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Back to School

You might call it, “organized chaos” the first day of school. Russ Bitker walked his daughter Lexi to the first day Wednesday. Staff photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

In the hall

During the first day of school in Minneota on Wednesday, the hallways were filled the smiles and students excited to begin the year. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

It's done! Almost!

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“Welcome Back” signs and balloons floated freely nearly every where you turned.
“The Minneota Viking” welcomed visitors, both in real form, with sword raised and by means of a beautiful Viking emblem as folks entered.
A frantic effort by workers to put the polish on the floors and make final installations of tile sometime on Sunday brought Supt. Dan Deitte to say, “It’s good!” Minneota’s renovated school was ready for visitors.  read entire story. . . .

Stealing the show in Porter

Porter’s Harvest Festival was a big celebration for the community. One of the highlights was the parade and Gerry Buse and his assistant Pat Marks driving around Memorial Park and Porter.  Staff Photo by Scott Thoma.  read entire story. . . .

New playground equipment ready for school

New playground equipment and basketball court at Minneota Schools. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Ducks Unlimited Banquet scheduled

The Southwest MN Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold a banquet at 7 p.m.,  Thursday September 15 at KB's Bar & Grill Ballroom in Ghent.
The Quacking Hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at Mister Cool's Clothing and Borch's Sporting Goods in Marshall or from any committee member.  read entire story. . . .

Chili, BBQ cook-off big part of Bug Days

Bring your appetites to Boxelder Bug Days!
This year marks the 19th annual Johnny Tillemans Memorial Chili Cook-Off. Cooks can start to cook their favorite chili, any time after sun-up, as long as it’s finished for judging.  read entire story. . . .

Canby Theater schedules a new Classic Movie nights into October

During the months of September and October, people will have an opportunity to revisit many of their favorite movies.  
Sixty-nine classic movies have been scheduled this fall at the Canby Theatre.  read entire story. . . .

County primary vote very light

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The primary election may have been popular in areas with contested races, but that wasn’t the case in Lyon County.
County Auditor/Treasurer E. J. Moberg last week told the Lyon County Commissioners there were 802 total voters in the Primary Election in Lyon County.  read entire story. . . .


The Adams Street Construction project and road work in Minneota has come to a halt  for now. But don’t panic, the Duininck crew will return. They are working in Cottonwood. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Porter shows the world how to celebrate

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Even though it has a population slightly below 200 people, Porter does things in a big way — especially, during the third weekend in August for its annual Harvest Festival.
“It seems to get a little better each year,” said Porter Mayor Don Verschelde, who was manning one of the stations in Schoneman Memorial Park. “We have a great group of volunteers that work hard to make this a successful event.”
Despite intermittent rain showers attempting to spoil the annual town’s celebration on Saturday, the three-day event went off without a hitch, concluding under mild temperatures and a sun-splashed sky on Sunday.  read entire story. . . .

Sky Bird

During the Countryside Golf Club's annual tournament on Sunday, onlookers were treated to a beautiful vision in the sky. Mike Buysse of Minneota flew over the course. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


Those visiting the Minneota Schools won’t find things the same — from the very time they eye the entryway. The new entrance signals there’s a lot of new things inside. School Board Member Larry Buysse took a look at the facility he helped plan as a member of the board.  read entire story. . . .

Superintendent's Report: Welcome Back

By Supt. Dan Deitte

I would like to welcome the staff and students back for a new school year!  
Over the course of the next month I will be providing updates on different aspects of the school district.  
This week, I’d like to provide an update on the renovation project that has been taking place since April.
On Monday, we had an open house to kick off the new school year, and people were excited about all the building changes!  

The following areas have been remodeled:
-New entryway with a new door system that will allow for increased security of the school building.  read entire story. . . .

Test scores rising

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Test scores have come in and Minneota continues to grow it’s educational standing in reading and math.
Curriculum Director Jen Mahan-Deitte showed the board statistics that indicated, in most cases, the Minneota Schools continue to gain in testing among schools in the area.
“We’ve been saying we want consistency in all areas and that’s what we’re getting,” said Principal Jeremy Frie.  read entire story. . . .

Ridin' in the rain

The Memorial Run went off as scheduled Saturday in Minneota, despite the rain. But motorcyclists bundled up and braved the elements as they rode from town to town to raise funds for a couple of groups while promoting bike safety. When it was over, they celebrated and one of the favorite events is the “burnout”, in which motorcyclists with nearly bald tires try to burn them out. When they do — the loud noise is greeted by applause. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

One of a Kind

The annual Memorial Ride to promote motorcycle and road safety and celebrate the lives of lost brothers and sisters, was held last weekend in Minneota.
Funds raised annually go toward a specific project and this year it was the Minneota Fire Department and the New Horizons Crisis Center.
John Rolbiecki represented the fire department and thanked the riders while Holly Johnson of New Horizons also thanked the riders for their support.
Despite a short do  read entire story. . . .

Minneota kids cash in at the county fair

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The word was, “entries are down” among 4-Hers at the Lyon County Fair. But the numbers don’t lie, and Minneota kids again responded by gathering in an enormous amount of championships and reserve championships at the annual county extravaganza.
Two of those making big splashes used their final year in 4-H to their advantage. Alex Guttormsson and Troy Skaar are both college students who cashed in their chips and won big.  read entire story. . . .

Daniels returns to sing at Bug Days

“Local favorite Kayla Daniels will be returning to Bug Days from Nashville,” said Boxelder Bug Days Chairman Scott Josephson.
“I’m so excited to be returning,” said Daniels.
She’s performed many times at Bug Days, but missed last year as she began pursuing her dream of singing big time.  read entire story. . . .

Zip lining

A competitor enjoyed the zip line, which was included in this year’s race for the first time. One of the obstacles competitors had to overcome was a tall stack of hay bales. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Storm's aftermath

Thursday’s storm meant hauling away a lot of branches with any device or vehicle you had as Keith Baumgard did. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

First Miss Ghent pageant since 2008

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Since 2008, Ghent has not had a Miss Ghent to represent the community.
The last Miss Ghent was Megan VanKeulen in 2008. Instead of hoping to see a return of the program, VanKeulen dug in and became part of the solution.
As one of the two chairwomen of the event, VanKeulen commemorated the event by placing the crown on the new Miss Ghent, Ashlynn Swenning.
The other three candidates were all named as princesses, including Marissa Christianson, Ashlynn Monnet and Jasmine Clark.
“Megan really did a lot of work for this,” said co-chairwoman Ashleigh Remme.  read entire story. . . .

Gettin' down and getting it done

Isabelle Kimpe of Minneota exemplified both leisure and hard work at the Lyon County Fair last weekend. She munched on goodies from a bag while the shovels stood dormant as she enjoyed the hammock. Then, she took four championships in: Junior Meat Breeding Doe; Showmanship in goats; Dry Breeding Yearling Doe and Champion Mini Lop (Rabbit). She also was successful by winning 4-H projects with the Nordland Top-Notchers 4-H Club. Her brother Brenden also won four events and sister Stephanie Kimpe also showed at the fair. It was a busy week for the Joe and Kelly Kimpe family. Son Brenden had the top goat at the county fair.
Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

County seeks funds for recreational improvements

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Park facilities in Lyon County are in need of updates and renovations.
The board has spent a lot of time and effort building a park near Florence called Twin Lakes Park, developing a bike trail from Marshall to Camden Park and upgrades at Garvin Park.
Tuesday, Environmental Director Roger Schroeder asked the board to sign a resolution so the county could apply for Legacy Funding for both Twin Lakes Park at Florence and Garvin Park.
The Lyon County Parks and Recreation Board had unanimously passed motions to proceed with the Legacy Grant applications for both projects.  read entire story. . . .

Show time!

When you’re a little guy, like Cael Fier, you can’t always get that big cow to do what you want. So he got a helping hand in the arena by his dad Kris during the Lyon County Fair last weekend. Staff photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Team work!

Travis Engels and Jaylynn Lozinski guided a pig into the show arena during the Lyon County 4-H Swine Show on Friday. Staff photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Fire Department is 125 in Porter

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Porter might be a small town, but the town has a big schedule of events for its upcoming annual Harvest Festival celebration.
Harvest Festival runs from Aug. 19-21 this year and features something for all ages.
New this year will be a Grand Ol' Parade that commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Porter Fire Department beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.  read entire story. . . .

Boxelder Bug Days Queen Candidates

The Queen Pageant at Boxelder Bug Days will have seven candidates vying for the title of Boxelder Bug Days Queen. The Pageant is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Boxelder Bug Square. The candidates are: (left to right) Carolyn Hoffmann,  read entire story. . . .

Essay will be part of Bug Days

An “Essay Contest” will be held in connection with Boxelder Bug Days this year.
To enter, please answer the following question:
If you could start any business in Minneota, what business would you open, where would it be located, and why did you choose that business?  read entire story. . . .

Big Bug on its way home

“We had the opportunity to purchase this bug, so we did,” said Bob Nelson of Minneota.
Bob Russell, a Fergus Falls attorney knew of the 14-foot high bug hanging on a storage building in Fergus Falls.
His wife Lois (Josefson) was from Minneota and they made the connection with Boxelder Bug Days.
The bug was hanging on a building just off of Interstate I-94.
“Bob (Russell) knew the owner,” said Nelson.
It has been taken down, re-painted and Nelson is making arrangements to bring it home.  read entire story. . . .

Early Learning Scholarships available

More of Southwest Minnesota’s youngest children will have access to high quality care and education. With funding, from the state legislature, many young children will be given a better start.
Low income families can apply for an Early Learning Scholarship to pay for early care and education.  read entire story. . . .

Little Miss Ghent

The Little Miss, Ava Panka, was a happy girl as she was crowned Little Miss Ghent during Belgian American Days on Saturday night. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

The Lyon County Fair is on

The Lyon County Fair officially opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday in Marshall. The rabbit judging took place Tuesday night and Josh Schuelke (picture) looked intently as he showed his rabbit. Tara Thooft  won the grand championship. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Fun at the rabbit show

The Lyon County Fair officially opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday in Marshall. The rabbit judging took place Tuesday night and Josh Schuelke looked intently as he showed his rabbit. Tara Thooft (in the middle, above) pictured, won the grand championship. Staff Photos by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Candidates file for school board and Minneota City Council

Filing closed Tuesday for both the Minneota School Board and the Minneota City Council.
Three School Board incumbents have filed for re-election, including Bernie DeCock, Terri Myhre and Dan Longtin. They have one challenger, Bill Bolt. Of the four candidates, three will be elected.
On the city council side, the mayor’s chair and the seats of Tim Koppien and Nancy Reisdorfer are up for election.  read entire story. . . .

Ralco Center

Brynn Paulson of Marshall checks out the baby chicks at the Ralco Center during the Lyon County Fair last weekend. Staff Photo by Scott Thoma.  read entire story. . . .

'Let's go!'

Stephanie Kimpe guided her animal into the judging arena during the 4-H Beef Show on Thursday during the Lyon County Fair. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Lyon County Fair Winners

Congratulations Lyon County Fair winners!
For a complete listing and photos, see the print version of the Mascot or contact the Mascot staff.

Lyon County 4-H
Champions and Reserves
Club Booth: Reserve Champion Nordland Top Notchers.
Photography: (Grades 6-8) Reserve Champion Isabelle Kimpe.
Tractor: (Grades 3-5) Champion August VanHecke.  read entire story. . . .

Help buy furniture for new school commons

A challenge has been issued to all graduated classes of Minneota High School to help purchase furniture for the new school commons area.
The area will be next to the new concession stand and will include chairs and tables so concession purchasers will be able to sit, eat and visit.
There will also be a television in the commons so those using the facility don’t have to miss the game or match.
Some classes have taken the challenge to provide funds to purchase furniture for the area. They’ve issued a challenge to others to join them.  read entire story. . . .