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Ghouls all around

Scrooge (played by Sam Garvey), found himself in the middle of a nightmare, surrounded by ghouls in the timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol.”  read entire story. . . .

Hopefully, a new cafe on the corner

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

As new windows are being installed at the building that formerly housed the public library on the corner of Jefferson and First Street, citizens have been curious as to the next step, figuring a deal is in place for a new business.
“Right now we’re just fixing the building up,” said Eric Bot, President of the Area Development of Minneota Corporation (ADOM).  read entire story. . . .

Legion needs boost for new memorial

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota American Legion Post 199 has a plan to renovate and add to Memorial Park in an effort to better honor Minneota area veterans.
American Legion Commander Jim Fink told the Mascot the project is estimated to cost $100,000 and so far the Legion has $13,000 toward the project.  read entire story. . . .

Get a shirt, or eat a Whopper for Wendy Vierstraete

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Wendy Vierstraete is a single parent with three children currently battling Stage-three breast cancer at an early age.
Vierstraete's nursing co-workers at the Minneota Manor and Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care are banding together to help alleviate living and medical costs for her.
Vierstraete, 39, was diagnosed with Stage-three breast cancer in late October. She began the first of 12 weeks of chemotherapy last Tuesday in Sioux Falls.  read entire story. . . .

Bethel serving Thanksgiving meal

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Just listing the Thanksgiving food that will be served by Bethel Fellowship is enough to make you start making another notch in your belt.
For the fourth straight year, members of the church will prepare and serve free Thanksgiving meals to over 125 hungry people from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.
“We have good food and a good turnout each year,” said Pastor Tom Nomeland.  read entire story. . . .

Thanksgiving Community Worship set

Hope Lutheran Church members cordially invite the community to the annual Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 25. The service begins at 7 p.m.  read entire story. . . .

Neighboring Rotarians honor Bot

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“I really enjoy Rotary,” President Rick Bot has said many times.
He enjoys it so much he’s volunteered to be vice-president, then president on at least three occasions.
His love for Rotary was present when the district needed an assistant governor and Rick Bot stepped in.  read entire story. . . .

Fire destroys Minneota mobile home

Toxic smoke billowed from the doorway at the Paxton mobile home. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Fortunately, J. T. Paxton was standing next to his outside door and he was able to escape his burning mobile home.
"When I got here, the flames were high into the sky. The highway patrolman was right behind me," said Minneota Police Chief Bill Bolt.
"He was very lucky to be able to get out," said Bolt, who said Paxton and his dog, the only occupants, could have succumbed to toxic fumes from the black smoke emerging from the fire.  read entire story. . . .

Flames surround the mobile home.

While the flames were gone, heavy, toxic smoke billowed out of the J. T. Paxton mobile home as Minneota Firefighters fought the blaze Paxton had been living in the home since October. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Fire out, but firemen stay to control it!

From the backside, the holes in the home made by the firemen were evident. They stayed at the scene after the smoke was controlled, just in case fire hid in areas of the home. "They don't want to have to come back again," said Police Chief Bill Bolt. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Rotary "Citizens of the Year"

Beaming with surprise upon being awarded the, “Citizen of the Year Award”, was Donna Swenson of Marshall (right). She and husband Tim own Action Manufacturing, which produces Action Trackchairs and other similar devices for disabled people.  read entire story. . . .

Avera Health signs to purchase DAKOTACARE

By Jay Gravholt
Director of Avera Media Relations

Avera Health has signed a letter of intent to purchase DAKOTACARE.
With its ownership of Avera Health Plans and DAKOTACARE, Avera will become the second largest health insurer in South Dakota, serving nearly 200,000 members.  read entire story. . . .

MnDOT to increase speed limits on select highways

The current 55 mph speed limit on various state highways will increase to 60 mph.  New speed limit signs are scheduled to be installed, weather permitting, on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24.  read entire story. . . .

Locals bag 'Food for Kidz'

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

If Minneota ever gets an automobile factory, it might want to consider putting the Food for Kidz groups from area churches on the assembly line.
Over 300 kids and 30 adults from six different churches took only two hours to bag up enough food to produce 39,000 servings to assist the people of the Badakhshan province in Afghanistan that was ravaged by an earthquake in late October.  read entire story. . . .

County boards asking state for better funding

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is hoping to adopt a new county program aid formula (CPA) in an effort to provide quality services that may also result in reductions in county levies, decreasing the tax burden of Minnesota residents.
Such a formula needs approval of the Minnesota Legislature. As a result, the AMC has asked all 87 counties in Minnesota to support the new formula. The hope is to show unanimous support to the legislature.  read entire story. . . .

Dreamin' about glories yet to come!

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

Saturday night, once the Class A State Football Title was safely tucked away in Minneota — to continue a long tradition of state titles that has now reached SIX — the community welcomed their heroes home with a packed gym Saturday night.
One of those on hand was Browdy Lozinski, who couldn't help but be attracted to the trophies on display at the Welcome Home — and perhaps he was dreaming about glories yet to come.  read entire story. . . .

Fans 'electric' in helping Vikings win

Student fan Taylor Thooft and others around her led the barrage of support from the fans during the entire game. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

The Minneota Vikings had a 12th man on the field at all times — the Minneota fans.
When Garrett Hennen went down with a knee injury and couldn't return, it seemed the Minneota fans got louder and more supportive, as if they sensed the need to give their squad even more support.
"The fans out there were fantastic," said Coach Chad Johnston.
Athletic Director Jason Myhre referred to the way the fans supported the team at the state finals as Minneota beat Minneapolsi North, 35-18 for the state title.  read entire story. . . .

Fans welcome their heroes

Minneota fans packed the gymnasium Saturday night to welcome home their state champion Vikings.
The Vikings repeated their title of last year with a 35-18 victory over Minneapolis North in the Class A State Championship. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Trophy hoist

At the Welcome Home for the State Champion Vikings Saturday night, captain Leo Buysse hoisted the state championship trophy.
Each player was introduced to a jam-packed crowd and Buysse held up the trophy for all to see. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .