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Area farm hit by 'Bird Flu'

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

One of only four turkey farms currently operating in Lyon County was confirmed Friday with having the deadly H5N2 strain of avian influenza, or bird flu.
The farm located in Lyon County has 66,000 turkeys.
Although only one of the farm’s seven turkey barns was affected, all the turkeys were euthanized.  read entire story. . . .

Two qualify for state speech

Subsection qualifiers Hannah Buysse, Zoe DeBoer, Sean Dilley, Cora Engels, Sarah Engels, Peter Engels, and Sam Garvey competed at the Section 3A Speech Tournament at SMSU in Marshall. After three competitive preliminary rounds, the top six in each category were chosen to compete in a final round.  read entire story. . . .

City puts three more lots for sale

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

It took a little “straightening out,” but Monday the Minneota City Council put three more city lots up for sale and tied in incentives to help sales.
The three lots are along Federal Street and were officially named, “The Novotny 3.0” plat because it was recently purchased from Greg Novotny.  read entire story. . . .

Severe weather is upon us

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

It might seem like just another week on the calendar to some. But Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  read entire story. . . .

Garvin Park turkey season, Park open to hunting only

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that will allow turkey hunters sole access to Garvin Park during the 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Season.
Garvin Park will be closed to all other activities from one-half hour before sunrise to noon from April 15, 2015 through May 4, 2015.  
No hunting will be allowed after noon at the park.  read entire story. . . .

Livestock judging team takes first

On April 10, the Minneota FFA dairy judging and general livestock judging teams participated in their regional contests.
The general livestock team took first. Individually, Troy Skaar placed third, Julie VanKeulen placed fourth, and Carley VanKeulen placed fifth.  read entire story. . . .

Solo/Ensemble Contest

By Hannah Buysse
Mascot Staff Writer

Last Thursday, Minneota musicians went to Lakeview High School to participate in the annual Solo/Ensemble Contest.
After a weather cancelation last year, Minneota returned with a strong performance. The high school jazz band and several smaller ensembles performed.  read entire story. . . .

Bank officials ask for help selling CJ's

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Officials from State Bank of Taunton Monday asked the Minneota City Council for help to obtain operators for the former CJ’s Bar and Restaurant in Minneota.
The recent closing of the restaurant left the community without a restaurant and the bank saddled with the building and equipment.
Bank President Duane Peterson told the council, “We now own it and would like to sell it or find someone to open it.”
He indicated the bank was “handed the keys” without notice that the business was closing.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota FFA honored at regional banquet

On Tuesday, April 14, Region V FFA held its annual awards banquet at the Willmar High School.  Several Minneota students were honored for their achievements during the school year.  read entire story. . . .

Archery Range to open Saturday

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Ready, aim, shoot!
The new downtown archery range is scheduled to open on Saturday, April 18.
“I cut more carpet and I will put together two targets,” said Police Chief Bill Bolt, the range operator. “This will give me five targets to shoot on opening day. I found that two people can safely shoot at one target.”  read entire story. . . .

Children's workshop set

The Children's Theater Workshop is being held May 18-22 and 26-28 at the Marshall Middle School and is open to children going into 3rd-8th grade for the next school year.
The production this year is “The Hobbit” and there will be an evening performance on Friday, May 29, and a matinee performance on Saturday, May 30. The director is Sheila Tabaka from Southwest Minnesota State University.
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Clarke part of, 'Be Your Best Week'

Emily Clarke, Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota, will join with young women across the nation during the month of April in celebrating National Be Your Best Self Week, a national outreach event presented by Distinguished Young Women.  read entire story. . . .

Icelanders' gathering in Minnesota

Western Icelanders from across North America will gather in Bloomington for the Icelandic National League of North America’s annual convention, May 15 – 17, 2015.  
The convention has been held in Minnesota only once before in the 96 years of the League’s existence.  read entire story. . . .

Women of Today honor volunteers

The GMT Women of Today are joining together with volunteers across the nation to celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of one of our most precious resources, America’s volunteers.  read entire story. . . .

County 4-H salutes volunteers

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Minnesota donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015.  read entire story. . . .

United Way launches a volunteer program

By creating a venue that both allows individuals to see the many ways they can make a difference and agencies to promote their needs, United Way of Southwest Minnesota has increased the potential for volunteerism and involvement in the community.  read entire story. . . .

Zombies take over Wonderland

Alice in Zombieland goes on the stage in Minneota high school this weekend. It’s hard to know what strange characters you’ll meet when you enter the world where a young lass named Alice slides down a rabbit hole and runs into a bunch of zombies.  read entire story. . . .

Wicked winds!

Last Wednesday’s wicked winds swept through the area and not only hampered firefighters across the area, but caused lots of damage to personal property.  read entire story. . . .

Yellow Medicine getting new courthouse

Yellow Medicine County is taking bids for the construction of a new courthouse in Granite Falls.
The county board members approved plans for the estimated $5.7 million project Tuesday.  read entire story. . . .

Whipped by wicked winds

Wicked winds whipped through Minneota last Wednesday, up to 50 miles per hour. They grabbed onto the trampoline of Brian and Gloria Engler and whipped it around.  read entire story. . . .

New fence

The Silver Spurs Saddle Club got a bit of a face lift with a new fence around the arena. The club was able to complete this project with donations from local businesses, the Minnesota Horse Council and Lyon-Lincoln Electric’s Operation Round-Up.  read entire story. . . .

Board presents 'blueprint' for county improvements

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A five-year capitol improvement plan for Lyon County will go before the public at a hearing to be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 21.
“The Lyon County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is the ‘blueprint’ for the county’s investment in long-term assessments used to provide public services in the county,” said County Administrator Loren Stomberg.
Projects included in the five-year CIP plan are:  read entire story. . . .

Firefighters

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Wednesday afternoon the winds were dying down a little bit and the Minneota firefighters sat at the table in their meeting room — looking exhausted while eating hamburgers and drinking their favorite beverage.  read entire story. . . .

Almost, Maine opens at Opera House; Dovre in show

The Lake Benton Opera House spring play, “Almost, Maine,” will open Friday, April 10 for a six-show run.
The show is comprised of nine short stories involving residents of the small, fictional almost-a-town of Almost, Maine.  read entire story. . . .

County deficient bridges plentiful

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Tuesday, the Lyon County Board passed a “deficient bridge” resolution that shows all deficient bridges in the county.
There are 13 bridges on the list for a total estimated cost of $3,996,000.  read entire story. . . .

Museum focuses on community awareness

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Jennifer Andries of the Lyon County Museum met with the board to inform them on, “What we have done in the past year.”
“This year we need to focus on building community awareness and increasing our fundraisers,” she said.  read entire story. . . .

Memories of days gone by to be included in new book

Hometown Memories Publishing is saving a big slice of local history in book that will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them and includes a story from a contributor in Minneota, MN.  read entire story. . . .

Garage Sales are coming

The annual Minneota Spring Garage Sales have been set for Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.
There will be sales throughout the community.  read entire story. . . .