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Tree falls at "The Komp"

A storm with gale-like winds slammed through the Minneota area Friday night, leaving in its wake many branches, leaves and parts of trees to be cleaned up. It also caused a couple of power outages, one over a half hour long in Minneota. The old Cottonwood tree at the K. P. Kompelien ballpark has stood as long as anyone can remember — but part of it came crashing down on Friday. It landed on the fence that lines the baseball-football field and had to be cleared off for Sunday’s Mudhens game. Tim DeVlaeminck of the Minneota City crew did the honors as his son Adam looked over the old stump. Along with ballplayers, DeVlaeminck’s family, including son Adam (pictured) and high school Coach Keven Larson and his family cleared it away.  Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

‘Attacks on women bother me’ Chief Bolt vows to do something about it

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

With a gritty determination to do his part about the rising number of attacks on women, Minneota Police Chief Bill Bolt is offering to teach a free self-defense class.
“Attacks on women bother me,” he said.
“I picture my mom, my wife or my daughter when I read and hear women being attacked.”  read entire story. . . .

Downings celebrate a Century Farm

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The Downing Farm, currently owned by Fran and Val Downing of Taunton, is one of 134 Century Farms honored recently throughout the State of Minnesota.
The Downing Farm and J. David Freucht of Lake Benton were recognized as Lincoln County Century Farms by the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau.
The Ludeman Farm of Tracy and Louis and Delores Anderson of Tyler were recognized from Lyon County, and the Abrahamson Farm of Belview was recognized from Yellow Medicine County.  read entire story. . . .

Crowley files to run for commissioner

Gary Crowley of Ghent has announced his candidacy for election to the Lyon County District 4 Commissioner seat.
“I’m asking for your help, your support, your endorsement and most importantly your vote on November 8, 2016,” he said.
Crowley joins Joel Dahl in filing for the seat currently held by Rodney Stensrud, who has indicated he will not seek re-election.  read entire story. . . .

Relay for Life event was rained on

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The luminaries, one of the most sobering events of the annual Lyon County Relay for Life lay flat on the ground, wet, forboded and ruined.
For the second time in four years, inclement weather forced the Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lyon County to be cancelled.
“We, of course, were devastated to cancel,” said co-chairman Betsy Jo Kack.
“But we determined that everyone's safety was our biggest concern.”
A few folks gathered for the event, but eventually it had to be called off.  read entire story. . . .

School board works to reduce interest on debt

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A representative of Springsted Financial presented a recommendation for the issuance of general obligations bonds Tuesday night.
These are “refunding bonds” to refinance outstanding bond issue of the district.
“We told you earlier we would be trying to save you money,” said Superintendent Dan Deitte. “The idea is to save interest costs.”
The board approved a resolution to sell the bonds. They expect to have proceeds received by August 18 and bonds redeemed by Feb. 1, 2018. The amount of money being refinanced is $2,685,000. The board’s “rating” for bonds will take place the week of July 11 with competitive proposals received and possibly accepted by July 19.
Business Manager Tegan Gillund presented the 2016-2017 budget with 2017 revenue set at $6,859,099. That’s up from $6,593,649, which was the revised 2016 budget.  read entire story. . . .

Lyon County Board changes courthouse construction to accommodate rental space

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Lyon County Board Tuesday approved changes to the construction at the renovated Lyon County Courthouse.
The changes will reduce the size of the room that was to be the law library. “It will remain in its current location but will increase the size of what will be the IT (tech) room to accommodate the OSA (Office of the State Auditor) office suite,” said County Administrator Loren Stomberg.  read entire story. . . .

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to hold workshop

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting a free workshop from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council building for anyone interested in applying for art project or art legacy grants.
Join other non-profit organizations to learn the details involved in the grant applications, find out grant writing tips and get your questions answered.  read entire story. . . .

Knutson member of All-State Lutheran Choir

The Minnesota All State Lutheran Choir will be performing in Minneota at 7:30 p.m. on Monday Church at Hope Lutheran Church.
The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a free will offering.
Rachel Knutson of Minneota will be a member of the choir this year.
She will be traveling across the state performing with the choir throughout the month.
Founded in 1969 by Mark Aamot, the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir (MASLC), is currently under the direction of Dr. Thomas D. Rossin.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota Under Construction

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

It seems as though everywhere you turn, Minneota is “Under Construction.”
With the start of the Adams Street project, signs have been posted and some street work has already begun on the latest water, sewer and street project.
In addition, an abundance of work is underway at the Minneota School, both inside and outside the school.  read entire story. . . .

Big Cottonwood tree damaged

The Big Cottonwood tree at K. P. Kompelien Field in Minneota was damaged last Saturday. Heavy winds took part of it down. The next morning, girls on horseback surveyed the fallen tree. It was removed so baseball games could be played on the field. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Road work

Big machines and paving moved into Minneota last week. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Big day for little princesses

Saturday was the kickoff to the 2016 Boxelder Bug Days event that will be held in September. It was a very special evening for little girls in Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

New barber shop in Minneota

Minneota is getting a barber shop.
Bruce Reyell of Minneota applied to the city council to have a barber shop in his residence at 109 N. Adams Street.
The council approved the new barber shop, indicating the ordinance allows this use in the community.  read entire story. . . .

Legislator not happy with Dayton veto

A bill that Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) described as having, “Something for everyone from veterans and college graduates to farms and middle-class families,” was struck down by Governor Mark Dayton last week.
The governor vetoed a bipartisan tax relief package that Rep. Swedzinski said, “Would have provided more than $800 million in tax cuts over the next three years to middle-class Minnesotans.”
Recent actions by the governor did not go well with the area representative.  read entire story. . . .

Kanne endorsed by DFL for Senate District 16

The DFL Convention has endorsed James Kanne for Senate District 16.
He indicated he will campaign in the area from Lac qui Parle County to Brown County at parades, community events, candidate forums and at voters’ doors this summer and fall.
“I’m  looking forward to meeting voters face-to-face and listening to their concerns,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

City has eye on development

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota home and business owners may get another chance to upgrade their residences or businesses through the Development Services, Inc (DSI) program.
The Minneota City Council took the first step toward joining the program that could involve housing, commercial and public facility grants.  read entire story. . . .

Man airlifted after four-wheeler accident

Jose Gomez, 54, just arrived from Mexico and was on his first day on the job with an area farmer on Monday, when the four-wheeler he was driving tipped over in a ditch, causing back and possible leg injuries.  read entire story. . . .

Cattlmen's tour to feature area farms

The 2016 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s summer tour and trade show will be held July 11 and 12 in Canby and is hosted by the Midwest Cattlemen’s Association.
Each year, a community is chosen to showcase experienced cattle producers with a family history of producing high quality beef, raised with integrity as well as other agricultural highlights of the community.  read entire story. . . .

Grain spilled as 23 cars derail at Cottonwood

Twenty-three cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train filled with corn derailed Friday evening in Cottonwood. No one was injured, said railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth.
The railroad responded with equipment and workers who worked through the night and into the weekend to clear the cars and repair the tracks, McBeth said.  read entire story. . . .

Duck race winners named

Winning ducks in the annual Bug Days Dug races  and amount won were: 1. Brooke Hennen ($200); 2. Luke DePestel ($100); 3. Adam Josephson ($50); 4. Corey Kack ($25); 5. Arla Boe ($25); 6. Deb Yost ($25) and 7. Dan Longtin ($25).  read entire story. . . .

Smiling faces at the blood drive

Wednesday brought an American Red Cross Blood Drive to Minneota. Lydia Hofer (left) was all smiles as she donated. She has been a longtime donor and is new to the Minneota community. She was assisted by Nurse Kham Holeton of the Red Cross. The American Red Cross is looking for a new blood drive liason in Minneota. To volunteer, contact Cash Huntington at 651-271-7016.
Staff photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Community loses Frank Swedzinski

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

For 16 years, Frank Swedzinski was a Lincoln County Commissioner.
But that was just one of many things the Taunton man left the area as he passed away on Wednesday, June 8.
A community-oriented individual, Swedzinski, 86, died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident just before Memorial Day.
His contributions were endless, including nine years as a township assessor, 15 years as President of the Association of Minnesota Counties; 40 years on the board of Divine Providence Healthcare in Ivanhoe (20 years as chairman); land reviewer on the Del Clark Lake in Canby and numerous other civic organizations.
He also served on the Western Community Action Board of Directors for about 40 years.  read entire story. . . .

Taunton's old tree goes down in storm

Heavy winds and some rain came through the area on Sunday.
While many branches and some trees were toppled, none more famous than the old twisted tree in Taunton.
This tree has been standing near the Senior Center in Taunton for many years.
It’s been leaning and it’s trunk has been twisted from many past storms years ago.
The tree finally went down Sunday in the storm that passed through Taunton about 8 p.m.
It was a significant tree for Taunton residents because it has withstood so much for so long and now she’s gone.  read entire story. . . .