Weekly Columns
Minneota: 'An endless supply of happiness' PDF Print E-mail

(Editor’s Note:Minneota teacher Aaron Cheadle had students write about their life living in Minneota, in honor of the poet, writer who brought Minneota notoriety — Bill Holm. The Mascot will print three of these essay’s beginning this week).

By Carley Novotny

Time is an unforgiving creature with wings.
It slows for no one. It flaps its wings and soars, weaving through lives and people and places — changing them.
And among these is Minneota, Minnesota.
When I was nine years old, my family moved to Minneota, the native land of my parents, where they went to school and grew up.
At the time, I was so happy to be coming to live in Minneota.

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A saying to stand the test of time PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY BACKYARDbyronhiggin

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Sometimes someone says something or writes something that will always stand the test of time.
But sometimes there’s nobody around to pick up that saying and preserve it for all humanity.
I felt like that this week when I read Carley Novotny’s school-generated tribute to Bill Holm when she wrote about Minneota.
Amongst the words young Novotny penned was this gem when referring to Minneota. She said, “There seemed to be an endless supply of happiness.”

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It's about those driving habits PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUTgaylevanvooren

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

Okay, folks, it’s time to talk about our driving habits.
I had two near misses in the week before school was out, both of them on Monroe Street going to and from the high school.
That is a through street, except for the stop immediately near the school, and you shouldn’t have to be too concerned about the crossing traffic.
They have stop signs, after all.

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Please remember PDF Print E-mail
byronhigginMemorial Day.
Oh, yes, another day I don’t have to go to work. Don’t have to get up early, lounge around the house all day in my PJ’s and watch television, read and maybe mow the lawn.
The word Memorial means something special. It means men and women died for our country. It means they fought for our freedom. It means we are still a free country because they went to war FOR US!
So what is Memorial Day?
We go to the cemetery, listen to a speech or two, hear taps, maybe walk through the cemetery — then we go home. We did our duty, and we honored our country.
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