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Mascot Holiday Hours

The Minneota Mascot will close at noon on July 3rd in observance of the July 4th Holiday. Happy 4th of July everyone!  read entire story. . . .

Rising stars

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

If outsiders are right and, “There’s something in the water in Minneota,” then perhaps a “gusher” has exploded in this success-driven community.
Building on a long list of athletic accomplishments recently, Minneotans are at it again.
Last weekend alone found:  read entire story. . . .

Small city rising in Ghent

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer
At first sight, it appears a small city is rising out of the farmland just off Highway 68 in Ghent.
A closer look at all the whirling machines, tall cranes and tons of concrete and steel do nothing to destroy that notion.
But the truth is, a $7.2 million expansion project that began last year for Lyon County Farm Service Joint Venture of Ghent is rising quickly from what once was a wide open area.  read entire story. . . .

Mayor jumps into air show

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

For 25 years, Minneota Mayor Bill Ufkin has been jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
Saturday he did it again — almost in his backyard and before a very large crowd of people gathered for the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at Granite Falls.
Ufkin’s drop officially kicked off the show  that included a “dog fight” in the sky preceded by a “ground battle” between American and German troops.  read entire story. . . .

Many projects on school's 'to do' list

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

New fences for the football field ... paving the school parking lot ... resurfacing the playground ... new football and baseball sound system ... replace the ice machine! Oh My!
All these projects are on the agenda of the Minneota School Board. All come with a price tag and all come at a time when the school is involved in a heavy remodeling project.
While none of these projects were officially launched by the school board Tuesday night, all were discussed and financing and bidding will commence.  read entire story. . . .

Updating technology in schools

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

With advanced technology becoming such a vital part of today's society, Minneota Public Schools is doing its best to keep up.
Beginning this fall, all Minneota students in grades 4-12 will be presented with Dell Venue Tablets to use throughout the school year, which will complete Phase 2 of the administration’s one-on-one initiative.
Last year, those in grades 10-12 were using tablets. And the iPad Minis that were used last year by students in second and third grades will include first graders.  read entire story. . . .

Man jailed after attempting a Minneota burglary

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Micah David Christianson, 36, of Minneota, is in the Lyon County Jail after being formally charged with burglary, assault and fleeing a police officer following an incident on June 9.
According to a complaint filed with the Lyon County Sheriff's Department, Christianson faces felony charges for fleeing an officer, second degree burglary, second degree assault fourth degree assault and obstruction of legal process.  read entire story. . . .

Stories of days gone by to be published

Hometown Memories is wrapping up its publication of local stories in a book titled A Living History of Southwest Minnesota, Victory Gardens and Long Handled Dippers.
All of the stories and pictures are wonderful in their own way, but the cash winners chosen were: Charles H. Josephson of Tucson, AZ (formerly of Minneota, MN); Martha Brouwer Kroon of Edgerton, MN; and Rod Broding of Battle Lake, MN.  read entire story. . . .