Life forever changed
•Minneota native’s fall from horse at Lyon County Fairgrounds causes broken neck and emergency surgery

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor

Susan Hatletvedt’s life is forever changed.
A spooked horse led to a broken neck and emergency surgery to keep her from being a paraplegic.
The former Minneota native was ready to ride her horse in the games at the Lyon County Fair when the unthinkable happened.
The horse spooked, took off across the arena, and jumped the fence.
The horse went over the fence and Hatletvedt went under, hitting her head on the board.
The world stood still for a minute, before Marshall First Responders were on the scene.
Said sister Nona Gottskalkson, “Those First Responders saved my sister from being paralyzed. They kept her still until she was mobilized and taken by ambulance.”
Fair is a family affair

skaar and lozinskiBrigit Lozinski showed her pig alongside Troy Skaar (left) as the judge pondered his decision. Layne Lozinski (lower, left), showed off his championship heifer.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The judge pointed a finger at the pig in center ring. It was Brigit Lozinski’s entry in the Lyon County Fair.
“This is the overall champion,” he proclaimed.
A momentary smile crossed Lozinski’s lips — then she quickly recovered in order to preserve the dignity of her competitors.
But winning top honors at the fair and earning a trip to the Minnesota State Fair doesn’t happen by accident for the Lozinski family.

Governor thanks troops for 'Outstanding job'

gov.  first ladyGovernor Tim Pawlenty and his first lady arrived to tell the troops about the outstanding job they'd done. The unit from Marshall ran into the ceremony. One boy (below, right), urged another to keep quiet.

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor

“This group did a fabulous, outstanding job in completing the mission with excellence,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty.

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