This handmade cardboard laminated sign belonged to the former Ted’s Bar in Ghent along Highway 68.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 Years Ago
(April 22, 1921)

Gravel bed discovered
on Swanson's land
N.F. Swanson rounded up several teams of men and hired them to uncover a newly-discovered gravel bed on his tract joining the village limits here east of Jefferson Street South. It is said that the gravel bed contains several thousand cubic yards of good gravel.

Sigvaldson changes
oil company’s name
After buying out the business of the Dahl Oil Company here and changing the name to the Home Oil Company, Frank Sigvaldson received notice that the Home Oil Company of Chicago objected to his using the same name, hence Mr. Sigvaldson changed the name to Minneota Oil Company. under which the business will hereafter be conducted.

Crowd packs Hall;
favor improved streets
Judging by the crowd that packed the Village Hall last week, many village members are in favor of the council's plan to improve the streets here. The result was the council selection two committees; one to canvas and obtain the signatures of property owners whose holdings front on streets to be graded and graveled would signify the owner's readiness to pay for the graveling proving the council pays for the grading; and the other to look after Minneota's interest concerning the Marshall-to-Canby division of the Babcock system, and to urge those in authority over the road work to a recognition of our need of a speedy betterment of this much-traveled section.

75 Years Ago
(April 26, 1946)

Superintendent urges
building new school
Superintendent R.T. Lovell told school board members that Minneota must have a modern, sanitary, fireproof public school building in order to attract new businesses and trade at a meeting this week. Lovell said the process of borrowing money for a building should come now while interest rates are low. Whether or not the school district should borrow approximately $120,000 for the purpose of building a new school will be voted on Tuesday, May 14.

First threshing of year
comes early in Minneota
The first grain threshed in this community in 1946 was some wheat run through the separator at the C.J. Wyffels farm on the east side of town Monday by Charlie T. Sanders and Gene Tremnblay. This community will "scoop" the rest of the state, even the northwest, with the year's first threshing completed. The acreage was small, about 2-3/4 acres, but the yield was good, running just about 30 bushels per acre. There is a little catch, however, as the wheat came from last year's crop, which had been harvested and stacked last summer.

Woman dies when rifle
discharges accidentally
Mrs. Adolph Hartfield died at the Montevideo Hospital Sunday evening from injuries sustained when a bullet accidentally discharged from an automatic rifle her son was repairing went through her left arm and into her stomach. The accident occurred on the Hartfield farm about 12 miles northeast of Minneota. A neighbor had brought the rifle to Adolph, Mrs. Hartfield's son, for repair and it is reported the accident happened as he was leaving the house to test the gun outdoors.

50 Years Ago
(April 22, 1971)

Three local youths
injured in accident
Three youth were injured and later hospitalized on Saturday following an accident at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 26, north of Minneota. The three taken to Divine Providence Hospital in Ivanhoe were James Arends, 9; Gregory Arends, 12; and Vernon Buysse, 15. The accident occurred when a vehicle driven by Eugene Roles, 20, and a tractor driven by Paul Arends, 18, collided. The tractor was pulling a car in which the three boys were riding in, with Buysse steering. The tractor was damaged beyond repair. Buysse's left leg was fractured in three places and also had some teeth knocked out. Gregory had a broken wrist and cuts above his knees. James suffered a concussion.

Larry Buysse named
FFA 9th District Head
Larry Buysse, a member of the Minneota Future Farmers of America chapter, was elected president of the Ninth District FFA, when that group elected officers at its annual meeting and district awards banquet on April 21 in Granite Falls. The Minneota FFA Farm Management team was awarded a plaque for having won the regional contest. That team of Buysse, Kenneth Skaar and Paul Fixen will be competing at the state meet in May.

Direct dialing to
start Sunday here
Starting Sunday, April 25, Minneota and Marshall telephone users may call each other directly without paying a long distance charge. The new inter-city calling arrangement coincides with the inauguration of Direct Distance Dialing in Minneota. Under the new calling plan, telephone customers will be able to call anyone in either community by dialing just the seven-digit number listed in the directory.

Local Boy Scouts
prepare for exposition
Members of Minneota Boy Scout Troop, along with Scoutmaster Harold Jackson and Assistant Scout Leader Leroy Hebrank, have been preparing an exhibit this week for the Scout O-Rama, which is being held on Saturday in Marshall. About 15 members of the local troop have been assisting with the work and will be at the show with the exhibit.

Janssen is tops Girl
Scouts cookie seller
Local Girl Scouts officials announced this week that Suzie Janssen was the top seller of cookies, which the girls sold in the community recently. Susie Tillemans was second in sales and Doris Konold was third. Officials also announced that the cookies have now arrived and the girls will be distributing them later this week.

25 Years Ago
(April 22, 1996)

Two place high at
state speech meet
Two members of the Minneota Speech team placed high at the state speech meet this past weekend at Stillwater High School. Laurie Anderson was awarded second place in Original Oratory. Anderson tied for first in the category, but received second based on a tiebreaker. John Fier placed third in Creative Expression.

Lawrence retires as
Legion Lanes manager
Carl Lawrence, the manager of the Legion Lanes here for the past 17 years, announced that he will be retiring at the end of the week. Lawrence has been the manager since 1979 when the lanes still had the old-style machines in which the pins would have to be manually set up and the balls would also have to be returned to the bowler manually. The automatic machines came in 1981.

Community exceeds
goal of blood drive
The Minneota Bloodmobile was held on April 19. The 90 people that were present to give blood donated 86 pints; one more than was the goal set before the drive. The following are gallon pin donors: Richard Bot, 8; Wendell Larson, 6; Pat Sarazyn, 5; Pat Hennen, 2; Jim Verschelde, 2; Ann Abraham, 2; Darlyne Larson, 1; and Vicki Bot, 1.

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