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Moose is loose

Every so often a moose wanders down from the northland into southern Minnesota and creates excitement.
Just such a sighting happened today (Friday, October 24) just northwest of Taunton along Highway 68.  read entire story. . . .

Moose in the open field

The moose on the loose north of Taunton near the Rodney Rye farm passed through an open field Friday morning.  read entire story. . . .

Watching the moose on the loose

The Moose on the Loose passed through the Rodney Rye farm, past spectators and past grain bins.
Some spectators were within five to 10 feet of the moose as it passed by them and headed for more woods — apparently seeking food or water.
Eventually it would find both and was seen munching on leaves in the trees.  read entire story. . . .

Why does a moose cross the road?

Crossing a road and heading into the tree farm of Rodney Rye was this errant moose.
Rye was coming along the road way behind the moose, oblvious to what was happening in front of him.
He discovered the moose and followed him in a golf cart.  read entire story. . . .

SPOOKY DEALS at Moonlight Madness

Join Minneota Businesses Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. For spooky saving and SALES around town during MOONLIGHT MADNESS.  read entire story. . . .

Library: Runholt says there was no choice

Marshall/Lyon County Board Member Tom Runholt said the agreement with Plum Creek was, “Way too costly” but in the end he voted to re-join Plum Creek.
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Hangin in there!

Workers putting up the new electrical lines on the new CapX 2020 project southwest of Minneota dangled over Highway 68, then moved further down the line as they did work on the lines this week. The huge project is part of a power line that will deliver electricity across country. It crosses Minneota area land about two miles from Minneota. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Fire Prevention Week

Minneota Firemen showed off their equipment to the community during an Open House at the Fire Station last week. Hudson Thostenson tried on his dad’s hat

Fire Prevention Week

Fireman Bob Tolk helped Blake Mead man the fire hose.

Career Fair

The first annual Career Fair was held at Minneota High School on Monday. Trey Gronke stopped at the Minnesota West Medical Secretary/Coding table and found, “The knee bone connected to the ankle bone.”  Genevieve Velde, MN West instructor, said that, “The Minneota students did great, you can tell what schools are teaching their kids well.” Many other businesses were in attendance at the first Career Fair. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Crash takes local man’s life

A Minneota man, 19-year-old Esmidio Vega, was killed in a one-vehicle crash in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Lyon County Sheriff's Department said. The crash, involving a 2000 Dodge pickup, was reported at 2:15 a.m. on Coleman Street in Ghent.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Department said Vega was the driver of the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Friday, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Henry found

Until Saturday, Henry VanHyfte was only a name to Emma Mulhern. But after the St. Paul Highland Park sophomore visited Taunton and Minneota with her family on Saturday, she learned so much more.
VanHyfte, who grew up in Taunton, was one of 239 soldiers from Minnesota who were killed in battle during the Normandy Invasion in 1944 and are buried in the Normandy American Cemetery. VanHyfte had only been stationed in France for 10 days when he died in a hospital from injuries sustained in battle on July 27, 1944.  read entire story. . . .

By the book ...

• Minneota Library, city on same page •Marshall/Lyon County Library going
back to Plum Creek Regional System; county funding hangs in the balance  read entire story. . . .

State tourney may be more costly locally

Rising expenses and a projected decline in state tournament revenue has the Minnesota State High School League warning schools there could be no money left to help them offset 2014-2015 state tournament participating costs.
A 20 percent drop in revenue, mostly from ticket sales, is projected from tournaments for soccer and football, which are moving outdoors this year for semifinal and championship games for the first time in 33 years.  read entire story. . . .

County moving ahead on courthouse construction

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted to move ahead with the hiring of Vetter Johnson Architects and Contegrity Group as construction managers of the proposed $10.2 million courthouse and government center remodeling project.
While the board was hung up for awhile on insurance costs, they decided to approve the two hirings and move on and nail down costs at a latter date.  read entire story. . . .

Two students challenged by national contest

At Minneota High School, LeaAnne Bot’s class entered an H&R Block Finance Challenge that lasts eight weeks.
And two of her students are doing quite well. They have to handle real life skills such as balancing the books, learning credit, savings like in the real world. “They’re tracking their money in and out,” said Principal Jeremy Frie.  read entire story. . . .

Architect hired for school project

At a special meeting of the Minneota School Board last week, the board decided to hire Rice/Stromgren Architects  of Minneapolis to perform Phase 1 work on the entry, restrooms, concessions and corridor at a cost of $16,000.
They’ve been looking at improvements of this area since earlier this summer.
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Minneota to host Moonlight Madness

Minneota will host a Moonlight Madness from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, October 30.
There will be specials available in the stores, including: Ufkins, J’s Dream, Brad's Market, Prairie Winds Wellness, Beth Sarazyn B Lenores, Gislasons, The Arched Door and CJ’s Restaurant.
There may be more involved as well.
Swede’s Service Center will house a pumpkin decorating contest again. Watch for more details.

Fun at the firehouse

Fireman Ben Standahl and his son Bjorn were having a good time at the Fire Prevention Week Celebration at the Minneota Fire Hall last week. Ben showed his son how the fire hose worked and the youngster was thrilled with the way the water shot out of the hose. The firemen held a supper and several other events to give the public a chance to socialize with the firemen.