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Mascot gathers seven awards at state contest

The Minneota Mascot won seven awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention last weekend.
They took two first for Best Human Interest Story and Best Overall Photography.
Scott Thoma won first for his story on Austin and the Doctor about Austin Buysse and the doctor who showed up for his graduation after not seeing him since the day he helped insure the birth of Austin with life-saving methods.  read entire story. . . .

School remodeling plan growing

School remodeling plan growing
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

“It became obvious to me we weren’t talking about a $300,000 renovation project — but much more,” said Minneota Superintendent Dan Deitte.
“So we sat down and discussed with Stacy Childers, vice-president of Springsted Incoroprated about general obligation bonds.”
“In order to have funds available for summer construction, we recommend holding a special meeting the week of Feb. 9 to pass an authorizing resolution. The bonds would sell on March 17 with proceeds available mid-April,” said the superintendent.
He went on to add a new wrinkle to the already extensive remodeling plan.
“There is no cooling capacity in the competition gym. In the smaller gym we do have some cooling capacity. Our competition gym has zero air flow,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

School renovation will start with the offices

Extensive remodeling is needed at the Minneota Schools.
Thursday night the school board voted to spend about $200,000 in funds they already have to remodel the offices before they embark on more expensive projects.  read entire story. . . .

What's reading proficiency worth? A Mohawk?

“It’s worth a Mohawk,” chuckled Principal Jeremy Frie, who agreed to allow the Eighth Grade to shave a Mohawk and dye it blond on his head for one day if they achieve a 90 percent proficiency on their reading tests.
“I told them if they make that proficiency I’d wear it for one day,” the principal said.  read entire story. . . .

Dancers capture title

The Canby-Minneota Sensations Dance Team won the Camden Conference high kick championship Saturday.  read entire story. . . .

Vehicle thefts targeted

Vehicle thefts targeted
By Scott Thoma, Mascot Staff Writer

Citizens are urged to take proper precautions following a recent rash of items stolen from unlocked vehicles in the Minneota area.
“Those responsible for these crimes aren't breaking into the vehicles,” explained Police Chief Bill Bolt. “They are targeting areas where there are a lot of vehicles parked and entering the unlocked ones.”
“The thefts have been an ongoing problem for the past four months,” according to Bolt.  read entire story. . . .

National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25-31, 2015

"Walk through these doors...you'll never be the same!"
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is January 25 - 31. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.  read entire story. . . .

New program attacks behavorial issues in schools

New program attacks behavioral issues in schools
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Minneota School officials are attacking an age-old problem, behavior problems in the schools, in a whole new way.
Last Thursday they heard a presentation from counselor Amber Rodas, a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) representative.
Essentially, PBIS is a way to facilitate conversations responding to behavior problems.
“It’s all students, all staff and in all settings,” said Rodas.  read entire story. . . .

Regnier, Davis crowned at Snowball

Whitney Regnier was crowned Minneota Snowball Queen and Clark Davis was picked as the king at the Minneota opening day ceremonies during Snowball Week. The activities are continuing throughout the week. Regnier and Davis took a walk past the crowd watching the coronation.  read entire story. . . .

Prince and Princess chosen

Chosen the Prince and Princess at the Minneota Snowball coronation on Monday were Alec Engler  and Susie Hennen.  read entire story. . . .

FFA won trip to state

The Minneota FFA Small Animal Judging Team had their annual regional competition in Willmar last Friday, January 23 and won a spot in the state competition.
The team got fifth place out of 25.  read entire story. . . .

Grand opening set for Cancer center

Grand opening set for Cancer center

Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center will celebrate the opening of Avera Cancer Institute Marshall with a public open house from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at the new facility in Marshall.
The 16,500-square-foot addition is attached to the front and side of the hospital.
In addition to space for state-of-the-art cancer care, it provides a new front entrance to the hospital, a second hospital chapel, and an expanded gift shop.  read entire story. . . .

Flooding bill passed in state legislature

Flooding bill passed in state legislature

A bill that will provide $17 million dollars for recovery efforts in the wake of last summer’s flooding passed in the House.
The bill cancels previously enacted, but unspent dollars from past natural disaster bills in 2011 and 2012 and includes $2.2 million in new spending.
Funding for cleanup efforts in Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle, and Redwood Counties are included in the package.
“It was extremely important that we were able to pass this bill in a timely manner in order to see that those in Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle, and Redwood Counties as well as communities around the state, that were affected by last year’s floods, are able to receive the aid that they need to continue the cleanup effort,” said Swedzinski.
“I’m pleased the Senate passed this bill late last week and that it will be heading to t  read entire story. . . .

Life-saving calls include instructions

Life-saving calls include instructions

Citizens of Lyon County who call 911 for critical, life-threatening medical emergencies will receive immediate life-saving instructions over the phone through a new partnership between the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Medical Center’s Communications Center in Brooklyn Center, MN.
Recently, 911 Dispatchers and Marshall’s North Memorial Director Dan DeSmet, trained together for enhanced life saving measures.
All 911 calls in Lyon County will still be answered by a dispatcher at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in Marshall and since January 8, Lyon County dispatchers take initial information and the address of the medical emergency from caller.  read entire story. . . .

March targeted for liquor store opening

March targeted for liquor store opening

The structure for the new Highway 68 Liquor Store is now in place and now it's just a matter of completing the inside work before the expected opening in late March.
“We're looking at opening around the last week of March if everything goes well,” said Brad Minnehan, who is one of the investors, along with area farmers Jon Buysse and his brother Chris Buysse.  read entire story. . . .

Meth, weapons seized and two men arrested

Meth, weapons seized and two men arrested

Ten pounds of methamphetamine were seized recently from two locations in Marshall as part of a drug bust coordinated by the Brown/Lyon/Redwood/Renville Drug Task Force, the Marshall Police Department said Thursday.
The estimated street value of the drugs is $550,000.
Weapons were also seized during an execution of search warrants at the two locations, police said. Two people were arrested in connection with the bust.
The BLRR task force worked with the Minnesota BCA, Minneapolis Airport Police Department, Minneapolis/St. Paul District Office DEA, Marshall Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office.
"In my 17 years, this is the most I've seen in this area," said BLRR commander Jody Gladis.  read entire story. . . .

City deer hunt, archery range approved

Minneota’s city council took the first step toward allowing deer to be weeded out of the community when they agreed to allow Police Chief Bill Bolt to pursue to apply with the state for a permit.
“I believe our deer population in town is high and poses a danger to traffic,” said the chief. They have also become a menace to the community.  read entire story. . . .

Library now open

Minneota’s new library is sparklin’ and Gary Buysse of The Friends of the Library aims to keep it that way by running a duster across the floor. The new library in the old Big Store building is now open for business.
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New library follows rich history

The News and Art Club was a group of Minneotans, who in 1902, decided they needed a public library.
About all that remains to identify the club is a Japanese drawing on glass donated to the Minneota Public Library. It stands on top of the fireplace in Minneota’s new library as a reminder of the early beginnings of a library that is now, “A Jewel of Lyon County.”  read entire story. . . .

Fire destroys garage, home

A fire destroyed the garage and home of Rob Prellwitz in rural Minneota Monday night.
Prellwitz said the fire was started by faulty electrical components in his vehicle when he started up his truck.
He did manage to get the truck to safety.  read entire story. . . .

FINALLY! A new home for the Minneota Library

“Isn’t it beautiful?” said Librarian Mary Buysse.
For a few moments Monday morning she just stood in the new Minneota Library in the Old Big Store building, as if she was trying to take it all in.
“It went faster than we expected,” said her husband Gary Buysse. “We had many volunteers and  they got the work done quickly,” Mary added.
From Friday to Monday the move of the library was accomplished — and by Monday, it was time to put the pieces together; although many of the books were already in their book shelves.  read entire story. . . .

Architect zoning in on final courthouse plan

In an effort to meet state mandates for updated and safety conscious courtrooms, the Lyon County Board is continuing an effort to develop new courtrooms and remodel the courthouse.
On Tuesday, Architect Steve Johnson, of Vetter Johnson Architects, updated the commissioners on the county court remodeling project.
The board has already approved a $10 million plus project to remodel the courts and the courthouse building.  read entire story. . . .

Blazin' Inferno

“This is the second time my home has burned down,” said Rob Prellwitz.
The first time was in May of 1999 when the home was vandalized and a fire set while he was visiting in the south.
This time, Prellwitz had started his mother’s vehicle in his garage when an electrical malfunction started a fire. He was able to get his truck out of the garage.  read entire story. . . .

Blazin' Inferno

The dogs were witnesses, but mostly stayed out of the way as the garage structure continued to burn on Monday.  read entire story. . . .

Blazin' Inferno

A fireman pulled hoses nearer the structure for a better angle as the departments from Minneota, Ghent and Taunton fought the structure fire. Other firemen carried ladders, sprayed the remaining structure and discussed strategy during the ordeal.  read entire story. . . .

Swedzinksi and Dahms introduce 'Drake Bill' and 'Flood Bill'

The 2015 session is in full swing and Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) wasted little time re-introducing, “The Drake Law.”
“This bill is named in honor of Drake Bigler, the five-month-old son of Brad and Heather Bigler, who was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident in 2012,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski.  read entire story. . . .