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Too many choices!

On Thursday, the Minneota Senior Center & American Legion Auxiliary hosted a Salad Luncheon. There was a wide array of delicious salads to choose from. Many folks found it difficult to choose was including Joanne Myrvik (right). Staff photo by Chris Hansen.  read entire story. . . .

In honor of Donny

The faces told the whole story as Donny Belaen’s sister Rose (center) and his wife Deb reflected the pride they had in their brother and husband as they gave the Donny Belaen Memorial Scholarship to Allison Bot (left) Sunday night at the Class of 2016 Scholarship & Awards night.  read entire story. . . .

Spring blow out is May 7 in Minneota

Minneota’s Spring Shopping event known as the “Spring Blow Out,”  is set for Saturday, May 7 at Bethel Fellowship Church and throughout the Minneota business sector.
The church will host over 20 vendors and special events.
There will be a lunch and pie social at the Minneota Senior Center and specials are being offered by B’Lenore; J’s Dream; Highway 68 Liquor and The Arched Door.  read entire story. . . .

Prom: Time to 'dress up'

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

All little kids like to play “dress up”. Now it's time for the big kids to dress up.
The Minneota High School Prom Grand March will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the school. Activities will continue throughout the night at the high school gym, as well as the YMCA in Marshall.  read entire story. . . .

Dust of the pompoms! Cheerleading is back

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Get the pompoms dusted off. Cheerleading is back at Minneota High School after a five-year hiatus.
Nine girls in grades 7-12 have signed on to become the football cheerleaders next fall.
After the conclusion of the football season, the cheerleading program will be evaluated to see if it will be included in other sports.
“We will see how the first season goes and if we would like to expand to other sports,” said Elementary School Readiness instructor Melinda Drietz, who will be a cheerleading co-advisor along with School Counselor Andrea Winkels.  read entire story. . . .

FFA members attend state convention

Minneota FFA members visited the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul during the FFA State Convention this week. They are: (left to right) Carley VanKeulen, Rachel Vlaminck, Stephanie Kimpe, Emily Buysse, Justin Buysse, Cody Gifford, Gared Moorse, Logan Schuelke, Grady Moorse and Donnie Schuelke.
Complete competition results for the dairy and livestock teams were not available as of press time. Special Photo.
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Seniors awarded scholarships

Minneota seniors Sunday night were awarded $21,000 in scholarship money at the annual Awards Night presentation.
In total, Minneota Dollars for Scholars has handed out $140,000 in scholarship money since it’s been in operation since 2001.
Here are award winners:  read entire story. . . .

Garbage pick-up

Minneota held its clean-up days last week and there were a lot of items on the streets for pickup. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

County board talks about possible Minneota bypass

County Engineer Aaron VanMoer looked at the screen as commissioner Steve Ritter watched the overhead concerning the Minneota bypass.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council has talked a long time about exchanging roads with Lyon County to allow a bypass around Minneota for truck traffic and development of the Golf Course Road that would allow the county to create a “bypass” around Minneota for truck traffic.
The proposed bypass could link up with Highway 68 so trucks would have a better route into Marshall.  read entire story. . . .

Myhre resigns for new job

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota School District will once again be looking for an athletic director.
In a surprise announcement, Jason Myhre resigned from his position in order to take a new related position in Montgomery, MN.
“This is a happy and sad time. I’ve loved being athletic director,” said Myhre.  read entire story. . . .

Helping Hadley

The Mascot staff has been very concerned about the granddaughter of our writer Scott Thoma.
Little Hadley has a cyst on her liver that turned out to be cancer and they are giving her chemotherapy to control it and hope to remove it soon. Hadley has been in the Intensive Care Unit.
Hadley’s grandmother is MACCRAY softball Coach Nancy Thoma.
As a result, Minneota Coach Heidi Boerboom said, “We want to help in whatever way we can and let the family know people care.”  read entire story. . . .

Ready, aim...

Brad Minnehan and son Parker took aim during the Sunshine Carnival at Minneota Schools, hosted by the ECFE (Early Childhood) and the PTA last Friday.  Special Photo for The Mascot by Ruth Bot.  read entire story. . . .

They did it again! More success for local FCCLA

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Eight is great!
Minneota advanced eight of its FCCLA members to the National FCCLA Leadership STAR Event competition in July in San Diego, CA.
The Minneota FCCLA Chapter garnered 17 medals at the State FCCLA Leadership STAR Event competition this past weekend in Bloomington, including eight gold medals. Teams can be comprised of one or more individuals.  read entire story. . . .

Board offers more for Lockwood hockey arena

The Lyon County Board has offered $300,000 for the old Lockwood Hockey Arena — which is located at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.
Originally, they offered the Marshall Hockey Association $250,000, but Tuesday went into closed session to discuss the potential purpose. Apparently, the association didn’t agree to the first bid.  read entire story. . . .

Knowledge Bowl team made history

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Minneota failed to place in the State Knowledge Bowl Meet last Wednesday and Thursday in Brainerd, but laid the foundation for possible future state trips.
This marked the first time in 33 years that a Minneota team advanced to the Knowledge Bowl state competition.
Minneota team members were: Alaire Buysse, Hannah Buysse, Peter Engels and Sam Garvey. Allison Bot was the alternate. Miranda Gravley, a Spanish teacher, is the team's coach.  read entire story. . . .

MnDot announces local construction plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced its 2016 transportation construction program on Thursday, April 14.  
Statewide, the 2016 construction program totals $930 million. The statewide program has fourteen fewer projects and is $70 million smaller than the 2015 construction program.  
Sources of revenue continue to decrease, while transportation system needs increase.  read entire story. . . .

American Legion Memorial Program changed to evening

The Minneota American Legion Post 199 Monday night, decided to change the long-standing morning Memorial Day program to an evening celebration starting after supper.
The post, along with the Minneota-Taunton VFW, has held Memorial Day Services in the morning at the American Legion, then moved to Memorial Park to complete the service.  read entire story. . . .