Main Street Minneota in 1914.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 Years Ago February 20, 1920

Not Voters Yet

A ruling by Attorney General Clifford L. Hilton made it clear that women cannot vote at the city, village, and township elections, to be held on the 9th of March. They have the right to vote only in Presidential elections and for school officials. The opinion on this subject was prepared in response to inquiries from township and village clerks.


John Finnegan has bought the furniture store building from W.H. Deen and will erect a brick block on the site occupied by it and the meat market. Mr. Deen will move his business to the building now occupied by Berg and Son, which he owns.

75 Years Ago January 11, 1945

Joins District Bar

Miss Agnes Anderson, former Eidsvold resident, who was admitted to the bar as practicing attorney last year, has been admitted to membership of the Ninth District Bar Association. She is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. R. N. Anderson of Marshall. Miss Anderson is secretary to R. A. Trovatten, state Commissioner of Agriculture.

50 Years Ago February 20, 1970


Robert DePestel, son of Police Chief and Mrs. Alphonse DePestel of Minneota, won the heavyweight division of the District Wrestling Tournament at Marshall last Saturday and thus became the first Minneota high school wrestler to win an individual district title.

Ready for FFA Week

A cattle self feeder, built by Vincent DeSutter, was taken from the agriculture shop at the local high school last week, launching national FFA week.

Playing at State Educators’ Clinic

Craig Jackson, Minneota high school student who plays alto saxophone, will be District Nine’s representative in the continuous solo ensemble program at the Minnesota Music Educators’ annual midwinter clinic, to be held in St. Paul. The piece he will play is titled “Sonata,” by Bernhard Heiden. Craig is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jackson of Minneota.

25 Years Ago February 15, 1995

Community Shocked by Accident That Claims the Life of Local Teenager

The Minneota, Ghent, and Taunton communities were shocked and saddened by a one-car accident that claimed the life of Jennifer Pohlen on Saturday, February 11. The accident occurred about six miles northeast of Minneota at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The 16-year-old apparently lost control of the car she was driving on the gravel road. Jennifer, a daughter of Michael and Cecilia Pohlen, was a sophomore at the local public school and was involved in Future Leaders of America and was a member of the high school choir. In our small school, she was known by everyone and had a large group of friends. This newspaper’s staff conveys its condolences to the entire family upon the loss they are suffering. As a Christian community, everyone does feel the loss of one of its members, especially its youth.

Jami Rolbiecki Scores 1,000

Minneota High School senior Jami Rolbiecki wrote a page of history this past week, as she became the first Minneota basketball player, boy or girl, to surpass the 1,000 point scoring mark. This amazing feat took place on February 7 on our own floor against Lakeview with family and fans on hand to cheer and share the excitement.

Speech Team Fifth at Luverne

The Minneota High School speech team took part in its first meet of the season, traveling to Luverne on February 11 and returning with a fifth place finish. Said Coach Tony Lockhart, “I was very happy with the way the tournament worked out. A third to half of the team was speaking for the first or had switched categories. I was very impressed with the older kids who really came through when they needed to.” Pat Engels earned first place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jennifer Flood was second in Original Oratory, and Laurie Anderson was thrid in Original Oratory. John Fier placed fourth in Creative Expression, and Sheri Tillemans was sixth in Storytelling.

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