‘This sailor stood the watch’; now ‘relieved’

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editorgregory desmet

Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Gregory DeSmet, a native of Minneota, was the guest of honor at the Retirement Ceremony held on August 27 at Port Orchard, Washington.
Parents Francis and Doris DeSmet and their family members were on hand to witness the ceremony.
Doris wasas very proud and pleased, to be awarded the flag off the ship, the USS John C. Stennis, as part of the day’s ceremonies.
DeSmet is a 1990 graduate of Minneota High School and began his service with the Navy in August of that year.

Minneota in ‘good shape’ for renovations

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The good news is Minneota has money and may get more for both home renovations and commerical buildings.
Before they can get more money, which is highly likely, they needed to shift the existing revolving fund balance to a new capitol fund and earmark it for specified projects.
Paul Olson of Development Services, Inc. told the council, “You’ve had great success in capturing this money,” in regards to $133,397. That’s the balance in the current revolving account.
“The rules of the grant program say revolving fund cash on hand is supposed to be rolled forward into a new grant application,” said Olson.

Playing a ‘new tune’ after cancer bout

By Gayle VanVoorennordquist

Mascot Editor

Dane Nordquist is feeling very lucky right now. He is sore, but is recovering from surgery that removed his right kidney.
“I went in for a bladder/prostate infection, and cancer was found purely by accident,” he said on Saturday during Boxelder Bug Days.
In a voice that was infused with emotion, Nordquist explained the ordeal that he has been through and how totally thankful he is for the diagnosis that he now has — NO CANCER!
Nordquist was not feeling well, and had a fever that would not go down. “He had such a high temperature,” added his wife, Nancy. He went to the doctor and had a CAT scan for his lower extremities.
After the test, the couple waited in the doctor’s office, ready to get a prescription and head home.
“When the doctor came in and shut the door,” said Nordquist, “I knew there was something wrong.”

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