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Minneota was 'on the air'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota got a rare opportunity to showcase its football program Friday night after the win over arch-rival Dawson-Boyd, 34-28 in overtime.
The state’s premier “voice” of Friday night football, Ryan Phelps of Alexandria, brought his popular scoreboard show to the Countryside Golf Course.
“I’m not just saying this, but this is the most fans we’ve had at one of our shows and they are a great crowd,” Phelps told his radio audience.
Nearly 100 folks, including many members of the Vikings football team, packed in to watch the show and it became a boisterous event when Phelps crew called for an ovation from the crowd.
The night Minneota went “On The Air” started with Phelps conducting a “trivia” show with Minneotans Doug Spanton and Shawn Boerboom plus Paul Raymo answering questions from Minneota’s football past.  read entire story. . . .

The Bug needs some help

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota’s premier showcase, “Boxelder Bug Days,” was a huge success again this year.
But, like everything, it needs to be scrutinized before the 2017 edition is unveiled, so Sunday night the Boxelder Bug Days Committee met to wrap up the recently finished event.
Two factors prevailed over the discussions:
1. “It was not a very good financial year for us,” said Chairman Scott Josephson.
2. “The numbers were really down,” said his wife Roberta Josephson.
Those were the negatives and the committee resolved to dig into the festival to see what can be done on both counts.
The positives are by far enough to give the committee a positive feeling.  read entire story. . . .

Big week: Homecoming  and Hall of Fame induction

By Ruth Bot
Mascot Staff Writer

Minneota is returning to its more traditional homecoming roots with a bonfire, big parade and the addition of the school’s first Hall of Fame induction.
It all starts Sunday, Oct. 2 with the Powderpuff Football game at K. P. Kompelien Field. The flag football tournament begins at 6:30 p.m., pitting the grades against each other to determine the strongest female football team.
It will be followed by the Homecoming Bonfire.
There is a charge to watch the Powderpuff games.
The week ends Saturday, Oct. 8 with the first Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the competition gym at Minneota High School.
Nine individuals and the 1986 football team, the first to win a state championship, will be honored at the school’s first induction ceremony.  read entire story. . . .

Nervous fans watch Vikings win

Minneota fans, including the Viking Mascot, were feeling the affects of a nail-biting overtime game against Dawson-Boyd on Friday at K. P. Kompelien Field. Fans Lizzy Davis (yelling with her hands covering her face) and Adiah Buysse led others as they tried to cheer on their team. In the end, Minneota survived, 34-28 in overtime to keep their 31-game winning streak alive. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Homecoming week schedule

Homecoming 2016
Daily Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 2:  Powderpuff Football
6:30 p.m. K.P. Kompelien Field. Admission for participants, audience, and anyone who comes to watch
(Bonfire after the game!)

Monday, October 3:  Nerd Day
Kick-off Pepfest – Teachers; Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament first hour in the competition gym.
Volleyball – Jr. High at Home vs. Marshall
Football – JV at Home vs. Murray Co. Central
7:30 p.m. – Coronation.  read entire story. . . .

Noxious weed discovered in Yellow Medicine County

Crop scientists at the University of Minnesota and officials at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urge farmers to check fields for Palmer amaranth, an aggressive weed that can put corn and soybean crops at risk.
A plant detected in a native seed planting plot on a Yellow Medicine County farm was confirmed last week to be Palmer amaranth.
This is the first confirmation of the weed in the state.
“We encourage landowners to scout fields now before harvest for Palmer amaranth and report any possible infestations to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture,” said Geir Friisoe, MDA’s Director of Plant Protection.  read entire story. . . .

MnDOT encourages safe driving during harvest

Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“Harvest season is in full swing and farmers in every corner of the state are out using the highways,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer.  read entire story. . . .

Hard work pays off for physician assistant

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

As Samantha (Hennen) Hammer walked through the door at Avera Marshall on the morning of Sept. 1, it suddenly struck her that she was now taking on the real world.
“It was surreal,” said Hammer, about her first day on the job as a Physician Assistant.
“I just thought to myself ‘Wow, I’m not a student anymore and this will be my second home for a long time’.”
Sam, as she is referred to by those closest to her, has had an incredibly eventful summer. She was married to Mike Hammer on Aug. 27 at St. Eloi Church in Ghent. Five days later, she began her job at Avera Marshall.  read entire story. . . .

Diggin' holes

The Duininck crew is installing new water and sewer lines in Minneota and had to dig a hole on Adams Street in order to move the water lines to allow installation of the new sewer and storm line. Employee Matt Rugloski listened to instructions from his foreman, Jake Telecky, as another employee was busy in the hole trying to make sure they had the proper specifications  read entire story. . . .

Fall Festival goodies

Delores DeVos picked out items at the St. Edward Fall Festival Sunday. The church sign was decorated for the annual event at the church. Folks had lots of fun inside the church as well. Staff Photo by Ruth Bot.  read entire story. . . .

Remodeling project nearly finished

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Most of the school renovation project has been completed says Supt. Dan Deitte.
“All the little projects are being done. The tile and floor people haven’t been back out so we are waiting for them,” he told the Minneota School Board Monday night.
As for the roofing, “The smaller roofing project is going to start and then they’ll move into the larger project,” said Supt. Dan Deitte.
The electronic sign at the front of the building is available, but it won’t be installed until all electrical work has been completed.
“I’ve had lots of good responses on the school renovation project,” said Supt. Deitte.  read entire story. . . .

Finish date for courthouse  remodeling pushed back

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Lyon County Courthouse remodeling project has been delayed, pushing back the finish date by as much as several months.
“I’m thinking March,” said County Administrator Loren Stomberg when asked for a completion date.
“We can point to where the slow downs came,” he said. He indicated the wall coming down and injuring a worker, caused more than a month slowdown because electrical work had to be re-done.
He said some offices will make moves by November — some into temporary spaces. But there  read entire story. . . .

Caution! United Way NOT hosting or affiliated with Jail & Bail event

“It has come to our attention that folks in the area are being contacted to participate in or donate to a ‘Jail & Bail’ type of fundraiser to benefit the United Way of Southwest Minnesota,” said Marcy Heemeyer of the local United Way.
The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is NOT hosting or affiliated with the individuals placing the calls OR with this particular fundraiser.  read entire story. . . .

County board to 'fine tune' tobacco ordinance

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Lyon County Board Tuesday talked about whether or not to adopt a proposed tobacco ordinance that affects licensing of tobacco products and a proposed clean air ordinance.
The board held a public hearing last month and allowed business owners and residents to have input on the ordinance.
They decided to review the tobacco ordinance, fine tune it and bring it back at the October 4 meeting before “going forward,” with it, said Commission Chairman Charlie Sanow.
The Clean Air Act will also be brought back at that time.  read entire story. . . .

Class of 10 in first 'Hall of Fame'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota’s illustrious sports history will come to life when nine individuals and one team are inducted into the First Minneota Hall of Fame.
A wall at the renovated high school awaits the arrival of the plaques of the 10, who will be inducted on Saturday, October 8.
The all new ‘Hall of Fame’ was adopted earlier this year and a committee asked for candidates, have screened the entries and have settled on 10 inductions.  read entire story. . . .

Board terminates head custodian

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota School Board went into closed session Monday night and later returned to vote for the termination of head custodian Pat Boerboom.
Due to Privacy Act issues, no reasons for the termination were cited by the board or administration.
Boerboom had been an employee of the Minneota School District for 34 years.  read entire story. . . .

Road projects limited in the area

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Lyon County Road improvements have been cut back in recent years due to lack of funds.
In fact, when Lindsey Knutson of Minnesota Transportation Department District 8 presented a three-year area construction plan, there were few projects in the area.
She gave the Lyon County Board a review of the upcoming District 8 area transportation improvement programs.
Knutson presented a map outline of proposed improvements for 2017 to 2020.  read entire story. . . .

Preliminary levy set by board

The Lyon County Board Tuesday approved a preliminary 2017 property tax levy at 2.98 percent. This is a decrease from the September 6 meeting where the proposed levy was 4.7 percent.
The levy will be $14,523,416 which represents an increase of $420,901 over the 2016 property tax levy.
“I’m comfortable with that,” said Administrator Loren Stomberg. They set a hearing for December on the levy.  read entire story. . . .

FFA receives state award

Minneota FFA goat exhibitors were given the honor of Reserve Champion Herdsmanship at the Minnesota State Fair recently. Herdsmanship is based on how the animals and stalls are presented. Pictured are: (left to right) Grady Moorse, Stephanie Kimpe, Isabelle Kimpe, Brenden Kimpe, Carly VanKeulen, Emily Buysse and Gared Moorse. Special photo.  read entire story. . . .