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Taunton Tradition

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

In 1953, Tom Swedzinski joined the United States Army.
He went to Fort Leonard Wood, MO — and eventually joined the Seventh Army in a chemical warehouse in Germany to use the engineering field for which he was chosen. He toured Europe, and returned home.  read entire story. . . .

Skaars have Century Farm

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognized 222 Minnesota farms as 2015 Century Farms.
Among them are Earl and Lori Skaar of Minneota, whose farm has been in the family since 1910.  read entire story. . . .

Diminished Numbers

President Sandy Josephson of the Minneota Legion Auxiliary presented flowers in honor of two members who passed away in the past year. Members in attendance at the Memorial Day Program on Monday included: (left to right) Lucille Vlaminck, Mary Buysse, Claire Hoffmann and Delores Seifert.
Staff Photo by Ruth Bot.  read entire story. . . .

Ultimate sacrifice is reality in our lives

By Ruth Bot and Byron Higgin
Mascot Staff

Always lost.
Pam Gregor has been there — as a veteran, she’s seen and felt “the last full measure” veterans have given for their country.
“I struggled with a mix of emotions before entering that room at the Always Lost — A Mediation of War, recently on display at Southwest State University,” said Gregor.  read entire story. . . .

In the land of memories

In Minneota, the American Legion Post 199 Veterans take a lot of pride in preserving the memories of those who served and are now gone.  read entire story. . . .

Happiness is...School's Out!

Teachers lined the walkway at Minneota Elementary to say goodbye to the students for the summer.  All smiles on the bus for the final ride home were Brenna Meyer and Avery Culver and others. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Plum Creek gets new director

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The Plum Creek Library System has a new executive director.
Jim Trojanowski, a personable bachelor with a passion for fish, will begin his duties July 6 as executive director of the 21 PCLS libraries that are based in nine counties.
Trojanowski is currently the director of Northern Waters Library Service in Ashland, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 2004.
“I'm excited about moving to Minnesota from Wisconsin,” said Trojanowski.  read entire story. . . .

Canby hosts music on Mondays

Canby Music on Mondays begins soon and will feature country tribute music showcasing Patsy Cline hits and a grilled hamburger feed.
The first 2015 Canby Music on Monday Performance will be June 1 and will feature Cassie & the Bobs, a traditional country music group that emphasizes Patsy Cline hits.  Cassie and the Bobs are a West Central Minnesota group featuring six musicians.
The music will start at 7 p.m. Plan to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this open air performance at Canby’s Central Park.  read entire story. . . .

VA hosts Town Hall Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dakotas Regional Office and Sioux Falls Health Care System are hosting a town hall for Veterans, family members, Veterans Service Organization representatives, and the public to provide feedback and recommendations about VA operations and VA programs.  read entire story. . . .

World Blood Donor Day in Minneota June 10

The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.  read entire story. . . .

Ruka wins Pure Stock Special

After some wet weather last week, the races resumed at Fiesta City Speedway for the Pure Stock special.
Nathan Ruka took the lead to start the Pure Stock feature.  Cody Ruka took the lead on lap two and went on to win second feature in a row.  read entire story. . . .

Search for Mrs. Lyon County set

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Lyon  County.
Mrs. Lyon  County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at Ritsche Auditorium, March 12, 2016 in St. Cloud, MN.  read entire story. . . .

Roberta's final time

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Like a field general directing his troops, it was clear Roberta Josephson was in charge.
But unlike the general, she had a smile on her face large enough to warm the coldest heart.
“I love these kids. They’ve been such a great class,” said Josephson, the senior advisor who is retiring, has directed her final student assault on their high school diplomas.  read entire story. . . .


The Minneota School District has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange.
The award is given annually to high schools demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness.  read entire story. . . .

Last day of school

Minneota kids waved to their teachers as they left school for the summer on Tuesday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Veto puts negotiations in limbo

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minnesota Legislature officially adjourned Tuesday, but not before Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the omnibus education finance and policy bill.
Minneota Supt. Dan Deitte told the Minneota School Board about the action, saying, “They can now decide to start from scratch or take up this bill from where it is,” said the superintendent.
He explained the Senate wanted $361 million for grades K-12, the house wanted $157 million and the governor wanted $695 million. But the governor vetoed the bill that was compromising at $400 million.  read entire story. . . .

Memorial Day services are Monday

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Memorial Day will be celebrated Monday, May 25 in Minneota and Taunton.
The Taunton American Legion Post 604 will open the day with a 9 a.m. service starting at the Taunton Senior Center with an indoor program, then continuing at the Taunton Cemetery.  read entire story. . . .

Part of Corp. Henry VanHyfte has come home

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

A part of Corporal Henry VanHyfte has come home.
VanHyfte, a Taunton native, was killed at age 22 during the Normandy Invasion and is buried in the American Cemetery there with over 9,000 other U.S. soldiers killed in action in World War II.
VanHyfte's name has resurfaced lately when St. Paul Highland Park sophomore Emma Mulhern researched the 121st Infantry Regiment of the 8th Division soldier as a Fallen Hero project through the Normandy Institute.  read entire story. . . .

New group hopes to provide  better health care at a lower cost

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Southern Prairie Community Care was formed with the idea of creating better health at lower cost in a 12-county area.
“It uses a broad community-based health care delivery network,” said Mary Fischer of Southern Prairie. She made a presentation to the Lyon County Board on Tuesday.  read entire story. . . .


We apologize for mistakenly missing three Distintive Honor Students listed in the Graduation Edition.
They are: Melissa Downing, Daniel Harrison and Trysten Studeman. All should also be on the list.
Once final grades were submitted late Wednesday afternoon the school listed one addition to the Honors List: Jonathan Piehl.  read entire story. . . .

County peddles toward bike trail development

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Phase one of the new Lyon County Bike Trail from Marshall to Camden State Park is three-quarters done, according to County Engineer Aaron VanMoer.
Tuesday, Engineer and Vice President Trent Bruce of DGR Engineering of Sioux Falls asked for changes in the Camden Trail engineering project. He said the alignment of the trail needs to include a retaining wall and other additional unforeseen coordination requirements.  read entire story. . . .