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Fun at the firehouse

Fireman Ben Standahl and his son Bjorn were having a good time at the Fire Prevention Week Celebration at the Minneota Fire Hall last week. Ben showed his son how the fire hose worked and the youngster was thrilled with the way the water shot out of the hose. The firemen held a supper and several other events to give the public a chance to socialize with the firemen.

Fire Prevention Week

Minneota Firemen showed off their equipment to the community during an Open House at the Fire Station last week. Hudson Thostenson tried on his dad’s hat

Fire Prevention Week

Fireman Bob Tolk helped Blake Mead man the fire hose.

Shades of Fall

The colors of  fall are always beautiful in Minnesota. They mingle to create some gorgeous color patterns in the Southwest Minnesota landscape.

Crash takes local man’s life

A Minneota man, 19-year-old Esmidio Vega, was killed in a one-vehicle crash in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Lyon County Sheriff's Department said. The crash, involving a 2000 Dodge pickup, was reported at 2:15 a.m. on Coleman Street in Ghent.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Department said Vega was the driver of the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Friday, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Henry found

Until Saturday, Henry VanHyfte was only a name to Emma Mulhern. But after the St. Paul Highland Park sophomore visited Taunton and Minneota with her family on Saturday, she learned so much more.
VanHyfte, who grew up in Taunton, was one of 239 soldiers from Minnesota who were killed in battle during the Normandy Invasion in 1944 and are buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. VanHyfte had only been stationed in France for 10 days when he died in a hospital from injuries sustained in battle on July 27, 1944.  read entire story. . . .

Will new library operation costs be too high?

While the time to move into the new Minneota Public Library in the Big Store Building fast approaches, Mayor Bill Ufkin has become increasingly concerned about the potential heating costs of the building.
Monday night he suggested to Wendy Sarazyn of the Friends of the Library it may be prudent to delay the proposed Thanksgiving Week move in to allow a couple of months of heating the building without tenants to determine the costs.  read entire story. . . .

Local Candidates  Forum set for Oct. 21

The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a forum for candidates for the Marshall City Council, Lyon County Commission and Sheriff on Tuesday, October 21 at the Marshall Area YMCA. Refreshments will be provided.
City Council candidates John DeCramer (Ward 1), David Bero, David Sturrock (Ward 2) and Craig Schafer (Ward 3) will participate in a panel beginning at 7:00 PM.
Sheriff candidates Bruce Hanson and Mark Mather will participate in a panel beginning at 7:30 PM.
Lyon County Commission candidate Paul Graupmann (District 3) will participate in a panel beginning at 8 p.m.
A media panel will pose questions to the candidates, including those submitted by members of the audience.
The program will be broadcast on KHML radio on from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, October 22.

Does Minneota want tennis courts?

Minneota’s tennis courts are worn out — proclaimed unusable.
In fact, Minneota City Councilwoman Nancy Reisdorfer says she’s seen tall weeds growing on the court.
So Monday night Larry Buysse and Bernie DeCock of the Minneota School Board appeared before the City Council to ask about the courts.
“We’re considering building a storage building on that site and one of the plans is to use the tennis court land,” said Buysse.  read entire story. . . .

Swedzinski earns guardian of Small Business Award

n Wednesday, State Representative Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota (NFIB), the state’s largest small business group with 13,000 members statewide.  read entire story. . . .

Fight like a girl?

Volleyball players (left to right) ivy Mahan-Deitte, Krista Maeyaert, Sienna Mahan-Deitte and Tracy Johnson and the "Fight Like A Girl" banner they made for Ruth Bot.
Bot was honored by the team as a "fighter" against Cancer.  read entire story. . . .

First Career Fair scheduled

Minneota kids for the first time will come face-to-face with their future.
A “Career Fair” has been set for Monday, October 20, at Minneota Public Schools to give students a chance to get familiar with area employers.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota to host Moonlight Madness

Minneota will host a Moonlight Madness from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, October 30.
There will be specials available in the stores, including: Ufkins, J’s Dream, Brad's Market, Prairie Winds Wellness, Beth Sarazyn B Lenores, Gislasons, The Arched Door and CJ’s Restaurant.
There may be more involved as well.
Swede’s Service Center will house a pumpkin decorating contest again. Watch for more details.

Let the harvest begin

Minneota area farmers are in the fields, getting ready to enter or in some cases, already finishing some of the crops. It’s harvest time and the big machines are grinding away. Some fields have already been harvested, many more are waiting for that moment — some continuing to dry and get ready for harvest and farmers are anxiously waiting their moment. More beans than corn have been taken so far, with results varied throughout the area.

Accident claims life of Judy Lanners

2014, as the result of an auto accident north of Minneota.
Lanners died when her car, a 2014 Subaru, crashed with a 2001 International Tractor Trailer at about 1:27 p.m. on Friday, October 3.
Lanners, a rural mail carrier, was delivering mail at the time of the accident.
In 2013, she began working full time as a Rural Mail Carrier in Minneota.
The accident occurred at the intersection of 140th Ave. and the Lyon/Yellow Medicine County Line Road, according to Lyon County Sheriff officials.
According to reports, Lanners’ vehicle was crushed by the truck but no other details were available.
The accident was being investigated by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Minneota Fire and Rescue Department and the North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.
For many years, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and delivered many meals to folks in the area.
She is survived by her husband Jim and their children.