students.  
Among the award winners is Minneota’s Alaire Buysse.
Alaire Buysse is a graduate of Minneota High School.  Alaire will be attending SDSU in Brookings, SD to study Biology and Spanish and become a doctor.  Alaire is a certified nursing assistant at the Minneota Manor.  read entire story. . . .

Capsule recovered

A time capsule at the Minneota Public School was unearthed during construction on Monday. The 60-year-old stone’s contents will be opened at a future school board meeting. Special photo.  read entire story. . . .

'Town Meetings' set by area legislators

State Senator Gary Dahms (R–Redwood Falls) and Chris Swedzinski (R–Ghent) invite area residents to attend their joint town hall meetings on Thursday, May 26.
These meetings are an opportunity for constituents to get an update on what happened in the 2016 legislative session.
The following town meetings with Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski will be held Thursday, May 26:  read entire story. . . .

'Light the Lights'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“It’s really a beautiful event — but so few people actually get to see it,” said Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink.
So this year, for the first time, the Minneota American Legion Post 199 and Minneota-Taunton VFW 5334 Memorial Day Services will start at 7 p.m. Monday, May 30.  read entire story. . . .

New distinction: Three valedictorians

Minneota's valedictorians this year are: (left to right) Rachel Knutson, Alaire Buysse and Hannah Buysse. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

"I don't believe we've ever had three valedictorians before," said Minneota Superintendent Dan Deitte. "It's lots of fun, we're enjoying it," said Hannah Buysse.
Minneota will have three valedictorians this year. It’s unusual, and nobody seems to recall if that’s ever happened before.
The three are: Alaire Buysse, Hannah Buysse and Rachel Knutson. “It’s fun, we’re enjoying it,” said Hannah Buysse.
Named salutatorian of the class was Allison Bot.  read entire story. . . .

Drake's Law passes; session near done

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed Drake’s Law.
“Having been approved by the House last week, Drake’s Law will now head to Governor Dayton’s desk to be signed into law,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent).  read entire story. . . .


By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Swede Home Lutheran Church
The Mascot story on the closing of the Swede Home Lutheran Church used the incorrect name of the Pastors. It should have said, Pastor Dave Peterson and his wife, Pastor Rena Peterson.
The last service for the church will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 22, not 1 p.m.  read entire story. . . .

'No more mandates'

Mandates from the state legislature to Minnesota schools seems to be growing.
Tuesday Minneota Supt. Dan Deitte presented a large list of, “New Mandates and Reporting Requirements,” the state legislature is considering.  read entire story. . . .

County to help Minneota with Adams Street Project

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota is planning a water and sewer project on Adams Street this summer and Tuesday the Lyon County Board voted to participate in the project.
The county’s Cost Participation Policy contains the opportunity to participate in municipal projects.  read entire story. . . .

Celebrate good times!

The concert choir members came on stage celebrating and singing “Celebration” to start off the Minneota High School concert. Senior and Junior High Bands and Choirs also performed last Thursday at the Minneota High School.  read entire story. . . .

Ivanhoe is Viking land

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The joining of Minneota and Ivanhoe junior and senior highs seems to have come full circle.
“Of the Ivanhoe kids who came here to visit, many were wearing Minneota shirts and Minneota colors,” said Principal Jeremy Frie.
“If you go to Ivanhoe, the halls are filled with Viking shirts and they are excited to be Vikings,” said the principal.  read entire story. . . .

Bug-eyed crazy person

The Minneota one-act play, Miss Nelson is Missing, brought out the worst in Mrs. Swamp, Hannah Buysse, and she caused “Elvis”, Joe Speltz, to cower in fright. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Landfill gas study finds expensive solutions

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

A feasibility study on the Landfill Gas at the Lyon County Landfill was commissioned by the county board.
Mike Cook of Burns & McDonnell, was contracted to do the study to determine ways to use the gas and possibilities to make money with it.  read entire story. . . .

Fair building to get improvements

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Improvements have been planned for the Ralco Enrichment Center Building at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.
There will be improvements such as insulating the entire building, upgrading the steel siding on the remaining three sides to match the front of the building and replacing the existing overhead doors.
In addition, a water hydrant immediately outside the building is to be installed. Officials from Ralco Nutrition explained the exhibits that will be available in the building during the fair.  read entire story. . . .

One Watershed One Plan on target in Lyon County

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Policy Committee of Lyon County has approved the draft plan for the Yellow Medicine “One Watershed One Plan.”
A public hearing will be held August 1 at the Southwest Sportsmen’s Club in Minneota. A review period is also open from May 16 to July 16.  read entire story. . . .

Baby's death under investigation

Marshall Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the cause of injuries suffered by an infant in Marshall on Saturday.
Marshall Director of Public Safety Rob Yant said Tuesday that police are investigating the incident.  read entire story. . . .

Murderers are sentenced

The three men convicted in the deaths of Jim and Cathy Hively of rural Balaton have been sentenced.
Derek Hexum, Theodore Como and Kyle Wesselink had hearings in Lyon County District Court.  read entire story. . . .