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Assault reported in Marshall

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, at about 11:40 a.m., the Marshall Police Department responded to a reported assault on Fairview St. involving a male suspect with a handgun.
The Police Department, assisted by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol conducted a search of the area in the vicinity of Fairview, Village, Birch, and Bruce streets.  read entire story. . . .

MnDOT encourages motorists to plan ahead for winter storm

MnDOT District 8 staff are busy preparing for heavy snow, wind gusts up to 40 mph and difficult travel conditions on Friday.  The National Weather Service has put out the following warnings and advisories for Friday, February 24:  read entire story. . . .

County approves school-area ‘diagonal parking’ in Minneota

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Lyon County Board Tuesday approved a “diagonal parking plan” for the City of Minneota.
The plan is required by Minnesota State Aid rules.
The parking is along County Road 10 in front of the Minneota Public School.
Sight modifications will include a “bus loading zone,” said County Engineer Aaron VanMoer.  read entire story. . . .

FFA Chapters attend day at the capitol

Thursday, February 22 was FFA Day at the Minnesota Capitol.
FFA students from all over the state came to visit with their legislators. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928.
Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.  read entire story. . . .

Engler chosen as facilities manager

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A new Facilities Manager was named by the Minneota School Board Tuesday night.
Les Engler, who is a football and wrestling assistant coach and has worked at Schwans in Marshall for many years, was named the new full-time facilities manager.
Engler replaces Josh Swedzinski who recently resigned after a short time on the job. Swedzinski replaced Pat Boerboom. Swedzinski is staying until March 7 to help in the transition to Engler.  read entire story. . . .

A fan's lament

In wrestling, it’s easy to go from joyful (left), to questioning (center) to despondent (right), as Matt Coequyt did as Minneota lost the section finals to Pipestone in wrestling.  Staff Photos by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Fit 24 going into Ufkin building

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

It's easy to add a few unwanted pounds over the winter, but a place to shed those pounds without having to drive out of town will soon be made available in Minneota.
Cari Pohlen is on the verge of opening “Fit 24”, a new fitness center that will be located in the former Ufkin's Furniture and Appliance building on Jefferson Street.  read entire story. . . .

Hennen and Tolk receive 'Thanks'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota Athletic Director Matt Myrvik Tuesday night publicly thanked Stephanie Hennen for all her years as head volleyball coach.
She had 231 wins and 53 losses. Her letter of resignation was approved by the board.
Hennen led Minneota to numerous state tournaments and “She left a positive attitude on a lot of volleyball girls,” he said.
He also thanked Tami Tolk for all the work she does organizing volunteers for the concession stand, which apparently has drawn praise from the public.  read entire story. . . .

Speech team takes first at Redwood Falls

The Minneota Speech Team is doing quite well during the early season and senior Peter Engels has been leading the way.
Engels came up with his third straight drama championship at Redwood Falls.

Redwood Meet
On Saturday, February 18, the VIkings trekked to Redwood Falls for the Redwood Valley Invitational and came home with the first place trophy.
Cecilia Rabaey was fifth in Creative Expression; Natalie Bot and Tara Thooft were second in Duo; Nick Bot and Cole Bot were third in Duo; Brenden Kimpe was second in Extemp Speaking; and Sean Dilley was second in Informative.  read entire story. . . .

Ivanhoe trying to keep grocery store alive

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Once a grocery store is forced to close in a small town because profits are too low, the whole community feels the pain.
Facing a financial crisis, citizens of Ivanhoe are pulling up their bootstraps and attempting to save the local grocery store from an untimely death.
Ivanhoe Community Foods Inc. has been a community-run corporation for many years in the 550-population town in southwestern Minnesota.  read entire story. . . .

Handguns investigated

Marshall police are investigating two separate incidents that involved the use of handguns.
On Tuesday Marshall Police, with the assistance of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Brown/Lyon/Redwood/Renville Emergency Response Unit, executed a search warrant at a residence on Willow Lane in Marshall.
The warrant was issued in response to a report from a resident that neighbors physically assaulted and pointed a handgun at him after a dispute involving a dog ensued.  read entire story. . . .

Finding rental space

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

At the last county board meeting, Southwest Health and Human Services told the board they needed more space in the courthouse to enhance their operation.
This week, the board found space in the courthouse.
“The board, along with SWHHS staff, viewed under-utilized space in the government center,” said County Administrator Loren Stomberg.
“As a result, we’re making a proposal to re-organize space for Health and Human Services,” said Stomberg.  read entire story. . . .

Bill encourages shrimp production

The Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy Committee heard a bill on Thursday that would help promote shrimp production by creating a $5 million incentive program for Minnesota companies producing over 25,000 pounds of shrimp each quarter.
Marshall-based company Ralco recently announced that their subsidiary, trchr(363)© Shrimp, will construct a $54 million shrimp production facility near Balaton.  read entire story. . . .

Relay for Life kick-off will be held March 2

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lyon County will host a community kickoff on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the back room of the Wooden Nickel Saloon in Marshall.
Everyone is invited to join us to learn more about our Relay Event and how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.
The event will celebrate and honor local cancer survivors, patients and caregivers, and showcase how funds raised benefit the local community.  read entire story. . . .

Outbreaks of Flu and Strep, Take  Precautions

By Jay Gravholt
Director of Media Relations, Avera Health

We’re facing a tough winter for flu and other illness bugs. Health care professionals are reminding us all to fight back with prevention.
The current flu season is indeed bleak; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the threshold that indicates epidemic was reached earlier in January. More than 4,300 lab-confirmed cases of flu hospitalization have been reported nationally this year, compared to about 2,600 last year.
Minnesota doctors are seeing the flu, but also many cases of strep throat, norovirus and common colds. The flu hits the young, the ill and the elderly the hardest, and so far this season, at least eight pediatric flu deaths have been confirmed across the United States.
Avera Medical Group physicians are reminding every patient to be diligent and to remember how these illnesses spread.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota FFA is 'Going the Distance'

Recently, FFA members from Minneota attended a leadership retreat in Alexandria.  
Students had an opportunity to meet with other FFA members from Region V.  The event was not all training as Saturday the group took to the ski slopes and tubing hills of the area for some fun in the snow. The event was planned and staffed by members of the Region V FFA officer team.  
Minneota was represented on that group by Justin Buysse who serves as the Region V Vice-President.  
The theme for the event was “Go the Distance”.  read entire story. . . .

Council takes ‘no action’ on bike trails proposal

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council took no action on a proposal to adopt Bike Lanes in the City of Minneota.
The Active Living Plan Committee has asked if the City of Minneota would consider bike lanes on certain streets in the city.
Police Chief Bill Bolt said bike lanes are not necessary due to the fact state statutes allow for riding bikes to ride on the street.
He also said the streets really are not wide enough to install bike lanes.  read entire story. . . .

Council discusses adopting Facebook page

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council Monday talked about starting a Minneota City Council Facebook page.
Mayor John Rolbiecki indicated he would be willing to develop a Facebook page.
Police Chief Bill Bolt said he has a Facebook page and short messages go over well but long messages are not read.  read entire story. . . .

Combined polling places?

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

All polling places in Lyon County may be required to purchase new voting machines for upcoming elections.
And that could lead to at least two townships voting at the Minneota City Hall.
On Monday, Rick Bot of Westerheim Township appeared before the Minneota City Council to ask the city to allow Westerheim and Nordland Townships to vote along with Minneota city residents at City Hall.  read entire story. . . .

Coens receives 'Certificate of Commendation'

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Minneota’s police department has been making an all-out effort to control the spread of drugs in the community.
The force’s newest officer, Brandon Coens has taken the effort to heart and has been commended by Police Chief Bill Bolt for his efforts.
Chief Bolt said, “Today Officer Brandon Coens received a Letter of Commendation for his traffic enforcement efforts which led to the seizure of marijuana from a motor vehicle.”  read entire story. . . .

Burglaries reported near St. Leo

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in a burglary incident reported last month near St. Leo.
Around 8:02 p.m. on January 26, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary of a residence north of St. Leo.  read entire story. . . .

Counties eligible for emergency farm loans

On February 1, 2017, President Trump declared a Presidential Major Disaster in South Dakota due to a severe winter storm occurring December 24-December 26, 2016.  
The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration number is M4298.  24 South Dakota counties were declared primary disaster areas eligible for Federal disaster assistance, including Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency (EM) loans for eligible family farmers.  read entire story. . . .

Minnesota Farmland Sales Down Slightly

Minnesota farmland sales continue to slide downward, according to recent figures.
Data indicates a 2.6 percent decline in sale prices from 2015 to 2016 but half of Minnesota counties average sale prices increased from 2015 to 2016.  
In January, the farmland sales for every Minnesota County were made available to the public.  You can find this information online at http://www.landeconomics.umn.edu.  read entire story. . . .

Senator Dahms introduces two new bills

Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) is the chief author of bipartisan legislation aimed at ensuring quality, sustainable care for Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens.
The bill was introduced Monday and would raise the state’s reimbursement rate for home and community based services by four percent for each of the next two years.  read entire story. . . .

Swedzinski bill helps Veteran's Park

Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink has taken his drive to build a new Veteran’s Memorial at the park on Highway 68 to the Minnesota Legislature.
He recently gave testimony that would allow counties and other agencies to donate to such memorial.  read entire story. . . .

St. Edward School hosts science fair

On Friday morning, St. Edward School held their annual science fair. There were many great projects varying from how basketball skills change with age to chicken habits and everything in between.  read entire story. . . .

Speech team takes second at Pipestone

The Minneota Speech Team was in action again on Saturday, February 11 at the Pipestone meet. They hosted 20 schools and just over 300 participants.
Minneota Coach Kim Gades said, “After 3 preliminary rounds, finals posters were revealed.”
Minneota had entries in the top six in their respective categories. They included Peter Engels in Drama, Paige Welsh & Jacob Haen in Duo, Sarah Engels in Great Speeches and Sean Dilley in Informative.
When finals finished, it was time for awards. Cecilia Rabaey received a ribbon in Creative Expression, Trevor Belaen received a ribbon in Discussion and Cole Bot also earned a ribbon in Poetry.
“During the awards ceremony, senior Peter Engels was the champion in Drama. Junior Sarah Engels was crowned the champion of Great Speeches.”  read entire story. . . .

Income tax filing season opens

Minnesota taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns from now until Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
If you move after filing your return, contact us right away. That way anything sent to you will reach you, such as refund checks or requests for more information. You should do this even when requesting a direct deposit.  read entire story. . . .

Sworn in-again!

Even when Tim Koppien doesn’t get enough votes — he comes up a winner!
Monday night he was sworn into office as a Minneota City Council Member — to serve his fifth term.
Three of those times he’s been appointed, twice after losing an election. And twice he was voted into office.
In total, he’s served on the Minneota City Council for 16 years.
His time on the council began when he was elected to a four-year term in 2001.  read entire story. . . .

Bottelberghe proposes wine business

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Jerry Bottelberghe and his partner Josue Palacios Tuesday night asked the Minneota Economic Development Authority for help starting a business as, “Distributors of Wines in Minneota.”
Proposing the business in the old Schott building in Minneota, Bottelberghe said they needed $15,000 from the EDA to go toward the purchase of the building.  read entire story. . . .

New Logo

The new City Hall Bar and Grill, formerly Bubba’s, will have a new logo soon. The group re-doing the facility, of which changes have already been made, put two copies of this logo on their Facebook page — the other one was in red. But blue won by a huge margin. The sign will hang outside the new facility. Currently it’s a bar, but officials hope to add the grill in the future. Special Design provided to the Mascot.  read entire story. . . .

Changes made in Minneota Public School personnel

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A variety of changes in personnel are occurring at the Minneota High School.
Superintendent Dan Deitte this week acknowledged the fact that Steph Hennen has resigned as volleyball coach, Matt Myrvik will leave his position as Athletic Director when his term ends in June and Facility Manager Josh Swedzinski has resigned.
All of these actions won’t be official until next week’s Minneota School Board Meeting.
Swedzinski, who has been on the job just a few months as Facility Manager, will finish his two weeks notice. The school district is advertising for a new manager.  read entire story. . . .