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The people you meet PDF Print E-mail


By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

byronhigginLittle did I know the kind of people I’d meet when I moved to Minneota.
There are all kinds — but mostly they are the finest people in the world.
Let me tell you about some of them.
As you know, I run into a lot of young people because I cover sports.
This past week I’ve noticed how incredibly hard it’s been for Minneota Senior Mike Hammer to sit back and watch his friends and teammates wrestle in the state tournament.
He was noticeably quiet at the annual banquet as well.
But Mike did something that’s made me sit up and pay attention.
He could have crawled off into a hole and watched television all winter. Or, he could have taken a job and gone to work. Or, he could have done a thousand and one other things after hurting his ligaments in football.
But he did none of them. Instead, he honored his commitment as captain of the wrestling team.

Emotions from the state wrestling meet PDF Print E-mail


By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editorgaylevanvooren

The state wrestling tournament is now a warm memory for most of us. We relish the high points, think sadly of the low points, and then realize — it really was a great year!
Your Mascot personnel worked as a team this year and we feel it helped to produce a better “picture” of what the tournament was all about.
In this instance, it took ‘a village’ to tell the story of the team and individuals at the state tournament.
Byron and I were there taking photos, and so was Byron’s step-son Jeff Meyer of the Pelican Rapids Press. We positioned ourselves at different angles so we could get the best shots possible.
While I was keeping track of what was going on in the matches, Byron was able to capture much of the “color” of the tournament — the parents, the fans, the emotions of the team members. Those photos are now precious to reflect on.

Wanted: A ‘Better State of Health PDF Print E-mail


By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

What is the “Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)?
Well, “The Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA)” defines it this way:
“It’s a roadmap to a healthier Minnesota.”
“The idea is to help Minnesotans live healthier lives,” Carol Biren told the Minneota Rotary recently.
The SHIP coordinator for Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone Public Health Services said, “The focus is obesity and tobacco.”
“We’re trying to make it easier for people to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives,” said Biren.
“We’re working in schools, in communities and in the worksite,” said Biren.
She said the tobacco issue is easier to attack but that obesity affects a lot more people and it’s a lot more sensitive issue.

Remember those who serve PDF Print E-mail

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By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in  front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it."Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

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