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Minneota could use a boost PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY BACKYARD

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisherbyronhiggin

Some might call me an outsider. Afterall,  I’ve only been in Minneota for  nine months.
Or, maybe you’d call me a new face in town. Either way, maybe I bring a fresh perspective to the community.
The other night the Minneota City Council wanted input on whether or not to put in new street lights.
I’m afraid I had too much to say about it.
After thinking about that, I decided to put my thoughts down on paper.
Here’s what I came up with.

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Dogs on the loose: can be scary PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUT

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editorgaylevanvooren

Spring is here, and everyone is looking forward to being outside more.
I notice folks out using our walking trail more often as the weather has improved and it just helps everyone feel better as they enjoy the fresh air.
There’s always one problem that bothers me when spring hits. And that’s the possibility of dogs on the loose.

We have a leash law in our town and most people are abiding by that law. But, once in awhile, a dog gets loose and starts to wander.Usually, those dogs aren’t going to bother anyone. They are out smelling new scents, looking for a new place to leave their presents, and are waaaay too busy to bother walking folks.
But there are dogs that are protective of their property, mad about being on a leash, and just plain nasty. Those are the ones I worry about.

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Feeling for the parents PDF Print E-mail

byronnewFROM MY BACKYARD

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

The first time I looked into the face of Brian Swanson I could see the pain.
It’s been two years since the Canby Vo-Tech student was returning from a party in Canby to his home and after a phone call to his father, disappeared.
Yet, those years later, Brian Swanson can’t hide not knowing what happened to his son. “I guess it’s closure,” he told me about why he keeps coming back to the search area.

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A community with a big heart PDF Print E-mail

gaylevanvoorenOUT & ABOUT

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

This is certainly a community with a big heart.
That caring attitude was very evident in the recent benefit held for Cory and Missy Magnuson and their baby, Jori Ann.
There were so many people helping with this fundraiser for the Magnuson’s. Family and friends stepped forward at a time when this young family truly needs the support.
Little Jori Ann was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease of which there is no cure. She is less than a year old and has had her share of struggles.

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