From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-June 18, 1943
Businessmen devote day to scrap harvest
If there is any heavy scrap iron left on the farms of Lyon county after next Thursday, June 24, it won’t be because everyone in town and farm circles has not done his best to get it to the junk yard. All month the scrap has been rolling into the local stockpiles in an ever increasing stream, and next Thursday all business places will close and the businessmen will lend a hand if needed to get the last pound off the farms in a Scrap Roundup.
Rev. G. Guttormsson, chairman of the Minneota Public Library Board, announced this week his committee appointments for the year. Mrs. C.E. Eastwold and H.F. Burdorf serve on the budget committee. Miss Sigrid Frost and Mrs. C.E. Anderson are on the auditing committee; Mrs. K.P. Kompelien and Rev. Guttormsson compose the publicity committee; Mrs. Thos Reinertson is chairman of the book committee, the other two members are Mrs. H.C. Brown and Mrs. W.A. Roberg.
Since the sale of the village lots on Jefferson Street, the Saturday night band concerts will be played at the same place each week, the Memorial Park on Main Street. Miss Lucille Grong is the director.
50 Years Ago-June 20, 1968
Over 500 attend Annual Iris Show
Over five hundred people visited the Minneota Garden Club’s 10th annual Iris Show which was held in the Legion building on Wednesday, June 12. There were fifty-six exhibitors and over three hundred entries in the show. Winners in arrangement with Iris were Mrs. Kimball Kompelien; depicting a theme, Mrs. Norman Orsen; novice, Duane Olevson; and junior under sixteen years, Bob Stassen.
DePestel awarded commendation medal
Technical Sergeant Cyriel J. DePestel distinguished himself by meritorious services while performing as Shift Supervisor at Clark Air Base, Philippines from January 14, 1966 to January 12, 1968. “Cy”, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse DePestel, has served fourteen years in the Air Force, and is now on a three months mission on Anderson Island in the South Pacific. He has recently been promoted to Master Sergeant.
Local girl cited in Art Contest
A Minneota girl, Julie Bretschneider, 6, was accorded honorable mention this week in the 1969 Calendar of Children’s Art competition sponsored by Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, Minneapolis.
The immediate family of Mr. and Mrs. Cyriel Lootens helped them observe their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary on Sunday afternoon, June 16th, at their home. Celebrate Anniversary The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. K.A. Thompson was observed June 9 with open house at St. Lucas church.
25 Years Ago-June 16, 1993
Local artists have work on display
Minneota artists Richard Novotony and Loralee A. Miller are exhibiting at Granite Falls Riverside Gallery for the month of June. Their work is part of a 50-piece regional show hosted by the Granite Falls Arts Council.
Mother and daughter graduate
Barbara (Traen) Myhre, a 1974 graduate of Minneota High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Traen of Marshall, graduated May 22 from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a degree in nursing. Missy Myhre, daughter of David and Barbara Myhre of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, graduated on May 30 from Jefferson High School in Shepherdstown and her plans are to attend Shepherd College where she will major in Marine Biology.
Winners at Bridge Invitational
These ladies were the high-prize winners at the annual Bridge Invitational staged at Countryside Golf Club Monday afternoon: Avis Hardie of Clear Lake, SD; Marian Lanners of Marshall; Carol Bergeson of Madison who had the high schore of the day; and Martha Stassen of Taunton.
Iris Club holds show
The Minneota Area Iris Society again held a most successful show on Tuesday. There were 262 stalks of bearded iris, 83 individual arrangements, and 48 exhibitors. Rae Jean Gee won the Queen of the Show and Grand Champion ribbon. Her daughter won the Youth Grand Champion award for her arrangement too. The court of honor included: Marie Hovland, Mildred Odebrett, Joyce Downing, Rita Dovre, and Loralee Miller.