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Sensations don't place at Section 3A Dance meet

Dancing at Montevideo in the Section 3A Tournament were the Canby-Minneota Sensations. Jenna Buysse (front) and Kalley Yost (third from front), are both from Minneota. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Montevideo Gold Dusters continued their majestry over Section 3A when they won the "Kick" competition at Montevideo on Saturday.
Second was Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd with BOLD and Yellow Medicine East in third. All four will advance to the state touranment next weekend.  read entire story. . . .

Happy kickers!

The Canby-Minneota Sensations performed at halftime of the Minneota boys vs. Canby game last Thursday night in Minneota. And they showed a lot of enthusiasm.  read entire story. . . .

Safety first says snow plow driver

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Being a snow plow driver is more than just pushing snow off the roads. It's about making sure the roads are safe, working all hours of the night, and sometimes even putting your own life at risk.
After a recent close-call with a driver throwing caution to the wind, Kurt Gillund has now experienced all three.  read entire story. . . .

Mascot garners two first; six total awards

“This paper represents the best in community journalism,” said a judge who handed the Minneota Mascot a first place award in the category of “Best Use of Photography as a Whole.”
The first place award was one of six awarded to  the Minneota Mascot at the Minnesota Newspaper Convention last weekend.
The judge said the Mascot had, “Creative use of content. This newspaper demonstrates great creativity — and fun in design.”  read entire story. . . .

Lozinski wins award

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Christensen Farms hosted its second annual awards banquet in New Ulm, Minnesota to recognize the 2015 Christensen Farms Organizational Award winners.  read entire story. . . .

Camden Trails change is approved

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A hang-up in the completion of the Camden Trail project came before the Lyon County Board on Tuesday.
The board heard a report from the city staff on the progress of the Camden Trail connection near the county fairgrounds. The Camden Trail has been under construction and was been built in phases. It will run from Marshall to Camden State Park.  read entire story. . . .

Community shocked by store closing

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Like a thick black cloud, a general sense of gloom hovers over Minneota as yet another business has pulled up its stakes.
Bill Ufkin announced last week that he is going out of business after 40 years as proprietor of Ufkin’s Furniture and Appliance store.
“I was really sad to hear the news,” said Dodie Derynck. “Almost all of my furniture and appliances came from Ufkin’s. If we found something somewhere else that we liked, we would let Bill know and he would find it for us and we could buy it from him. We’ve always tried to shop local.”  read entire story. . . .

Area businesses on alert

Over the past few days, several Marshall businesses have received telephone calls with a 661 area code.
These calls were nuisance calls making fraudulent orders and attempting to send businesses on false deliveries.
One call even made a false bomb threat.  read entire story. . . .

Cellphones out of classrooms; eye contact is back in

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A new resolution controlling the use of cellphones in classrooms is paying off in Minneota.
“Kids are actually interacting after the board approved a policy not to allow cellphones in class,” said Minneota Principal Jeremy Frie.
He told the Minneota School Board last week the newly-approved policy allows teachers to collect cellphones at the door when class begins.  read entire story. . . .

Russell, Balaton get new sheriff contracts

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Lyon County Board last week approved Lyon County Sheriff contracts for the coming year with the City of Russell and the City of Balaton.
Russell will receive sheriff’s services for 2016 for $1,748.80 per month.  read entire story. . . .

Chocolate Affair set for Feb. 13

The Friends of the Library have once again decided to sponsor the annual Chocolate Affair.
It’s set this year for Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Minneota American Legion.  read entire story. . . .

Storm deposit

Cold temperatures, high winds and snow brought ice to the Minneota area on Monday. These conditions and drifting snow caused school to be called off at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .