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Minneota Public School Spelling Bee to be held

It is time for Minneota’s Annual Spelling Bee! The Spelling Bee will take place Wednesday, January 18, 2017, during 2nd hour (approximately 9:01 a.m.) in the Competition Gym.
Grades 5-8 will compete and you are more than welcome to come and support this year’s spelling bee competition.
Alternates will participate if one of the competitors is absent the day of the competition.  read entire story. . . .

City moves ahead with development funding

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council Monday held a small cities development hearing and nobody came.
Nobody, that is, except Teresa Schruers,  director of community development of Development Services, Inc. of Ivanhoe.
The hearing was held to take citizen input, comments and recommendations regarding an application for funding that would encourage citizens to offer their views and opinions regarding the low-to-moderate income grant program.  read entire story. . . .

Unattended cars are target of thieves

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Tuesday’s storm brought more than snow to Minneota.
Also arriving was an opportunity for thieves to prey on drivers who left their cars running and unattended.
Police Chief Bill Bolt sent out a notice early Tuesday morning telling residents to, “Lock your cars.”  read entire story. . . .

Snow Jam!

The kids were no sooner in school on Tuesday when officials then were planning to send them home again. A huge snow storm that waged throughout the Minneota area forced the closing of schools at 10 a.m. and canceled all activities for the rest of the day and evening — including the postponement of girls’ and boys’ basketball games against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The KMS schools had already closed. Kids were forging their way home on foot (above), as many others climbed aboard their bus to head back home (inset). Staff Photos by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Koppien appointed to council

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Minneota City Council entered a whole new era Monday night when new Mayor John Rolbiecki and new council members Travis Gillund and Amber Rodas began their first terms on the council.
They were given the Oath of Office by City Administrator Shirley Teigland.  read entire story. . . .

Yost to hold book signing

Minneota native and former Marshall Independent editor Dana Yost has written a new history book, which will be released at an event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at the Minneota Public Library.
The book will be for sale and Yost will sign books during that time.
At 1:30 p.m., Yost will give a short reading from the book.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings are on YouTube

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

A year ago Minneota Public Schools made an option available for residents to watch live games on their computers.
Called, The CUBE, it provided a live link to games.
However, the school district has made a change to YouTube and is making that available as they did The CUBE.  read entire story. . . .

Grain donations; ‘eternal lights’ aid development of local Veteran’s Park

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

At harvest time, area farmers took a big step toward helping the establishment of a new Veteran’s Park in Minneota.
So far Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink says donors have donated over $10,000 of bushels of corn and beans from last year’s harvest.  read entire story. . . .

Fund-raising is picking up steam

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Speaking to Minneota Rotarians last week, Pat Mellethin, Prairie Home Hospice CEO indicated the company’s drive to raise funds for the second Hospice House is on track.
Recently, Archer Daniels Midland Company donated $10,000  to support the capital campaign for the opening of McLaughlin House, a second Hospice House in Marshall.  read entire story. . . .

Donate to the chocolate affair

Each year The Friends of the Library sponsor the “Chocolate Affair,” to raise funds for the Minneota Public Library.
And each year part of the celebration is a “Silent Auction,” at which attendees have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items and the person with the highest bid wins that item.  read entire story. . . .

Takes third

Minneota student Sarah Engels participated in the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” Program capturing Third Place in the Third District of the VFW.  read entire story. . . .

Senator Dahms sworn in

Sen.  Gary Dahms (R–Redwood Falls) was sworn in for his third term in office as Minnesota’s 90th legislative session began. “It’s an honor and a privilege to continue serving the residents of District 16,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Soine to be featured in art gallery

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council announces its new gallery exhibit which features the work of decoy art by Curt Soine of Granite Falls. The work will be on display in the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery from January 12 through February 24.
The public is invited to visit the SMAC art gallery for Soine’s artist reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the SMAC gallery in Marshall. Light refreshments and live music will be provided. Music will be provided from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Soine has been carving and painting for over 30 years and is now retired from a career with UPS, which he says enables him to focus more on his art.  read entire story. . . .

Fresh Start

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

After a year filled with building and grounds improvements, the Minneota School Board Tuesday moved into the future by swearing in one new board member and two incumbents.
Board Chairman Dawn Van Keulen swore in new member Police Chief Bill Bolt plus incumbents Terri Myhre and Dan Longtin.
Van Keulen was re-elected Board Chairman while Larry Buysse was voted vice-chairman; Jeff Buysse clerk and Myhre treasurer.
The board also set the meeting time and date as, 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month — same as it is now.  read entire story. . . .

Crowley sworn in; Graupmann chair

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

It’s a new year and the Lyon County Board of Commissioners has a new board member — and a new board chairman.
Gary Crowley of Ghent won the seat previously occupied by Rodney Stensrud, who chose not to run.
Commissioner Paul Graupmann was elected Chairman of the Board with Steve Ritter named vice-chairman of the board.
Crowley and re-elected Commissioners Rick Anderson and Charlie Sanow were officially sworn in.  read entire story. . . .

Tax relief on the way?

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minnesota House Republicans, including Rep. Chris Swedzinski of Ghent, had indicated tax relief would be a cornerstone of the 2017 session.
And it took them less than three days to start following through on their mission.
The House on Thursday fast-tracked into passage $21.7 million in immediate tax relief for Minnesotans by bringing the state’s tax code into compliance with federal provisions.  read entire story. . . .

Top News Stories of 2016: Bubbling Under

Review by Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Reporter

Bubbling under:
•Farmers donate grain to Veteran's Park: In an attempt to help finance the proposed Veteran's Park renovation project, farmers donated grain to Farmers Co-op Elevator. The proceeds from the sale of the grain went toward the project. Between $7,000 and $10,000 was donated, according to American Legion Commander Jim Fink, who is behind the proposed renovation of the park.  read entire story. . . .

Top News Stories of 2016: 4-6

Review by Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Reporter

4. ROLBIECKI NEW MAYOR
Minneota native John Rolbiecki was elected the new Minneota mayor on Nov. 8, defeating incumbent Bill Ufkin 469 votes to 217, or 68 percent to 31 percent.  read entire story. . . .

Top News Stories of 2016: 7-10

Review by Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Reporter

7. TIME CAPSULE OPENED
When the renovation of the school was underway, construction workers discovered a time capsule from 1956.
No one at the school knew anything about the mysterious time capsule.
The capsule was opened during the school’s Open House on Oct. 7 following the Homecoming parade and just prior to the Homecoming football game on Oct. 7.  read entire story. . . .

County board begins business of 2017

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners now includes: (left to right) Board Chairman Paul Graupmann, Rick Anderson, Charlie Sanow, Gary Crowley and Steve Ritter. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Top News Stories of 2016: 1-3

Review by Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Reporter

1.  ADAMS STREET PROJECT
The $2.6 million Adams Street water and sewer project, which involved several streets in Minneota, began in June and was completed in late October.
The project cost included construction, engineering, legal administration, and other related costs.
The project area involved 16 blocks that affected 80 residents. Streets involved were between Highway 68 and Fifth Street; Washington Street and Jefferson Street; Third Street between  read entire story. . . .

Bingo at the Manor

The residents of the Minneota Manor enjoyed Happy Hour and then bingo with the Minneota/Taunton VFW Post 5334.  They gave out chocolate Santa candies to all that attended, and if they were lucky, quarters were given to the bingo winners. Renae Guttormsson, of the Minneota Manor Activity Department, said, “It was a day enjoyed by all.  Thank you for coming and sharing your time with us!” Above, members of the Minneota/Taunton VFW Post 5334 that helped with the activity included: (left to right) Fran Sturm, Jerry Kloos, Mike Kern, Allan Dovre, Jim Klug, Chuck Drown, Leon Halling, Ed Lozinski and John DeSmet. Special photo.  read entire story. . . .

Hospice House has a new name: The Lockwood House

Prairie Home Hospice announced last week that thanks to the generosity of Lockwood Motors and the Lockwood family, the Hospice House on Skyline Circle in Marshall will be named “Lockwood House”.
“We are very grateful for the support that the Lockwood family has provided throughout the 32 year history of Prairie Home Hospice,” said Pat Mellenthin, Prairie Home Hospice CEO.  read entire story. . . .