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Sign really has been buggin’ me PDF Print E-mail


By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editorgaylevanvooren

Okay, here’s a question that has been bugging me for quite some time.
Why isn’t Minneota’s name on the sign that is stationed on Highway 68 as you head west out of Marshall?
I find it very interesting that Ghent is on that sign, as well as Canby. Where in the world is Minneota and Porter?
Do we not count?
I started my inquiry at the Lyon County Highway Department and they quickly referred me to MnDot, as Highway 68 is a state highway.

‘You’re never safe’ PDF Print E-mail

Part III —Final Chapter
Minneota’s Charlie Hettling remembered being scared upon arrival at his new home in the fielhettling charlied, but soon learned how to live and survive as a combat Marine. 
Around Thanksgiving of 1966 Charlie’s regiment moved to a new base further south at An Hoa, inland from the huge U.S. base at Danang.  An Hoa posed special challenges to the Marines from the beginning.
“It was the monsoon,” Charlie remembered, “Everything was under water and muddy — nothing got through unless it was by air.” 
He added, “Beans, bullets, and bandages was all you got — the first convoy that came through at An Hoa was about March.”  An Hoa was only semi-developed.

Always fun to run into Jim Meger PDF Print E-mail


Jim Meger, left, visiting with Ross Riecke of Clarkfield.


byron higgin-newtifBy Byron Higgin, Mascot Publishermeger and ross

Always fun to run into Minneota’s artist
I bought a couple paintings from Jim Meger, Minneota artist, at the Yellow Medicine County Fair.
Jim, being the kind of professional he is, practically repainted one of my paintings because he just can’t see the painting  go out unless it’s the best it can be.
We had a terrific talk while Jim was “touching up” my painting.

That hot day was like 'living in an armpit' PDF Print E-mail

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By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

The last weeks in July and now into August have produced some really hot and humid days. One of the days I think of was on Tuesday, July 27.
To this writer, it was very comparable to living in an armpit. Hot, humid, and you just wanted to get away from it!
I would love it if we had a lake right around the corner. The air is always a little cooler near the water and just getting a little of the wet on you is a quick cool-down.

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