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Very damp playoff game

Minneota Viking fan Larry Doom braved the elements to watch the Vikings defeat Ortonville Tuesday night. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

The question is...

What is more important, your new fire hat, or your ice cream cone? Bentley Pesch seemed to have to make that choice at the Minneota Fire Department’s Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House. She seemed to love the hat, yet it kept falling off. And then there was this ice cream cone to deal with. They melt if you don’t lick them. So Bentley did the right thing  read entire story. . . .

City pitches ‘Golf Course Road’

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota made its pitch to the Lyon County Board Tuesday to transfer authority of Golf Course Road and Monroe Street to the county.
Last week, the Minneota City Council passed a resolution to transfer the road to the county in exchange for operation of portions of County Roads 10 and 34.
“This project has been hanging around a lot longer than any of us can remember,” laughed Minneota Mayor Bill Ufkin. “The council passed this unanimously,” he added.
“Getting this project on the board’s agenda would be a positive,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Capsule items will be on display

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

When the 1956 Time Capsule was opened at the Minneota Schools last week, Superintendent Dan Deitte didn’t know what he’d find — and he hadn’t given any thought to what to do with the items found inside.
Monday, Deitte told the school board he’s trying to decide how to handle the disposition of the items taken from the 1956 Time Capsule that was discovered buried in the school cornerstone.
He indicated he’d probably keep it in the school until the end of the winter quarter then turn it over to the Minneota Public Library.
“We will make sure it is preserved and that people can look at it,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Thumbs up!

Giving blood doesn’t have to be boring. Student Lauryn Hansen gave a thumbs up during the Bloodmobile at Minneota Schools on Monday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Coens joins Minneota Police

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota started this week with a new police vehicle — and a new officer.
He is Brandon Coens of Marshall, a 2010 graduate of Marshall High School.
He was employed in Mankato from 2012 to this year and has a Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University.  read entire story. . . .

Tarring the road

The crew from Duinincks, formerly McLaughlin & Schultz, from Marshall was busy last week paving roads in Minneota. The Adams Street project is about completed and this crew is putting the roads back together. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Autumn colors

The David and Joy Buysse barn is shrouded in the colors of fall as harvest gets into full swing and an abundant crop of corn and soybeans is on the way. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Harvest in full swing

Beauty is one thing — and there is plenty of that. But harvest is still hard work, long hours in the field and many hours in the combine, or the tractor pulling the gravity boxes. But when the fields are ripe, and the numbers are plentiful, well, the hours in the field don’t seem so bad. The Greg Hennen land along County Road 10 was busy this past week. Staff Photos by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Medicare Open Enrollment  Assistance coming to Minneota

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. will once again be assisting Medicare beneficiaries with their 2017 Medicare plan research and enrollment.  
Trained volunteers will be available by appointment in Minneota at Minneota Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 27.  read entire story. . . .

Swedzinski named facilities manager

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Josh Swedzinski has been named the new facilities manager (head custodian) at the Minneota Schools.
“He is taking training already and is well on his way,” said Supt. Dan Deitte.
Prior to becoming facilities manager, Swedzinski worked for Frank’s Electric, Plumbing and Heating.
In the interview process, there were 15 applicants, said Supt. Deitte.  read entire story. . . .

Election is closing in

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Some politicians are calling it “crunch time,” as the Tuesday, November 8 General Election is drawing closer — just 27 days away.
While the news media has inundated the public with the national war between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the local elections have taken a back seat.
But there are some key positions open this year and some races that could provide chances on boards and councils and in the legislature.  read entire story. . . .

Flu shot clinic coming to Minneota

With the temperatures changing, cold and flu season is on the way!
The City of Minneota will be having a flu shot clinic open to Minneota Residents.
Thrifty White Pharmacy will be at the Community Center/City Hall on Thursday, November 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
There are Vaccination Administration Forms available at the City Office. City Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be one nurse and one administrator at the clinic. Nurses are able to immunize starting at infants age 6 months. Flu mist is not available this year.  read entire story. . . .

Bubba's sold; bar, grill possible

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Citing the need for a downtown eating establishment in Minneota, Dave Fahey and Eric Buysse have partnered to purchase the building currently housing Bubba'a Bar, as well as the vacant lot next to it, with plans to open a bar and grill in that location in the near future.
Bob “Bubba” DePestel signed the purchase agreement on Sept. 30 for an undisclosed amount and the sale will become official on Jan. 1 when the liquor license at Bubba’s Bar expires.  read entire story. . . .

Meeting Laura

Melanie Stringer brings Laura Ingalls Wilder to life as she travels the area. Tuesday she appeared in a packed Opera House in Minneota as kids gathered to step back into the 1890’s for just a brief time. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Mary Johnson resigns from City Council

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

City Councilwoman Mary Johnson has informed the Minneota City Council she is resigning her position as of December 31.
“This is personal and does not have anything to do with anyone or anything the city is involved in at the present time,” said Johnson in her letter of resignation.
“This is the right time because you have several qualified candidates running for office and one of them would be happy to finish my term.”  read entire story. . . .

Fire Prevention week is October 9-15

Fire Prevention week will be held October 9-15. The Minneota Firemen will host and open house on Wednesday, October 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Minneota Fire Hall. Join the firemen for burgers that will be served, poster contest winners revealed, and so much more!  read entire story. . . .

Absentee voting now available

Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E. J. Moberg last week indicated, “As of 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office had provided 354 absentee ballots for the November election.”
He indicated now is the time to secure absentee ballots.
Applications for absentee ballots are available from the Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer’s office located at the Lyon County Government Center, 607 West Main Street, in Marshall.  read entire story. . . .

It's Hall of Fame Weekend!

This is Hall of Fame Weekend in Minneota.
Nine individuals and the 1986 state championship football team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. Saturday Night at Minneota High School.
Friday night the candidates were saluted at the Minneota Vikings Homecoming football win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 54-6.
One of them is former Coach and Superintendent Gerhard Meidt. He waved to folks during the pre-game parade. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Capsule opened: History revealed!

Folks looked over the items that were inside the capsule.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Only one person claimed he knew what was inside the capsule planted inside the Minneota Cornerstone in 1956.
“I remember talking to Supt. Diedrich Peters about what he’d put in the capsule,” said Sam Smith, a Minneota graduate.
Minneota Supt. Dan Deitte opened the capsule to find a letter listing the items enclosed in the cornerstone.
Items included:  read entire story. . . .

Photos in the capsule

Ruth Bot looked over the photos of the Minneota School Board Members from 1956. The photos were found inside the capsule that was opened on Friday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Looking over capsule information

Pauline (Traen) Wambeke looked over items that were found in the 1956 time capsule. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Homecoming features parade

The Minneota Homecoming Parade included the Lincoln Hi Float from Ivanhoe. The parade was one of the highlights of Friday's Homecoming events. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota Hall of Fame: Ten who led the way

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“I’ve always been impressed with Minneota and what you’ve done with this community,” said John Stalpes.
Once the new Minneota School Hall of Fame inductee left Minneota and his parents passed away, he never returned.
“The plan was to spend a couple of years in Klamath Falls, Oregon, teaching and coaching — then return to Minneota,” he said.
 That was 50 years ago and he never came home.
Saturday night when the former four-star athlete accepted his Hall of Fame award he said, “This is really something special for me,” then he paused and with a smirk on his face said, “I don’t think they can take this away from me,” he said, referring to his position in the Hall of Fame.
“It’s an event like this that brings you back,” Stalpes said. He called it a, “Family reunion of sorts.”
It was that kind of theme that ran through the induction ceremony of nine individuals and one team into the school’s first Hall of Fame class.  read entire story. . . .

Take a survey for a healthier Minneota

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

In an attempt to create a healthier community, Southwest Regional Development Commission is offering a survey to Minneota Community residents.
The online community survey is at:
“We have a few responses, but if we can get more it would really help with identifying the needs of the community,” said Max Kaufman, Southwest Community Planner.
Originally, Kaufman asked the City Council to endorse and allow the survey in the name of helping create healthier people.
They’ve held two meetings to obtain information and thoughts from the public.  read entire story. . . .

Rotary Club of Minneota joins fight to end polio

In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on October 24, the Minneota Rotary will hold a Polio Plus Fundraising Day at their business meeting on Wednesday October 26.
It will be part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.  Each Rotarian will be asked to contribute towards the fight to end Polio.  
Each dollar that the club contributes and submits to Rotary International will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota loses two natives

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota lost two well-known natives recently when former Minneota Viking great Joe Anderson died and he was followed by former Minneota pharmacist Harold Schwartz.
This past weekend Minneota inducted its first class into the Viking Hall of Fame.
One of the inductees, Steve Kjorness, said another great Minneota football player, Joe Anderson, 74, of Wayne, WI, passed away on October 3 at his home.
“He was a great player and also was part of that great tradition in Minneota,” said Kjorness.  read entire story. . . .