Old clock a part of ‘My life


Minneota native Sue (Ahlschlager) Hatletvedt donated $100 to fixing the old clock.
The co-owner of the Hitching Post bar and restaurant in Marshall said she gave the money because the clock was such a big part of her early life.
“When I was a young kid my mother used to say, ‘When the big hand is on 12 and the little hand on five, you better get your butt home,” Hatletvedt laughed.
“Then later as I grew up Minneota policeman Phonse DePestel used to point to the clock that said 10 p.m. and said, “You kids better get home right now for the curfew’”.

It really was a big part of her life.

The clock has become the focus of a community fund drive because the more modern clock attached to the State Farm Insurance building on Hwy. 68 quit working some time ago.
Some residents, including City Councilman Todd Bretschneider asked if residents wanted to raise money to renovate the old clock, which is sitting in storage.
Recently a firm came to Minneota to take a look at the clock and will be submitting a cost to renovate the old clock.
Meanwhile, money is being collected toward the fund at Gislason’s Ace Hardware and at the Minneota City Hall.
“We get people to come in and donate, maybe not every week but at least every other week,” said Dave Fahey of Gislason’s Hardware.
City officials don’t seem to feel it would be worth the money to fix the clock currently hanging on the building.
However, the renovation project hangs on two possibilities: 1. That the bid comes in at a reasonable price. 2. That enough donations are collected to fix the old clock because renovation costs will not be paid by the village board.
Like many others, community resident John Noyes of Country Side Auto said he intends to donate, but he’s waiting to see what the cost of renovation will be.
“Many people are waiting to see the cost,” said Fahey.
Meanwhile, the city waits for the estimate as funds come trickling in.

Music you grew up with


Susan Schreier at the piano.

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor

“I picked out the hymns that were very Bible based,” said pianist Susan Schreier.
Susan has been playing piano since a small child, often upsetting her siblings with her constant playing. She said, “They would get mad at me for always being at the piano.”
But her persistence paid off and now these hymns are part of a three C.D. collection that will be available September 12.
Susan was approached by Bethel Fellowship members to record some hymns so that they could sing along with them when away from church services.
Susan said, “That has developed into recording favorite hymns that are mostly under Public Domain.”
The three C.D.’s that are being made now have 15 hymns on each one, and Susan laughed when she said she has enough “favorites” for four or five more.
When asked what “favorites” she used, Susan admitted that “a lot of the older generation grew up singing these hymns.”
Susan recorded her Acoustic Hymnal live at Studio 68 here in Minneota.

A bug invasion



By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

“Boxelder bugs may invade buildings, especially during the warm days of autumn, to seek shelter sites for overwintering.” — The Ohio State University Extension office.

Although they do not cause damage to buildings, clothing, food or humans, populations of Boxelder Bugs are annoying.
Be that as it may, Minneota will launch into a huge three-day celebration Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13 that’s named after an invader who is attracted to lights and will readily fly in open doors and windows.
Indoors, these bugs are a nuisance by their presence, produce a foul odor when crushed and may stain curtains.
Outdoors, they can be found clustering in large numbers on the sides of trees, buildings and other structures.
Large populations are often correlated with long, hot, dry summers. During warm winter and spring days, they may become active, moving from their hiding places into living spaces.
So in true Boxelder Bug fashion, Minneota residents will cluster in large numbers both inside and outside, will become highly active and will be attracted by food all over the community.
From Friday’s opening events — a carnival, supper and kickoff dance to Saturday’s jam-packed  day that includess lots of music — even Boxelder Bug Races; a Bill Holm tribute and the evening queen pageant through Sunday’s Grand Parade, and XTreme Bull Riding event, Bug Days are crawling with fun.
Do as the Boxelder does ... crawl, fly or simply cluster for three days of fun.

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