This antiquated wooden “Ghent” sign was once located on the east end of the Ghent Depot.

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

100 Years Ago
(June 10, 1921)

Village Council decides
to gravel some streets
The Minneota Village Council decided last Monday evening to gravel certain streets in the village. This gravel will be along streets connecting the north and south state roads. If graveling proves satisfactory on these streets, then there is no question that other streets will also be graveled later on.

Six locals win chess
tournament in Monte
B.B. Gislason, A.B. Gislason, W.B. Gislason, Bjorn Holm, Frank Sigvaldson and A.L. Bromen all traveled to Montevideo on Wednesday evening to match their skills at chess against the chess club of that city. Minneota won the tournament by a score of 18 1/2 to 11 1/2.

Krohling Bakery sold
to Tracy's Adelmann
The Krohling Bakery was sold on Wednesday to J.B. Adelmann of Tracy. Mr. Krohling is a first-class baker and he has worked at that trade here for many years. He retires with the friendship and good wishes of the whole community. Mr. and Mrs. Adelmann will move to Minneota and take charge of the business they have bought.

75 Years Ago
(June 14, 1946)

Children warned not
to shoot cap guns
Children who shoot their cap guns in or near the Minneota, Ghent and Taunton Cooperative bulk station, or any bulk station where gasoline is stored, are very apt to have a serious accident and should be warned of the danger, an official of the M-G-T said this week. The sparks which fly from cap guns when caps are exploded may start a fire and the raging inferno of a gas fire may cause a child to become seriously injured or even lose his life.

Group purchases school
bonds at low interest
The Board of Education at Independent School District No. 20 sold $101,000 in school building bonds to three members of the First Bank Stock Corporation, the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Minneota, the First National Bank of Minneapolis, and the First National Bank of St. Paul at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. This group bought the bonds at an interest rate of 1.30 percent, and in addition will pay the local school district a premium of $303 in cash.

Lightning damages
several local homes
Lightning damaged wiring in several homes in Minneota last Monday afternoon, but hail that accompanied a heavy shower of rain, covered the ground did little damage. The greatest damage from the lighting was at the Leonard Elliott home just south of the railroad tracks. Here, a bolt of lightning destroyed all of the wiring and did other damage to the house, but fortunately did not set fire to the residence.

50 Years Ago
(June 10, 1971)

Council calls for vote
on nursing home bond
A major step toward the erection of a nursing home in Minneota was taken last week when the village council voted to hold an election through which local residents could sanction the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance construction of the building. The bond issue, in the amount of $750,000, is of the type whereby the village would be using its credit to bring about construction of the home.

School board agrees to
purchase new school bus
At its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening, the local school board accepted bids of Southwest Bus Sales at Marshall and Dero Chevrolet for a new 80 passenger school bus. The total cost of the bus, which will be a Thomas Chevrolet, is $8,550. The price includes the trade of the 1962 bus which has been used as a spare during the school year. The board also approved the painting of several classrooms, as well as the purchase of 30 new desks.

Iris Show Grand Prize
winners announced
It was reported that a large crowd was in attendance at the Minneota Garden Club's 13th annual Iris Show on Tuesday. The following were named as winners of grand prizes: Mrs. Theodore Hanson, Jerry Bottelberghe, and Mrs. Ben Korman, all of this community, and Laurie Velde of Clarkfield, were all winners in the Junior Division. A total of 98 exhibitors had entries in the show.

25 Years Ago
(June 12, 1996)

Cooperative efforts help
local school district
The Minneota School Board and administration saved the district an estimated $87,311 during the last fiscal year by cooperating with other schools in southwest and west central Minnesota in the purchase of programs and services offered by the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperatives. The savings amounted to $151 per student. These estimated savings were based on a study completed cooperatives.

Lions Club makes donation
to Chamber's Park Board
The Minneota Lions Club donated $500 to the Minneota Area Chamber of Commerce's Park Board to help defray costs of moving the rolle bolle courts. The old courts were located in downtown Minneota, in the area that now holds the Minneota Auto Wash business. The new courts in north Minneota in the Eastwold Park.

160-year-old spinning
donated wheel to SPMH
Marney Gislason purchased a spinning wheel about 10 years ago and has had the pleasure of having it in her home. She has now decided to donate the wheel to the Society for the Preservation of Minneota's Heritage (SPMH). Linda Canton, an accomplished spinner and president of the SPMH, gladly accepted the donation from Gislason.

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