Main Street Minneota in 1914.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago

100 Years Ago-December 12, 1919


The barbers of Lyon County have boosted their prices to 25 cents for a shave and fifty cents for a hair cut. Minneota barber, however, have decided no to “follow suit” for a while.

Day train off

No passenger or main service on Tracy-Watertown division now, except on night trains. No day trains. Both our day passenger trains were taken off last Monday and now they have only the night trains to depend upon for mail and passenger service. The trains referred to were discontinued because of the coal shortage.

75 Years Ago-December 15, 1944


Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weinhold are the parents of a boy, born on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Sanderson Maternity hospital. Mr. and Mrs. John VanUden are the parents of a girl born on Tuesday of this week at the Sanderson Maternity hospital. James Sumption, S 1/c, has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries received in action, according to word received here. Cyriel VanVlaenderen, of Minneota, received news from relatives in Belgium last Friday that his mother and sister had died in that country while it was occupied by the German army. His mother was 86 years old and his sister was 46 years old.

Country News -Taunton

Mr. and Mrs. John Kloos, Sr. have moved into their home here, the building known as the Tom Szarzynski home. The Kloos family have been living on the E. Claeys farm south of Taunton.

50 Years Ago-December 18, 1969

Ghent’s Toll House Gutted by Fire

The interior of the Toll House at Ghent, erected by “Chuck” Culshaw shortly after the end of World War II, was gutted by fire early Monday morning of this week. Contents of the interior of the building were badly damaged, but the flames did not go through the roof nor did they gain the exterior walls. Cause of the fire has not been determined.

Paper Names Obe ‘Ace of the Week’

Duane “Butch” Obe was named “Ace of the Week” for his play in basketball games with Hendricks and Canby by the Argus-Leader, daily paper published at Sioux Falls, S.D. Recognition of Obe was for his 28 points and 17 rebounds against Hendricks and for stellar play in the game with Canby.

Santa Lucia Festival Presented at Home

The fifth annual Santa Lucia Bride Festival was presented last Sunday afternoon at the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home by the youth of St. Paul’s Lutheran congregation of Minneota. Miss Barbara Johnson was chosen as the Lucia Bride with Miss Cory Josephson and Miss Cyndy Richards as her attendants.

25 Years Ago-December 14, 1994

St. Edward School Receives Flag

The students at St. Edward School are proudly flying the American flag that was a recent gift from the Ghent-Minneota-Taunton Women of Today. Carol DeSmet, Principal of the St. Edward School made a request to Diane Moorse, President of GMT Women of Today which prompted them to purchase the flag and donate it. This is part of their Civic Awareness Project.

A Real Lutefisk Lover

Charlie Hettling proved himself a really good sport when he entered the Madison Norsefest Lutefisk Eating contest. The Minneota native ate almost three pounds of the Norwegian fish.

A Holiday Band Concert

The Minneota Community Band, under the direction of John Voit, presented a number of holiday tunes to the residents of the Minneota Manor Health Care Center, Monday evening. A large number of residents, staff, family and friends were on hand to take in the holiday music.

Canby Theater

Star Trek Generations starring Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner and Jonathon Frakes; Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks

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