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Are you a better giver or receiver? PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUTgaylevanvooren

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

How are you with surprises? Do you like to be the giver of the surprise, or the recipient?
I think it’s an adventure to know that a surprise is planned for you. Of course, trust has a little to do with it.
If you trust those you are dealing with, then you won’t be afraid of what the surprise is.
There are some folks I just wouldn’t trust about this sort of thing — probably because I’m owed a trick or two!

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How time flies when you're having fun PDF Print E-mail

From My Front Window

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

How time flies when you’re havbyron higgin-newtifing fun?
One year ago I filled a truck with possessions and moved into Minneota. I didn’t know what awaited me, but I was empowered by the excitement.
Little did I know what lie ahead — but then we never do know, do we?
It was a gamble ... running a small town newspaper in the depths of a recession at a time when the newspaper’s very survival was being threatened by the powerful Internet and a rapidly depleted business economy.
Counting on my newspaper savvy as a backup has always pulled me through tough times.
This time, the challenge was enormous. One look up and down Minneota’s main street indicated a serious lack of potential advertisers.

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Shooting stars honor our soldiers PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUTgaylevanvooren

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

We’ve just celebrated the July 4 holiday and I hope it was a “bang up” weekend for you.
Also hope there were no unplanned trips to the emergency room because of careless fireworks handling.
I have always loved a fireworks display — handled by the professionals. The tossing of firecrackers, cherry bombs and the like were never my forte!
That goes back to my “foolish” years when a whole string of firecrackers went off in my hands because I was careless.
Good grief — I couldn’t hear for a couple days!!

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Wow, can they lift! PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY FRONT WINDOWbyron higgin-newtif

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Minneota had a first and a second at the USA National Powerlifting Championships in California — and the two, Brad Gillingham and Craig Peterson did our community proud.
“Craig never misses a workout. He went to school two years of strength training, then a four year school. He’s heading the summer strength training at Minneota at the school,” said Gillingham about his protege’.
Gillingham developed the  system they use and says, “Craig’s plugging all the kids into it. He’s doing a great service for Minneota by giving back to his community.”
He added, “We did a seminar, Craig and I and another guy and he (Peterson) got more confidence in teaching lifting to others.”

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